Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

As leaders, we are never responsible for filling anyone else’s cup. Our responsibility is to empty ours. So the questions we must ask ourselves are: What are we giving away? Who are we pouring into? Does it have Christ written all over it, or does it merely have ourselves?

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Monday, July 25th, 2016

Don’t sacrifice yourself for the possibility of becoming effective. Your effectiveness is yourself. God knew exactly who He needed to do what you are doing. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself. Jesus said that we will ultimately love our neighbor the way we love ourselves. If you’re not careful, you can win a battle, but lose the war.

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Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Four Keys to Greatness: 1) Be on time; 2) Do what you say you’re going to do – don’t be high on promise and low on performance; 3) Finish what you start – “starters are a dime a dozen and finishers are one-in-a-million;” the best leaders are those who hold themselves accountable; 4) Say please and thank you.

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Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Life is not defined by what you get, but in what you give. Who can you serve today? Who needs your encouragement and friendship today? Over time, people tend to forget what others have accomplished, but they never forget a warm smile, a friendly touch, or words of encouragement. If you hold people at a distance, it’s true, they can’t HURT you; but the bad news is they can’t HELP you, either.

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Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Our job, as a leader, is to help others remove the elephants in their lives. But, before we can do for others, we must be first willing to do for ourselves – face our own elephants. Is there an elephant you’ve been unwilling to face? True freedom is not found without, but always within. “The greatest challenge in leadership is not leading others; it’s learning to lead one’s self.”

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Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Leadership guru John Maxwell defines success as, “Those who know me the best, love me the most.” We don’t succeed if we fail at home. Don’t allow what you do (the success or failure of it) define who you are; let those closest to you define who you are based on how you love.

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Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

It’s easier to act your way into feeling than feel your way into action. This is the key to discipline. Too often, we let our feelings be our guide. The only problem is we can’t trust them – they change like the wind. This is why Paul told us to walk in the Spirit and “put no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3).

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Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Don’t let any one moment keep you from the greater masterpiece. Paul wrote, “For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever” (2 Corinthians 4:18). That’s good advice.

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Saturday, July 16th, 2016

If your heart is in the right place, you’ll never say the wrong thing. I’ve heard many people question themselves when trying to help someone. “Did I say too much? Did I not say enough?” My rule of thumb is when the heart’s right, so is what you said. Believe it.

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Friday, July 15th, 2016

If you’re willing to call the shots, then you have to be willing to take them. If you stick your head above the crowd, someone will throw rocks. If you desire to make an investment, be prepared to suffer insult. The bigger the cause, the larger the target you carry. Get it?

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Thursday, July 14th, 2016

If you’re not afraid, you’re not courageous. I’m confident we’ve all heard the old adage, “Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the presence of fear, yet the will to go on.” But the key to moving forward is the knowledge that fear cannot grow or die – because it is not living – it’s just there. Thus, the key to change is us. This is why we can move forward in spite of it.

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

If you flirt with temptation, it’ll kill you. I like to say if you flirt, you’re dirt. If you think about it, we spend way too much time trying to get as close as we can to what is wrong rather than giving ourselves to doing what’s right. “Live a life that honors the Lord” (Colossians 1:10).

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Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

If you don’t talk, your marriage will walk. Communication is one of the most important ingredients in a marriage. Research has shown that most problems in a marriage would be resolved quickly if couples would just talk. Even the Bible agrees: “Reliable communication permits progress” (Proverbs 13:17). Author Greville once said, “A wise person never talks to make time; they talk to save it.”

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Monday, July 11th, 2016

If you don’t think about it, you don’t care about it. We must understand that we are what we think. So the great question, then, is what do you think about the most? What do you find yourself meditating on? The Bible says, “As water reflects your face, so your mind shows what kind of person you are” (Proverbs 27:19).

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Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Lesson from legendary coach Grant Teaff: Never stop being a learner. Everybody who coaches others needs to also have a coach themselves – someone they consistently learn from. Three rules to ensuring this comes to fruition: First, never assume this person – identify them. Second, let them know it. Finally, continually ask questions of them.

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Saturday, July 9th, 2016

Lesson from legendary coach Grant Teaff: Love has to be consistent. It is never a speech – it’s a lifestyle. Love has to be committed. Too many say they love, but you can’t count on them. Love must have compassion – always be heart-felt. It has to come from a genuine, authentic heart.

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