Archives For June 2013


When I say “Make A Friend”- what does that mean to you?  We have had an awesome series at THE LOFT CHURCH at The Woodlands United Methodist Church the past few weeks.  Mission- to make real Friends.  see links @ The LOFT Church link -

To me, a Friend, a true Friend, is one I can call on at the darkest hour, when the chips are down, and I need someone to just listen to me- and offer support.  I understand after today’s sermon, FRIEND’s might just complete the 3rd leg of the triangle in an authentic community connected Purpose driven life under God – 1.) His Word/Scripture 2.) Prayer 3.) real FRIENDS.  That is powerful to me and encourages reflection into just “who are my real Friends?” and “what Friends am I seeking in my Life – and WHY?”

We all have strong beliefs in someone and something, so how do we make this relationship more intimate?

  • Are just a few close friends good enough? If so, why is that?   So, then what is the purpose of artificial friends?
  • Is our belief in a Higher Power (for us Christians- CHRIST) the most important Friend and are we letting Him in?
  • Can you Thrive in Life by making a few more real Friends and rely on those close ones to you?

“MAKE A FRIEND” …hmmm.   I love Christ, I love People- and I love real authentic sacrificial Friends-…. so maybe one of life’s major “impactful” treasures is to focus on my enduring loving friends who share the same conviction and core values?  With maturity comes a sweet realization- who are our real Friends and why do we need them?






Are YOU in the Game?  If you are in – what game are you playing and WHY?  Are you playing it to win or serve- or both?

I personally am in the commercial real estate game in one of the best markets in the USA.  I used to chase a soccer ball around in a Division 1 College game – and have broken many bones, shared locker room laughter, and got rewarded and scolded.   Post college, I have seen all faces of this real life business game now for over a dozen years.  For right or wrong, business is a game:

  • being a rookie eating p & j’s – like the minor leaguer barely making his way
  • wondering if I should go the safe corporate route, or blaze my own trail – is it risky now to play it safe I wonder?
  • a rise to success thru wins- or moments of glory
  • seen plenty of mistakes – losses – albeit temporary and learning lessons
  • good and bad team members – you want to believe in them all
  • team captains who come and go – the free agent concept is always alluring
  • stiff competition of all sorts and others who just want to be close to the action, yet still on the bench
  • selfish “ball hogger” monomaniacal gamers and the selfless team player who needs no press
  • teams that gel and teams who perish with a lack of gut wrenching vision and grit
  • Championship Titles and lackluster seasons – like our red hot markets and gloomy recessions
  • Mature respected teams and athletes, and then the cheaters, free riders, sandbaggers and steroid infested gamers

The game is brutally tough, it requires morals, sacrifice and fanatic discipline- even after playing and practicing in this game for years it still hurts.  The ref’s and other team (and the sport itself) are not always fair- and neither is life.  But can it be purposeful and equitable?

But, here is the key- we all have the ability to suit up and get in the game in business and life  - with the main difference is YOU don’t have to run a (4.2) 40 yard dash and have 3% body fat.  How do we not get knocked down so much- and then think about getting back up- or do we think at all and just get up?  We are resilient Americans (Texans) right?

The game- just like the eternal life-  requires this- unwavering FAITH.  Pro golfers win the Master’s between the 6 inches between their ears.  Believers, Family, Community, and Faith based Business leaders all know this sage wisdom & belief.  The best part is, when “you are in the zone” and it’s His glorious zone-  it is genuine, right, authentic, and can be felt by everyone.

My faith is being tested, as is yours on a daily basis, in this game of Business – so don’t let it change your Life and knock you down permanently.  No way, we get up, dust off the dirt and continue on not thinking twice (other than some serious reflection and prayer).

Do Faith for your God, your Family, your Community, and Yourself.   Always – keep the FAITH, make an Impact and Thrive in YOUR game.  The Glory, we will find – is not just for ourselves or boss or team, but….maybe, even more than definitely, for the one who created the Game and your Life in the first place.