The Game of Life: Revenge – October 17th, 2019 - Do you remember the "Revenge" space on the board game, The Game of Life? Depending on your answer to that question, I could probably guess how old you are. The game as most of us know it was released in 1960 by Reuben Klamer and Bill Markham. It included spaces like "Revenge" and "The Poor Farm", but has seen many revisions since then. Although the game looks quite different today than it did nearly 60 years ago, it original version created over 160 years ago would be unrecognizable to most. The original version of the game was created by Milton Bradley in 1860 and looked like a checker board. It was called "The Checkered Game of Life" and it had some pretty intereting spaces you… Read More
The Game of Life: STOP! – October 10, 2019 - This week we continue our series based on the popular board game, The Game of Life. Last week we discussed a valuable lesson we learn from board games about "playing well with others". This week we will be discussing something that is very unique to The Game of Life, the "STOP!" spaces. On the board game are several "STOP!" spaces where you are required to stop and make some life decisions. The first "STOP!" space you encounter in the game is called "CAREER". Before you reach this space, you have to make a decision to either go to college or enter directly into the workforce. Both choices have their advantages and disadvantages. If you choose to forgo college you can skip the spaces related to going… Read More
The Game of Life: Playing Well with Others – October 3rd, 2019 - Board games are a great family activity and one that my family enjoys very much. Researchers of adolescence have shown that playing board games as a family can have several positive effects on children. Here are 5 reasons you should play board games: Board games make you smart. Playing board games increases brain function. Just like physical exercise makes our bodies stronger, playing a board game is a mental exercise. Studies have shown that children and adults who play board games regularly show improvements in both memory function and complex thought processes. Board games teach us to make goals and be patient. When we play board games we wait for our turn. In the process, we strategize and set short term goals to reach the ultimate goal of winning… Read More
You 2.0: Why We Refuse to Update – September 26th, 2019 - Are you a laggard? Do you even know what a laggard is? A laggard is someone who makes slow progress and falls behind others in the acceptance of change or innovation. Laggards are the most resistant to change and do so only when forced to adopt because everyone else has. Supposedly laggards make up 16% of a population. The rest of the population consists of innovators (2.5%), early adopter (13.5%), early majority (34%), and late majority (34%).  Being an innovator or even an early adopter, however, does not mean you are better than the rest, it just means that you are more willing to take bigger risks for percieved gains. Also just because you are a laggard in one area of life doesn't mean you… Read More
You 2.0: Reallocate – September 19th, 2019 - So, you have $86,400 in your account and someone stole $10 from you. Would you be upset and throw all of the $86,390 away in hopes of getting back at the person that took your $10? Or move on and live? Right, move on and live. See, we have 86,400 seconds in every day so don’t let someone’s negative 10 seconds ruin the rest of the 86,390. Don’t sweat the small stuff, life is bigger than that. -Unknown This is a really good piece of wisdom. I try to think of this when someone cuts me off on the road or says something rude to me. I try but I am not always successful. It really is such a waste to allow 10 seconds to… Read More
You 2.0: Rebrand – September 12th, 2019 - Apple Co. and their products (iPhone, iPad, Macbook, etc.) you either love them or you hate them, but despite that, they are one of the most successful companies today. Did you know that in 1997 the company was on the verge of bankruptcy? A little over 20 years later, they are now a $1 Trillion company! In December of 1997, you could have purchased a share of Apple stock for about $0.50; today a share in the company is about $226. How did they do it? One primary reason for such a significant turnaround was that they developed elegant and reliable products. But producing a great product does not always guarantee success. What Apple excelled at during this turn around was in rebranding themselves as… Read More
You 2.0: Terms & Conditions – September 5th, 2019 - I lied today... This morning as I was installing a new app on my Macbook I scrolled down to the bottom where it asked if I had read the "terms & conditions" and I checked the box to say that I had, but I didn't! Do you read the terms & conditions of the products & services you use? I usually end up tossing them out or scrolling down to the bottom so that I can check the box to continue, but not reading the "terms and conditions" can cause you trouble. Two years ago I saw a deal online for tickets to see the Houston Astros play the Texas Rangers in Arlington. The deal was great. For $40 I would receive 4 tickets, unlimited… Read More
The Flip Side of Justice – Who are you pointing at? – August 22, 2019 - I discovered something that both Democrats and Republican can agree upon. It is that no matter what the issue is, it is always the other sides fault! As we approach another election year we can be sure to see the finger-pointing and blame-shifting increase. Why are we so quick to point the finger at one another?  The reason we point the finger is that we are self-preservationists. Finger-pointing is a classic way by where people who are doing well (or desire to do well) shift unwanted blame or criticism to ensure their own success. This morning I was downstairs in the Fellowship Hall of our church when I happened upon a very heated argument between two 4-years-olds. They were each defending themselves while their teacher… Read More
The Flip Side of Justice – Discord Not Peace? – August 15th, 2019 - What is the greatest baseball team in Texas? The Houston Astros of course! I may have already caused you to stop reading or at least upset you. In the DFW metroplex the Texas Rangers are clearly a favorite, but for me that Houston Astros are a much better team. I could go into a lengthy discussion about statistics and win records this year, but most likely that won't change your mind. How can you be so resistant to logic and reason? Well, it is not that you are delusional or that you don't know good baseball. It is that my approach in this conversation is flawed. I am engaging in a one-way conversation, where I am able to state what I believe and why, but… Read More
New – May 17th, 2019 - Through the "Resurrection People" series we have been discovering attributes of resurrection people as learned through the first church in the book of Acts. We have spent most of our time discussing what resurrection people should do, but for just a moment I want to share with you a few things that resurrection people shouldn't. Specifically what resurrection people shouldn't say. Here are 10 things I believe resurrection people shouldn't say: 1. "We could never..." Resurrection People are confident. If what they are being called to comes from God's initiative and leading then they know all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26) 2. "We have always..." Resurrection People are flexible. The first church was sent out on a mission that they had never before experienced. They did new… Read More