Monday, July 31st, 2017

I read a story of a Sunday school teacher who was trying to impress his class with the importance of living a good, Christian life. “Why do people call me a Christian?” he asked. After a long pause one of the boys replied, “Maybe it’s because they don’t know you.” The Bible tells us that “those who exalt themselves will be humbled” (Matthew 23:12). How do you want to be remembered?… Read the rest

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

When Andrew Carnegie died they found a little slip of paper on which he had written a life goal: “I’m going to spend the first half of my life accumulating money. I’m going to spend the second half of my life giving it all away.” And he did just that – to the sum of 450 million dollars. “He who gives generously…will be powerful and respected” (Psalm 112:9).

I can tell you this, the most respected people I know are the most generous people I know.… Read the rest

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

The Bible tells us to not “be selfish,” but to “think of others as better than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3). Why? Because when we focus on the rewards in any relationship – what we get from them – that relationship will last only until those rewards run out. Such conditions placed on others are sure to crumble in the long run.… Read the rest

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Martin Luther once noted, “I am more afraid of my own heart than of the Pope and all his cardinals. I have within me the great pope, Self.” Nothing is more powerful than self – good or bad. It can quickly destroy a marriage, divide a friendship, and most importantly, dishonor God. It’s been said, “The smallest package we’ve ever seen is a man wrapped up in himself.”… Read the rest

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

“Do not throw in the towel; use it for wiping the sweat off your face.” I’ve often quoted, “Quitters are a dime a dozen, but finishers are one in a million.” Why would you want to quit anyway? There’s no quit in God, and it was precisely in that image that you and I were created.… Read the rest

Monday, July 24th, 2017

There’s an old African-American proverbs that says, “Nobody will think you’re somebody if you don’t think so yourself.” Our self-image is our self-reflection. More often than not, people see us exactly the way we see ourselves. We’re not fooling anyone but ourselves. So let the image of Christ grow within you that it would soon radiate out from you.… Read the rest

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Though I was never a Shaquille O’Neal fanatic, he still offers a wonderful slice of truth: “Excellence is not a singular act,” he says, “but a habit. You are what you do repeatedly.” I agree. One of the greatest acts in maturity is learning to do the same thing over – as long as that same thing over are God’s principles.… Read the rest

Friday, July 21st, 2017

“Oh! The blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one’s deepest as well as one’s most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort – the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person – having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away” (Dinah Maria Mulock Craik, A Life for a Life, 1859).… Read the rest

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Going deep in God is never found in what you learn, but in how you live. The Bible tells us that “knowledge puffs up. But love builds up” (1 Corinthians 8:1). Paul himself wrote, “If I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:2).… Read the rest

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Convenience says, “I married the wrong person.” Obedience says, “Become the right person.” Convenience says, “Run away and try again.” Obedience says, “Press in and trust Me.” Convenience says, “Forget them and move on.” Obedience says, “Forgive them, as I have forgiven you, and stay the course.”… Read the rest

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

There are three realities in life. First, we’re all a mess. We all stumble. We all fall. We all make mistakes. Nobody is immune to this. Even Job said of himself, “I’m a muddy mess, inside and out” (Job 30:16, MSG). Second, the mess isn’t going away this side of Heaven. And third, God commands us to not only live in this mess, but to love in it.… Read the rest

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Forgiveness is limitless – it has no end. As the great prophet Buzz Lightyear spouts, it’s “to infinity and beyond.” You see, when Jesus taught that we are to forgive, not seven times, but seventy times seven, He wasn’t suggesting math as in keeping score. He was teaching us grace – His grace that keeps “no record of wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13:5).… Read the rest

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Jesse Owens once said, “In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more than that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?”… Read the rest

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Warren G. Bennis said, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” This is the responsibility of a leader – to map out the vision in such clarity that the team as a whole can embrace it. When the team knows where they are going, why they are going there, and what the rewards are when they get there, they not only will be willing to take the hill, but die for it.… Read the rest

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

“Stand united, singular in vision, contending for people’s trust in the Message, the Good News, not flinching or dodging in the slightest before the opposition. Your courage and unity will show them what they’re up against: defeat for them, victory for you – and both because of God. There’s far more to this life than trusting in Christ. There’s also suffering for Him. And the suffering is as much a gift as the trusting” (Philippians 1:27).… Read the rest

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Lead with a crystal-clear VISION. Successful leadership cannot happen if the team doesn’t truly know where they are going. “My vision is blurred by grief; my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies” (Psalm 6:7). As the old adage goes: vision leaks. Therefore, it must be said often and in many creative ways.… Read the rest

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Leaders with open minds always surround themselves with the best and the brightest. They never care who gets the credit as long as the job is getting done. As a great mentor of mine once said, “Keep an open mind and you’ll attract amazing leaders.” The BIG QUESTION then, is: Am I open-minded?… Read the rest

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Always remember that no one knows everything (which includes ourselves) – but together we can discover all kinds of things. For me, this is at the heart of what makes leadership enjoyable. When leadership is open-minded to new ideas, thinking outside the margins, and vesting trust in the team, great things are always within reach.… Read the rest

Friday, July 7th, 2017

To be increasingly effective as a person and/or leader, we must grow in our self-perception. Without knowing it, many people believe things about themselves that are simply not true. Self-reflection is not just about putting more truth in your life; it’s also about removing the lies. This is why it is so important to have healthy, mature mentors as well as accountability partners in your life.… Read the rest