Thursday, September 23, 2010

Finding the Value in Twitter

Confession: I have not been a Twitter fan. I found it to be more noise, a time-waster and I loathed the word "tweet." (still not very fond of it)

BUT---I have learned that the value of Twitter lies in whom one chooses to follow! (<< that was the big idea right there)

My original experience was following local people that I knew. And not trying to disparage the locals, but what kind of sandwich one was eating wasn't exactly news I could use.

But Twitter has changed since I started following people who daily have wisdom, insights or humor to share. Here are a few that have added value to me:

John C. Maxwell
Leonard Sweet
Seth Godin
Tim Stevens
Seth Mcfarlane (sorry, I need a laugh now & then)

So Twitter doesn't have to be noise--it has the potential of being a very focused source of info from people you relate with and appreciate.

Do you think Twitter is lame? Delete the people you follow who don't add value to your day and follow people who do.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Latest from the Wood Shop

Click here for the whole story w/blow-by-blow pics.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sharpie + Ducati = Way Cool Art

Jody Whitsell is an artist that decided to re-do her Ducati Monster with a Sharpie; 20 of them actually. She also will custom Sharpie-up your helmet for a cool $800. (you provide helmet & pay shipping)
Love it!!!
credit: pg 15 Cycle World, Oct 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

25 Years of Ministry = "Fish" ;-)

This is Oakbrook's 25th year of ministry. Mark & Ronda Malin lead a handful of people to launch its first service, September 8, 1985. Some of those people are still here.

The staff and some good friends chipped in and bought them--what else?--a FISH! ;-) Actually this is a one-of-kind-artisan-crafted fish; the likes that Mark has wanted for a while.

They read a letter from their staff and friends and will enjoy a "get-away-and-do-replenishing-things fund" throughout the year.

It was a tender time. You could tell they didn't expect it and were moved to tender emotions. During the prayer time that followed, lots of sniffles underscored thankful prayers of what God has done and what He is still doing. It was a welcomed stream of emotion and the palpable Spirit of God.

Can't imagine a better start to a day or a better place to be ;-)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Multi-Gen Mojo Message

Click here for a PDF of my Sept 5th talk.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Thanks, Mr. Baughman

Last night after running an errand to the west side Kroger, I stopped in the ol' Forest Park Dairy Queen for a dipped cone.

"Hmm. That looks like Mr. Baughman, my sophomore year driving instructor."

I order. I study him some more. It was the early '80s but, yes, pretty sure that's him.

"Here's your cone!"

"Thank you."

"Excuse me, are you Mr. Baughman?"

Curious look, ""Why, yes I am..."

"I'm Morgan Young. You taught me how to drive. Thank you very much."

Huge smile now, "Well that must have been a few years ago!"

"Just a few ;-)"

Still with a huge smile that's nearly a laugh, "Thank you for saying something--thank you for remembering!"

"Thank you for teaching me, Mr. Baughman."

When I had walked in, he looked so old and serious. Intent. Unemotional. Alone.

When I walked out he had the look of an excited school boy on his face. Genuine joy. Happiness. He was known. Appreciated.

As I stood there eyeing the menu and Mr. Baumann, I kept wondering if I should say something or just let it go. As I drove away I was so glad I had uttered those few words and given that tiny bit of time to him.

How many more chances will I get to thank teachers who taught me in school? How many more times will men and women like Mr. Baughman get thanked for what they gave their lives to?

The power of the human touch is so powerful. I saw Mr. Baughman's face and emotions transformed...all because of a silly dipped cone. Life is in the details, friends.