Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Unity is not uniformity. Team members don’t have to agree on everything, but they must learn to play and work together. Learn to celebrate people’s difference (their gifts, opinions, ideas), and bring them to a place where everyone can use them and express them for the good of the whole.

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Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

There are two days we should never worry about: yesterday and tomorrow. Jesus said, “Each day has enough troubles of its own” (Matthew 6:24), and yet it blows my mind how many sacrifice each moment because of what they’re still dragging around from yesterday or fixated upon tomorrow. “Today is the day the Lord has made, rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).

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Monday, December 29th, 2014

Time and trials show the true test of character. How you face your adversities speaks volumes about who you truly are. Isn’t it true that if you cannot learn through your difficulties, you truly cannot live in a moment of victory? Character is always best grown in the billowy storms of the world. Remember, you’re not alone; God is with you.

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Sunday, December 28th, 2014

The strength of prayer is how well you know God’s promises. We will pray like we believe. If we believe He is a big God, then our prayers will be filled hope and prayed with a sense of assurance. If we believe God is not that big, then our prayers will be filled with fear.

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Saturday, December 27th, 2014

There’s an old, African proverb that I came across not that long ago which says, “Nobody will think you’re somebody if you don’t think so yourself.” Life was to be lived from the inside out, not from the outside in. If you don’t like who you are, it’s sort of hypocritical to expect others to like you. Jesus said, “Love your neighbor AS yourself” (Matthew 22:39). I remind you: a battery CANNOT put out what it does not have.

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Friday, December 26th, 2014

Coach Ara Parashegian offers this fundamental fact: “A good coach will make his players see what they can be, rather than what they are.” Who are you helping dream bigger than they ever thought possible? Who are you breathing life into that they never thought existed? The greatest gift we can give someone is for them to believe in themselves.

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Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Though I was never a Shaquille O’Neal fanatic, he still offers a wonderful slice of truth: “Excellence is not a singular act,” he says, “but a habit. You are what you do repeatedly.” I agree. It seems we’re better starters than finishers. I know it’s easy to be sucked into change, at least by entertainment. But stick to the fundamentals. Condition yourself to accomplish through repetition what so many never experience because they give up way too early.

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Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

The church should be a place of safety.  That place where people are invited to bring their worst and know that they will be loved regardless, and thus in turn can now go out into their world and give it their best.  The Bible describes this as grace in action.

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

“Oh! The blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one’s deepest as well as one’s most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely.  Oh, the comfort – the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person – having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away” (Dinah Maria Mulock Craik, A Life for a Life, 1859).

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Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Going deep in God is never found in what you learn, but in how you live.  The Bible tells us that “knowledge puffs up.  But love builds up” (1 Corinthians 8:1).  Paul himself wrote, “If I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:2).

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Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Convenience says, “I married the wrong person.”  Obedience says, “Become the right person.”  Convenience says, “Run away and try again.”  Obedience says, “Press in and trust Me.”  Convenience says, “Forget them and move on.”  Obedience says, “Forgive them, as I have forgiven you, and stay the course.”

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Thursday, December 18th, 2014

There are three realities in life.  First, we’re all a mess.  We all stumble.  We all fall.  We all make mistakes.  Nobody is immune to this.  Even Job said of himself, “I’m a muddy mess, inside and out” (Job 30:16, MSG).  Second, the mess isn’t going away this side of Heaven.  And third, God commands us to not only live in this mess, but to love in it.

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Forgiveness is limitless – it has no end.  As the great prophet Buzz Lightyear spouts, it’s “to infinity and beyond.”  You see, when Jesus taught that we are to forgive, not seven times, but seventy times seven, He wasn’t suggesting math as in keeping score.  He was teaching us grace – His grace that keeps “no record of wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13:5).

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Jesse Owens once said, “In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more than that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?”

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Monday, December 15th, 2014

Warren G. Bennis said, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” This is the responsibility of a leader – to map out the vision in such clarity that the team as a whole can embrace it. When the team knows where they are going, why they are going there, and what the rewards are when they get there, they not only will be willing to take the hill, but die for it.

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Sunday, December 14th, 2014

“Stand united, singular in vision, contending for people’s trust in the Message, the good news, not flinching or dodging in the slightest before the opposition. Your courage and unity will show them what they’re up against: defeat for them, victory for you – and both because of God. There’s far more to this life than trusting in Christ. There’s also suffering for Him. And the suffering is as much a gift as the trusting” (Philippians 1:27).

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Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Lead with a crystal-clear VISION. Successful leadership cannot happen if the team doesn’t truly know where they are going. “My vision is blurred by grief; my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies” (Psalm 6:7). As the old adage goes: vision leaks. Therefore, it must be said often and in many creative ways.

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Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Leaders with open minds always surround themselves with the best and the brightest. They never care who gets the credit as long as the job is getting done. As a great mentor of mine once said, “Keep an open mind and you’ll attract amazing leaders.” The BIG QUESTION then, is: Am I open-minded?

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Always remember that no one knows everything (which includes ourselves) – but together, we can discover all kinds of things. For me, this is at the heart of what makes leadership enjoyable. When leadership is open-minded to new ideas, thinking outside the margins, and vesting trust in the team, great things are always within reach.

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

To be increasingly effective as a person and/or leader, we must grow in our self-perception. Without knowing it, many people believe things about themselves that are simply not true. Self-reflection is not just about putting more truth in your life; it’s also about removing the lies. This is why it is so important to have healthy, mature mentors as well as accountability partners in your life.

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Monday, December 8th, 2014

If I raise my kids right, I gain influence, but that also means my options are limited. I have to say NO to things that I might love and want to do in lieu of being home to raise my kids right. If I want to build an organization right, then I have to stay around that organization. So in which arena do I want to achieve success – the worldly arena or the family arena?

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