Spiritual Hippo

On Mentoring

By Joe Schum / July 9, 2024 /

Show yourself in all respects a model of good deeds, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity, ~ Titus 2:7

While on a recent pilgrimage, attending daily mass, my homilist conveyed his concern for the lack of guidance from leading generations to emerging ones. That younger, emerging generations are truly falling behind. Not just in what is needed to be fruitful, also what is needed to be a fulfilled, compassionate and ultimately wise steward of the world. We need to be there for them. To listen to them. To show them different, better ways to walk through this world, not relying on solving its problems with man’s ideas. What are you doing to serve those who would benefit from what you know to be the truth? How are you helping others not be so in love with this world that they have lost sight of what is truly important and available to them and others in God’s world and beyond? Here’s a secret: they are waiting and wanting us to be there for them! So let’s be there for them and each other. I’m in. Who’s with me?

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On Responsibility

By Joe Schum / June 19, 2024 /

“For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, virtue with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with devotion, devotion with mutual affection, mutual affection with love.” ~ 2 Peter 1:5-7 I came across this passage very recently and it struck me in this way: it’s not about falling in love with the world’s things and what it is offering you.  Love is truly the end goal for everything we are and everything we do and what really honors our faith, our relationship with God.  We have a responsibility to live our lives in…

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On Being Present

By Joe Schum / June 12, 2024 /

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”  ~ C.S. Lewis The past is gone.  It’s a history that is not yours.  Shedding our past can be a difficult and painful experience, and also an uplifting and freeing one.  We can change the ending!  Stay present, the time we actually can control, and lean forward to your next ending.  You do have a say in your future, every single day.  Not sure where to go next? Pray on it.  The answers are there for you.

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On Friendship In The Workplace

By Joe Schum / June 5, 2024 /

Proverbs 18:24   “There are friends who pretend to be friends, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother”   Do you have friends in your workplace? I’m not talking about lunch buddies and cube farm chat pals. Do you have a loyal friend where you work or within the market or sector that you maintain your professional brand? Just one is all you need. This is about loyalty. Find real friends wherever you go to work. This is a very important decision since you get to choose them.  With family, the decision is made for you.…

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On Courage

By Joe Schum / May 29, 2024 /

“Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the refusal to be mastered by it.” ~Mark Hart One of the four cardinal virtues. When was the last time you displayed courage to yourself or others when challenged with a new idea or direction? Courage isn’t just about digging out of the negative situation you may be in. It’s about what’s inside you when things are going well too. To me, making change when things are going in the right direction takes real courage, fortitude. The old saying “if it isn’t broken don’t fix it” limits us to be bigger,…

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