In the Midst of It All

I’ve been reflecting on the past five years lately and wondering what the next five years will bring. Both personally and organizationally, many things have changed in life over the last 60 months. When you think about what has gone on in the world around you during...

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Worry? Who, me?

It’s hard not to worry isn’t it? Things happen, circumstances abruptly change, and all of a sudden there it is – worry. Worry does not just happen to us individually, but it happens with things we are involved with too. Many times it is those things that are extra...

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A Certain Legacy

Christmas 2012 was a special time in the home of Doak & Pam Fling. Like most years, they enjoyed many blessings with their family as they celebrated the birth of Christ. But a dark cloud hung over the celebration. Doak had learned through a routine physical that...

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Empty Nest

Earlier this fall, Jill and I officially became empty nesters. Our oldest, Lindsey, began her third year at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton and our youngest, Parker, just started his first year at Baylor University in Waco. It seems like yesterday that...

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Parenting Lessons from McLintock!

Recently a good friend shared with me a clip from the famous John Wayne movie, “McLintock!” There’s a great scene in the movie that provides a perfect lesson for you and me about how we may consider leaving the best legacy to our children through our estate. In the...

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Village People

A proverb of many cultures proclaims, “It takes a village to raise a child.” This is not an article on political persuasion or commentary from days gone by. But, in all seriousness, how do you raise a child? For a dozen years or more, my wife’s family, my family, and...

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Freedom for All

My family and I went to New York this summer for several days. We enjoyed being tourists and doing the things that tourists do. One of the highlights for me was the day that we went to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. As a junior high kid, born and raised...

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