Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Salvation is God’s gift to us. What we do with that gift is our gift to Him. What we become is the greatest gift we can ever offer back to God. Paul invites us to “offer ourselves as a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1). Every day give yourself to God, grow in that gift, and then give your life away for another.… Read the rest

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

I don’t know about you, but I need honesty, not flattery. I’m not talking about people who say things to hurt me; I’m talking about people who really care enough to say the tough things that make me better. Solomon is right, “In the end, people appreciate honest criticism far more than flattery” (Proverbs 28:23). I need others who are willing to say the difficult things because they care about my future.… Read the rest

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Stop seeing yourself as a body with a soul in it; instead, start seeing yourself as a soul with a body around it. Paul writes, “Don’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).… Read the rest

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

If we’re going to experience good health, then we have to change our attitudes toward our own bodies. The Bible instructs, “Learn to appreciate and give dignity to your body, not abusing it, as is so common among those who know nothing of God” (1 Thessalonians 4:4-5). Health is what makes today feel like the best day of your life.… Read the rest

Monday, January 21st, 2019

If you’re not reading, I contend you’re not growing. And if you’re not growing, what in the world are you giving? Leaders are readers—and it’s not about the mere consumption of knowledge, rather the desire for wisdom. The Bible tells us, “Intelligent people are always eager and ready to learn” (Proverbs 18:15). Remember, until we are face–to–face with our Lord, we are always a ‘becomer.’… Read the rest

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

If you want to keep the bad things out, it’s vital that you put the right things in. As the old adage goes, “Garbage in—garbage out.” Paul writes, “Fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable” (Philippians 4:8). The things you meditate on will eventually find their way out in your life.… Read the rest

Friday, January 18th, 2019

It’s not about doing the things that lie around us, but walking in step with the One who lies within us. We need to become intentional students of God’s voice—learning to listen intently to His promptings and leadings. “Quiet. Listen obediently, Israel. This very day you have become the people of God, your God. Listen to the Voice of GOD…” (Deuteronomy 27:9-10).… Read the rest

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

“A happy heart is like good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22). One of the great gifts of God is laughter. One of the most neglected is the same. I’m not talking about laughing at someone—that’s cruelty. But what a joy it is to laugh with someone and with yourself. Life is filled with God’s great joys—learn to laugh along with them.… Read the rest

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

“The importance of serving others, of giving in a meaningful way and thoughtful way, is a lesson one can learn early” (Nicholas Thacher). The writer of Acts tell us, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For the measure you use will be the measure you receive” (Luke 6:38). Do I need to say more?… Read the rest

Sunday, January 6th, 2019

Every time we give up to stay in the good graces of those we love, we actually give up the greater places purposed by the One who loves us most. We can either become a people–pleaser or a God–pleaser. I’ve discovered that even good–hearted people don’t always have my best interest in mind. We have but an audience of One to whom we answer.… Read the rest