Dean on July 2nd, 2015

You know there’s nothing that I can say on social media that will change anyone’s minds about the topics of racism, same-sex marriage, or “heritage or hate”.   So I choose to be silent and just live my life building on the relationships that are real in my life.  I appreciate the friends that are around me that choose to agree with me and those that choose to challenge my thinking.

Yesterday, ACS Technologies lost our Chairman of the Board.  Billy Campbell was a key resource from the very beginning of the company.  He will be missed.  He taught me so many things.  I appreciate the positive attitude he exhibited. Our company, our family, will never be the same. Thank you Billy for believing in me.

Let the record show that while most of us will be surrounded by friends and family during the holidays, there are some out there that don’t have friends and family.  I spoke to one today that said she gets rather depressed since all her family is in another state and she has no friends.  Don’t forget to remember people around you,

I’d like to also share that 7 Ebenezer kids gave their hearts to Jesus last week while at Centrikid Camp.  It was a pleasure to be a part of the process of seeing God working in their hearts.  If you’ve never had the opportunity to lead someone to Jesus Christ,  start talking to people about your faith now… Be willing!

We have decided to sell our house and we now have a signed contract on it (Happy)… and the process is progressing well.  If things go well, we have about 3 weeks left here. (Sad)  If you know someone with a 2 or 3 BR condo or house that needs a renter for just a few short months, please let me know.

Finally, a quick message to fellow Christians.  Screaming (figuratively) at non-believers what the Bible says won’t help.

1 Corinthians 2 tells us:  People who aren’t [believers] can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are [believers] can understand what the Spirit means.

So… talk with you all soon.  Pray for Billy’s family, lonely friends, new kids who are growing up in Christ, as well as our country.

 

 

Dean on June 20th, 2015

ideasimpactA few weeks ago, I was at the ACS Technologies Annual user conference known as Ideas to Impact. We hosted this group in Dallas, TX. It’s an action packed week with lots of education for both our clients and to be educated by them. It’s my favorite event of the year. I wanted to share a little with you.

The first contact I made after leaving the DFW airport was with my Uber driver, Samuel.  He is from Nigeria and has been here 11 years.  We spent the ride to the Omni Hotel discussing the poverty of his nation, the opportunity of America, and the transition that he made with his family to come to our nation.  It was a reminder that we live in a great country, depsite all of our problems.  Three thing that were memorable for me.

  • He said he arrived in Dallas with $5 in his pocket.
  • His kids were all given library cards on their first week here.  He encouraged academics.
  • He also said (read this in your best Nigerian accent) “What is wrong with these American kids?  They need to pull their pants up and stay out of the clubs.  Clubs are stupid.  Academics will help my family break the poverty cycle.”

Then Friends like Glenn and Nick showed up late on Monday, without a request, and helped me (and the team) setup my room for Tuesday.  These guys didn’t have to do that but they chose to assist.  One is from Charleston, SC and one from California.  If only we could spend more time in fellowship and growing each other.  “Iron sharpens Iron”

On Tuesday, The IT roundtable kicked off.  There were 10-15 people in the room (I won’t try to name them all here) that I know from years of serving alongside them.  There were 25+ in the room that I’ve never met.  One of those is, Duke, from Ghana. To share with you how God has already used Duke in my life will require another post. I believe his trip here has been fruitful also.

Let me tell you about John.  He walked directly up to me and reminded me (although he didn’t have to remind me) that 4 years ago,  I prayed with him just weeks after his wife passed away.  A spiritual connection bonds you forever.  It was great to see you John.

Charlene from Apex, NC took a minute to tell me that she was glad to see me.  Why?  Because, last year I was struggling with some personal issues and in a moment with fellow Christ-followers I felt comfortable sharing with Charlene and a group of others.  She remembered and asked me how I was doing?

The stories go on and on… But let me assure you that your job can’t possibly be as awesome as mine… Period.