4 Ingredients of a Good Reputation


John Wooden, the great coach of the UCLA Bruins and greater man of character, would spend countless minutes in his practice sessions building his player’s character rather than working on basketball skills.  He would teach them and pour into the character of the individual by teaching his ‘pyramid of success’.  John Wooden felt that if he could build the man’s character, then basketball would take care of itself.  It worked…his teams won 10 National Championships in 12 years and in those 10 championships, they won 7 in a row.  He was the National Coach of the Year 6 times.


His teams always had a reputation for playing hard the entire game.  They had a reputation for winning.  Their reputation, or what others believed to be truth about them, was an outflow of the character traits that Coach Wooden spent countless hours instilling into their lives.  Coach Wooden said it best…

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What Are You Looking At (6/24/13)


Read2Kings 6:1-7:20, Acts 15:36-16:15, Psalm 142:1-7, Proverbs 17:24-25

Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.” (Psalm 142:5)

the mall

Relate: There was a time where I decided to become a mall walker. I don’t know if this happens in all malls or only in the one near me, but there is quite a few people, mostly senior citizens, who will show up at the mall a couple hours before most stores open to walk laps around the inside perimeter. Most of these, once the stores start opening will find their way to Arby’s where they will have their coffees and fellowship before continuing with their day. These walkers probably thought I was pretty lazy and slow. I would bring my Bible with me and read a bit then do a lap while praying, sit down and read…

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West Fork Complex

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Red Orb peeking through the smoke clouds
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Billowing smoke from West Fork Complex fire
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Towering high above our valley
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Smoke from the West Fork Complex fire rising above our valley

Just a few more shots of the West Fork Complex fire. My heart goes out to all those affected by this fire. Please keep everyone affected in your prayers. As of Saturday wildfires had spread to 66,200 acres. If you would like to read more here is a link