only the best

One day, a man walked into an antique shop and asked permission to look around. It was a rather exclusive shop frequented only by those who could afford to purchase articles made rare by their scarcity and age. The visitor seemed strangely out of place because he was poorly dressed though clean; indeed it was clear from his appearance that he was a laborer whose face and been etched by sun and rain and whose hands were rough and worn. After more than a half hour, he left. In about ten days he returned. This time he found a very beautiful piece of glass and asked if he could make a deposit on it. Each week he made a payment, until at last the article was his. With much curiosity, the owner of the shop engaged him in conversation to determine, if he could, the use to which such a man would put his new purchase. “I bought it for my little room.   It isn’t much, but I bring to it, from time to time, through the years, only the very best and beautiful things. You see, that is where I live.” 
                                             Howard Thurman, Deep is the Hunger                                                                                                       

To bring to where you live only the very best and most beautiful…

I read this story this morning and began to consider my life…

Of all the thoughts that pass through during the day, which will I keep for my room? Will I choose to keep only the positive, encouraging, believe-the-best, excellent ideas about myself, others and my world?

What will I bring into my home through my music, media, activity and reading choices? Are they only the very best and beautiful things? Worth their price? Valuable?

There is a lot of cheap, ugly junk quickly and conveniently available in our world today. On the other hand, it takes time, effort, care, attentiveness, and diligent searching to find a priceless treasure.

It is said that where your treasures are, that is where your heart is also.

What treasures are you collecting for your home? 

reach out

What are you passionate about? Who do you care about? What is most important for them to know? How will you tell them?

I began to blog because I had been through joys and “hard knocks” along the road of life, and I wanted to share some ideas and insights that might help others as they live, learn and lead in their part of the world.

I write about team and family relationships, life and work transitions, cultures and leaders and dreams and effectiveness… and I hope I encourage, challenge, and learn from fellow leaders on their journey.

For me personally, I love to share about what I am learning and my experiences, but the most important part of my journey is my relationship with the Lord, and I hope that some of what I write causes people to think about Him.

I know there are others out there who are passionate about their faith, care deeply about their family and friends, and are on social media like me looking for opportunities to connect with others. If you’d like to use your story to give the world a glimpse of what God is like…

There is a great new book that can help with that… and it is coming out today!

Reach by Laura Krokos and Angi Pratt is a quick read, filled with great perspective, practical ideas, and guiding steps for how to use social media to care for people and have meaningful conversations.

There is a site about the book: and you can order from Barnes & Noble or Amazon or download a PDF copy. Today, Friday November 2, Reach is available for only $2.99 (normal price $4.99).

.. and I will give away a FREE copy of Reach at the end of next week (Saturday, Nov 11), by a random selection of any who leave a comment on this post! 🙂

It is a privilege for me to connect my story with your story through this blog.

Who do you connect with? How do you share your story with others?