Thursday, July 26, 2018

Not Impossible

I had the pleasure of attending the annual meeting for my wife's company, Northwestern Mutual, this week.  We get good updates on the company, but they also bring in outside speakers who are making their mark on the world.   Mick Ebeling started an organization called Not Impossible.  He looks for someone who needs help that has been told there is no way to help them.  Then he gathers the resources to make it happen.  After that, he produces a film that tells the story to try to encourage other people to help more people.  If you want to be inspired, watch this three minute video on how he was able to help this boy who lost his arms in a military bombing in Africa.  Cheers to Mick for helping make the impossible, not impossible.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Who says what?

We spend so much energy trying to live up to what other people want us to be.  I can only imagine the peace that would come with fully knowing that I am accepted and loved by the only one who's opinion really matters, my Creator.  His love for me should ignite a fire that makes me want to live for him every second of every day.  I have posted about the Christian singer, Lauren Daigle, in the past.  While I have continued listening to her early music, it has been several years since she has released anything new.  She has a new album dropping on September 7th, but her single, You Say, got released early.  I wonder how much pressure Lauren was under to release something new before now.  I think I am glad she waited.

Thursday, July 12, 2018


I don't have any special stake in the recent rescue of 13 people from the cave in Thailand.  Those people were on the cusp of a disaster, and that disaster turned into a miracle.  The death of the rescuer, Saman Kunan, was tragic and sad, but his death was not in vain.  The overwhelming feeling I had was how an event like this could unite the world.  I can't imagine that there was anyone who wasn't hoping for the best outcome possible for everyone involved.   I know there were a lot of people praying.  With all of the divisive forces pressing on us every day, this was a good feeling for me.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Better Than Fireworks

I am thankful this Independence Day for the men and women who fought and died for me so that I can live where I want to, work where I want to, and worship where I want to.  The purest expression of my thankfulness can be be found in spending time with friends and family and the joy expressed in their faces.  It just doesn't get any better.