You won’t believe her reaction when she finds out her bill has already been paid

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Proud of my boy Rob Westerman and all the work he and his church, SNC Norwood, are doing in Cincinnati. He recorded this with his friend and talented Cincinnati native, Mike Lewis of Jesus Painter Ministries. This is much more than a ‘pay it forward’ initiative. As Rob explained to me of all the final quotes Paul shared from Jesus with the Ephesian leaders before he went back to Jerusalem, it was this quote from Jesus that he left them with in Acts chapter 20, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” The full verse is here:

Acts 20:35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ â€

Here is the local news coverage. Just one day after it was shared it had over 5.1 Million views, and now 10 million views as of this post! For a few hours work and $400 dollars it’s a good lesson to any business or organization to create moments that are sharable, and doing it is NOT expensive. As SNC Norwood states on their facebook page, just $400 showed love to over 5 million people.


So go, and give. It’s better than receiving.

Plan now.

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Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind. (Proverbs 21:5)Runner Start Runway 2015Make plans. Write them down. Cross some off. Add a few goals you think are too big. Plan out your steps to get each goal accomplished. Tell someone about everything you want to do this year.

Start.

 

 

7 Ways to be more dangerous at work

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Watch this amazing video of explorers walking on beautiful clean ice in the Slovakian mountains. It’s some of the clearest ice you could ever imagine. It looks like they are walking on thin ice it’s so clear.

In the hustle of getting projects done, meeting deadlines, doing our day-to-day work, growing our careers – and all while juggling home life –  sometimes we feel like we might fall through the thin ice below. But maybe, the ice isn’t thin at all. Maybe the ice is solid and we just need to trust the ground we’re exploring. Be dangerous. Be daring and do great things.

Here’s seven things to help you be more dangerous at your job.

1. Take it serious. Run your job like it’s your own company and a company you will fight to make successful.

2. Trust yourself. If you have an idea you feel could make a difference, share it. Present it with passion and excitement.

3. Test the waters. If something looks a little shaky, proceed with caution. The important part is to proceed. Don’t avoid things because they look a little risky. Test the waters, but do it quickly.

4. Be courageous. There are times for caution and there are times where courage is needed. Every team needs to break out of their mold and every team can use a win that is outside of their normal work. Big wins will come with great courage to do dangerous things.

5. Do the math. You are only going to succeed as much as you are willing to fail.

6. Explore new places. We’ll never find new success if we don’t get off the beaten path.

7. Enjoy the view. When you look around and see you are doing things that you never thought could happen – enjoy the view. Work hard to make the unbelievable happen and then celebrate your victories – big or small.

Sometimes what we think feels like walking on thin ice is really more like exploring new ground.

Dad-of-the-year Fail (gif)

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As a dad, sometimes you get it right and sometimes you don’t. The important part is that when your son is on a kids bouncy house that doubles as a water slide and he tells you to come and play with him… you do it. Here’s my son using me as a human sled.

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Nailed it! My boy jumped right up and wanted to do it again.

The Most American Man Ever

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The most American man ever.

I grabbed this shot of my cousin as he walked in front of me during our family 4th of July get together. Later, this pic was dubbed, “The Most American Man Ever”.
Truth is – he kind of is. He is the most American man ever.

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Call him what you will, the most American man ever, the most patriotic man ever, the great American badass – it all leads to the same image. No funny post on collegehumor.com or pic of Abraham Lincoln riding a bear waiving guns could ever be as American and Patriotic as a marine who stood up for you on foreign lands, hand in hand with his fellow marines, to be certain we can continue to live in freedom.  Here’s to the most American Man Ever – which does (in turn) make this the most American blog post ever.

Cheers.

(image rights Matt Peterson 2014 “The most American man ever”)

Princeton High School, Cincinnati Ohio

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My mom graduated from Princeton high school in 1972. Little did she know then my brother would someday be the district principal at that same high school. I’m extremely proud of my brother and the entire staff at Princeton high school for all the work they do to pour into and change the lives of kids every day.