Culture eats strategy for breakfast…

A couple times we have had the same type of compliment from a negative perspective.  Here’s the latest, “This place would be a destination for local beer connoisseurs if the owners turned down the lights, banned kid-family playtime, moved away from religious overtones, and had some decent music.”  Shit!  That, for us is an amazing compliment!  Sure, some of the statements coming from a one-time guest, are ridiculous, like “if the owners…had decent music.”

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Calm down and use wisdom

seven weeks before the trail-run I wanted to see if I could run 10 straight miles. I ran 12. So, I jumped from 6 to 12. Two days later, I ran 10. Then four days after that, I told myself I can run 18, I’ll sign up for the marathon. I didn’t. I ran 16. The good news is, not one time did I get a cramp in my calf! That felt pretty good. But a healthy person can’t go from 9 miles a week to 38. It wasn’t just 38, because two days after the 16 I tried to run a 5-mile recovery run, and at mile 4 the achilles twist happened...

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At last...a book!

…what started out to be a story for my kids to read one day, evolved into a tale for pastors and leaders who may go through the same thing. Which then became a manuscript one of my professors encouraged me to submit. Which resulted in a book contract. So there you go! The journey has begun. I have a book coming out. It is still in the early stages of copy editing. The title is, “An Undoing.“

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Back to Basics

Have you ever looked at one of your kids and thought, “Damn, you’re pretty smart!”  That happened to me just this past week. My oldest, Serena, was giving some life advice to a friend, and distilled it down to three points:

  1. Learn to tell people, “no”

  2. Ask for favors

  3. Important stuff should be done face-to-face.

Yeah, that’s pretty good!  I thought it was so good, that I wanted to take her three-point life-advice, and expound.

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It Takes a Village...

to live beyond your scope, to live beyond my scope, it takes a village.  It takes the mindset of world-changers.  It takes sacrifice on all of our parts.  I am so thankful that our “village” stretches all over the US, from Florida to California, from Texas to Illinois.  So, why do I write this, simply to say, “thank you for being you.”  And while you may not have considered yourself a world changer, you have indeed changed the world of my kids, and hopefully through that, they will change the world for others, and therefore you are changing the world of those you will never know or meet.  Your influence goes well beyond you, and for that the Hansen clan says, “Cheers!”

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Lent for the Good of Others

…In the book of Isaiah, the prophet tells us the kind of fast God asks of us are those that lead us to “Freeing those who are wrongly imprisoned; lightening the burden of those who work for you. Letting the oppressed go free, and removing the chains that bind people.” …the Isaiah text tells us the only fasting God really recognizes, is fasting that is purposed for the good of other humans.

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