Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Ben Franklin once said, “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” How open are you to change? There can be no growth without it. A famous inventor once said, “The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought about progress.”

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

The only growth limitations that we have lie within ourselves. Growth is an inside job – how we embrace the lessons that lie before us and around us. Every situation, no matter how difficult, or even seemingly boring, are classrooms in which we can learn and grow. CHOOSE to be a learner. Embrace every opportunity – it’s always a win.

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Monday, November 28th, 2016

Always remember that our ‘being’ must always precede our ‘doing.’ We have to continually remind ourselves that God’s love is never based upon what we do, but upon WHO we are – His creation, His child. Never let the ‘what’ that you do define the ‘who’ that you are.

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Sunday, November 27th, 2016

The size of your dream determines the size of your God. As life is leveraged, is your dream growing? Don’t live life with regret. Dream big. Don’t let your childhood sense of imagination get tabled, or even worse, lost. God is not finished. What He birthed in your heart when you were a child, was no accident. He’s now grown you to a place that it can happen.

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Saturday, November 26th, 2016

The shortest pencil is better than the longest memory. As one of my former pastors would always say to me, “Let it go.” There’s a sense, as a leader, that we must develop a sense of amnesia. As the circle of influence grows, so do the critics. So whether you make a mistake, or someone is criticizing, learn we must, but letting go is not an option.

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Friday, November 25th, 2016

The greatest sin for a Christian is lukewarmness. Jesus said, “Because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:16). The first time I read this, it was painful, but I believe Jesus is encouraging us not to let the world come between our love and desire of Him. He is the fulfillment and the fullness to everything. Read His Word. Talk to Him in Prayer. And watch what He will do.

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Thursday, November 24th, 2016

The goal in life is not to be liked, but to love another – with His love. It’s always about giving, not getting. It’s about focusing on the investment, the people, not the return for self. As Paul said, “And the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).

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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

The gladness of the heart is spending time in the Spirit. How much time do you give to prayer? How much time do you stop and just ponder in God’s Spirit? Our greatest joy can only come from the One who gives joy – and that is God. Don’t let a day (that He made) end without at least telling Him, “Thank You.”

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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Billy Graham, at a college graduation commencement stated, “Time is the capital that God has given us to invest. People are the stocks in which we are to invest our time, whether they’re blue chips or penny stocks or even junk bonds.” The greatest investment we can ever make with our time is people. Who are you investing in?

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Sunday, November 20th, 2016

We need to lead with a compass, not with our calendar. A full calendar does not necessarily mean a full life. You can be busy, running from this to that, but the great question is, to what are you running – and is it worth it? Your time should inspire you, not tire you – which one are you?

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Saturday, November 19th, 2016

Stephen Covey, in his book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, writes: “Time management is a misleading concept. You can’t really manage time. You can’t delay it, speed it up, save it or lose it. No matter what you do time keeps moving forward at the same rate. The challenge, then, is NOT to manage time, but to manage your self.”

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Friday, November 18th, 2016

A.W. Tozer wrote, “Time is a resource that is nonrenewable and nontransferable. You cannot store it, slow it up, hold it up, divide it up or give it up. You can’t hoard it up or save it – when it’s lost it’s unrecoverable. When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection.” Don’t waste time – invest it – and its best investment, is always people.

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Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Tell your time where it should go, rather than wondering where it all went. We all know the adage, time flies, but that doesn’t mean it has to be in control. Maybe we cannot control every tick on the clock, but we can control how they tick. “Be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. Make the best use of your time”(Ephesians 5:15-16).

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Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Systems are like stop lights, managing traffic without police. Leaders put things in place to ensure that their organization functions without their presence. Systems allow this to happen. Look at it like a playbook – everybody is working out of the same one. What is your playbook (system) in passing on leadership to your organization?

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Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Vision has to become personal for it to be possible. You have to own it. Vision has to go public for it to become effective. If you don’t step out and share, no one is ever aware. Success requires others to be involved. Vision has to be persistent for it to become successful. You have to learn to repeat vision over and over, again and again, time after time.

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Monday, November 14th, 2016

The possibility for stupid doesn’t change; the potential for damage does. God places zero tolerance on stupidity among leadership. The greater we lead, the greater attention we must give to stupid. Remember, to whom much is given, much is required. As the great prophet Forest Gump so eloquently stated, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

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Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers. Oswald Sanders writes, “The man (and woman) who desires to grow spiritually and intellectually will be constantly at his books.” In the final phase of my life, may I continue to read, continue to grow, and continue to develop.

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Saturday, November 12th, 2016

“When you come, bring my coat; bring the books too, and especially the ones made of parchment” (2 Timothy 4:13). This is amazing. Paul is at the end of his life and he still wants to learn. Charles Spurgeon writes in response to this verse, “He has been preaching at least thirty years, yet he wants books. He’s seen the Lord, yet he wants books. He’s had a wider experience than most men, yet he wants books. He’s been caught up to Heaven and has heard things that are unlawful to utter, yet he wants books. He’s written a major part of the New Testament, yet he still wants books.”

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Friday, November 11th, 2016

“Sometimes God puts a less gifted leader over a higher gifted leader to test the heart of the more gifted person.” How are you with those who might pose a threat to your person? How are you in receiving advice from those around you? How we interact with others speaks volumes about ourselves both as individuals and as leaders.

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Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

When we truly get the cross, you can never stay cross. When you truly grasp the gift that God gave each one of us on the cross, you will always be quicker to give forgiveness than hold onto bitterness. You’ll be quicker to extend grace than nurse a grudge. “Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).

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Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

One of my heroes is Walt Disney. I love his leadership lessons and challenges. One of his great lessons of life is to “Live the ADVENTURE.” Too often we speak of how much we love life, but we fail to live it. You have today in your grasp to live before these young men your purpose for living. Make it count. I’ve heard it said, “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present.”

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Monday, November 7th, 2016

Witness at all times, and if need be, use words. Never undervalue the power of example. Our lives are much louder than our words. James writes, “Are there those among you who are truly wise and understanding? Then they shouldSHOW IT by living right and doing good things with a gentleness that comes from wisdom” (James 3:13).

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