…Creating an Unlimited Future.

Well, I must confess speaking at the annual ‘Readers are Leaders’ Day is slowly becoming one of my favorite annual event. It is such an honor to encourage and consciously invest in the next generation and we must not take such opportunities for granted.

Indeed readers are leaders, and there is a particular sequence of events that I’ve found particularly exciting and guess what this day was no exception. As I completed my reading from the chapter, Smile from my book, Get Off Your Duff, I saw that ‘twinkle’ of hope in many little eyes. As is customary, I asked them to ask any questions they might have and it’s the last one that seems to seal the deal every time.

It’s the only one that seems to turn my tour (reading session) into a ‘noise-fest’ of sorts, the ‘are you an author’ question? As soon as I answer in the affirmative, I can literally hear the pin drop, these kids look at themselves and start whispering as if trying to determine who would bell the cat.

As always, what happens next makes me smile.
“Awesome”, “Cool” shouted one of the kids followed by ‘wait for it’ – CAN I GET AN AUTOGRAPH? Absolutely I responded and let’s just say with each autograph I created a future of unlimited possibility.

an unlimited future indeed.

Friends, whenever and wherever you get a chance, please do the same and create an unlimited future for the younger ones because relationships really do matter and I believe that!


#1 Love Quote

James Baldwin, posit that “Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” Love then is powerful, deeper than feelings and a mystery; a divine mystery. To buttress my point, here are some of Love’s attributes:

  • Love never gives up.
  • Love cares more for others than for self.
  • Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
  • Love doesn’t strut,
  • Doesn’t have a swelled head,
  • Doesn’t force itself on others,
  • Isn’t always “me first,”
  • Doesn’t fly off the handle,
  • Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
  • Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
  • Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
  • Puts up with anything,
  • Trusts God always,
  • Always looks for the best,
  • Never looks back,
  • But keeps going to the end.

Love is centered around the premise of an ultimate sacrifice, an act so succinctly captured by Amy Carmichael; “You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”

So drum roll please, here is my #1 love quote: “For God so LOVED the world that He GAVE His Only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 NKJV
True love is about the ultimate sacrifice, the act of giving the best. An example clearly modeled by God for humanity. This example works for me…how about you ? Well, enjoy your day and do make love a lifetime commitment and not just a day’s event.