Category: Power Lift

POWER LIFT: If you could relive one day, what would you change?

I recently saw a movie called “Edge of Tomorrow,” starring Tom Cruise. He plays a man named Cage, a soldier in the not-too-distant future. A ferocious race of aliens known as Mimics have descended from space to stake their claim on Earth and Cage is drafted to lead the assault against these alien invaders, although he is inexperienced in combat. He is unceremoniously dumped at London’s Heathrow Airport, into a military unit called J Squad. However, as soon a Cage lands on the battlefield he is killed during a fight with a Mimic. Much to his shock, he awakens...

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POWER LIFT: Sometimes You Gotta Stop and Eat the Flowers

In July of 1981, Vickie and I had been married for approximately two years.  Like many young couples, we were experiencing many new things in our relationship. She was about seven months pregnant and we were expecting the arrival our first child. We would leave our apartment many evenings when the blazing summer heat subsided and stroll through our neighborhood. We would walk past many beige-brick apartments, the rent office, the laundromat, the Fast Fare store, and Wachovia Bank. We would then hang a left and walk down Colby Drive as we slowly circled our way back home. One...

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POWER LIFT: March Madness … ‘Life Is Like a Box of Chocolates’

Behold the sacrificial rams! What can a Duke fan say about the Tar Heels that is nice? OK, Heels, let me try really hard on this one to extend myself. This group of young men has really surprised a lot of people in 2014. When P.J. Hairston unceremoniously exited the Heels in 2013, he put the team in a quandary. Their offensive strategy was going to be built around his evolving talents, but his poor choices led to his unfortunate dismissal. We all regretted seeing this young brother throw away a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The hope for our youth transcends...

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POWER LIFT: March Madness … ‘Don’t Give Up … Don’t Ever Give Up’

“Duke is puke, Wake is fake, and the team I hate the worst is NC State.” I once had a co-worker who absolutely hated the Wolfpack. I could always count on him for this chant every year during the ACC tournament. I generally pull for the Catpack since they are from the Raleigh area . . . except when they are playing Duke. I almost fell out of my chair when they suffered that heartbreaking loss to the Syracuse Orangemen. One of the big three from Tobacco Road needs to give the Orangemen a welcome to the ACC –...

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POWER LIFT: March Madness … Haters Don’t Put Points on the Board

It is almost time for March Madness in college basketball. Who will you be you rooting for? In this next series of blog posts I will be looking at some ACC teams to draw out some life lessons. See if you can spot some of these things while chowing down on popcorn, pretzels and drinking a cold one – soda, that is – while watching your favorite team throw down. Let us start with the Blue Devils. Duke is my team, man. I have been a Blue Devil fan for many years, ever since the days of Johnny Dawkins....

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POWER LIFT: How to Pray Prayers that Get Answers, Part 2

The most powerful thing I can share with you is that prayer is a cyclic activity. When a piece of this cycle is missing, prayer tends to be laborious and powerless tedium instead of refreshing and empowering renewal. When the cycle is not followed in order, we find ourselves staring at the ceiling, wiping saliva as we awake from a refreshing nap, or monitoring the clock to make sure we have prayed long enough. What an unfortunate waste of time and opportunity. For many, the first thing we do is kneel and start making requests from the “soulish” realm...

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POWER LIFT: How to Pray Prayers that Get Answers, Part 1

Is your prayer life boring and uneventful? Does spending time in God’s presence seem more like staring at the ceiling than talking to Him? I have known some people to stare at a spot on the ceiling when praying as if God himself was staring back. For some, prayer is more about checking off a spiritual obligation than a time of refreshing. This means of grace always seems to be at the bottom of our to-do list . . . and we can always find something else to add. It is unfortunate that for some, prayer is more repetitious...

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POWER LIFT: Christmas in 1968

Christmas in 1968 was a blessed experience, in spite of having so little, because of family love and tradition and caring neighbors. These are some of my reflections. My oldest brother, Columbus, who still lives in Annapolis, Maryland, would arrive very late on Christmas Eve. I would lay in bed half awake and half asleep waiting for his return. I could always tell when he was home because I smelled his cologne. No matter how faint, we could always detect a different scent in our home. This simple scent meant big brother was home for Christmas and the family...

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POWER LIFT: Watch Out for the Gorilla, Part 2

So . . . what do 800-pound gorillas look like? Sometimes they wear pumps and mini-skirts, finely tailored two-piece suits, hardhats, wingtips or sneakers. Sometimes they drive trucks or sit in church pews. They can be found in any profession. However, three words sum up these apes with ulterior motives: THEY WILL TAKE. People with agendas suck the air out of the room. They usually draw attention to themselves and ultimately hijack or subvert ongoing plans. They never seem to understand simple instructions. No matter how well directives are explained, gorillas will always have a misunderstanding or question simple...

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POWER LIFT: Watch Out for the Gorilla, Part 1

Have you ever been in a room with an 800-pound gorilla? The gorilla is an issue that everybody is ignoring because they dread dealing with the resulting fallout. However, the gorilla continues to grow unabated until its freakish, monstrous size can no longer be ignored. Of course by then, the gorilla has gone on a destructive rampage. People with hidden agendas are in many ways the 800-pound gorilla in a room. Most of the time their agendas are easily discerned. However, we fail to say anything while their cloak-and-dagger operation continues in full swing. They attach themselves to us like...

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