Friday, August 22, 2014

Changing Strategies - 20 Years In

The last four years of developing some key volunteers to help me serve area coaches and their FCA Campus Ministries, have now allowed me to refocus my attention for the next ten years of my ministry here. Please walk along with me through the thoughts which have resulted in the redesign of how I serve coaches and athletes in my 23 county area of Illinois.

1)   By developing the FCA Campus Ministry Volunteers, I have cut the personal list of counties I serve to 2 and ½. When I started twenty years ago, I was traveling through 28 counties. This is better. Each of the volunteers serve 4 to 7 counties of schools and their FCA huddles. That is a manageable amount of travel and time for them as they are each retired coaches.
2)   I am now able to focus more strongly on the campus at Southern Illinois University. School has been in session for less than a week, but here’s what is happening already:
a.   A new weekly Coaches meeting with university coaches. We will meet in one of the staff’s conference room, we’ll use FCA’s new book, “3D Coaching,” as a platform for our discussions on coaching. The coaches are inviting their colleagues for these 30-45 minute discussions.
b.   The new semester’s FCA meetings began at my home Tuesday evening. We had student-athletes from Volleyball, Football, Swimming, and Softball teams present. This group discussed all the logistics of how they would like to encourage and serve each other and their teammates through the coming semester.
c.   The SIU student-athletes agreed to do a monthly, large group meeting in the football team’s auditorium. They will soon design, plan, promote, and execute these events. Ideally, they’ll be 100% student-athlete led.
d.   Saluki FCA also had a number who were also interested in a more intensive Bible study. We are now deciding the when, where, how often, and subject matter for these studies that will require more reading and preparation.
e.   In addition to all that, I am polling the Salukis to check their interest in my setting aside one day per week for 1 on 1, personal mentoring meetings with them and their teammates. There seems to be good interest and I’m brainstorming which day and a good location for such meetings.
3)   Transformational Coaches is a group of area high school coaches and others in either my or their networks. This group grew out of two conversations with a couple of area coaches who were college baseball teammates and are now head coaches in their respective schools. We met the first time on Wednesday evening. I expected 14 to attend, but 21 coaches were in attendance. We ate some pizza, told stories, networked like crazy, compared notes, and heard an excellent presentation from one of the coaches who helped design the group. The room was full of energy and vision was shared broadly among these coaches who are deeply impacting the lives of their players.
4)   Sport Chaplaincy at SIUC. My twenty-first season of serving Saluki Football began back on August 2 with five sessions of Team Building, two early morning chapel talks, and many visits to practices and team dinners. I will again serve Saluki Women’s Basketball as October arrives, and I anticipate serving Saluki Baseball as well beginning in February or March. Other opportunities may arise from our meetings with coaches and from deeper relationships with other players in various sports.

I am immeasurably blessed to be actively engaged in the ministry I believe God created me to do. Twenty years ago I could never have dreamed wildly enough to imagine even the most pedestrian of my daily activities. I would challenge you to never quit, don’t give up, press on, stay the course, ignore the pain, strain toward the goal, and to seek the Lord’s purposes above all things and at any cost. The arrival at the goal is worth it all. Not just for your own satisfaction and joy, but for the lives you impact upon arrival.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Preseason Notes

Here in the USA schools are starting after the summer vacation and fall sports are gearing up as well. Soccer (football), American football, volleyball, golf, tennis, and even some baseball is played in the months of August through November. This time of year is always exciting because it’s full of anticipation and hope for success.

For sports chaplains and character coaches, this season of the year also presents some unique opportunities for effective ministry. Below is a brief, certainly not exhaustive, list of opportunities and ideas for your ministry with teams or individuals in this new season.
·        Prior to the season’s beginning, visit practices. Obtain a roster and memorize names, uniform numbers, and other details that seem helpful.
·        At preseason practices, speak with the coaching staff, support staff, and players as you can. Build relationships, they are central to everything we do.
·        Look for opportunities to assist the coaching staff in any way possible. Serve, serve, serve, and serve some more.
·        If you are able, attend team meetings and observe the team’s culture, their interaction, the tone of the coaching staff, their expectations, their goals, etc…
·        Look ahead at the schedule to see where ministry opportunities may be for yourself and for others.
·        Speak with the head coach about the possibilities of team chapels, Bible studies, team dinners, a study for the coaches, or other opportunities for ministry. Plan and execute them well.
·        Be sure, if you are serving in a university, to meet with the NCAA compliance officer and make him/her your friend. This person makes a better ally than an enemy. Build a relationship of trust with him or her and it will make your service easier and you won’t have to look over your shoulder constantly worrying about violating a rule.
·        Consider writing a journal of all your interactions with the team. It will sometimes feel rather mundane, but when a whole season’s story is told, it can be quite insightful for yourself and whoever else you allow to read it. I often do this and give it to the head coach after the season so he can see the season from my perspective.
·        Pray, seek favor, pray, build relationships, pray, memorize names, pray, watch your attitude, pray, serve selflessly, pray, and love extravagantly.

Have a wonderful season.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

South Africa Trip Journal excerpts

Below are some excerpts from my trip journal when I traveled to South Africa this summer. I was thrilled with the development of ministry in sport I experienced with our friends and the emergence of sports chaplaincy in that nation. I hope these notes are an encouragement to you.

Trip Journal
South Africa – 28 June – 6 July, 2014

28 June - 7:00 am I drove the three hours from Carbondale to BNA (Nashville, TN) airport. It was an easy and quick check in and security.  I waited at the gate and had some frozen yogurt for lunch. At 1:22 pm we flew United Airlines to IAD airport in Washington D. C. I changed concourses and boarded a South African Airways Airbus 340 jet. We left at 6:00 pm EDT.

29 June - We arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa on time, went quickly through immigration, and then hunted down my checked bags. Upon their arrival I hurried through customs and rechecked my bag. Mt flight was to board in ten minutes so I ran up two escalators and down one very long ticketing hall to security. Once through that I ran to my gate and waited for them to start boarding.

I boarded the plane for the two hour flight to Cape Town. I deplaned, claimed my bags, and met Hein Reyneke for the car ride to his home. We made the 35 minute drive to Stellenbosch and I settled into my room for the week. I was in bed shortly after 10:00.

30 June - I was awakened by my alarm at 6:30 this morning. It was 45 degrees as I showered with the window open. I slept very well as I like cool air for sleeping. Hein made some Starbucks Coffee and we had a good talk. I met his sons, Jaiden and Joshua, as they got up and going. Quinn Evans of FCA in North Carolina came to the house and we each drove to the SCAS (Sport for Christ Action South Africa) camp outside of town. I drove the red VW Jetta with the steering wheel on the right side of the car, driving on the left side of the highway. That was quite an adjustment after 42 years of driving on the other side.

I did an hour plus of camps training, we took a break, and then I did 20 minutes of training on the FCA Camp theme, "All In." Quinn Evans and Ashley Steenkamp prepared the interns to run two camps for the next week by outlining schedules, roles, and expectations as they will divide themselves into teams for each camp.

After that we had lunch and good conversation followed by more camps preparations. At 3:00, Hein and I returned to his house and we had some good discussion with Elzette (Hein’s wife) about Coaches ministry and Missouri Valley Conference Swimming. She swam one year at the University of Evansville.

We walked to Jon Yip's home for his daughter's birthday party.  As Jon and Hein grilled steaks, ribs, chicken, and sausage, we talked a lot about sports chaplaincy and how that's developing around the world.

After dinner I drove back to the SCAS Camp so I could share my testimony with the interns. My testimonial talk's theme was: "The purposes of God in your life are vastly greater than your perceived capacity to fulfill them." (Proverbs 16:3, 16:9, 20:24, 1 Thessalonians 5:24)

1 July - I was up at 6:30 and we left at 7:30 for breakfast with six people of the Stellenbosch Sports Coalition at a local bistro. We talked about sports chaplaincy for two and a half hours. After that group broke up, Casper Steenkamp (IMPACT leader) and I talked for another two hours. He and I then went to the island and I composed two talks for the FCA camps.

At 3:00 Hein and I returned to his house for a while and then went to Somerset West so he could speak to the campers. There are about 70 kids there and it seems things have started well. I listened as Garrett (IMPACT intern) rehearsed his testimony talk with me and I offered encouragement and a couple of suggestions. He delivered his testimony and Hein did his talk at 7:00 pm.

We returned to Hein's home, watched the Argentina vs. Switzerland World Cup game, and I tried to stay up to see the USA vs. Belgium game, but went to bed. I valued energy on Wednesday over football late Tuesday.

2 July - I was awake before 6:00 today and rose early to start the day. I read and prepared for my talk this morning. Just before 9:00 I drove to Somerset West and Urban Voice Church to deliver a "God is all in" talk at the camp. I was early and hung around greeting the interns and informally chatting with several. I did my talk from Genesis 1:24-28 and it seemed to go quite well. Afterward I drove back to Hein's home for a 12:30 meeting with Daniel Thomae of Traing4changeS. He picked me up and we had lunch with his wife, Kendra, and coaches Sylvester and XJ. I had a hamburger with cheese, bacon, and guacamole. We had a great discussion about 3D Coaching, InSideOut Coaching, and character coaching.

After our meeting, Daniel dropped me at a coffee shop where I met Hein for coffee and a chat. We then walked around the downtown district and I bought a few things after he changed dollars into Rand for me. We returned to his house, relaxed and then had a nice dinner as prepared by Elzette. Pea and ham soup, spaghetti with a meat sauce, a mixed vegetable salad, and ciabatta bread.

After dinner, Hein, Josh, and I went out to the SCAS island for Hein's talk at the camp. We returned at 8:00 and chilled until bedtime.

3 July - I was awakened by my alarm at 6:15 after a sound night's sleep. I did my normal morning routine of reading in the Proverbs and Acts, posting a verse from each on Twitter, posting links to both sport devotion sites, and a note from "Heart Fuel Soul Food" as well.

A few men came by Hein's home to chat and for some Bible study. Daniel, Sylvester, Benny (a distance running coach) and I discussed Psalm 90:12-17 and John 12:7-8. Soon after that, Hein, Josh and I went to the island. I did some correspondence and read until Quinn picked me up for coffee at a little cafe' down the road. We had a great talk in the cool, afternoon sunshine.

We returned to the island and then at 4:00 we returned to Hein's home and I rested in preparation for tonight's talk and tomorrow's 5 hour presentation.

After a dinner of barbecue beef ribs, butternut squash soup, and salad, I drove to the island and delivered the "I am All In" talk to the campers. I called them to commit their whole lives to Christ Jesus.

4 July - Awake at 4:30. At 7:30, we went to the island and I made final preparations for my afternoon presentation for fifty people from 1:00 to 5:00. I delivered the presentation of sports chaplain training including the McCown Sport in Ministry map and Transforming Lives in Sport high points. Bruce Nadin (sport chaplain from the UK), Johnny (former South African professional footballer), Benny (distance running coach), and others contributed well to the discussion. We wrapped the evening up with a dinner for the IMPACT host families during a driving rainstorm.

We drove back to Hein's house and we watched the end of the France vs. Germany World Cup match, then I went to bed around 9:00.

5 July – I was awake before 5:00, up at 6:15 to shower and prepare for the day. At 8:00 Hein, the boys and I drove to meet Elzette for breakfast at Food Lovers Market.

We did some souvenir shopping at a big flea market, then drove to the Strand (beach) to buy soccer and rugby jerseys. We toured Gordon's Bay by car and saw a whale in the turbulent sea. We were then off to the airport. It was easy going through check in and security. I bought gifts for granddaughters Addie and Elise, and my niece, Jennifer Glover. I then waited at gate C12.

The flight was okay to Johannesburg, but the changing gates, security, passport control, more security at the gate, and then two more levels of security inside the gate was annoying. Then we sat on the plane for two hours past our scheduled departure time.

While sitting there, I walked through various scenarios, should I miss my connecting flight to Nashville. I don't like any of them, but it's my best way to manage my frustration with the circumstances. I know what to do and can deal with the worst case scenario. This resulted in a little relaxation of my mind. Once we were 90 minutes late for departure, my window to transfer in DC was gone and I knew I would surely have to rebook. I hope I can at least get a flight to Nashville some time on Sunday. Baseball chapel with the Miners looks unlikely for Sunday.

We finally made our way to the runway and took off exactly two hours late. We arrived in Dakar, letting some passengers off and others on, and then we took off for DC.

6 July - On the flight to DC I slept some and watched some movies in the less than comfortable seat. I took a couple of walks about the cabin to stretch my legs and considered my options regarding rebooking my flight to Nashville and the Miners chapel. We landed at 8:15, about the time my connecting flight was to take off.

The line at USA immigration was very long and they had only 1 agent to check all US citizens. As I made the front of the line, 2 more stations opened. Baggage claim and customs were easy, and I then checked in for my new flight to Nashville. A 4:55 departure with a 5:45 arrival was my only option. No chance for Baseball chapel today.

I glided through security and took the tram to the A gates, then to A4. There is a Five Guys and Fries by our gate and that improves my attitude a good deal.
I sent text messages to the Southern Illinois Miners players on my Proverbs list and explained that I could not get there in time for chapel. I bought and started reading a new book in my Nook – Emotional Intelligence 2.0.

The flight to Nashville was uneventful and upon arrival I gathered my bag and met the parking shuttle for the short drive to the parking lot. I picked up my car, paid for the parking, and made the three hour drive back to Carbondale. I arrived home at 10:00 pm.

In summary, this was a very productive trip for the reasons I will detail below:
·        I was able to serve and support FCA’s IMPACT internship program in South Africa. To encourage Quinn Evans’ efforts in this work is very significant as I believe she will be among FCA’s leaders in International ministry for years or even decades.
·        I had more than a dozen one-on-one conversations with IMPACT interns across the six days I was with them. We discussed a number of issues ranging from ministry in Kazakhstan to life calling, and career paths.
·        I was able to further existing ministry partnerships with SCAS, Kingdom DNA, training4changeS, and other sports ministries in South Africa. They have strong interest in FCA Coaches ministry, especially 3D Coaching.
·        I was able to fan the flame of movement at work in South Africa toward sports chaplaincy training and development.
·        I was able to invest in relationships with people like Hein and Elzette Reyneke, Casper and Ashley Steenkamp, Daniel and Kendra Thomae, and John and Wanyi Yip.

·        I invested a number of books (3D Coaching, Free to Compete, Transforming Lives in Sport) in the ministries of our friends in South Africa.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Prayer in Sport

During my recent extended vacation I had some time to think and to incubate some ideas. As I was sitting in an airport I was thinking about how we encourage players and coaches to pray about sport, but how negligent we have been in providing models for prayer in sport. About what should they pray? How should they pray about it? Is sport even worthy of prayer? I repented and began to brainstorm issues, moments, and situations in the life of a sportsperson in which prayer could be helpful.

I then spent some time drafting a few prayers and then tweeted, text messaged, and emailed them to some sportspeople, friends and colleagues for their commentary. I was amazed by the universal acceptance and even comments from the sportspeople (professional baseball players) who said things like, “This is really helpful.”

Below is a simple example of one such prayer.

Prayer for the consecration of sport:
Thank you for (sport).
(Sport) is a beautiful and valuable part of Your creation.
I commit this day's experience in (sport) to You and ask that You receive it as an offering, holy and acceptable.
(Sport) is our reasonable act of worship as we offer our bodies in Your service .

I would like to hear from you. What are some issues, moments in a sportsperson’s life, situations and such that we could address with simple, scripturally sound, prayer? My “stream of consciousness” draft list is below, along with some other drafts of prayers. Let’s collaborate to provide some good models of prayer for the lives of men and women of sport.

Prayer of thanksgiving for sport:
Thank you for (sport). It engages my body, my mind, and my spirit in pursuit of victory, joy, and fulfillment.
Thank You for allowing me to sense both Your presence and Your pleasure as I compete.

Prayer prior to the start of competition:
Thank You for another opportunity to compete and to honor You in the process.
Please receive every moment, every breath, every step, every thought, every movement as an offering of praise and adoration.
I commit myself, the results, my teammates, my opponents and the officials to Your loving care.

Prayer for one's opponent:
Thank you for the provision of a worthy and challenging opponent.
May we each compete honorably and in a way that demonstrates dignity and respect.
May we each experience the best of (sport) today.

Prayer for the officials:
Prayer for emotional self-control:
Please empower me with control over my emotions as I compete.
By Your Spirit, enable me to overcome every factor that would lead to a loss of emotional self-control.
I commit every emotion I will experience to Your wise guidance and ask that You guard my heart from foolish reactions.

Prayer for one's teammates:
Thank You for my teammates. They are my esteemed colleagues and trusted friends.
May we all honor You, respect each other, and experience the best this sport has to offer as we compete for Your glory today.

Prayer for a post-practice meal:

Bed time prayer the night before competing:
As I anticipate tomorrow's competition, please enable me to rest well, to awaken refreshed, and to trust You with tomorrow's results.
I am well prepared and thankful for my life in (sport).
I commit my life and this night's sleep into Your watchful care.

Bed time prayer the night after competing:
Thank you for this day's competition.
I commit the results into Your hands as a sacrifice of love.
I confess my weakness and sin as revealed by today's contest.
I abide in Your grace and mercy.
Thank You for a worthy opponent, loving teammates, respectful officials, and wise coaches.
Please allow my mind to rest, my body to recover, and my spirit to be at peace.

Half-time prayer:

Prayer during breaks between periods:

Prayer during time outs:

Post-game prayer:

Prayer for teammates:

Prayer for an injured teammate:
My teammate is injured and I confess my shock, fear, and utter helplessness.
Please minimize his pain, heal his body, and restore him to compete again.
Please be very near to him in these moments of alienation and fear.
I commit my teammate; body, mind, and spirit, to Your lovingkindness.

Prayer  for off-season training:

Prayer for competition on the Sabbath:
My life in (sport) requires that I compete today.
I agree with You that the Sabbath is holy and rest is important to godly living.
I will give my all to this day's sporting experience and will give You my all in Sabbath rest tomorrow.
Thank You that I may rest in relationship with You.

Prayer for rest:
Please enable my mind to rest, my body to recover, and my spirit to be at peace.
I commit these impending hours of sleep into your gracious hands.
I trust Your heart and I seek Your will, even while I rest in Your loving arms.

Prayer for strength:

Prayer for weight training:

Prayer for the family of a competitor:

Prayer for the spouse of a competitor:

Prayer for approaching a stressful moment:

Prayer to process a poor play, a wayward shot, or a disappointing performance:

Prayer after a satisfying performance:

Prayer after a bitter defeat:

Prayer after suffering an injury:

Prayer for one's coaches:

Prayer for team leadership:

Prayer for mental focus:

Prayer for Christ - honoring competition:

Prayer of worship in sport:
In creating (sport), You have provided me with a vehicle for full expression of worship.
My heart is filled, my mind is enlightened, and my soul is enriched with each passing moment.
Please receive my body's presentation in (sport) as a living sacrifice.
May it be holy and acceptable to You as I compete in Your honor.
I commit this contest, its every second  and its results to You.

Prayer of praise in sport:

Prayer to calm one's mind and emotions:

Prayer for a post-practice meal:

Pre-practice prayer:

Post-practice prayer:

Pre-game prayer:

Prayer in the training room:

Prayer for a pre-game meal:

Prayer for strength:

Prayer  for off-season training:

Prayer for weight training:

Prayer for poorly performing teammates:

Prayer for excelling teammates:

Prayer to overcome envy of one's teammates:

Prayer of confession:
I confess that my behavior today was not pleasing to You.
I confess my lack of self-control and my foolish actions.
I confess that my speech was sinful and my attitude was selfish.
Please cleanse me from guilt and purify my sullied conscience.
I trust in Your mercy to forgive and Your grace to restore me.

Prayer after failure:

Half-time prayer:

Prayer during breaks between periods:

Prayer during time outs:

Post-game prayer:

Prayer for teammates:

Prayer after winning a championship:

Prayer after tournament elimination:

Prayer for dealing with weariness:

Prayer for when you want to quit:

Prayer for dealing with pain:

Prayer when feeling lonely:

Prayer for maintaining humility:

Prayer for the emergency room:

Prayer approaching a session of injury rehab:

Prayer for dealing with teammates' failure and a defeat:

Prayer after a victory over a worthy and honorable opponent:

Prayer during competition with a dishonorable opponent:

Prayer during competition with a superior opponent:

Prayer prior to competition with a highly rated opponent:

Prayer prior to competition with a lowly rated opponent:

Prayer prior to a moment filled with emotion and anticipation:

Prayer for the spouse of a competitor:

Prayer for team travel:

Prayer for a team meal:

Prayer for a pre-game meal:

Friday, July 11, 2014

From whom do you best learn? - Your replies...

A couple of weeks ago I asked you the following questions - From whom do you best learn? How do you best develop intellectually? What media best communicate with you? What environments best enhance your personal development?

Some of our colleagues have replied and their thoughts are below. I hope their experiences and comments inform your intellectual development process and I hope that process continues throughout your lifetime.

From Gerard Deonarine in Trinidad and Tobago -
Response: I learn best from persons with whom I share a coach / (I prefer to use this word rather than mentor) protégé relationship. My intellectual development is stimulated by reading industry related books and magazines and by participating in specific webinars. Most print and some electronic media communicate with me. LinkedIn is the only social media that resonates with me. Small groups where honest and open dialogue is fostered, enhances my personal development.

Gerard Deonarine - Chief Operating Officer - Sports Chaplaincy Caribbean

From Stuart Weir in England -
My top three would be:
1. Books
2. Websites
3. Colleagues
My Number 1 may reflect my generation.  A real book not a kindle or ebook!!

J Stuart Weir - Executive Director  - Verite Sport

From Sylvia Tam in Hong Kong -
Church services
Small groups
Educational institutions
MS TAM 譚姑娘

From P. Peter Jung in Hong Kong -
I had a big season from Pocast to learn and got inspired to live for God...
then slowly I went to a season of reading books and got inspired then movies and small groups...
So I don’t have one particular way to learn, but it’s definitely seasonal...
P. Peter Jung
Ptr ICA Generations

From Father Brian Cavanaugh in Ohio, USA -
Here's my list in order:
Audio tapes (for us old-timers who still listen to cassettes)
Periodicals (magazines / journals)
Movies (cinema)

Church services

Fr. Brian, TOR

Now my own thoughts –
·        I read books and gather a great deal of inspiration, challenge, and intellectual stimulation from them. I prefer paper books to ebooks, but do read a good deal in my nook.
·        I find that I learn best in small group environments and therefore engage in as many as I can.
·        I am greatly indebted to a number of mentors in my life. Occasional face to face meetings and regular correspondence via email and text messages catalyze growth in my life.
·        I love conferences because of the intense nature of the learning environment and the networking that takes place between the formal sessions.

Friday, June 27, 2014

From whom do you best learn?

From whom do you best learn? How do you best develop intellectually? What media best communicate with you? What environments best enhance your personal development? Please consider the list I have compiled below and drop me a note with some thoughts about which of these work best for you. I’ll share the responses I receive in the near future. Thanks.

·        Books
·        Websites
·        Blogs
·        Television
·        Radio
·        Movies (cinema)
·        Podcasts
·        Periodicals (magazines / journals)
·        Church services
·        Small groups
·        Mentors
·        Lectures
·        Seminars
·        Educational institutions
·        Colleagues
·        Conferences
·        Others… (please describe)

Please reply with your thoughts about any or all of these. Please try new methods on occasion. Please lean into the proven methods. Let’s each commit to the continual development of our hearts, souls, minds, and strength. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

What moves your soul?

What moves your soul? What touches you deeply enough to make an impact that lasts for a while? What are the situations, stimuli, environments, people, and activities that restore your heart’s passion? Let’s consider a list of items that move people, some may be on your list. We’ll then consider what to do with your list.

·        Music (What genre of music moves your heart?)
·        Sports camps (I’ll be leading the fifth FCA camp of June this next week.)
·        The outdoors (Hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, boating, etc…)
·        Participating in sport (Football, rugby, golf, tennis, running, swimming, etc…)
·        Being in sports environments (A ballpark, a stadium, a practice facility, a gym, a pool, a rugby pitch, a cricket ground…)
·        Literature (Books, periodicals, blogs, etc…)
·        Sleep (Afternoon naps, long nights of deep sleep, power naps in the office…)
·        Conversation with friends, colleagues, or mentors.
·        Groups of people (church groups, teams, youth groups, etc…)
·        Solitude (Your favorite place for time alone.)
·        Travel (To places that restore your soul.)
·        Crowds (The energy from big crowds excite some people.)
·        Something else…

What is on your list? Look it over closely and then make it a priority to invest time in the items on your list. Our work of serving people in sport is often stressful and overly busy. We often find our schedules squeezed tightly by many important and urgent activities. We super-committed servants are occasionally on the edge of burnout and frustration leaving our spouses and children with the leftovers of our energy and emotional investments. We must do the things that restore our souls and help us to be at our best, for everyone we love and serve. Set aside the time, engage in this soul restoring stuff, and lean into it wholeheartedly.

One whose soul is restored will find greater energy, more creativity, more empathy for others, and a more relaxed attitude toward everything he encounters. Please feel free to share the items on your list with me. I’d love to hear about all those things and people that restore your soul to its most transformational state. Thanks.