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Just Because…

I’m not even too sure what this song is about. I just know that it stirs something in my soul. Maybe it will stir something in yours. If not, take a couple minutes to do something – listen to something – speak with someone – watch something – that stirs your soul. How would 2017 be different if you took just a few minutes each day to nurture your soul? It would be profoundly different, I think – profoundly better.

Remember: I love you. I’m cheering fo you. I’m praying for you. Let’s make 2017 the year of #PleaseDoGoodStuff! 

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Your Tablet is Blank. Now What?!

I don’t remember much from my freshman year classes at NJC, largely because I was a foolish 19-year old with nothing more than 3.2 beer and cute farm girls on my mind. But I do remember a concept from that Philosophy 101 class that has made New Year’s Day something special for me throughout the years.

It is a Roman concept and a Latin phrase: tabula rasa.

Female Figure (Sibyl with Tabula Rasa) by Diego Velázquez, c. 1648

Female Figure (Sibyl with Tabula Rasa) by Diego Velázquez, c. 1648

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For Christmas, Remember “With You”

I have a list of blog posts I need to write, and that list gets larger every day. Perhaps one of the most important is a post about how the lives of the James’ have delightfully, wonderfully and serendipitously interwoven with Brian, Julie, Elle (now Flowers) and Shelby Mavis. It is living proof and witness as to how no one – and I mean NO ONE – is in your life by accident. Whether you may interpret it as good, bad or indifferent, God has you precisely and exactly where He wants you and with whom He wants you.

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#RooseveltStandsWithWindsor

While I try to see the good in all things, it’s difficult to not concede the argument that 2016 has been a rough year. Windsor has endured an especially tough ride. While I have personally prayed for our big-brother community to the north, I was moved to tears when I saw a video produced by members of my community at Roosevelt High School.

If a measure of a community is the empathy, compassion, and caring of its youth, Johnstown and Milliken are wealthy beyond comparison. While I join a region in praying for, grieving with, and supporting Windsor, I find hope in the way our young people embrace and care for one another. #OneProudMayor

Mayor Melendez – Johnstown loves Windsor, we’re always just a phone call away and we have your back. Here’s to a better 2017!

 

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The Revelation of Character in a 7-Second Video

When you hear me talking about “#PleaseDoGoodStuff,” the encouragement is as much about your mindset as it is about your actions.

Yes, we all have the ability to be net positives, not net negatives. We have the ability to give, not take. To help, not hinder. To smile, not frown. To lift one another up, not tear one another down. We have the ability to take every thought, every action captive and to go forward the in the world with a mindset of gratitude and service.

If you have spare time, I hope you give some of it. If you have extra money, I hope you might share some of that, too. But sometimes, #PleaseDoGoodStuff is revealed in our simple, daily actions. What do I mean? Wanna see character embodied in a 7-second video? Watch…

That’s what I mean. 23-year old Dak Prescott is the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. When we watch the attitude of some of these players today, Dak’s actions, when he may have felt no one was looking, reveal a TON about his character and show that mama raised him right. I’m not much of a Cowboys fan, but henceforth, I’ll cheer for Dak.

Have an awesome day. I love you. I’m cheering for you. I’m praying for you. #PleaseDoGoodStuff.

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Do You Know What Today Is? What This Month Is?

It’s November 19th and I am somewhat ashamed I have not told you the significance of this month. Aside from it possessing just 30 days and the wonderfully and uniquely American holiday of Thanksgiving, November is National Adoption Awareness Month. From the Presidential Proclamation

Each November, we recognize the important role that adoption has played in the lives of children and families in our country and around the world, and we rededicate ourselves to ensuring every child can find their forever family.

Furthermore, the Saturday before Thanksgiving (TODAY) is National Adoption Day. Today kicks off a week of reflection and gratitude for many adoptive families. Each year on this day, thousands of adoptions are finalized, including more than 4,000 children in 2015. While the date of National Adoption Day fluctuates – it’s the Saturday before Thanksgiving, therefore, each year it lands on a different date – this year it just happens to land on November 19th which is a day monumentally special for the James Family.

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