balance

Is Time Working For You?

Friends and colleagues have long wondered how I seem to squeeze so much activity into each day and still maintain a sense of balance.  As a reformed workaholic, I have always had a tendency to be fully engaged throughout the day and usually maintain a full plate of faith, family and work-related activities.  As I have gotten older and hopefully […]

The Virtue of Business

Many years ago, I discovered that business is fun. Of course, my dad contributed to this way of thinking. As missionaries in Nigeria, my parents discovered that relatively simple tasks could be maddeningly complicated. Just one example: it took over 45 minutes to purchase a stamp at the local post office. That’s why, as a Presbyterian minister, he later went […]

Seven Point Checklist for Catholic Dads

I was talking to a fellow dad over lunch recently about the challenges of raising kids today.  After the usual story swapping and a discussion about bad cultural influences, my friend left the table saying, “I need to get back to the office.  Next time we get together we should brainstorm a handy checklist for fathers so we won’t forget […]

Finding Strength in Surrender

Photography © by Paul Johnson

Surrender, giving control of our lives to Christ, is an enormous obstacle to living out our faith in the workplace, or anyplace for that matter. Surrendering to Christ and putting his will before my own for the first time more than six years ago was the very moment I felt stronger than at any other time in my life. By […]

10 Ways for Men to Increase Work & Family Balance

Photography © by Paul Johnson

My wife got run off the road today. Some guy was in a big hurry and didn’t like the fact that Kathi had slowed down to merge onto the highway behind a school bus full of children. So he accelerated from behind her car, and drove up beside her, forcing her onto the berm. After almost causing multiple accidents, he […]

You Never Know When Your Time Will Come

A familiar tale, perhaps? The sun shone brightly that September morning as the brothers stood next to the grave of their late father.  Just a few minutes before, the grave had been surrounded by family and their father’s business friends and their ears filled with the kind words of Father Benton, their parish priest.  These words of praise for their […]

On Your Road to Success, Don’t Forget… The Catholic Briefcase (Book Review)

What’s in your briefcase? Randy Hain asks this thoughtful question as the premise of his new book, The Catholic Briefcase. Instead of simply answering, “a fountain pen, a motivational book, a calculator and important papers,” readers should consider those intangible qualities they bring with them every day to the office- their virtues and most importantly their Catholic faith. (Mechanics, carpenters […]

He Had a Great Career

A familiar tale, perhaps? The sun shone brightly that September morning as the brothers stood next to the grave of their late father.  Just a few minutes before, the grave had been surrounded by family and their father’s business friends and their ears filled with the kind words of Father Benton, their parish priest.  These words of praise for their […]

Regaining Your Life After Losing Your Job

When faced with an opportunity to fundamentally change your life, will you take it?  Many of us want to answer this question with a resounding yes, but may think that reality is not attainable. Not necessarily so.  Consider the possibility that the current period of economic uncertainty may be providing the catalyst for meaningful lessons and positive life changes to […]

Priorities and a Life Filled with Meaning

This is the second half of a talk I gave to the Catholic Business Leaders Breakfast at Sacred Heart Parish in Atlanta.  The first part of my talk was on my conversion into the Catholic Church in 2006 with my wife and sons after I spent 23 years in the “spiritual wilderness”–a period when I had no faith in my […]