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We talked last week about ‘change’ and I concluded with the following ‘hook’…

We have an ever-changing culture and a never-changing message. Guess what – more changes are coming. Great changes are coming.
Just wait until next week…

I know that most of you have been laying awake at night wondering: what is this change he speaks of? How does he expect me to sleep between now and next week when I get his blog? Curse his incredible ‘tease’ ability!

The wait is over….

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For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

-Steve Jobs

One of my favorite games I do with my improv troupe is called “Change”. It is where two improvisers act out a scene and one person off stage randomly yells “change!”, forcing the actor to have to immediately change the last thing he said. Like this…

(The scene is about pizza.)
Actor 1: “I sure do like this pizza.”
Offstage: “Change!”
Actor 1: “I sure do like this novel about tortoises.”
Offstage: “Change!”
Actor 1: “I sure do hate that I am allergic to girls.”
Actor 2: “Hey, look – a sorority house. Wanna go say ‘hi’?”
(The scene is now about being allergic to girls.)

Though the guy who runs our troupe hates the game, I love it.
In general, I love change.

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Well, we are back. The High School mission trip to New York City was an incredible trip for our teens and, though it was a ton of fun and a lot of bonding happened, it was the hardest mission trip I have ever been a part of.


We had great times of bonding, serving and growing.

(picture taken from my iPhone on the Staten Island Ferry)

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