Last week I read a Fast Company article that hooked me with the compelling claim that the author had figured out how to design her day for peak creative performance.
For Christians, this is Holy Week, the week when we remember and celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Holy Week is meant to be a week of looking inward as we follow the pattern of death and resurrection in our own lives.
To the crowd, Palm Sunday, it began so well. It was the moment that held such promise and expectation. It was a time of celebration and hope. A time when people could be assured that at last, the longing that they had was about to be realized.
Sometimes Christians refer to their possessions as “blessings.” I’m not talking about the basics of food, clothing, and shelter enough to live a meaningful life in a particular context. I’m referring more here to excess—the things we don’t need like a pool.
I’ve been thinking quite a bit about pancakes lately. The reason pancakes are on my mind is twofold, the first is that I make them quite a bit for my girls. They like blueberry pancakes (with the small wild blueberries), banana pancakes (ala Jack Johnson) and good old-fashioned buttermilk pancakes.
Last Thursday I began a series of theological reflections for our Thursday blogs. The Pro Deo Foundation’s mission is to create pathways for children and youth to flourish. Our strategy for accomplishing this mission is three-fold:
A few weeks ago my daughter and I traveled together to Kenya. Hannah is 12 years old, and this was her first significant international trip (she’d been to Mexico a few times). It was so fun how seriously she took her preparation for the trip and the maturity she displayed in Africa.
For the next few Thursdays, I’ll be writing some theological reflections on our three-part strategy as an organization. Most family foundations focus either on granting funds to other organizations who are doing the groundwork or doing the work as a nonprofit with the need to raise outside funds for their programs.
I don’t believe I have ever met a parent who does not want their child to think for themselves by the time they leave home to pursue a life outside their family of origin. We all want our kids to be equipped to make decisions for themselves and to question, rather than to blindly accept the views of others as their own.
Social entrepreneurs in today’s world need to be research-savvy. We live an information age where an endless amount of material from around the world is at our fingertips at all times. It requires a kind of skill to sift through useless material to curate the best resources for innovative work.