Friday, May 10th, 2019

Leaders have the courage to confront. Saying the difficult is never easy. And sometimes, saying it right can even be harder – but saying nothing is never an option. When working with people, there are always times we have to have those eye-to-eye, painful discussions – but that’s what growth is about. Leaders have to care enough to help someone else grow. Remember, first check your heart – if you couldn’t take it, then don’t dish it.… Read the rest

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Kindness is the most powerful force we have in today’s world. It can, and will, change anything. Kindness leverages the ability to speak into another’s life. People are always more open to a message, even a painful one, when it’s wrapped in kindness. “Speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). So kill ‘em with kindness.… Read the rest

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost – so be like Jesus. “I have not come to invite good people, but sinners to change their hearts and lives” (Luke 5:32). We have been given a mandate by God to reach our world around us. Whatever venue in which we are privileged to lead, it still comes back to the same call – be light in a dark world – that they too may know.… Read the rest

Monday, May 6th, 2019

It’s not about me. If I’m really leading, it can’t be about me. The moment I start thinking of myself, I lack the capacity to lead others. The key to leading is found in what I give – not in what I get. And to give requires that my thoughts are outward focused – never inward.… Read the rest

Saturday, May 4th, 2019

Character is that quality of who you are when no one’s looking. It’s your fundamental make-up. It’s the person you have to live with and the one for which you will ultimately answer. Pull back every layer of your life and character is what remains. Paul writes, “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

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

An unknown sage once wrote, “Sow a thought and you reap an act; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.” Character is the loudest voice we have. Nothing speaks louder than one’s character.… Read the rest

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

Character is a non-negotiable for the leader. Without it, there’s no leadership. It’s not only the foundation on which you build, but everything you choose to build with. The honorary R. C. Winthrop wrote, “The noblest contribution which any man can make for the benefit of posterity, is that of character.”… Read the rest

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Don’t please the flesh; walk in His Spirit. One moment of human pleasure can cost a lifetime of heavenly possibilities. I was reminded of this once as I was talking to a friend of mine who had just cheated on his wife. I couldn’t stop thinking about his four children and his wife. What a huge price he is paying for a short time of fleshly gratification. It just isn’t worth it.… Read the rest

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Don’t let your past determine your tomorrow. God truly is a forgiving God. We don’t have to let our pasts dictate our futures. So stop looking over your shoulder, and/or don’t allow others to remind you of your past. Learn from those choices, and then live in His presence. “As far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our sins from us” (Psalm 103:12).… Read the rest

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Sometimes I think we rely far too much on others before we’re willing to act ourselves. If we are truly walking in the Spirit of God, then we must learn to walk in the confidence of that Spirit as well. “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Joshua 1:5).… Read the rest

Saturday, April 27th, 2019

Changed lives change lives. The most powerful story is a changed life. How often have we listened to someone’s remarkable story of how they weathered adversity, how it changed them, and how they overcame in the end? It changed us, didn’t it? May our lives really be about a changed life. So live changed – people will be impacted by it.… Read the rest

Friday, April 26th, 2019

Behind every problem is a person. When dealing with people’s bad choices and poor attitudes, we first have to remember that they’re people. I’ve come to believe that life has no bad people, just hurting people who make bad choices. So get to know someone’s story before you get to know them as a person; for once you understand and have taken the time to hear their story, it’s then, and only then, that you have really gotten to know them as a person. Remember, the language of leadership always starts with love.… Read the rest

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

I heard someone once say that he’d rather burn out for Jesus than just rust out. So here are my questions: Are you pouring yourself out completely, or are you content to live half-heartedly? Are you rusty and crusty, or are you burning brightly? Remember, partial effort in many ways is really no effort at all. Are you giving what you do everything you’ve got?… Read the rest

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

God doesn’t shut His mouth until you shut His book. The number one way God speaks to us is through His Word. It is imperative that we spend time amidst its pages. Peter writes that we are to “thirst for the pure milk of the Word so that by it we may grow in our salvation” (1 Peter 2:2). Remember, you don’t fit God’s Word into your life; rather, fit your life into His Word.… Read the rest

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Forgiveness is not letting someone else off the hook; it is taking you off the hook. People let us down, and if we are honest, we have also let people down. What do we do when they do? The Bible says to forgive. Imagine what that does to the person who offended us. It is not worth harboring anything; it is better to hold to nothing – unless it is God.… Read the rest

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Fear is inevitable. Misery is an option. We all will face fear in life. The question is: What do we do when we face those fears? We have a choice. They can control us, or we can overcome them. The Bibles says, “Nothing in all creation is able to separate us from the love of God” (Romans 8:39), and that is because “perfect love, His Love, casts out all fear” (1 John 4:18).… Read the rest

Sunday, April 21st, 2019

Too often, we allow other things to get in the way of what is most important – family. We need to remember the vows we took and the commitment we made. When everything is said and done, our families won’t applaud what we accomplished individually unless we spent time with them personally.… Read the rest