Tag Archives: Responsibility

“That’s Just The Way I Am”

Last night Norma Jean and I were privileged to attend the annual Florida College Leadership dinner and hear J. C. Watts.

Watts was a quarterback for the University of Oklahoma Sooners in the late 1970’s and led his team to two consecutive Big Eight Championships. After receiving his B.A. degree in journalism, he played in the Canadian Football League for several years.

In 1994 Watts ran and won a seat in the United States House of Representatives and served until  2002. Today he is involved in business. Serves on several boards. Is involved in ministry. Is a frequent speaker. And the author of “Dig Deep: 7 Truths to Finding the Strength Within.”

Last night Mr. Watts spoke to us about the importance of personal responsibility and accountability. The value of our relationships with others. And how to develop trust. Continue reading

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My Musings About Trees and Leaves

When we were looking for a home in the Kansas City area last Spring, one of the things we wanted was trees on our property.  We told the Realtor, “Don’t even show us anything that doesn’t have trees.”  And we were blessed to find a home that we liked in Lee’s Summit that has trees.  Lots of trees.

The other day I was mowing  the yard and ranking leaves.   Norma Jean came out and commented about the amount of leaves as she surveyed my freshly mowed yard being sprinkling with more falling leaves.   I chuckled, looked at her and said, “Well, if you’re gonna have trees, you’ve gotta rake leaves.”  Pretty profound, eh? Continue reading

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What’s The Difference Between Accountability and Responsibility?

I’m working on a three-part series called “The Character of a Man.”  I began  listing words that had to do with character to see if I could make the series into an acrostic spelling C H A R A C T E R.  (I know that’s a big surprise to those who know me well!)

I was trying to decide between“responsibility” and “accountability.” As I was talking to my wife, Norma Jean, about the project she said, “You know there’s a difference between accountability and responsibility?”  Continue reading

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