One Thing for Men Presents – That Day

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That Day is a play about Daniel Scott Mathewson who has been pursuing the American Dream since graduating from college. His lifelong focus centered on the next deal, the next promotion, the next bonus, and how far and fast he could climb the corporate ladder.

Today Daniel is on the cusp of achieving everything he’s ever dreamed of…right up until the plans he had for his life comes to a screeching halt as he suddenly faces the reality of eternity.

Our endless pursuit of aspirations, goals and dreams come with a price, one which is paid by our family, friends, and co-workers if we are not careful. 

One Thing Men’s Ministries is excited present a performance of That Day at Independence High School theater in Alpharetta, Georgia on Saturday November 8th at 7:00 pm.

Father’s Day – The Day After

The Father’s Day cards are still prominently displayed on the mantle, but Monday morning has intervened and work has convened. Conference calls have to be taken, meetings will take place, and life will go on the day after Father’s Day.

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Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that’s why I call you dad, because you are so special to me. You taught me the game and you taught me how to play it right. ~ Wade Boggs

The day after Father’s Day is a day where carpools have to be driven, baseball practices are attended, and homework must be completed. For Dad’s everywhere, there is a struggle to achieve and maintain a healthy balance which produces a rhythm to accomplish our work objectives and our family priorities.

I recently came across and interview with NFL All-Pro Mark Schlereth who share a favorite memory of playing catch with his son, and how it was impromptu moments like this they both treasure the most.

The gifts our adult children will remember the most will not be the ones wrapped in paper or inside box, they will be memories of the time we spent with them.

Your role as a Father in the lives of your children is critical. They will be influenced and impacted not only by you say, but also by what you do, so be present on every level. Making this a priority and a commitment will make a difference now and can have a generational impact.

~Tom

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Relationships Matter – Invest Well

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As this Lenten season begins today and we prepare for Easter, one of the best things we can do is take time for a period of reflection. One often overlooked area for reflection is the relationships we have in our lives.

  • Who are we invested in?
  • Who is vested in us?
  • Have you let secondary relationships crept into a primary status?
    • If this is the case due to unavoidable season at work, have you set an end date?
  • If it were all to end tomorrow who would you regret not spending enough time with the past few months…years?

A good indication of what matters most to us is our relationships and the time we invest there. A friend of mine, Ken Seeger, shared a few thoughts on relationships with a great reminder from his Mother before she went to be with the Lord.

Forty Year Prayer

The forty year prayer is actually a prayer I hope to be able to pray for the next forty years. The forty year prayer was something which resulted during a meeting Shari and I had with the Pastor who would marry us. Like most newlyweds, we had to meet with our Pastor to be interviewed before he would consent to marry us. Unlike most newlyweds we were planning our wedding in only 21 days as a result of news my cancer had returned and had spread throughout my body. With chemo, radiation, and surgery on the horizon time was of the essence and details had to be finalized immediately. As we met with Mike Teston and shared our personal stories and our story as a couple, we knew a bond had developed that would continue beyond our wedding day. As our special time together came to a close, Mike stopped to pray over our marriage and the impact it may have on Michael and Matthew (Shari’s sons) and our future together as a couple with God at the center of everything. He then added:

Tom…I don’t know if you have 4 months, 4 years, or 40 years but I do know God is faithful and He has a plan for your life, with or without cancer. God knows both you and Shari, He knows what’s on your minds, and He knows what’s in your hearts, and my prayer for both of you is to let everyone know your Faith lies in Him…regardless!

This forty year prayer, our milestone prayer, is something Shari and I have prayed now for over a year. And today as a result of this prayer we have created a $40 challenge as a way to raise money for cancer research and celebrate our journey of Faith.

We celebrated when we reached 4 months and I shared my thoughts last year in my Milestones post. We believe another amazing milestone would be for our Leveraging Life team to beat last year’s record of raising $4,237.00 for cancer research during the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s North Metro Light the Night Walk.

A Mother’s Legacy

A Mother’s legacy starts before the children are born and continue long after the children have left the home.

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A mother’s legacy is born…

  • when personal plans and desires are replaced by the need to nurture, protect, and equip.
  • when personal hopes and dreams are put on hold to teach another generation how to hope and dream while they are in your care.

Will you help make a difference?

The most important Friday Favorite ever!

Most Fridays I feature a website or a blog that for me has become a favorite. 

Our Friday Favorite for September 24, carries far greater importance than anything I’ve posted on Leveraging Life. For me it speaks to the core of what I believe Leveraging Life calls us all to do…Leverage our life experiences and life lessons for a good greater than ourselves.

 

  [cancer]  me + You =Charity:Water

The formula listed above is something that began earlier this summer when I learned my cancer had spread. As I came to terms with another surgery, more radiation, and possibly chemotherapy I fought the frustration by trying to find the silver lining, the lesson that was to be learned,  a way to turn lemons into lemonade.

And this is where my story, your story, &  charity water all intersect….at a WELL….eclipsing briefly one disease by preventing  other diseases simply by providing clean drinking water where there is none.

Please take a few minutes to watch the videos in this post and learn more about the work charity water is doing around the world.

The Turning Lemons to Lemonade campaign comes to an end on September 30 and $5,000.00 is needed to build a well or 100% of what is collected will be combined with other groups to build a well, so it is a “win-win” situation either way!

Is it possible to raise $4,130.00 in a week? That’s not for me to say and only time will tell. But I do believe anything is possible when you have Trust & Faith in God and a group of people put His words into action.  So really this has as much to do with honoring Him by acts and deeds as it does in the final number.

Please take 3 steps right now to make that difference.

  • Boldly pray for the effort and pray for the outcome.
  • Use the share buttons to the right and share this effort with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, & via email by providing a link to this page.
  • Make a donation, remember $10.00 or $20.00 makes a significant impact in the overall picture and the $870.00 raised thus far will change the lives of 43 people.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post, for your efforts to share the formula & this story, and for partnering with me to leverage life for a greater good!!

~Tom

trusting God period