The Ones Behind the Curtain

Have you ever thought about what goes on every day in life behind the scenes? It seems that certain people get the attention ­– the leaders, the extroverts, the people that are in positions that put them in front of the public or in front of large groups of people. But, maybe some of the people we should thank and look up to for their faithfulness and leadership are the ones who have the thankless jobs: The snow removal people, the janitors, the cafeteria workers, the teacher’s assistants, the cashiers, the ushers at sporting events, the servers at restaurants, the dish washers, the volunteers at hospitals, or even the pooper scoopers on Mackinac Island!

All of those people have roles that, without them, we would be hampered. I respect leaders and I want myself to be a good leader, but I know that without these individuals doing the labor that often goes unnoticed, we as a society would fail to function.

Without them I can’t be the leader I want to be and I want to show more appreciation for these hard-working people.

How about you?

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What I Love About the Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics are almost over. Can you believe it? I have a love/hate relationship with the Olympics, whether they’re summer or winter. It’s because they can hurt my sleep patterns! I get involved in a competition and then I stay up late and it’s not a good thing, it turns into some kind of sleep deprivation. But one of the things I enjoy about the Olympics is watching the relationships between moms and dads and their children who are competing.

In so many situations there is displayed such sacrifice, connection, and striving between dads and daughters and moms and sons.

The Olympics really is all about the idea of connectedness. We come together as a country and globally, then on a smaller scale there is a deep connection between competitors and their support system.

I know that the picture of familial support I often see at the Olympics is preceded by years of sacrifice, effort, tumultuous times, and hard work for all involved.

But, then it pays off. Not everyone gets to the podium. Not everyone walks away with a gold, or silver, or bronze medal. But they are all Olympians. And, they all have moms and dads and uncles and aunts and grandparents who shuttled them to practice, and washed their gear, and cheered them on. So, don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy just sitting back and watching the figure skaters and the snowboarders and the alpine skiers, but what I really appreciate about the Olympics is seeing the heartfelt emotion between Olympians and their families.

It kind of makes me think of the 17 years I coached all of my children in soccer. I think of those moments when I surprised one of my kids when they didn’t think I’d be able to show up to a game or competition, but I worked it out and I surprised them.

Being able to walk into a gym or onto a field and see them light up with joy and love and laughter because dad was able to make it – even now communicating that feeling gets me teary eyed. I wouldn’t trade those moments for anything. That’s what it’s all about.

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Parkland, FL

There really aren’t words.

There are facts and stories and media coverage, but there still lacks an explanation that could begin to make sense of the tragedy that occurred on Valentine’s Day in Parkland, FL.

When I do not know what to think, what to say and or how to respond I go to God who knows all. I also pray for the families that have been traumatized. That God will heal their pain, anger, grief and loss.

Instead of trying to give an opinion, I only want to urge my fellow Christ-followers to pray and to put faces and names to the young lives that were lost.

The Names and Faces of the Florida School Shooting Victims

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