Motorcycle Crash Survived

*&$^!)#_$*$#!*# is about what the crunch sounded like – terrifying!

A 4-door sedan slammed into the back of my motorcycle on Dec. 19; I was doing about 20 mph, the Dodge, approx. 60 mph.

My first thought was “Something’s not right!” (deep, eh!).  Followed immediately by “Fall well – don’t fight it.”

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50+ feet later, after coming to (I blacked out), I saw a tire go by my head and I remember thinking how the helmet felt soft and was sliding well.  I then saw the vehicle that hit me skidding to a stop.  It was cold (16 degrees Fahrenheit), and I hurt.  I was able to stand and walk amidst a daze.  The seat of my pants were blown out and my clothing was ripped down to my socks and undies.  I now know the full meaning behind the saying, “It scared the crud out of me,” ’cause the hit did.  Just keeping it real.

It’s been over three weeks now, and I still feel like I was hit by a car – sore, sharp pains, fatigued.  It took over two weeks to gain some sort of clarity and ability from the concussion.  I ever sound like the old theme song from Rice Krispies Cereal, “Snap, crackle, pop!”  I have 4 compression fractures in my spine, hurt ribs, and a busted right hand.  My road-rash is mostly healed up; boy did the scrub down in the ER feel great (not!).

All glory to God for sparing my life; for leaving my wife a husband, and daughter a father.

I have learned so much from this experience in the areas of God’s sovereignty, simplicity, keeping in good health, and community – man are our friends, family, and church family at Grace incredible!  We couldn’t have done it without you all.  Thank you.

And to my wife and little girl . . . you’re amazing!  Thank you.

Please pray for a full recovery, continued growth in the knowledge of Christ, solving the medical and financial puzzles, and gospel workings in the life of the gentleman that hit me.

The Golden Rule Taco

A double decker taco is my favorite. They have both a soft tortilla and a hard shell to hold all the goodness inside.

Versions of the golden rule can be found in many ancient writings.


At first take, they all sound great.  However, what we wrap around it is important.  For instance, we all wish to be treated in our own ways. And often these are self-seeking.

I know people that will give you the shirts off their backs and be walked-on for the sake of reciprocal treatment or outright kindness. I know others that are hard, cut-throat, and they don’t give a damn what you think.

So again, what we wrap around the golden rule is important. Jesus wraps around it a triple decker shell: sacrificial kindness, love, and non-judgementalism (Mathew 5-7).

This is the correct taco shell (wrapper).  Otherwise, all we have are subjective and individualized natural inclinations.

How do you wrap your taco?

Mystical Life

Google’s second listed definition of ‘mystical’ is “inspiring a sense of spiritual mystery, awe, and fascination.”

It is a fitting entry definition to what it’s like living a Spirit-filled life with Jesus.  He captivates your heart, reveal’s truth, and moves you in amazing ways.

I came across this song this weekend as I wrote and prayed during morning devotions.  It helped my soul engage, my spirit to express itself, and also to sense the Lord’s nearness.


I Got Deet! (SHR)

For the past three year’s I have been chipping away at the Sierra High Route (SHR) with three of my friends.  It is a 195-mile trek through the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountain range from Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park and north.   100 miles are off-trail, demanding route finding, boulder scrambles, and blissful solitude (my count of the ratio of people on the John Muir Trail compared to the SHR is 30:1).  We plan to complete the route next summer.

This past week we entered at Kearsarge Pass (Independence, CA), hiked up then down to Roads End (Kings Canyon National Park), then north on the SHR to Bishop Pass (Bishop, Ca).

A few highlights were:

  • 5.5 climbing up Cirque Pass
  • Watching a herd of deer below Frozen Lake Pass
  • Daily alpenglow
  • Jarrod’s deep 3-word statements such as, “I got deet!”
  • Undistracted existence

The Ultimate Guide

Many people guide our lives.

My parents showed me how to love.  Teachers showed me how to think.  Mentors showed me how to put it all together for life.

People I have never known have taught me much as well.  Take Sun Tzu for instance, the author of the 5th-century Chinese military treatise, The Art of War.  He showed me how to think strategically.  Another is Lewis Sperry Chafer, a 20th-century theologian, and author of He That Is Spiritual.  He showed me how to be an ever spiritual person.

But the person who shows me things every day is the Holy Spirit.  He is the ultimate guide.

My Pastor, Dan Frank, says it this way, “Let God disciple you.”  How true this is!  (Hear six dimensions of the Holy Spirit in Dan’s sermon here)

We often look to so many other sources and people, yet God is the best.  Decrease the noise and stimulus around you, and focus on following His lead.

GLS ’16 Day Two

Chris McChesney, The 4 Disciplines of Execution
Executive at Franklin Covey

  1. What do leaders struggle with more: strategy or execution?
  2. What are people educated in?
  3. We tend to blame people, but it’s the leader’s problem to work at further (change the system and process)
  4. When it comes to
  5. The 4 Disciplines of Execution (natural laws): focus, leverage, engagement, and accountability
  6. Focus on the wildly important.  Narrow the focus; cut out the 11-20 extra goals
  7. There will always be more good ideas than the ability to execute
  8. Don’t blur the day to day operations with goals
  9. What are the fewest battles necessary to win the war?  One WIG per team at the same time. You can veto, but you can’t dictate.  From X to Y by when?
  10. Two best friends of execution: simplicity and transparency
  11. Lead measures like homework, work to attain the lag measure
  12. Keep a compelling scoreboard – people play differently when we/they are keeping score.  Go for a players scorecard, not a bosses scorecard
  13. Greatest success measure is how people feel about if they are winning
  14. Do people feel like they are playing a winnable game
  15. Create A Cadence of Accountability
  16. WIG Meeting: Report on last week. Review scorecard. Make commitments.
  17. Greatest principle in execution is creating a “pull”
  18. The natural laws for execution turn out to be the same laws of engagement

Erin Meyer, The Culture Map
Professor at INSEAD, Consultant and Author

  1. Cross-cultural interactions demand awareness and sensitivity to each other’s differences

John C. Maxwell, (Add Value to People)
Leadership Expert and Author

  1. The first step of leadership is to help people think intentionally
  2. It starts with adding value to people
  3. As a leader, are you adding value to people, or are you wanting them to add value to you?
  4. There is a thin line between manipulating and motivating
  5. 3 questions that followers ask leaders: Do you like me? Can you help me? Can I trust you?
  6. Everything worthwhile is uphill all the way
  7. Everyone has uphill goals and downhill habits
  8. The only way to break downhill habits is to be intentional
  9. Selfishness and significance or incompatible
  10. As Christ-followers, we’re going to have to ask ourselves “Are we going to connect with people or correct people – do the prior.”
  11. Five things John does every day: value people, think of ways to add value to people, look for ways to add value to people, add value to people, encourage others to add values to others
  12. Intentional living is upfront thinking/preparing.  The other way is reacting.
  13. Who am I going to see today/tomorrow and how am I going to add value?

Danielle Strickland
Officer in the Salvation Army, Advocate and Author

  1. Bible – Judges 6-7
  2. Let God be your chiropractor (adjust you)
  3. Posture Shifts: Shalom (center of God), True Humility (agreeing with God about who you are; insecurity), True Dependence (agreeing with God about who he is), Pockets of Dependency (away from self-sufficiency, co-dependance, pride, etc.)

Horst Schulze
CEO Capella Hotel Group

  1. Tell people where you’re going on the first day
  2. The first day of work is key
  3. Repeat your core values every day
  4. Focus on reminding people where you’re heading and how they are contributing
  5. Cost cutting can kill your business – be careful with what you cost
  6. What does the market/your customers want?
  7. Empower your people – respect them
  8. Join-in to their thinking

Wilfredo de Jesus
Senio Pastor of New Life Covenant Church

  1. A leader stops learning, he stops leading
  2. Engage culture
  3. We must bring good to the picture
  4. This is not the time to withdraw, but to engage
  5. Be the salt and the light
  6. Get outside of your church walls
  7. Put aside your opinions and gain those of Christ (truly loving others!)
  8. Don’t deviate from God’s plan
  9. Be like a pilot of a plane that makes thousands of in-air adjustments to make the flight plan
  10. Adjustments mean repentance at times
  11. Face it that we have wrong in our life
  12. We must change as a church and repent
  13. The Titanic had four warnings before it hit the iceberg – what pushed them on to disaster?
  14. A scared world needs a fearless church
  15. Keep growing our faith

GLS ’16 Day 1 Afternoon

Jossy Chako, Expand Your Leadership Reach
Founder and President of Empart Inc.

  1. Enlarge your vision
  2. Can you be trusted with more
  3. Just keeping and maintaining is not an option, we must multiply
  4. Are you leading to manage or to multiply?
  5. When people hear vision, they should know the size and power of your God
  6. Vision should keep you up at night and motivated during the day
  7. If your vision doesn’t sound like this, you need to enlarge it
  8. People will come and try to “pop” your vision “bubble”
  9. Don’t be confused about what people think about your vision
  10. If your vision is to be content, you will not see the opportunities around you
  11. You need the help of others and miracles around you
  12. Empower your people
  13. Your leadership reach will be limited by how you empower others
  14. Don’t get stuck in the present or you’ll miss the needed horizon
  15. Focus on building the character before you empower
  16. Empowering leadership is not being in front, but being alongside others
  17. Make sure you have agreed (clear) outcomes and measurements
  18. Embrace Risk
  19. Without faith you cannot please God.  Risk is in faith.
  20. Three paradigms to change: risk is friend to love, not to be feared; see comfort and safety as your enemies;
  21. Fear is from the devil.  Give it back and embrace the bodacious faith God gives.
  22. Be permanently hinged on the door of risk
  23. By not taking risk, who is missing out on the blessing
  24. Don’t let earthly practices stop the heavenly possibilities
  25. Increase your pain threshold
  26. Do these 3: list of dreams, then time-frame on when you’ll do them, then who’s going to hold you accountable

Dr. Travis Bradberry
Emotionally Intelligence 2.0

  1. Stimulus hits the brain’s emotion sector first, then moves to the rational sector
  2. EQ and IQ and personality are not related in any way
  3. You cannot change your IQ, but you can change your emotional intelligence
  4. If you “spot it, you got it.”
  5. 4 Skills: Self-Awareness (what’s going on with you), Self-Managment (dealing with what’s going on with you), Social-Awareness (what’s going on with others), Relationship Managment (use first 3 skills in concert; seeing how your behavior impacts others)
  6. Increasing your EQ takes time to develop new reaction pathways in the brain
  7. Get your stress (severity and duration) under control.  It works for you in ways, and against you in others (i.e. turn off your phone, breathing exercises, thankful thinking, etc.)
  8. Get more high-quality sleep to remove toxic protein build-up in the brain from each day (i.e. don’t take anything to go to sleep, no blue wavelength light in the evening which hinders melatonin production, bad sleep equals gain weight, etc.)
  9. Get your caffeine intake under control.  Short-term it increases fight or flight response.  Coffee has a 6-hour half-life – stop drinking after 12 pm.

Patrick Lencioni
Founder of the Table Group and Bestselling Author

  1. The ideal team player is: humble, hungry, (people) smart
  2. Humble only: The Pawn
  3. Hungry only: The Bulldozer
  4. Smart only: The Charmer
  5. Humble and Hungry: Accidental Mess Maker
  6. Humble and Smart: Lovable Slacker
  7. Hungry and Smart: Skillful Politician
  8. Take people off site for interviews – see how they interact in real life situations
  9. Repeat questions during job interviews
  10. Ask what other people would say about them (interviewer)
  11. Listen to your gut and intuition when evaluating people
  12. Scare people with sincerity