Is This Heaven? No, It’s Augusta

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Anger, Character, Legacy, Significance | 0 comments

Though I enjoy golf I rarely shoot as well as I think I should. The truth is for as little as I actually DO golf, I have no right to think I could shoot any better than I do. When I was younger I used to get pretty frustrated at my inconsistency— the unbelievably awful shot that would follow one of the best drives of my life. The “snowman” (8) that would follow a highly prized par. My temper was often ruining the joy of the experience for me, and sometimes for those along with me. Eventually I made a shift in thinking that helped. I identified three priorities for enjoyment in a round...

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“Your Teaching Has Touched Us Deeply”

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Character, Community, Culture, Redemption, Transformation | 0 comments

“I like to learn, but to be honest, I don’t like being taught. It makes me feel ignorant. That’s why I’ve never liked being taught by Westerners.” It’s a rare honor when a man from another culture trusts you enough to tell you the truth. After eight days in Burundi, four sessions of intensive mentoring, and more than two hours of in-depth honest feedback and dreaming about next steps, Francis honored my colleagues and me with the truth. Most Westerners have made him feel ignorant. Then he trusted us with one more level, “You’re different. You...

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Paying it Forward

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Character, Compassion, Heroes | 0 comments

Sometimes kids do an amazing job of “reverse mentoring .” Demonstrating remarkable maturity and unselfish values while doing what comes naturally to them. Watch this boy give an officer a life lesson he’ll never forget. Paying it forward. “And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity.” I Timothy...

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Smart Move

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Anger, Character, Culture | 0 comments

This is encouraging: two opponents making genuine apologies to each other. As I wrote in a previous post, I’m Sorry, it seems that genuine public apologies are a dying art. More often than not, a public figure saying he’s sorry about anything sounds something like, “It’s unfortunate that some people may have misconstrued something I allegedly did, and that it hurt their feelings.” We have to admit sometimes we men are capable of making the same kind of distorted apologies to our wives or children. In a refreshing change, two men in a recent skirmish involving Oklahoma State...

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Did He Just Tarnish His Legacy?

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Character, Heroes, Leadership, Legacy | 1 comment

I’ve always loved football, and have always been a Chicago Bears fan. I will be until the rapture. But living in Colorado, man, have I become a fan of this guy. A lot has been made of Peyton Manning’s legacy. With his team’s defeat in the Super Bowl, did he just permanently tarnish his reputation? I really like the perspective of this woman’s commentary in the Denver Post. She’s far more impressed with his character-legacy than his football-legacy. What do you think? Dear Mr....

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A $45,000 Test of Character

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Character, Fathers, Legacy | 0 comments

“It’s my attempt to establish a legacy that will last beyond me.” Those words jumped out at me in the following story by John Blake of CNN. Legacy. It’s the part of us that lives in others once we’re gone. We can’t determine our inheritance—what we receive from our parents, culture, schools and churches. That gets laid in our laps whether we like it or not. Good or bad. But we can determine our legacy. Every one of us will pass something on; the key question is, Will it be primarily blessing or primarily destruction. Glory or Ruin. Here’s a story of...

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