Wednesday, February 6, 2013


"Your comfort is not God's priority, your perfection is."

To strengthen our faith, to push us to a higher level level, to become Christ-like - we need to be stretched, challenged. Status quo can be comfortable, but where is the reward?

I need to remind myself that when it seems uncomfortable to take that next step, God has something better in mind, something to teach me.

No Regrets

The Road

It is dark and quite - this road I am on.

I am alone, there are no others - this road I am on.

It faces me each morning, it haunts me every night - this road I am on.

I can't complete the journey without taking the first step - this road I am on.

This captured my emotions as I woke up at 5 am to start another 4 mile run/walk - my fourth in a row. For others it may be depression, addiction, or a particular season in their life. We are, in fact, never alone. Take the first step, start the journey. No Regrets

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I'm Baaaaaack.

It has been over a year since my last post and it would be impossible to list the events over that time. The highlights? Back in banking where I have advanced to Senior Staff. Started my own business ( - which is more fun and rewarding than I imagined. Even had surgery! It may sound politically incorrect, buy I refer to myself as a "Cancer Scare Survivor." What color is that ribbon?

Tonight I find myself in Fayettville, Arkansas, to kick off "college week." In the morning Emily and I will tour U of A, and then depart for Oxford, Mississippi, to tour Ole Miss - our second visit.

Hard to believe my baby will be off to college in a few months.

Amazing times.

No Regrets.

Sunday, January 2, 2011


Do you ever hear something that just sticks in your brain? Today I heard the following:

"Your life should be pulled by a vision, not dictated by circumstances."

I have been thinking about that comment most of the day and decided it is a perfect sentiment to begin 2011. In the past, when faced with a big decision I have become paralyzed by analysis, what if I make the wrong choice? Then I realized - sometimes there is not a wrong choice! Maybe one path would have been easier, but in the end the destination will be the same.

Put another way, sometimes God give us MORE THAN ONE GOOD CHOICE!

Our life is the sum total of our decisions. And those decisions should be driven by a vision.

No Regret.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

It's Not About Me

I was recently asked the question, "How does God appear to you?"

Without a second thought my reply was that I find God in other people. Some people "talk" to God - they claim to hear an audible voice. I have never had that experience, but I don't doubt their experience. I yet to talk to anyone that has seen a burning bush...

For me, it has always been through people. For example, in a time when I need nothing more than encouragement, someone that I have not seen or spoken to in weeks will call out of the blue. Coincidence? Some may think that, but I belive it is God at work. I have been in conversations with people and the subject would divert down a rabbit hole and we would end up discussing an unspoken need.

If our commandment is to love one another - then it stands to reason that God would be at work in our relationships. Coming to us at the level of our need through other people.

Sitting in Sunday School class this past week the leader said the following - "I have to remember daily that it is NOT about me." I too have struggled with looking at self first - putting my needs above others.

His lessong centered around four teaching points:

1. Look for the good in other people.

2. Learn to build other people up. 1 Thes. 5:11 "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."

3. Be a reflection of God's love, foregiveness and grace. Eph 4:1-3 "I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."

4. Guard the value of YOUR reflection. It is what others see.

No Regrets.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Air Bear

Air Bear is the affectionate nickname for my youngest daughter Erin.

Air Bear is the greatest volleyball player that ever has or ever will live. At least to me. Watching her mature and gain confidence in the game has been enjoyable. I'll admit, I have pushed her hard at times, but not because she lacks ability. Instead, it was because I know she CAN do better.

She has the ability, now it is a matter of her gaining self confidence - becoming a leader on the court.

Watching her "high-five" teammates, hearing other parents yell "Go Erin!", listening to coaches tell her how much she has improved are all satisfying. However, watching her slowly evolve into a leader on the court has been the most rewarding.

Erin, you have so much potential and a love for the game. Take it to the next level and see how far you can go.

No Regrets.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Good, Bad and the Yummy

It's getting sad that my trips are becoming memorable based on the food. For example, when I think of my trip to New Braunfels it will be - Onion Rings!

The Good:

Edna, Texas - Maekers Sausage
Amarillo, Texas - Pecan pie with ice cream
Egypt, Texas - Sweet Potato casserole
Memphis, Tennessee - EVERYTHING
Gruene, Texas - Cold Beer
St. Louis, Missouri - Ballpark nachos

The Bad:

Stoneville, Mississippi - Pulled Pork
Forrest City, Arkansas - Meat Loaf (I still can't get past the name)
Columbus, Ohio - Pulled Pork (See the pattern - no pulled pork!)

No Regrets.