Category Archives: Community

Eyebrow Moment

Once in a while we all need what I call an eyebrow moment. It’s when something happens that causes us to stop and take notice and usually raise both eyebrows. It seems that everyone has had one of those moments recently. Schools realized that they are not always the highest priority in our children’s lives. Churches realized

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Accepting

People are who they are. Much of what disappoints us is the inability to accept something outside our control. Other people’s personalities, preferences, and imperfections are very much outside of our control. Once someone is on the team, they do not need to assimilate into the cult of the team but rather accept the culture that is

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No One Alone

The word “team” implies that not finding yourself to be alone would be the point. Too often pride can isolate a teammate because they won’t ask for help, or worse, they think they are not only the best person to accomplish a task but also the ONLY person worthy to do so. Teamwork requires us to be

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My Pap’s Family

By being so consistent, he was not only a great teammate at his job but he was a consistent provider for his family. His example allowed us to build a strong and large family that is family to so many others who don’t share our bloodline. When I was preparing to share at my grandfather’s funeral, I

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Generous Gratitude

Thanksgiving is too often thought of as an event that happens in the middle of autumn. It brings to mind memories and obligatory gatherings around specific food items. In this we are reminded that we are to “give thanks” for the things in our life. What if we said it differently? What if we use a thesaurus

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Self examination requires others.

Once we accept that no one, including ourselves, have a complete perspective on who we are, we can accept the fact that the truth about us is found in the overlap of perspectives made possible by a life-giving relationship. We are only able to reach our potential by gaining the insight that others have. Our true self

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Meeting Just to Meet

I am convinced that teams that pride themselves on not having meetings just to have them do not experience life-giving community within themselves. Their team comes together to merely accomplish a task and not to be a community in and of themselves. Compartmentalizing community away from our purposeful teams leaves people uninspired and unchanged.