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Are We Providing Exceptional Service?

“Chick-fil-A is dominating fast food” according to an article this week in Business Insider.

Journalist Hayley Peterson reports that “the company generates more revenue per restaurant than any other fast-food chain in the US.”

“Despite its relatively small size, Chick-fil-A also ranks highly in terms of its total sales. The chain generated nearly $8 billion in revenue in 2016, making it the eighth-largest fast-food chain in the US, according to QSR.” Continue reading

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Two Words That Can Make the World a Better Place

World a better place

Over the past two weeks the two major political parties and their candidates have inundated us with speeches and information on how they, and they alone, can make the country better.  Yes, even great. Again.

Each one believes their platform is positioned to not only improve America in general, but the lives of each of its citizens specifically. And by extension make the world a better place.

I’m afraid if we’re waiting for politicians, government, party platforms, business people or slogans to substantially improve our well-being, we will be waiting a long time.

I have a two-word solution for making the world a better place. Continue reading


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A Great Epitaph For Life

Epitath.Jimmy Wyatt

Sometimes when visiting a cemetery, I like to look for old grave markers and read the epitaphs. Many are predictable. Like “Rest in Peace.”  “Loving Mother.” Or “Faithful Father.”

However, some people, or at least their relatives, exhibited a sense of humor with the choice of epitaphs . Here are some actual inscriptions on tombstones.

Ezekial Aikle, buried in the East Dalhousie Cemetery in Nova Scotia, died at age 102. His Epitaph? “The Good Die Young.” Continue reading


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You Can Make A Difference!


“It’s the small things that make a difference,” says Gayle King, co-host of CBS this morning.

In an interview with USA Weekend, Gayle shares her belief in giving back to help others as she promotes the annual “Make a Difference Day” which is this Saturday, October 26.

For over 20 years USA Magazine and Points of Light Foundation have partnered on the fourth Saturday in October to sponsor “Make a Difference Day.”  They call on average citizens to take on a project in their community and do something to make a difference.   This is good because it emphasizes that one person with an idea can accomplish much.  Over three million people will volunteer to make a difference  in the lives of over 20 million people. Continue reading


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How One Child Changed The World

Ryan.JimmyMy story is really very simple,”, says Ryan Hreljac.  “One day in January 1998, I was sitting in my Grade One classroom. My teacher, Mrs. Prest, explained that people were sick and some were even dying because they didn’t have clean water. She told us that some people walked for hours in Africa and sometimes it was just to get dirty water.

“All I had to do was take 10 steps from my classroom to get to the drinking fountain and I had clean water. Before that day in school, I figured everyone lived like me. When I found out this wasn’t the case, I decided I had to do something about it.” Continue reading


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Five Characteristics of Caring Christians


Melvin Newland relates a touching story from the Special Olympics several years ago.  The children were having a great time and competing with tremendous dedication and great enthusiasm.  One event was the 220-yard dash. The contestants came to the starting line and at the signal took off as fast as they could.

One boy by the name of Andrew quickly took the lead.  And soon was about 50 yards ahead of everybody else. As he approached the final turn he looked back and saw that his best friend had fallen and hurt himself on the track. Continue reading


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Helping Others Helps Yourself


I ate at Mad Jack’s in KCMO today for the first time, which by the way  I recommend.  While waiting for my fish sandwich, I picked up a copy of the Coffee News. It’s free little paper with Quotes, Weird Stories, Jokes and of course your weekly horoscope!  Under quotes, this one really resonated with me.  Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Serve

OthersA Sunday school teacher was teaching her kindergarten children about the Golden Rule and the importance of helping others.  After telling the parable of the Good Samaritan, the teacher said, “Remember, children we are here to serve others.”  Continue reading


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She Did What She Could

Garden.2LeRoy Brownlow, in one of his devotional books, tells a great story about a little lady in a small Northeastern town.  Next door to her humble house was a vacant lot.  It was untended.  Growing only weeds.  And was worrisome eyesore.

One day an idea occurred to her that would solve the problem.  She decided to turn the lot into a vegetable garden. She would give away the produce to help needy people.  What she didn’t use or give away, she would sell and give the money to her church.

Her name for the garden?  God’s garden. Continue reading


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Create Your Own “I WILL”

Today is the anniversary of 911.  It is this generation’s “day of infamy.” We all remember where we were.  What we were doing.  Who we were with.  It’s been 11 years, but it seems like yesterday.

The attack of 911 was devastating on several levels. The tragic loss of innocent life. Destruction of the landmark twin towers. Harm to our economy. And the changes that have occurred impacting our way of life such as air travel. Continue reading

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