Friday, September 30th, 2016

Lost people matter to God. When it’s all said and done, the greatest thing when can do is lead someone to Jesus. Never lose sight that leadership must have an eternal resolve. My greatest joy is when God privileges me to help another discover His love, His grace, His love. To imagine winning a National Championship – knowing that some of the team will be separated from Christ forever – that’s a LOSS.

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Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Living for a cause is always greater than any conflict you face. Conflicts are a part of life, and we must never allow them to become distractions from what we do. Leaders face battles; therefore, they face them and learn from them – and then continue to lead, fighting the fight, and finishing the race.

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Life happens by choice, not by chance. Leaders never consider luck. They don’t gamble – there’s too much at stake. They do their homework, they look at every possible scenario – and then they pull the trigger. They understand that their decisions carry great responsibility – what’s luck got to do with it?

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Monday, September 26th, 2016

Leaders should always say, “What can I do to make others’ lives better?” Leaders are investors, not just mere contributors. We want results – that’s what makes us leaders. And the results we want should be the betterment of another. This is the fundamental reality of a leader. Imagine if every day we gave ourselves to helping others achieve their dreams, to discover a better life – is there any greater joy than that?

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Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Leaders protect their plans from premature death. I’ve always wondered how many dreams God has given that will never come to fruition because the dreamer gave up to early. We need to make sure our dreams are worth dying for. “If only” should never be a part of a leader’s vocabulary. It’s not ‘could have, would have, should have’ – when it comes to leading, it’s all about a matter of WHEN. “We must run in such a way that we win” (1 Corinthians 9:24). Don’t start something you’re not willing to finish.

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Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Leaders not only see what is, but what can be. “Where there is no vision the people perish” (Proverbs 19:18). We have to learn to dream big dreams. Life was never intended to be survived, but lived – that requires vision. Think about it this way: If you have no vision, then where are you taking those you lead?

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Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Leaders have the courage to confront. Saying the difficult is never easy. And sometimes, saying it right can even be harder – but saying nothing is never an option. When working with people, there are always times we have to have those eye-to-eye, painful discussions – but that’s what growth is about. Leaders have to care enough to help someone else grow. Remember, first check your heart – if you couldn’t take it, then don’t dish it.

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Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Kindness is the most powerful force we have in today’s world. It can, and will, change anything. Kindness leverages the ability to speak into another’s life. People are always more open to a message, even a painful one, when it’s wrapped in kindness. “Speak the truth in love”(Ephesians 4:15). So kill ‘em with kindness.

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Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost – so be like Jesus. “I have not come to invite good people, but sinners to change their hearts and lives” (Luke 5:32). We have been given a mandate by God to reach our world around us. Whatever venue in which we are privileged to lead, it still comes back to the same call – be light in a dark world – that they too may know.

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Monday, September 19th, 2016

It’s not about me. If I’m really leading, it can’t be about me. The moment I start thinking of myself, I lack the capacity to lead others. The key to leading is found in what I give – not in what I get. And to give requires that my thoughts are outward focused – never inward.

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Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Character is that quality of who you are when no one’s looking. It’s your fundamental make-up. It’s the person you have to live with and the one for which you will ultimately answer. Pull back every layer of your life and character is what remains. Paul writes, “Keep a firm grasp on both your character and your teaching. Don’t be diverted. Just keep at it. Both you and those who hear you will experience salvation” (1 Timothy 4:16).

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Friday, September 16th, 2016

An unknown sage once wrote, “Sow a thought and you reap an act; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.” Character is the loudest voice we have. Nothing speaks louder than one’s character.

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Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Character is a non-negotiable for the leader. Without it, there’s no leadership. It’s not only the foundation on which you build, but everything you choose to build with. The honorary R. C. Winthrop wrote, “The noblest contribution which any man can make for the benefit of posterity, is that of character.”

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Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Don’t please the flesh; walk in His Spirit. One moment of human pleasure can cost a lifetime of Heavenly possibilities. I was reminded of this the other night as I was talking to a friend of mine who had just cheated on his wife. I couldn’t stop thinking about his four children and his wife. What a huge price he is paying for a short time of fleshly gratification. It just isn’t worth it.

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Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Don’t let your past determine your tomorrow. God truly is a forgiving God. We don’t have to let our pasts dictate our futures. So stop looking over your shoulder, and/or don’t allow others to remind you of your past. Learn from those choices, and then live in His presence. “As far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our sins from us” (Psalm 103:12).

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Monday, September 12th, 2016

Direction requires decision. Sometimes I think we rely far too much on others before we’re willing to act ourselves. If we are truly walking in the Spirit of God, then we must learn to walk in the confidence of that Spirit as well. “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Joshua 1:5).

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Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Deep relationships begin with Jesus. He should be our model to which we live. For a battery cannot put out what it does not have. Are you taking time to be with Jesus so that, ultimately, He is being reproduced in your life? The best playbook is His playbook (the Bible).

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Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Changed lives change lives. The most powerful story is a changed life. How often have we listened to someone’s remarkable story of how they weathered adversity, how it changed them, and how they overcame in the end? It changed us, didn’t it? May our lives really be about a changed life. So live changed – people will be impacted it.

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Friday, September 9th, 2016

Behind every problem is a person. When dealing with people’s bad choices and poor attitudes, we first have to remember that they’re people. I’ve come to believe that life has no bad people, just hurting people who make bad choices. So get to know someone’s story before you get to know them as a person; for once you understand, and have taken the time to hear their story, it’s then, and only then, that you have really gotten to know them as a person. Remember, the language of leadership always starts with love.

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Thursday, September 8th, 2016

I heard someone once say that he’d rather burn out for Jesus than just rust out. So here are my questions: Are you pouring yourself out completely, or are you content to live half-heartedly? Are you rusty and crusty, or are you burning brightly? Remember, partial effort in many ways is really no effort at all. Are you giving what you do everything you got?

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Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

God doesn’t shut His mouth until you shut His book. The number-one way God speaks to us is through His Word. It is imperative that we spend time amidst its pages. Peter writes that we are to “thirst for the pure milk of the Word so that by it we may grow in our salvation” (1 Peter 2:2). Remember, you don’t fit God’s Word into your life; rather, fit your life into His Word.

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Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Forgiveness is not letting someone else off the hook; it is taking you off the hook. People let us down; and if we are honest, we have also let people down. What do we do when they do? The Bible says to forgive. Imagine what that does to the person who offended us. It is not worth harboring anything; it is better to hold to nothing – unless it is God.

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