The Gift

We searched all throughout the area of the modular where the middle school and high school students meet. And while we must have searched for ten minutes, it seemed much longer. The mission was urgent to all of us because the young mother said, “My son wants to carry a Bible with him, just like…

Going With Gut Feelings

Decisions often have to be made at what often seems like the “speed of light,” during times when the right decision means everything. We need to go with our “gut feelings” sometimes – Often having to detect something intangible from an interaction. While we can’t always measure the intangible, the right decisions seem to reveal…

One Spark and Many Lights

My family and I attended a very special, yet non-traditional Christmas Eve service last night in a tent, at Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church. The theme of the service was “Share the Warmth of Christmas,” since everyone who attended was encouraged to bring either canned goods for The Pantry and/or blankets and coats for the…

Hands

I’ve given to Toys for Tots, as you have, for several years.  Sometimes at a party, while at other times gifts were placed in a collection bin. My wife and I often selected gifts in the past that mirrored the ages of our own kids, but as our son and daughter have gotten older we…

Shirts

We wear them with pride to support the team. They are the articles of clothing we put on to display our pride! After years of wearing branded shirts, with company names and manufacturer partners, I’ve been able to fill a closet full of them. As each shirt grows a little tight, or takes up too…

Rings

In school, long ago, I learned in order to learn a tree’s age, you count its rings. That was long before I ever took ownership of property, or ever planted a tree. Since that time, I’ve planted trees in the yard and watched them grow. The trees have gotten taller, added rings, and helped us…

Responding to Responders

It was a great day to celebrate American resilience and honor heroes. It was a great day to act instead of watching. It was the type of day I will always remember. On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, scouts converged on Gwinnett Fire Station 24 in order to thank and honor our local heroes and…

Deputize and Deploy!

It all began with a tweet, an email, a blog post and a delay. Last June the Dacula Lions Club received a message on Twitter, from Lovett Productions, introducing the documentary Going Blind. After looking into the opportunity, and bringing it to the attention of our club members, I sent an email message back to…

The Power of a Commute from Pensacola to Biloxi

If you turned on the television this past weekend, you would have seen several reminders that Hurricane Katrina provided a wide swath of devastation to the Gulf Coast region, five years ago. At the time, I worked for Doosan Infracore America Corp, subsidiary of Doosan Infracore, a global equipment manufacturer that manufactured excavators, wheel loaders,…

Vision to Educate and Inspire

Filmmaker, Joseph Lovett has glaucoma. And, like many others who share the disease, though his eyesight suffers, his vision is still intact. Like many others who have glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness, Lovett could have retreated into a quiet solitude and reflected on his past. It would have been easy for him to…

Engagement Makes Our World Smaller

A few weeks ago I was talking with a business colleague of mine and during the course of our discussion she asked me if I knew of a good Resume (CV) Writing Service that she could recommend to a friend. Since my colleague isn’t remotely interested in finding a new career, she didn’t have any…

A Time to Stand Up

Two weeks ago, I hung up the phone after speaking with a good friend that I used to work with. I was totally shocked and saddened to learn that someone we both knew had just taken his life. The gentleman worked for a competitor and was very well known and respected in his industry. I…