How to Build Your Own Trail

A few summers ago, I had the opportunity to help build a trail through a new camp donated to our local YMCA. In all my years of Scouting, I had never before built a trail. I’ve cleaned them, marked them, and hiked them, but never built them. In fact, I always thought that trails just happened from people walking the same path over and over. Not so.  Trails are planned then built. Read the rest of this entry »



I just finished reading God and Your Stuff: The Vital Link Between Your Possessions and Your Soul (Designed for Influence) by Wes Willmer. It was a suggested read from a friend who assists non-profit ministries in rethinking fundraising. I read it because it applied to a recent church leadership summit I led. The discussions from that leadership summit coupled with the book brought one question to mind: Am I using all I have to grow God’s kingdom? Read the rest of this entry »

Quick Fix?

In my role as a career services director in higher education, it is rare that students seek me out for the entire process of career planning. Usually, they realize they are running short of money and come to find a part-time job to correct their cash flow. Or maybe they are a few days from graduation and realize they should probably find a job that matches their major. Regardless of the reason they are in my office, I always begin with the same question, “What do you want to do long term?” More often than not, the answer is “I don’t know.” Then often they will realize they know what they don’t want to do–anything but fast food. Read the rest of this entry »