Christmas Reflections

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This is the time of year where our thoughts tend drift and we think of times gone by. For some Christmas reflections stir up the best of memories and for others those Christmas reflections conjure up pain and sorrow. It is especially important this time of year to be aware of those around us who may be burdened while most of us embrace a season of Christmas joy and cheer.

Who in your life do you know who is enduring a “first-Christmas” experience this year?

  • Someone who lost a loved during the year.
  • Someone who is no longer married.
  • Someone who is experiencing a role-reversal and now is caring for a parent.
  • Someone who is looking for a job and is worried how they can navigate Christmas this year.
  • Someone whose child can not be home with them this year.

The greatest present you can share with someone who is experience a painful “first-Christmas” is your presence in their lives during this Christmas season!

Here are a few ways you can make your presence known to them:

  • Call at an unexpected time, just to talk.
  • Offer to meet them for a cup of coffee and a conversation.
  • Invite them to attend an event or activity which can distract and has the potential to produce some joy.
  • Leave them a handwritten note letting them know you are thinking about them and they matter to you.
  • Pray for them and remind them God is with them and answers prayers.

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Don’t delay…someone came to mind as you were reading this post and you know they need to experience your presence in their life today!

Being intentional this Christmas has the potential to impact lives and make a difference this Christmas season; and maybe just maybe, our efforts will also impact our hearts as we shine God’s light on someone who needs to embrace a Savior.

If you experience something special this Christmas season please share what took place and the life lesson learned using the comment field below at Leveraging Life | Now!

Merry Christmas!

~Tom

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One Thing for Men Presents – That Day

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That Day is a play about Daniel Scott Mathewson who has been pursuing the American Dream since graduating from college. His lifelong focus centered on the next deal, the next promotion, the next bonus, and how far and fast he could climb the corporate ladder.

Today Daniel is on the cusp of achieving everything he’s ever dreamed of…right up until the plans he had for his life comes to a screeching halt as he suddenly faces the reality of eternity.

Our endless pursuit of aspirations, goals and dreams come with a price, one which is paid by our family, friends, and co-workers if we are not careful. 

One Thing Men’s Ministries is excited present a performance of That Day at Independence High School theater in Alpharetta, Georgia on Saturday November 8th at 7:00 pm.

Lessons In Servant Leadership

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“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12

Life Lessons In Servant Leadership

Few if any of us live a life we navigate alone. Most of us gravitate to a life where we interact with others on a regular basis. This is the place where we experience connection, embrace community, and find encouragement.  These places of connection and community can consist of  family members, co-workers, teammates, classmates, and or neighbors with the common denominator of coming together for a common purpose or a common goal.

For those who find themselves in a leadership role there is an implied responsibility to add value, cast vision, and create momentum to achieve success as it pertains to the organization’s mission. As a servant leader a key priority which should be illustrated in our leadership is a desire to “raise up” those who serve with us. Sadly leaders whose focus is on self-promotion and a personal agenda tend create an “Us vs Them” atmosphere which gravitates to discontent and disconnect throughout the organization.

Do whatever you can do to help others be their best, not for where it takes you, rather for where it takes the organization. ~ Servant leadership as defined by Baltimore Raven’s Head Coach John Harbaugh

What Will Your Legacy Be?

Our life decisions influence the trajectory of our lives right up until the moment we take our last breath. Obviously our passing will have an impact those closest to us, but will the impact and the influence we had on others leave them wanting to celebrate our life when we gone?

I find it ironic how much time is invested by me trying to become “known,” as compared to how little time is spent doing things for which they will be “remembered” after they’re gone.

Most of us have very little recognition of those who were in our family two or three generations prior to us. So if we desire to have a legacy worth remembering our focus should be on the things we are doing now which lends itself to be remembered.

  • Is my life and what I prioritize reflective of how I would like to be remembered?
  • Do my actions and how I investment of my time lay the foundation for the legacy I want to leave?

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The quote is from Paul Cole, president of the Christian Men’s Network, and when combined with the picture selected illustrates how our motion cascades from us to the environment around us. I created this poster to serve as a visual reminder to evaluate what I have in motion through the lens of the legacy I want to leave. Ironically the timing of this post ties directly into the message our One Thing Men’s Ministry is sharing today at our weekly gathering concerning What Matters Most to Men.

  • What we believe and Who we believe in is indicative in the way we live our lives.
  • Where we invest our time reflects what and who has priority in our lives.
  • When we serve our humility is illustrated which also illuminates to those being served their value to us and to the world.

~Tom

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Marines Boldly Worship

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I found this video of Marines on base at Camp Pendleton on Facebook as they were worshiping during a church service. The video speaks for itself and it caused me to pause as I witnessed how boldly the Marines shared their excited and displayed their emotions during their faith service.

Truth be told I don’t believe we should compare how we worship with other individuals or groups. I truly believe how we worship is a personal matter. But I do believe, from time to time, we should ask ourselves if our worship is in alignment with the blessings we have received.

Giving to People Who Give

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 What would you do if the person you were trying to help chose not to accept your gift and instead gave something back to you?

BigDawsTV is a major player in the social media arena, and his videos have garnered millions of views thanks to his creative thinking and sense of humor filming pranks and parody’s. Rather than trying to paraphrase the motivation for the filming of this video I thought I would share YouTube description which accompanies the video and then let you watch the video to see what happens when the camera rolls.

Why Me cancer, Why Me?

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Recently a friend of mine shared with me an article written by former White House Press Secretary, Tony Snow, prior to his untimely death from cancer. In his article Tony shared his thoughts concerning his diagnosis with a potential fatal disease and the obvious question…why me cancer, why me?

Sadly our “why me” questions most likely will not not be answered to our satisfaction until we find ourselves in Heaven. Theses unanswered questions usually lead us to a fork in the road where we either blame God or learn to trust God in the midst of our why me” circumstances.

I know in my three bouts with cancer I initially wallowed in the “why me” for quite some time, but eventually I was able to look past the diagnosis and place everything in God’s hands learning to trust God period in all things…even cancer.

Your journey, my journey may be unique, yet we share one thing in common…how do we answer the question:

What do you do when this is nothing you can do?

Well there is one thing we can do…we can journey together in community, supporting, caring, and praying for each other.

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Cancer’s Unexpected Blessings

By: Tony Snow (1955 – 2008)

Blessings arrive in unexpected packages, in my case – cancer.”

Those of us with potentially fatal diseases – and there are millions in America today – find ourselves in the odd position of coping with our mortality while trying to fathom God’s will. Although it would be the height of presumption to declare with confidence ‘What It All Means,’ scripture provides powerful hints and consolations.

The first is that we shouldn’t spend too much time trying to answer the ‘why’ questions: Why me?

See How God Uses A Walk-On To Reach USC Teammates

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The story begins with Ben seeing an announcement about walk-on tryouts for the football team taking place later in the week. Ben Malcolmson, a reporter for the school newspaper who covered the team and he thought there might be a story he could share with the readers if he tried-out for the team. In his wildest dreams, Ben never thought he might make the team having not played football since the 5th grade, much less one of the top ranked Division 1A teams in the nation, the USC Trojans.

“You can catch the ball, you fast, you on the team. Almost immediately after making the team I realized God had His hand on this and He had something great planned.”

Yet despite his hopes and all Ben’s plans to leverage his faith with his teammates, nothing he tried to seemed to working in his eyes.

Did Ben feel frustrated? Of course he did!

Was Ben dejected? Absolutely!

Yet God was at work.!

God had a plan in play with Ben’s teammates.

And little would Ben know how big a role he would play in God’s plan!

Please take a few minutes to watch this video so you can hear the rest of the story.

Here we find lessons all of us can leverage as we navigate life in the midst of the frustration which occurs when our plans don’t fall in alignment with God’s plan for our role where He placed us.

Cincinnati Bengals: Winners On and Off the Field

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Most NFL prospects who are cut prior to making the 53 man roster consider this point in their life to be the lowest point in their athletic career. Yet Cincinnati Bengal Devon Still, is unlike any NFL prospect, as he was cut but now can focus his attention on his daughter, Leah, who has been battling Stage 4 pediatric cancer since June.

I completely understand where the Bengals were coming from when they cut me because I could not give football 100 percent right now, Still, 25, told ABC News.