JumpStart- Changing Course

SYNOPSIS Did you know that airplanes always take off and land facing in whatever direction the wind is blowing? Resistance x speed = Lift And yet, sometimes the pilot finds that winds have changed and must change direction for takeoff or landing. We as individuals...

JumpStart- The Front Row

SYNOPSIS In this JumpStart, I take you live and behind the scenes at one of my speaking gigs to share with you an important principle of life. Whether at church or at a conference, MOST people fill up the back rows first and only sit closer to the platform if there is...

JumpStart – Quiet

SYNOPSIS Here’s a game: the next time you’re at the airport take a look around and count the number of people NOT on their smartphones. Thanks to smartphones, we never have to be bored, we can never be lost, we are drowning in both information and entertainment….and...

JumpStart – The Ultimate Problem

JumpStart – The Ultimate Problem

SYNOPSIS There are things in life that, let’s be honest, really frighten us. And some of these things are super silly. The other day I faced one of these ultimate, “OMG, what if THIS ever happened?” problems, and I was surprised at how easily it was resolved. Have you...

JumpStart – Trying

JumpStart – Trying

SYNOPSIS Here’s one of my pet peeves: hearing someone say, “I’ve tried everything.” In almost every case, “I’ve tried everything” really means, “I tried one, maybe two things, and they didn’t work so I gave up. BUT, I don’t want to admit to being a quitter so I said I...

JumpStart – Known Acquaintances

SYNOPSIS Consider this: researchers have found that fear in a society is directly proportionate to the number of “unknown strangers” perceived in that society. In other words, the more people around you that you don’t know, the more anxious you feel. This is why...

JumpStart – Compassion By Proxy

SYNOPSIS The other day, I heard a snippet of a sermon about The Good Samaritan given by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King said, “The Samaritan chose not to do good by proxy.“ Wow, “chose not to do good by proxy.” That blew my mind. How often are we...

JumpStart – Ethics

JumpStart – Ethics

SYNOPSIS I just read about an amazing study that took place in Morocco. Researchers gave local merchants money and told them that they could either keep the cash or give it to charity. Remember, Morocco is an Islamic country and five times a day the call to worship...

JumpStart – Crashing Your Pity Party

JumpStart – Crashing Your Pity Party

SYNOPSIS Occasionally, I will get someone who challenges one of my Facebook posts. They don’t challenge its logic; they challenge its universality. They claim that they are an exception to whatever I have posted, and they always have lots of reasons as to why. These...

JumpStart – Etch-a-Sketch Do-overs

JumpStart – Etch-a-Sketch Do-overs

SYNOPSIS I learned something interesting the other day about the classic toy known as an Etch-a-Sketch. When you draw on an Etch-a-Sketch you’re not actually drawing on the glass surface. What you are actually doing is ERASING the glass surface line by line. Here’s...

JumpStart – People Focus

JumpStart – People Focus

SYNOPSIS I’ve mentioned before that my daughter Starr is the most popular person I know. I’m not bragging--I had nothing to do with it; I just love sitting back and seeing how she magnetically draws people to her. The other day, she again demonstrated superpowers for...

JumpStart – Zombies

JumpStart – Zombies

SYNOPSIS What if someone else took over your body for 30 days? How would you then look, dress, move, feel at the end of that 30 days? Your life is like a ship and you are the captain of your ship -- you direct its course. Another captain might take the same ship to...