Archive for January 19th, 2009

You’ve Got a Friend in Me

I’m pretty lucky to have some amazing people in my life; people who are my friends, people who are unique in their own right. I have learned so much from these people and this week I will share just how they have affected my life. 

Mike Hodnett


I don’t know if you’ve ever gotten the chance to meet Mike Hodnett (if not, it is a true shame,) but he is probably the most positive person I’ve ever had the opportunity to meet.

When I first met Mike he was a volunteer at the Northwest campus. When he would enter a room you would know it. Not just for being vocally enthusiastic, but also for the energy he brings with him. I’m not sure how to explain it, but the saying is true about Mike: that he really does brighten a room when he enters it.

But that’s not the lesson Mike taught me. Through Mike’s joy, and his always-positive outlook, he has taught me the important lesson that:


  • Attitude is everything

Mike, like many of us, hasn’t had the easiest of lives. He’s gone through his share of heartaches and setbacks. But the difference is his attitude. After meeting Christ, Mike’s faith has continued to guide him. In less than a year Mike’s positive outlook on life has led him to a job where he gets to use his gift to lead others toward faith in Christ.

So no matter what I’m facing in life, I’ve learned that with a positive outlook I can take anything that comes my way. Mike’s example has taught me the importance of that, and I am lucky to call him one of my close friends.  

What about you? How has a positive outlook or negative outlook affected your life? Have you ever met Mike, or someone like him? 

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