Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

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

Monday, March 30th, 2020

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

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

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

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

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

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

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

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

“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

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

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

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

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

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

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

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

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

Monday, March 16th, 2020

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

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

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

Saturday, March 14th, 2020

“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

Friday, March 13th, 2020

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

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

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

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

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

Monday, March 9th, 2020

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

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

If I raise my kids right, I gain influence, but that also means my options are limited. I have to say NO to things that I might love and want to do in lieu of being home to raise my kids right. If I want to build an organization right, then I have to stay around that organization. So in which arena do I want to achieve success – the worldly arena or the family arena?… Read the rest