Apr 4, 2014

Community Post: Not Okay with "Okay"

A few years ago a literary agent turned me down after he read my query letter and a couple chapters of my manuscript. After I received the rejection, I responded to his email with a question. “So is it the lack of platform,” I asked him, “or the quality of...
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Apr 4, 2014

Community Post Summary: Moving Beyond Mediocrity

Parenting is tough. (Is that the understatement of the decade, or what?) Just this morning, my husband Carey and I took a walk and discussed how to find a balance between nudging our kids toward excellence without pushing them over the edge of perfectionism. We want them to grasp the...
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Apr 3, 2014

Community Post: No More Beanbag Living

In a one room, white schoolhouse across the street from Bishop Baraga Catholic Church, six-year-old me scribbled the bonus word, “elephant,” on a spelling test. My correct spelling of the word was a complete accident. I pulled the ‘ol make-your-handwriting-as messy-as-possible-and-maybe-what-you write-will-resemble-the-correct-answer trick. My teacher, Mrs. Macintosh, deemed me gifted...
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Apr 2, 2014

Community Post: "No" to the Good, "Yes" to the Great

There it was: an offer I never expected, but always deeply desired. With it came recognition. I’ve craved pats on the back from people from as far back as I can remember. My parents always sought to encourage me not to seek such things out, but I craved it because...
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Apr 1, 2014

Community Post: "Wow!" Customer Service

“If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.” Matthew 5:41 In a recent Truth@Work roundtable, the first part of each meeting was a discussion about outstanding customer service. We had watched a video where Dan Cathy , Chick-fil-A’s president, explained their philosophy of providing a...
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Mar 31, 2014

Community Post: My Son Wears the Mask of God in His Work

“What else is all our work to God–whether in the fields, in the garden, in the city, in the house, in war, or in government–but just such a . . . [way] by which He wants to give His gifts in the fields, at home, and everywhere else? These are...
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