Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Winning may decide who gets the trophy, but character reveals who deserves it.  How you lose speaks volumes about whether you should win.  And to be honest, I’m more impressed by how someone loses than how someone wins.  Remember, anyone can act gracefully at the top.

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Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

I’m convinced that character only grows on the anvil of pain.  It’s part of life.  You can’t avoid it.  And thus, if you understand it, it can become the leader’s great gift.  Allow me to explain.  Leighton writes, “Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.”  And as my high school coach said often, “No pain; no gain.”  Therefore, leverage it.  Learn in it.  And lead through it.

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Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

It’s no wonder why words like endurance and perseverance are throughout the Bible.  It’s the product of character.  Paul says, “Endurance develops strength of character (Romans 5:4).  James writes, “For when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything” (James 1:4).  Hang in there.  It’s worth it.

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Monday, December 28th, 2015

Nothing removes the mask of the charlatan quicker than adversity.  Storms happen.  However, true character can withstand any unmerited winds of criticism because of the commitment on which it has been built.  It boasts, “Tough times never last, but tough people do” (Robert Schuller).  I’ve heard it said that “character is the will to do what’s right even if it’s hard.”

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Saturday, December 26th, 2015

I can’t determine what others want to hold onto, but I can determine what I will.  Others might not be at peace with me, but by God’s grace I will choose to be at peace with them.  Paul writes, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).

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Friday, December 25th, 2015

Healthy, effective leaders don’t play with sin; instead they run as far as they can from it.  When we start flirting with anything, it won’t take long to crawl in bed with it.  For the moment we grow comfortable, we become seduced.  Remember, if we don’t “guard our minds” the enemy will certainly “get at it.”  God’s people swim upstream, not with the current.

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Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Legend has it that when Wells Fargo was looking for their stagecoach drivers, they posed this question:  “How close to a cliff’s edge could you get without putting our freight in harm’s way?”  For danger was not uncommon on their routes.  One jockey boasted, “I believe I could get within a foot of its edge.”  Another bragged, “I could get within six inches.”  But those they hired were the ones who answered, “I have no idea how CLOSE I could get.  I would steer as far away from its edge as I could.”

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Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

It seems a lot of God’s children today are ‘spiritual pyromaniacs’ where the goal is to get as close to the fire as possible without getting burned.  That’s not an act of faith; that’s just plain foolish.  Remember what Jenny told Forest:  “Run Forest, run.”  If we’re going to push the envelope and live on the edge, may I suggest that be in Christ?

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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

We all know that if we don’t want to get stung, then we should stay away from the bees, right?  And if we fear getting burned, stay away from the fire.  This was Paul’s fundamental purpose in his letter to the church of Ephesus – specifically the fourth chapter.  I invite you to read it.  I do often.

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Friday, December 18th, 2015

You impress at a distance, but you impact up close. We too often live our lives at arm’s length. We’re afraid of being hurt, but God has called us to move against the status quo. If we really want to leave a lasting impression, then we have to be willing to get up close and personal. We’re going to have to move against our fears if we want to leave a lasting impression.

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Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Dreams cut short are lives cut off. Every person makes a difference. When you’re not living out your dreams, it not only affects you, but those around you. Our lives were purposed by God to touch those around us. When we’re not living that life to its fullest, others are affected in negative ways.

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Monday, December 14th, 2015

I’ve heard it said that a successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others have thrown at him. Criticism is always difficult to receive, but somewhere amidst the words lies a piece of truth we can learn from. Thus, we need to learn to receive rather than react.

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Sunday, December 13th, 2015

“A growth environment should be a place where growth is modeled and expected” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). What we live truly speaks louder than what we say. We must never forget that vision is caught more than it’s taught. But we must expect it just the same. We cannot excuse another’s complacency. We all must be growing – and expect it.

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Saturday, December 12th, 2015

“A growth environment should be a place where people desire change” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). A leader is always looking for something fresh and new. We cannot allow ourselves to be content. If we cannot embrace change, it sort of defeats the purpose of our leadership, for we cannot impart what we’re not willing to do ourselves.

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Friday, December 11th, 2015

“A growth environment should be a place where others are growing” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). As leaders, we must be about learning, but we must also create an environment where everybody is learning. If we are learning, then we always have something to pass on – that’s one of the great joys in learning.

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Thursday, December 10th, 2015

“A growth environment should be a place where failure is not the enemy” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). Sometimes you win, and sometimes you learn – we need to change our verbiage. Every leader has enemies, but always remember that the enemy is not failure. The reality is this: if you lose, you lose; but if you learn, you win every time.

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Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

“A growth environment should be a place where we wake up excited” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). Our attitude determines our altitude. Every day is an opportunity, not a drudgery. Think about what God has for us and how that would change us if we embraced each day with a heart and mind to learn.

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Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

“A growth environment should be a place where [we get] out of our comfort zones” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment).  I contend the great enemy we face is our own personal comfort.  Leaders need to be challenged.  Leaders want to be challenged.  Life is filled with difficult times, and I believe God even allows and endows them.  So embrace those moments.  Expand your understanding, and watch the results of what God can do.

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Monday, December 7th, 2015

“A growth environment should be a place where the atmosphere is affirming” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). “Encourage one another and build one another up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). If you build people up, they will never let you down.

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