An Update of the Lacey Holsworth Story

Two weeks ago in the midst of Michigan State’s March Madness Final Four run I shared the story of a beautiful friendship which developed between Michigan State center Adreian Payne and Spartan Super Fan Lacey Holsworth.

Photo Credit: Michigan State Facebook Page via @magggpieee

Photo Credit: Michigan State Facebook Page via @magggpieee

Sadly I report this weekend Princess Lacey, lost her battle with cancer earlier this week. Lacey leaves us with a legacy of life lessons about rising above of our circumstances to treat everyday as a gift and to live life to the fullest. Equally important are the lessons taught by Adreian Payne whose actions illustrate what it looks like when present with the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life and embrace those time where we can be a role model. 

If there was anyone who could teach you to battle adversity with class and dignity it would be Lacey. ~ MSU coach Tom Izzo

“Lacey fought so hard for so long and she now is in a better place where she is surely inspiring the many as she has for the last two plus years. With her new set of wings she no longer needs a ladder to cut the nets down.”

Lacey’s legacy lives on as her family encourages all who have been touched by this story to “Love Like Lacey.”  

~ Tom

trusting God period!

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A Cinderella Story In The Midst Of The March Madness

The opening rounds have played themselves out and no one can lay claim to winning a billion dollars for a perfect bracket. In the midst of all the competition, the highlights, and the heartbreaks a story bubbles to the surface which illustrates how the game of life, when played well, creates a MVP in the most unlikely of situations.

Adreian and Lacey

Meet Cinderella: Actually the Cinderella of this story Lacey Holsworth, aka @adorableLacey as she is known by her 12,000 Twitter followers. Lacey is a vivacious 8 year old girl who loves Michigan State basketball and is battling neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer that has threatened her life for nearly two years. 

Relationships – What Matters Most

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As this Lenten season begins today and we prepare for Easter, one of the best things we can do is take time for a period of reflection. One often overlooked area for reflection is the relationships we have in our lives.

  • Who are we invested in?
  • Who is vested in us?
  • Have you let secondary relationships crept into a primary status?
    • If this is the case due to unavoidable season at work, have you set an end date?
  • If it were all to end tomorrow who would you regret not spending enough time with the past few months…years?

A good indication of what matters most to us is our relationships and the time we invest there. A friend of mine, Ken Seeger, shared a few thoughts on relationships with a great reminder from his Mother before she went to be with the Lord.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Challenge


I love Christmas. I absolutely do. There is no doubt, Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year!

Growing up it seemed as though there was a little less space under the tree each day as we got closer to Christmas Day. Boxes of all shapes and sizes seemed to magically appear while we were at school, and despite the fancy gift wrapping, all boxes were subject to the shake test to see what could be a game and what hopefully was not clothes.

These days joy comes from watching our kids, grand-kids, nieces, and nephews open the boxes we have placed under the tree. Yet, there are hundreds of thousands for children who would not have a gift to open on Christmas Day if Samaritan’s Purse had not created Operation Christmas Child.  Thanks to Samaritan’s Purse over 103 million shoe-boxes have been delivered to children all over the world since they began their ministry in 1993.

Today We Thank Our Veterans


Photo Credit: John Sfondilias © iStockphoto LP 2009

The History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

The Purpose of Veterans Day

A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Please take a minute today to share your appreciation with the Veterans you work with, those who are in your neighborhood, and remember to pray for the Veterans who are currently serving to protect the freedoms we enjoy each day.  

Roswell Football Team is Winning Games and Winning Hearts

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Rachel Buckner is a nine-year-old fourth grader who loves high school football. And if you asked what her favorite thing to do is, she would reply watching the Roswell Hornets play on Friday night.

When RHS coaches and players learned about Rachel’s favorite thing and also her battle with Leukemia they chose to rally around the Buckner family offering support and distractions while she was in treatment. Cards and posters were sent, a pep rally took place along with a fund-raiser, and earlier this month during the Homecoming Game Rachel was named the Varsity Football Sweetheart.

How to Stay True to Your Own Authentic Self

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Long before Chef Kevin Gillespie became known on a national level as a finalist in the sixth season of Top Chef, Kevin was becoming known in Atlanta restaurants working while attending culinary school at the Atlanta Art Institute. After graduation, Kevin went on to work at some of Atlanta’s finer restaurants before settling in as Executive Chef and partner of the Woodfire Grill.

Today I feature Kevin’s story not showcasing his success at Woodfire Grill, which is certainly worthy of being featured, but to spotlight the decision he made to walk away from his success and embrace the authentic calling on his life. 

Being True to Yourself and Geniune With Those Who Read Your Blog

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For the better part of this past year I have had an ongoing inner struggle with regard to my Leveraging Life blog. For me it was the equivalent of being in a sailboat on the lake with a broken rudder; the wind is there to propel the boat but you’re going to have one difficult time controlling the direction using only your sails.

Have You Noticed Leveraging Life is Remodeling?

Photo Credit iStockphoto 10-06-06 © 3pod

Photo Credit: iStockphoto 10-06-06 © 3pod

Leveraging Life – Now is undergoing a transformation of sorts. New features are being added which will allow for easier navigation, a new theme is being installed which sets the stage for a greater internet presence on the topics shared here. And most important new content which is engaging to my loyal readers and attractive to new visitors who find the Leveraging Life Now website.

One Little Girl, One Church Volunteer, and Two Bracelets

On a typical Sunday morning last summer my wife was at her usual guest services position at North Point Church making sure first time guests had reserved seats in the main auditorium while they navigated getting their children to their UpStreet classroom. This particular weekend was a big weekend for the kids because they were to receive their hero bracelets. All month-long the North Pointer kids, grades K thru 5, were learning about the Super Heroes of the Bible and how trusting God is their ultimate super power.


On this Sunday they were to stop by a kiosk on their way into UpStreet to pick up their Super Hero identification bracelets. Unfortunately this Sunday a Mom was running late, really late. She saw my wife’s guest services badge and asked where her daughter should pick up her bracelet. Shari had to tell her that they had all already been handed out. The kindergartners’ eyes filled with tears. Not to be deterred, my wife bent over and said to the sad little girl, “How about this bracelet instead?”