Grateful Moments: Celebrating Christmas Traditions

Grateful

 

This year, my wife and two youngest daughters put up our Christmas tree. They played Christmas music, drank hot chocolates, and joked and laughed their whole way through it. I sat in the room with them and watched as they hung the same ornaments they’ve been hanging for years, making the same jokes about various decorations that they make year after year. They fell quickly into our holiday rhythm. As I sat with them, I realized that when I look back on our lives, I cannot remember the gifts I have received or the amount of money I spent on each holiday. What I can remember, however, is the way my daughters have laughed with their mother while putting up the tree every year. I remember Christmas Eve services at church and the early mornings we spent together. I don’t remember the gifts, but I remember the moments. (more…)

Duke’s Weekly Reads: Goals

Goals

 

We’ve made it to the end of 2015. Every week, my team and I will be delivering you a list of favorite articles, tools, and resources as we discover them. Maybe you are wondering, “Duke, why would you do that?” I am so glad you asked.

For one, I want to provide everyone who visits www.DukeMatlock.com with extraordinary value and information.

Being at the brink of a brand new year, many will be discussing “New Year’s Resolutions” around the holiday gatherings and football games this week. With that being said, we have found some of the best resources and articles to help you create and work on new goals for 2016.

Maybe 2015 was a year of transition for you and goals were not at the top of your “to-do” list. Even if this is the case, 2016 is a brand new year for a brand new you.

Without further ado, here are our top recommendations for this week. (more…)

Do You Drink Your Own Sugar Water?

Sugar Water

 

Recently I attended a forum featuring keynote speaker Jeff Henderson. As Jeff began to speak, he shared he had worked in marketing at Chik-Fil-A. Today, Jeff pastors a church in the Atlanta area and wanted to take this opportunity to challenge the audience on the importance and power of vision.

He spoke about his admiration for the Coca-Cola Corporation and their all-inclusive passion for “sugar water.” He asked the question, “Does Coke have more vision for sugar water than your organization does for your mission?” I’d like to narrow the focus and ask this question another way. Does Coke have more vision for sugar water than you do for your mission?

Here are a five ways to know: (more…)