Making Monday Matter

Fear hates community.

Whenever you engage, fear seems to subside as hope takes flight.

In my book, “You Make My Life Rich” the second principle is:

I – Invest in others

It is on that principle I am excited to announce a new addition to the blog.  I’ve created Monday Matters; a chance for you to engage and invest.  I invite you to ask questions and share your stories ask we seek to redefine what it means to be rich.  Each Monday will be dedicated to answering your questions and learning together!

Just as Seeking Saturday helps us refocus as we look back on our week through the context of God’s Word, Monday Matters will give YOU a forum to engage as you start your week.

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is our collective journey is not isolated; our struggles are not unique to ourselves.  Fear tends to lead you into the belief that you are on an island, don’t let it.  When we begin to engage, we see that our struggles, hopes and dreams are all interconnected.

Share your stories and questions in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.  And, if you like the idea, you can invite others by tweeting this! (Tweet link)


This January, I’ve asked you to share with me the words you are picking this year.  You can see more about how My One Word shaped my life as I began writing.

Have you picked a word yet?

This week we have two stories:


Tyson and I actually started the exact same day at our insurance agency and have been able to grow along together, constantly bouncing ideas off one another.    Tuesday morning, I was sitting in my office when he stepped in and closed the door.  This usually means business!

“I’ve got my word.  What do you think it is?”  He asked.

Before I could venture a guess and surprised he was even sharing with me, he said, FINISH, my word is FINISH!  I seem to have the best ideas and intentions, but in the end, they stop there.  I noticed I leave putts short and hit tennis balls into the net.  This year is going to be the year that I FINISH!

Tyson, we’ve all been there brother and recognizing is the first step!  Part of FINISHING has to do with clear goals.  Define what FINISHING looks like so you can recognize the steps needed to get there!  It’s going to be awesome!

What other encouragement do you have?



Amy Lanham blogs at where she uses the tagline, “finding the beautiful in the broken”.  You can check out her post on her word here.

Amy’s word RISK and story met me right where I was for a couple of reasons:

1.  You have to read her post.  She speaks of her dream to visit Prince Edward Island and it’s realization when her husband, Jason, gave it to her for Christmas.  Despite his leukemia diagnosis and the obvious challenges that presents, they are going.  Simply beautiful!

2. My church, Port City Community, has chosen the word RISK this year.  A reminder that a place of comfort doesn’t always lead to achieving God’s purposes.

As Amy writes:

“We all fail. Dreams may slip away for a time. Those individuals that succeed are simply the ones who get back up and try again.”

Thanks Amy for your encouragement!

How can I help you as we seek to understand and define what it means to live richly?

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8 Responses to Making Monday Matter

  1. Michael L O'Brien January 13, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    Matt…. Investing in others is the best investment one can make! Great Choice! I’ve lost in almost every investment I’ve made, but that’s only money. Bad timing I guess. The exception is investing in people. Its a little funny though, because when I invest in people its in many ways and I’m not looking for a return on investment… but it is definitely where I have been rewarded the most. Quick story, about ten years ago my Brother was struggling to get his business started and I gave him an investment that helped him continue for a few months… not long but it was just enough time for him to land his biggest customer. That was ten years ago and is the reason I am employed today…. I’ve been working for him for the past 6 years…. BTW, I like the idea of Monday Matters… Keep up the great work!

    • Matt Ham January 13, 2014 at 10:17 am #

      Michael what a great story! We’ve talked about this before, but you were always great at investing in people with a smile. I have all ideas that’s part of the reason why you’re still employed today too! Thank you so much for sharing your story.

  2. Dan Black January 16, 2014 at 1:40 am #

    Hello Matt,

    Great post series idea! This year my word is action. To take daily action steps toward my dreams.

    • Matt Ham January 16, 2014 at 5:55 am #

      Dan – That reminds me of Andy Andrews Joshua Chamberlain story and Butterfly Effect. Are you familiar with those? As for dreams, I’d love to hear more!


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