Monday Morning Joe
By YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City
YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City's Executive Director of Christian Mission, Joe Kendrick, shares meaningful messages to staff, members and participants every Monday.
Remember the question: Is your glass half full or half empty? John offers ussomething different: the glass is refillable. Live, act, and love like you’re at a wedding and you’re not running out of wine.
January 30, 2023
Power of the Movement
Matthew shows us that Jesus is setting the expectation personally, showing us personally, what it means to live as a member of the God Movement.
January 23, 2023
Love and Serve Humanity
For today’s Monday Morning Joe, I want to extend a challenge to you. I challenge you to work for peace today. I challenge you to open the flood gates to let justice flow like a river, and righteousness like a stream that never dries. I challenge you, in the words of Dr King, to give your life serving others, to love somebody, to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit those in prison, I challenge you to love and serve humanity.
January 16, 2023
Follow the Star
Take courage and follow the star.
January 09, 2023
My only advice this week is this: sit and listen. Sit and listen to the story and be a light that shines towards a manger.
December 19, 2022
My memories give me hope. My memories give me faith. My Memories show me I am loved. During this season, my memories are memories of joy.
December 12, 2022
Waiting for Peace
Peace is a hard concept to talk about because peace carries different connotations for different people. Peace for most, peace is the absence of conflict, war, strife, and noise. Peace is quiet and renewing. It is gentle knowing that all will be well.
December 05, 2022
The Importance of Hope
Today’s Monday Morning Joe will begin a series on those four themes as we make our way into Christmas. And we begin with perhaps the best of things: hope.
November 28, 2022
Navigate the Darkness
By the time this Monday Morning Joe airs, we should be making our turn toward the Christmas season. A time of hope. A time when the sun sets before we have left our offices, yet hope shines from houses and buildings, decorated in light. It is a season where light and dark struggle for dominance, a struggle that lasts for months. Yet, we all have hope that the bleak winters will give way to a new spring. Darkness eventually gives way to light.
November 21, 2022
Shine the Light
Being a light in a dark world can be scary because it shines on all the things we wish to keep covered up. It reveals that not all is perfect, that we all may need some grace, some kindness, and some compassion, and perhaps in need of a savior.
November 14, 2022
We all have a Responsibility
We are responsible for how we care for one another. We are responsible for how we respect others. We are responsible for being truthful. We all have a responsibility.
November 07, 2022
Meaning of Respect
Respect isn’t something that is earned, despite what we have been told. Respect is something we give because we want to be treated with respect. Respect is the action step of the moral foundation laid by our value of care and allows us to be truth tellers.
November 01, 2022
What is Honesty?
Honesty means different things to different people, but at the Y, we define it as telling the truth. But what does telling the truth mean? Some believe it is telling people what you think. I don’t think that’s it. I have known folks who would say what’s on their mind, and say they were being honest, but they were not telling the truth. Even truth itself is often not black and white. I once heard someone say: There’s three sides to every story. There’s your side, their side, and there’s the truth.
October 24, 2022
The Value of Caring For All
Caring for others is an important value at the YMCA. It is a principle that helps lay the foundation for strong moral life. It powers you to fight against injustice. It powers you to tell the truth. It powers you to show respect. It powers you to be responsible. Caring is the rebar in the concrete of your moral foundation.
October 10, 2022
Living Into Your Potential
You have the potential to live an epic story, to create a new soundtrack, and press through the pain change, and fully live into your potential. But you need to begin listening to the voice and respond.
September 12, 2022
A New Story & Soundtrack
Joe discusses how creating a new story and a new soundtrack is difficult. It is joyous and scary at the same time. It’s joyful because you have made the difficult decision to make an important change in your life. It is scary because you’ve probably attempted to make this same change before, but things did not go as planned.
August 29, 2022
Creating Your Soundtrack
Soundtrack? Playlist? Don't get caught in the semantics. Whether you are on an 8-track or you're on Spotify, the soundtrack Joe's talking about is the one in our minds. How do you ditch the songs that have been on repeat and create the perfect playlist to accompany the epic story telling he talked about last week.
August 15, 2022
What Story Are You Telling?
Telling an epic story with our lives is something we all long for in some way. Epic storytelling doesn’t have to be about dispatching a ring in Mount Doom. Epic storytelling with our lives can be as simple choosing to love your spouse deeper or deciding you’re going to volunteer. Epic storytelling with our lives can happen in a variety of ways.
August 15, 2022
Putting Love into Action
Joe has been married for nineteen years today so naturally, he gives us his best Princess Bride mawage impression. With love on the brain, Joe also shares tips on how to share Christ's love with others.
August 01, 2022
Being a Good Neighbor
Being a disc jockey for love, mercy, kindness, and justice means using the language of our culture to help people become the best versions of themselves. When you look at the Y’s values, each value is to help our neighbors to become the best version of themselves. In turn, when we spin the records of love, mercy, kindness, and justice, we spin our core Christian principles in a way that will transform our community into the best version of itself.
July 25, 2022
There Is Hope In Mondays
Joe doesn't actually drink coffee plus what does Lord of the Ring's Gandalf and Little Orphan Annie agree on? Listen to Joe as he guides you through making the most of your Monday and your meaning as an employee at the Y.
July 18, 2022
The Very First Edition
YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City's new Executive Director of Christian Mission, Joe Kendrick, introduces himself and tells us more about his new role at the YMCA. The first of our meaningful Monday Morning Joe messages.
July 13, 2022