Monday, May 23, 2011

Reflections on 50 Years of Life - Part 4: The Bucket List

Well, here it is. The last of the series of posts from reflections on 50 years of life. Bobb Biehl has encouraged me in my ministry for a number of years. Bobb uses a series of questions to help one focus on their dreams, aspirations and goals. These are: 
  1. Who do I want to be? 
  2. What do I want to do? 
  3. What do I want to have? 
  4. Who do I want to help? 
So rather than listing only the things I want to do, I'll expand the list to be, do, have, and help.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Walk by Shaun Alexander - A Summaview

The Walk: Clear Direction and Spiritual Power for Your LifeThe Walk: Clear Direction and Spiritual Power for Your Life by Shaun Alexander

Shaun Alexander was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks out of the University of Alabama. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, he set NFL and team records in 2005 while leading his team to the Super Bowl. After career changing injuries, Alexander continued to seek after God and today speaks to a variety of audiences, encouraging others to align their lives to God's perfect will.

The Walk examines a progressive pattern of discipleship. Through each of the five stages of Christian maturity, God shapes our lives and guides us through the trials, traps and victories of each stage. Alexander uses Peter as an example of each stage.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Reflections on 50 Years of Life - Part 3: Experiences.


Part 3 of reflections and journal scribbling on my life as I celebrated my 50th birthday.

In post 1, I reflected on the spiritual, personal and family areas of my life. Post 2 addressed the social, professional and financial priorities of my life.

Today: I'll focus on experiences.

A friend and colleague once introduced me as someone who had "packed a lot of living into my life." I like that. I do enjoy life. And I enjoy variety. One of the nicest comments ever made on a peer evaluation is that "Neal is a true renaissance man." As I continue reflections on my 50th birthday, here is a "top-of-mind" list of experiences that have contributed to who I am.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Reflections on 50 Years of Life - Part 2

This is Part 2 of reflections and journal scribbling on my life as I celebrated my 50th birthday.

In post 1, I reflected on the spiritual, personal and family areas of my life.

Today: Who am I? Reflections on the social, professional and financial priority areas of my life.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Reflections on 50 Years of Life - Part 1

I celebrated my 50th birthday this week. It was a celebration for I don't buy all the fuss about "getting older, over the hill, aches and pains," etc. I'm as optimistic as @Traceyy, the "glass half-full girl" and see this milestone as just that: a marker on the journey of life that gives pause to where one is and where one is going.
As such, I've spent some time reflecting and journaling on my life this week and will share these thoughts in the days to come.
Today: Who am I? Reflections on the spiritual, personal and family priority areas of my life.