Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

Perseverance is one of the greatest attributes to success. As the apostle Paul told us, we are to fight the good fight and finish the race. For nothing is impossible if we simply stay the course. Who knows what our next step might bring. How our circumstances might change. I will tell you this: If you give up, if you quit, you will never kiss the cup, hold the trophy, enjoy the celebration, get promoted, and reach the finish line. Quitters never win. Samuel Johnson said, “Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.”… Read the rest

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

When common sense tells me I no longer have a chance, when I have been playing at my worst, and all the breaks have not been going my way, I still approach each day as a glorious opportunity to get going again. You see, regardless of how my immediate moments unfold, there’s always new opportunity, new possibility in the next.… Read the rest

Sunday, July 21st, 2019

I read once, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” Now, I have no idea who wrote these words, but they are right. Most times, one’s first impression is the final one. I know we all have bad days, but we must be intentional to live in such a way that we’re not someone else’s.… Read the rest

Friday, July 19th, 2019

Victory is never decided by the final score, but in the quality of competition. And yet, how often do we look at the scoreboard to decide if we’re either the victor or the loser? You see, I’m convinced that if I give my absolute best, I’m always a winner. And though I may not receive the applause of others for this, I always have His.… Read the rest

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

The Bible tells us that our eyes are the lamp of the body. If our eyes are bad, then the whole body will follow. So never look to the ground in taking your next step. For greatness belongs to those who look to the horizon. Keep your eyes up. For whether you can see it or not, life is before you, not below you.… Read the rest

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

What would be your answers to the following questions? Can people trust me to do what’s righteous? Am I committed to doing God’s best? Do I care about those God has placed around me, and do I show them that? If you can answer yes to all of these, there’s no way you will ever fail. For this is precisely what life is all about.… Read the rest

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

We all know we have two eyes and one mouth.  I don’t think it’s by accident that God constructed us this way.  May I suggest keep your two eyes open, and well, the other closed.  You will never learn anything if you’re doing all the talking.  It’s why James tells us to be “slow to speak” (James 1:19).  Better to be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt, right?… Read the rest

Monday, July 15th, 2019

Never allow your dreams to die.  Always keep them alive.  Maybe it seems it’s too late.  Maybe it appears to be impossible.  For me, I could care less.  Life is what dreams are made of.  And the moment I stop dreaming I stop living.  Sometimes the mere dream has life within itself.… Read the rest

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

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, July 12th, 2019

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, July 11th, 2019

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

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Nobody will think you’re somebody if you don’t think so yourself.  Your self-image is the most determining factor of your life.  For Whose you believe you are is what you will be.  Just imagine, then, what happens when people truly make Jesus their Savior and Lord.… Read the rest

Monday, July 8th, 2019

“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, July 5th, 2019

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, July 4th, 2019

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, July 3rd, 2019

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, July 2nd, 2019

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, July 1st, 2019

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