Saturday, June 30th, 2018

The two greatest days in anyone’s life are 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

Friday, June 29th, 2018

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

Monday, June 25th, 2018

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

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

People need to hear our personal stories. However, it’s important to understand that we don’t tell our stories to feel better about ourselves; rather, in hearing our stories, others can be set free. You see, when we tell our stories, we’re really telling God’s stories, and they are privileged to see what God has done and what He can do in their lives as well.… Read the rest

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

If we are to become a leader others want to follow, it is imperative that we give careful attention to our inner selves. We must invest in the health of our souls. Gifts and abilities may open doors, but it’s character that will determine what we do once those doors have been opened.… Read the rest

Monday, June 18th, 2018

It’s important to grasp that there is a big difference in what man sees and what God knows. What man sees is an image. What God sees is the man – the real you; the real self. The Bible tells us that “God looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7), and it’s precisely from the heart our mouth speaks (Luke 6:45).… Read the rest

Friday, June 15th, 2018

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

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

“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

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Character is a non-negotiable for every leader. Without it, we have nothing. According to the pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus, character “is a person’s fate and destiny.” It’s the foundation of everything. It’s why R.C. Winthrop wrote, “The noblest contribution which any man can make for the benefit of posterity is that of a good character.”… Read the rest

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

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

Saturday, June 9th, 2018

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