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Leadership At Its Most Basic

You're more influential than you think! I had the opportunity to share my favorite leadership lesson with a small group recently. Not only is it my favorite lesson....it's been the most valuable. I was in my 20s when I read John Maxwell’s book “Developing the Leader...

How to Silence Your Critics Once and For All

You’ve probably picked up on this already, but in case you haven’t noticed - our world’s very divided right now. Almost every issue that surfaces ends up putting people in one of two camps. Everything has become binary. It’s either black or...

It Takes Time to Make Time

I’ve thought a lot about time lately- the exquisite richness of it, the thickness as it moves through your body and lodges in your heart. Those moments when time stops as heart and world collide: a sunset…a touch, that sweet baby, long desired. It...

Decide

I like to have a plan. Even if I don’t have it written down I like to have an idea about how I’m going to accomplish something. Sometimes I hold back from making a decision because I don’t have a detailed plan.   I’m not going to do...

Even If God Doesn’t Show Up

The most powerful man on the planet has just given an executive order. Kings don’t make suggestions, and Nebuchadnezzar wasn’t in the mood to be trifled with. “Bow down and worship the image of gold I set up! If you refuse to comply, you’ll be...

Someday

Someday I'll write that book. I'll travel when I have more money. Next year I'll learn a new language. I'll go back to school when I have more time. I'll reconnect with my friend soon. Monday I'll start eating healthier and exercising. Someday I'll patch things up...

No Small Lives

We're six days into the New Year and that means the ads you see on your screens and hear on your radio are all about making changes. Improving our diets. Getting fit. Taking control of our finances. Organizing our homes. Changing this and changing that. Marketers know...

My Word for 2017

So here’s my theme word for 2017. Are you ready for it? Go! Pretty simple really. The dictionary defines it, “to move or proceed.” In other words, get moving. Get started. Get after it. You get the idea. This was Jesus’ final word to his...

End With the Beginning In Mind

At the end of every year, I find myself thinking about the year ahead, usually with great anticipation. God has made me a “forward thinker" by nature, so it’s easy for me to let go of what’s behind, and press toward what lies ahead. However, this...

Why Does God Work Through Broken People?

The hole in the wall was a dead giveaway. In a moment of anger, I had taken my fist and slammed it into the wall of our home as hard as I could. All of the stress and frustration from the previous six months suddenly came together in an uncontrolled fit of rage. I...

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