Re-post: How to Write a Great Thank You Note

Put those grateful thoughts on paper - and mail them

“Thank you, the phrase, ‘the greatest thing since sliced bread,’ for making me seriously wonder who’s in charge of deciding what the greatest thing is.” – Jimmy Fallon I’m sure you received a lot of nice gifts for Christmas this year.  If you want to stand out as a man — to be the best version of yourself possible — take the time […]

A Christmas Wish for You

Finding real joy in a difficult year

Merry Christmas to you, my friends and readers! Here’s my Christmas wish for you:     On the off chance the real story of Christmas is new to you, you can read it here. As you read it, remember that God’s entire purpose in sending His son Jesus was to rescue us. And He did […]

Re-Post: The Unsung Hero of Christmas

The noble character of Joseph

Merry Christmas! While we celebrate the incarnation of Christ Jesus, I want to ask you to consider the example of a man who was indispensable to the Christmas story — Joseph the carpenter.   Meet Joseph When we first meet Joseph in the Bible, he is defined in terms of his relationships — as the […]

There Are Seven Days in the Week — Someday Isn’t One of Them

Develop a solid system for the new year

“What lifetime are you waiting for?” – Bill Hybels Christmas is soon approaching, and we will do some talking and thinking about it presently. Today, though, I want to encourage you to think about your plans for the new year. I have written before about setting SMART goals, and I won’t repeat myself here, but […]

How to Prevail When the Spam Hits the Fan

Hardship is inevitable. Defeat isn't.

“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome, ‘Do your worst, for I will do […]

Why Education Is the Greatest Path to Wealth

And why it pays to be a shrewd consumer

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” – Eppie Lederer (a/k/a Ann Landers) Reader — and good friend — Jeff sent an email following Tuesday’s post. As a side note, he has noted that he often agrees with my conclusions, even though he differs with the path I used to reach them. Here’s a […]

Gain Amazing Strength and Resilience in the Wait Room

Just because you haven't found your destiny doesn't mean you don't have one

“The waiting is the hardest part…” – Tom Petty It doesn’t matter whether you call it being a late bloomer, a slow starter, or failure to launch. Plenty of guys these days are finding it difficult to establish themselves in life. Formal education is expensive, and the return on investment is questionable. Full-time employment is […]

Re-Post: The Advent Conspiracy – A Cure for Grinches?

How to bring back the wonder of Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner.  Despite the holiday-themed TV ads that began in early November and the radio stations that started playing Christmas music around the same time, it’s possible you may have missed it.  As a friend of mine observed, “Christmas seems to come earlier every year.” If the crass commercialization of the […]

Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Marriage

Next to parenthood, it's the best trouble you'll ever have

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing     and obtains favor from the Lord.” – Proverbs 18:22 (ESV) Mrs. Booth and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary this week. I am profoundly thankful for the years we have had together, and I look forward to the years ahead. The institution of marriage has suffered […]