Happy Advice: Remember to Die

“Let us prepare our minds as if we’d come to the very end of life. Let us postpone nothing. Let us balance life’s books each day. … The one who puts the finishing touches on their life each day is never short of time.” Seneca As the last year seems to be a defining year for…

How to change your life- the crazy train method.

When I was seventeen years old, I went to Zoo Music and asked the long haired guy behind the counter if he would teach me to play the guitar. They didn’t officially offer guitar lessons, but he said yes anyway. In my mind, I thought 17 years old was too late to start playing an…

Why are you not happy today?

Everyday I meet people that seemed overwhelmed by problems in life.  I talk with people that feel trapped by decisions that they’ve made, yet they feel powerless to make new decisions.  So my thoughts this morning focus on how blessed we really are in this life. Here is a quote that captures my mood this…

I’m a bad dad.  (A short example of why I need grace)

This morning I woke up my kids to get them ready for school.  After sending the first two off, I headed home to wake up my teenager.  He’s notoriously hard to rouse in the morning.  After repeated attempts to get him out of the sack, I told him, “The next time I come in here,…

When Did Six Flags get rid of that Ride?

Last year, my family had season passes to six flags.  Each time I would go, I would think about a different ride that I remembered or had heard about.  I always felt as if those rides had only recently been removed.  So, I did some random research out of curiosity to find out when my…

The investment is paying off!

Over the past few years, I’ve tried to take my (almost) teenager to breakfast (almost) every week.  Most of the time, I am not sure it is making any difference.  I try to have one key quality that I hope to instill in him and talk about that over breakfast.  Lately we’ve been talking about…

The Art of Spiritual Conversations

As we prepare to move into our new space next week, I am excited at the idea of my new office.  It has been years since I have had an office to call my own.  I haven’t had a functional bookshelf to house my many books in almost 10 years.  I’m even trying to decide…

Pics from the Zoo

 We have a Dallas Zoo season pass this year.  The best thing about these pictures is that it makes it appear that all of our kids are getting along with each other!                      

The Life Changing Device (Disney’s Circle)

A few weeks ago, this happened:  Man Dies Looking at Phone.  This, of course, makes us all shake our heads at how irresponsible and addicted some people are with their phones (not us of course).  I saw this story, shook my head, and moved on with my life.   Until I bought this device.  Disney’s…

How to rid your life of drama.

Proverbs 23:7 says, “as a man thinks (or calculates) in his heart, so he is.” This past week was a big day in the Halpin house because my oldest son was fitted with braces for his teeth.  Clayton is an impressive kid who succeeds at many things.  He is a great kid, who also has…

About the Critics

So many of us are controlled by critics, even if it is simply the possibility of being torn down by them. Here is a quick thought from Alexander Pope from his essay on criticism.  It is among my favorite poems. The Bookful Blockhead, ignorantly read, With Loads of Learned Lumber in his Head, With his…

A Crazy Idea for a New Year Goal

I love the New Year and I love setting and pursuing goals.  Even my daily planner is focused on achieving long term goals. What if your goal became my goal?  As I spent this week considering my goals for 2016, a crazy thought came to me:  What if one of my major goals this year…

I was in a wreck

I was in a wreck the other day.  It didn’t hurt me or my car, but it was pretty crazy.  A teenage girl was waiting behind me at a light and then decided to slam on the gas.  Of course, she had a phone in her hand.  It is very curious how this distraction caused…

Free Books! The secret to free learning.

I went to Barnes and Nobles the other day for a “study day”, which I do occasionally. Usually this isn’t a big deal–I grab some books, take them to a table and dig in. Only this time, the manager came up to me and asked me why I had so many books (I had about…

Defining Success

I used to define success by what I could achieve.  I only found value in myself if I was living up to the expectations of myself and others.  I was only satisfied when the church was full and momentum was in full swing.  The result was that I always felt as if I was playing…

Facebook is ruining you.

I’m currently researching sermons for 2015 and one topic I am going to talk about is depression. Depression is something that I struggled with from around age 12 until age 35. It was a dark cloud that hung over some of the greatest days of my life. I am so glad that Facebook wasn’t a…