Monday, February 27th, 2017

The two greatest days in anyone’s life is the day they were born and the day they discover why. What a privilege that God birthed us into existence – that was a good day! But I contend greater still is when we discover why God birthed us into existence. “‘I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11).… Read the rest

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

One of the great definitions of success comes from John Maxwell: “Those who know me the best love and respect me the most.” A real problem begins when those who know us the least love and respect us more than those who know us the most. When our inner circle doesn’t like us as much as our outside one does, we have a problem. How are you with those closest to you?… Read the rest

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

If everybody were as good as you, you’d be average. It is our job to live above average despite our circumstances. If we choose to react badly, despite the situation, then in all reality, we’re no better than the person we’re reacting to. Jesus said, “If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it” (Matthew 5:40).… Read the rest

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

One’s public life has everything to do with one’s private life – for it’s the expression of it. You cannot have one without the other. The end never justifies its means – it is the means. Barbara Johnson writes, “We should all live lives as though someone is writing a book about us” every moment of every day. Now think about that.… Read the rest

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

“The acquisition of skills is irrelevant unless the leader acquires the appropriate qualities of character” (Machiavelli). Character is a big deal. It’s that vital piece in our puzzle of impact. Paul wrote to Timothy, “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).… Read the rest

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Far too often, leaders drift. Once they get some experience under their belt and a track record of accomplishments, they often abandon the lifestyle that helped them reach the top. They chafe under the very rules they once established and/or endorsed. Sadly, leaders like these forget the number one management principle in the world: People do what people see. If they want to succeed, leaders must incarnate the life they desire in their followers.… Read the rest

Monday, February 6th, 2017

We are not at the center of the gospel – God is. As the prophet Ezekiel wrote, “He saves us, NOT for our sake, but for the sake of His holy Name” (Ezekiel 36:22). And the result of us getting this is, “that we would make Him – His ways, His salvation, His glory, and His greatness – known to all the nations.”Read the rest