The Day After Father’s Day

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While the Father’s Day cards may still be on the mantle this Monday morning, conference calls have to be taken, meetings have to be attended, and the ends to a means of making a living for our families starts anew the day after Father’s day.

Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that’s why I call you dad, because you are so special to me. You taught me the game and you taught me how to play it right. ~ Wade Boggs

The day after Father’s Day is a day where carpools have to be driven, baseball practices have to be attended, and recitals have to be celebrated. It’s a day where we balance our travel schedule so our flights home gives us enough time to make it to key games and family events.

ESPN shared an illustration of what the 364 day commitment looked like on the grand scale for All-Pro Dad Mark Schlereth and his son, major league baseball pitcher Daniel Schlereth on Father’s Day.

For most of us the lives of our children will not play out on the grand stage, irregardless what we do matters, day in day out!

We as Dads, have the opportunity to influence and impact the lives of our sons and daughters by being present and by being committed to them day in and day out. Our commitment lets them know they are a priority in our lives as compared to our work and our social agenda!

Make the commitment and choose to make a difference because our lives cast a wake behind us and this one commitment can impact generations to come.

~Tom

trusting God period!

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Professing our faith and living out our faith comes down to what “Thy will be done” looks like in our daily life. If we find ourselves interchanging “thy” and “my” based on the situation we just might be trying to build one too many kingdoms.  

~Tom

trusting God period! 

Bible (New King James Version), Matthew 6:10

3:15 Project Goes Global Harvesting Stories

In a few weeks videographer Bob Carter will embark on a one month mission trip to the South West Asia to kickoff the 315 Project’s first Global StoryDrive.

Bob’s hope and plan for this historic trip:

  • Disciple 4 locals to film and direct testimonies of their people on an ongoing basis.
  • Harvest at least 25 stories which will be shared in their churches and villages
  • Build a techonlogy bridge between the Islands and Atlanta to provide technical support and resources as more stories are ready for harvest.
  • Identify and connect resources that already exist on the islands to create a sustainable story harvesting ministry.

Historically speaking what ignites one island impacts the surrounding islands as the news travels. Please take a minute to watch this video to see how excited these islanders are to go public about their faith with the help of the Project 315 StoryDrive Team.

It is our belief God will use Bob to train and disciple local pastors and church leaders who have a desire to harvest stories of how God is alive and at work throughout the islands of South West Asia. You have the opportunity to partner with us at Project 3:15 to make sure these stories come to life and illustrate what God is doing around the globe.

For more information how you can personally make a difference in the Fiji StoryDrive visit the Project 315 CrowdRise site.

Thanks in advance for your support of the 315 Project - Fiji StoryDrive!

~Tom

trusting God period!

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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

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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

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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.