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SMILE … You Can Hear Better

Scoot up, Smile… so you can Listen Up. :)I do not claim to be any kind of Scientist, or even know much about Science at all! I am not even sure that Science is the correct field that would be the go to area to prove or dis-prove my observation.
Let me explain my observation;I have been jogging/running for around 30 years. Some of you may not realize, but people didn’t always have ear buds for iPhones and Andriods. We were sometimes seen jogging around with Cassette Recorders and bulky Headphones, until the iPod came out.
I began to notice with the introduction of the earbud type ‘headphones’, something unique, and it remains true to this day! (at least for me).
I Hear Better When I Smile.
While out jogging or running… I can be on my 1st mile, 2nd, 3rd… it doesn’t matter.
I usually have my ear buds the majority time running and I am usually listening to Audio Books, Podcasts, and sometimes, rarely music (the different beats effect my mood and stride).
Then one day Magic happened as I was approaching and about to pass someone I knew jogging towards me.
As custom to those of us that run the same routes and see the same people day in day out, we just flash a friendly smile and keep going (so as not to mess up our time).
On this particular day as we passed and I broadcast my slight smile… something happened I couldn’t ignore; I could hear whatever I was listening to in my ear buds BETTER? There was such a noticeable difference I had to try it over and over and over. And so I did.
I continued to run and as I did I would make a smile… and each time I could hear better.
Then I would let go of my smile… and I couldn’t hear as well. Now, no doubt I could still hear, but not near as clear and as bright?
This made me SMILE.
I began to think of how this is so true in our life. The life we focus on OFF THE FIELD. How we live our lives around other’s.
When we smile. We hear better. When we smile we are setting ourselves up to be open, friendly and more welcoming.
We are able to present a friendly face that makes the person talking more comfortable, and at ease. When we can hear more clearly… it effects our attitude. When we hear better… of course become known as good listeners!

I have seen this work several times… and my face has certainly been on the frowning end where the person I was/should have been listening too was unable to connect with me!

Chalk Talkies… this is about as scientific as I can get.
But… I have the proof!
Try it. It’s all between your ears.

It’s not because you must, but because you are willing.


Leaders are Servers

Hey Coaches, Captain’s, and all that are placed, or find themselves in a leadership role;

We are not better than, above, or more than other’s.

We are servants.

Think of it when you are in a restaurant… your server is your leader. Think about and observe how they humble themselves to serve you. They do not treat as if you are to serve them.


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Remember it’s not because you must, but because you are willing.

Matthew 23:11


The HOME Button

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It’s Christmas!
What better gift than an iPhone or Android Smart Phone! Although it’s likely everybody already has one. Maybe a new one?
Taking into consideration that most of you have had some experience with a smartphone… you are aware where the HOME BUTTON is.Screen Shot 2018-12-14 at 9.50.33 AM
Do you have any idea how many times a day we click or press this button? in 2013 stated that on average a person check’s their phone 110 times per day… and up to 900 times per day!  That was back in 2013.
     The Home button is pressed at least once during those 110 to 900 times… just to turn it on… and who knows how many times after you check your phone you press the Home button, right? 

Consider the process;
You press the Home button to turn the phone on.
You then press a desired APP.
You press the Home button again.
By doing so you are able to start over.  Go back to the start with a fresh view of all your other options, or other APP’s.
So… You may swipe across the screen navigating pages… from one APP to another, and after locating your desired destination you simply touch the icon and you are there!
     More often than not along you way you may wander a bit and see a different APP that catches your eye, maybe reminds you of something, or makes you curious… so you press its icon, and down the worm hole you go.
     Sometimes you forget where you are?  Sometimes you forget what you intended to do, or you even forget what you started out to do?
     No worry… you simply Press the Home button and you are immediately back where you started from… back HOME, and you are able to begin again.

The Home Button

This Christmas I hope you all have a Home Button
     A place that after a year of plans, desire’s, dreams, tragedy, love, joy, failure, success, heartbreak, bad news, good news, birth’s, death, birthday’s, resolution’s, break-up’s, marriage’s, celebration, worship, unanswered questions and deep breaths… I hope you can press a home button and find yourself at HOME.
     APP’s are like adventure’s, right?
     You have uploaded, downloaded, side loaded, swiped, deleted, added, purchased, and you certainly have become frustrated with this APP or that APP.  Some adventures (app’s) were fun, some boring, some helpful, some a waste of time.
     Recently my buddy in Texas told me; “My life feels like one of those APP things … when I want to move it from one page to another… I hold it down and it starts shaking rapidly!  Like it’s crazy!  That’s what I feel like.”  Could it be we are all like that when we try to re-arrange things?  When we try to move something closer to home or further away from home?  Sometimes it’s just scary or it doesn’t work… we put it in the wrong place on accident.  What do we do?
     I told him to “Press the Home Button”.  GO HOME. Notice going home requires a decision and an action.
     Then the thought occurred to me; we ALL do not have a Home, or a place where we can go. Maybe we don’t have a home we find on a firm foundation.  We don’t have a place to regain our balance, purpose, and courage to adventure back out… so we press another APP.. then another. Finally… we gather the courage to try something new or delete something we know isn’t good for us. We move into a new portal in life, trying another predictable or unpredictable adventure and find ourselves shaky!
   It’s Christmas… and even though you may or may not find room at the Inn…  You have a place to go and someone to help build your own. 
Jesus said;

Matthew 7: 24-27

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

     No matter where you come from. No matter what your earthly Home button is or was like…  Good News!  You have another Home always available to you. There you will find other’s with the same heart.  There is a Home there for you. There in that home, there are many rooms.   John 14: 2

     And don’t worry all you new Android / iPhone user’s.  You may not have a physical HOME button, but HOME knows your Face and it’s always waiting and welcoming the chance to see it.
Home always recognizes your face!

I wish you all a Merry Merry Christmas!
A perfect time to Press the Home Button, or at least show your face there.
God Bless You All.


It’s not because you must, but because you are willing. 




Perfect Time Zone


Who’s time zone do you LIVE in?
Man’s time zone is practically ‘instant’. You see it… you want it… Click a button or two ⌨️ and you can get it within a day! But, then there are the things we can’t see; Tomorrow, Next week, Next game, Next season, College, Relationship’s, Career, Marriage?
These things you cannot know in an instant.
Should you stay in man’s time zone you might stay frustrated. You might worry, stress and find yourself anxious and grow disappointed because you want results NOW!

How about considering God’s Time Zone?
Work your butt off, ?️‍♂️??‍♂️?‍♀️make good choices ?and be patient. Gods timing is perfect. Live in it!  Because when you do… what will you experience? Perfect Timing!⏱
Romans 8:25 “But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience”


Not because you must but because you are willing


The Bar

The Bar.

It’s laying right in front of you flat on the ground.  From there… it cannot get any lower.

You stand with your feet right up to the edge of the bar.
In front of you are two poles with notches on them, each notch representing something related to goals or dreams.

You have many options;
You can walk away from your goals and dreams.
You can bend over… pick up the bar and move yourself toward the two poles. (this action alone is sometimes a seemingly huge goal… you can do it)
You can set the bar very low or you can set the bar; high, higher or highest.

I hope you choose to at least pick up the bar and move toward your goals and dreams.
Then I hope you take time to take carefully notice what each notch on the poles represent to you.
Be as specific as you can!
Maybe you start on the first notch?  That’s awesome! It’s a start.
Be determined to find a way to clear that bar.
It might take time.
You might have to practice and you might/will fail.
Still, practice and practice more. Do not quit!
Know… you can clear that bar! And, when you clear that bar… Raise it.

You will find each time you clear the bar you will be so excited and even look forward to raising it!

Should you have a fear of heights, don’t worry, you will gradually overcome this fear. You will become more sure and  brave each time your clear and raise the bar!
Then one day you will find your arms are raised to their maximum height placing the bar on the highest notch you can possibly reach.
And… when you clear that bar?  Look for people that are taller in stature and wisdom that see your abilities and gifts and that will raise the bar even higher.
These people will help you, coach you, encourage you, and give you a leg up!

Go ahead… pick up the bar.


Not because you must but because you are willing.


Your List

Scoot up and listen up and think about this…

What you have is nothing unless you; use it, let someone else use it, sell it, or you give it.

Take time to think about why you have what you have… and what you will do with it.

This Chalk Talk encourages you take inventory.

Make a list of what you have.

You might at first list material processions, that’s fine but don’t forget non-material gifts!

Concentrate on other gifts you will discover in your; personality, talents, and specific traits that others notice and cause them to be drawn to you.

Study your list and think… what you will do with what you have?


Not because you must but because you are willing.