Sunday, December 30th, 2018

When it comes to death, the playing field is equal. We all will die—there’s no getting around it. And being that the death rate is still hovering around 100%, it’s probably best to make sure your eternal future is secure before your temporal stuff is. You are not ready to live until you are ready to die.… Read the rest

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

One of the great myths of our day is that time flies. Time doesn’t fly, but it does tick, and it’s important to know that each tick is non-refundable. Too often, we take time for granted only to realize we can never get it back. I know that if time were money, we would be a whole lot more attentive to where it was going, and to what.… Read the rest

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

Dreams cut short, are lives cut off. Every person was created by God to make a difference. The question is, what kind of difference are you making? When you’re not living out your God–purposed dreams, it not only affects you, but also those around you. When we’re not living our lives to the fullest potential, others are affected in negative ways.… Read the rest

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Direction requires decision. Nothing happens by chance; everything happens by choice. Everybody is heading in a direction somewhere, and that somewhere lies within the decisions we make. If you don’t like the direction you’re going, then make a choice to change it. As Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland so eloquently stated, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.”… Read the rest

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

I’ve heard it said that a successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that have been thrown at him. Criticism is a part of life and is always difficult to receive. But somewhere amidst the pain, you must find that morsel of truth from which to learn. Thus, rather than react, respond. Take the lesson and build with it. You’ll always get better rather than bitter.… Read the rest

Monday, December 17th, 2018

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”… Read the rest

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Every attack has a small kernel of truth. Don’t take every criticism personal; instead, leverage it for future success. Look for that kernel of truth in your attacks. Let the winds that people blow propel you to a better tomorrow. The only thing I’ve really learned about the press is that they waste a lot of ink.… Read the rest

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Dreams cut short are lives cut off. Imagine for a moment if Walt Disney would have never created a mouse. Walt was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” He went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland. In fact, the proposed park was rejected by the city of Anaheim on the grounds that it would attract only riffraff. You have a dream; believe in that dream, and never forget that your dream may be someone else’s launching pad. The Bible says, “All things are possible to those who believe” (Mark 9:23).… Read the rest

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

If you can, make it right at all costs…DO IT! If we call ourselves followers of Jesus, then the ball is always in our court to set things right. If there’s a call to make – make it. If there’s a letter to write – write it. Whatever you have to do to make a relationship right – don’t allow another moment to pass. Just do it.… Read the rest

Friday, December 7th, 2018

If the heart is right, the communication is always right. Jesus said, “A good person produces good deeds from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil deeds from an evil heart. Whatever is in your heart determines what you say” (Luke 6:45). Upon waking every day, we need to make sure our heart is pointed in the right direction. Permit me to offer: make the direction toward God.… Read the rest