Reflect the King

This was originally posted on my church’s blog. You can see the original post here.

Proverbs is one of those books that everyone loves to quote. It’s the go-to resource for posting verses on Facebook, pictures on Instagram, or sending to your friend via text because you want to seem super spiritual. So when I heard the church was going through Proverbs in the month of March, I was excited but also thought Oh, so typical. But as I got to Proverbs 25-29, I did a little research and dove a little deeper. This section was written by Solomon, but not collected and arranged until the time of Hezekiah, some 250 years after Solomon’s life. Hezekiah and his men arranged these proverbs into the form we see today which happens to focus on leadership. Today I will focus specifically on Chapters 28 and 29 where they provide guidance to people in places of leadership. Continue reading >

2019: A Year of Presence

In today’s world of social media and constant distraction, it’s easy to just float through a day without ever being present. But the question is, what does it mean to be present? First, let me back up.

I started the beginning stages of this journey in 2018. My goals in 2018, without me realizing it, were the beginning stages of the process of presence. Continue reading >

What I’ve learned in 10 years as an employee

I graduated college in 2008 and started my first “real” job quickly thereafter. That means June/July of 2018 I’ve worked in my career path for 10 years. I think back on the first job I took and all sorts of feelings come rushing back. I was moving to a new city, where I ended up “living” in a hotel, then temporary living space, then finally an apartment…. only to move back to OKC 9 months later. That first day on the job was little weird. Excitement, fear, and so many emotions in between.  I stressed myself out so much I spent a lot of our first day training outside the training room.

As I look back at that first year on the job I wasn’t particularly confident in my job, but I look back now and know I had no clue exactly how much I didn’t know. The perspective of 10 years means I realize how much more I still have to learn, though I’ll admit I can still sometimes be a know-it-all. As I think of these first 10 years and think to the next 10, it seems with the passage of time we know less and less. I think that’s probably the unofficial definition of wisdom… thinking you know less but really knowing the most. Continue reading >