Saturday, November 28th, 2020

The best part of any game is the mere opportunity to play. You see, it’s not always the winning that matters, though it’s nice at times. It’s not the size of the crowd that cheers us on, though we all enjoy their presence as well. But just that opportunity to play. I’d rather be on the field playing, regardless of the outcome, than sit in the stands thinking that in some way I was a part of any victory.… Read the rest

Friday, November 27th, 2020

I was one of those fans of the legendary Michael Jordan. He was simply amazing. He stated once, “I can accept failure. For everyone fails at something. But for me, I can’t accept not trying.” So allow me to encourage you to never give up. Never throw in the towel. Rather, use it to wipe the sweat off your face. And then get back at it, and try, try, and try again.… Read the rest

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to produce uncommon results. Teamwork is what makes the dream work. Think about it. Nothing has ever been truly achieved in isolation. For no individual performance was ever individual without others behind their achievement. Greatness is always in the context of team. T.E.A.M. – Together Everyone Achieves More.… Read the rest

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

“In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more that 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?” (Jesse Owens)… Read the rest

Friday, November 20th, 2020

We can easily get people to do things, to return to things, by giving them valued rewards. But in the church, we don’t want people doing or returning because of what we are giving them, but rather, what God can do within them. Shouldn’t Jesus be enough? I remind you, for what we draw people with is what we will have to keep them with.… Read the rest

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Just because the Holy Spirit moves in a given situation does not mean we should turn that situation into a ministry. You see, we limit so much of what God is doing when we think we need to turn a moment into an ongoing work. We have to allow the Holy Spirit to move, but then ask of Him, “Should this amazing moment be something You want to continue going?”… Read the rest

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

Baseball great Ken Griffey Jr. often said, “I can’t play being mad.” Allow me to add how could we even live that way? And maybe even the greater ask is why would you want to? For life can be lived only in the abundance of it. Anything less, well, that’s defined as survival. The Bible tells us that we are to rejoice in life always.… Read the rest

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

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?… Read the rest

Monday, November 16th, 2020

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.… Read the rest

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

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.”… Read the rest

Friday, November 13th, 2020

“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.”… Read the rest

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

“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.… Read the rest

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020

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).… Read the rest

Monday, November 9th, 2020

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. God’s purpose is that we would be light to the world. And we have the privilege every day to live His light before people. 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.”… Read the rest

Friday, November 6th, 2020

The world will be won when the church is one. The lack of unity is one of the great injustices that continues to be overlooked. The last recorded prayer we have from Jesus was about the necessity of unity. “I pray that they will all be one, just as You and I are one – as You are in Me, Father, and I am in You. And may they be in Us so that the world will believe You sent Me. I have given them the glory You gave Me, so they may be one as We are one. I am in them and You are in Me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that You sent Me and that You love them as much as You love Me” (John 17:21-23).… Read the rest