Twelve Steps to Strong Recovery

Twelve Steps to Strong Recovery The Road to Strong Recovery The road to a strong recovery is often a bumpy one.  Our expectations can be like a smooth high speed expressway but the reality is early recovery is more like a logging road filled with pot holes and dangerous obstacles.  When the fight of your…

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Feeling Irrelevant

    Feeling Irrelevant Have you noticed that nobody cares what you think? Politicians, medical personnel, school officials, people of different viewpoints, your kids, and maybe even your spouse all seem to be on their own agenda and it doesn’t include you. We listen to our own. We listen to those people who share our…

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Jesus on the shelf

Jesus on the shelf We are just a few days into December and the “don’t “X” Christ out of Christmas” has already begun. So have the dreaded elf on the shelf photos. As you know at Leadershop Ministries we want to help you integrate your faith into every aspect of family life. We believe this…

Keeping Commitments

How do you know if you are really investing 100% into your relationship and keeping commitments?  Obviously, if it were a financial investment and you had $100 and you put it all in, you would conclude that you are 100% invested.  Surely 100% invested must mean keeping commitments.  Now, image that your investment goes through…

Defining Family Identity

Defining Family Identity “Todd, I want to invite your son to play for me on the All Star Team.” That is how the phone call started and it sounded great.  I was proud of my son and his dedication, sacrifice, and performance.  I was excited to see him play with other similarly focused and competitive…

Pass ’em

It was about this time of year, 25 years ago. Some friends and I were driving home from a movie. There was a car in front of us and my friends shouted “pass ‘em”. The road was dangerous and my resistance was weak. They shouted again, “pass ‘em or you’re not a man”. Just this…

Getting Started

Getting Started Making our own pleasure a god that must be served is not a good or liberating god.  Instead focus on discipline to say “yes” or “no” selectively and appropriately as it serves a higher purpose and calling.  Focus on saying “no” to personal pleasure in order to create time, opportunity, and energy for…

Say “Yes” or “No”

Most men never get the opportunity to spend the summer with their kids.  I am so blessed to be in this challenging position.  Structure and activity has been good for all of us but sometimes it seems to go too far.  Engagement in activities, whether it’s going to the pool, archery, drawing pictures, seeking evidence…