What a Stupid Fly Taught Me About Smart Leadership

I like to think I can learn something from anything…but a fly? What vital lesson about life and leadership could I POSSIBLY tease out of repeated failed attempts to smack an annoying insect? I’m sitting at brown wooden table in an empty ice cream parlor, surrounded by teal metal chairs and the sound of carefully […]

Are You Ready for Them to “Play the Tape?”

📽 ## If there was a “play the tape” moment for your life, would you want to be in the room? ## 📽 In a trial, the playback of recorded evidence is often the “moment of truth” when the jury FINALLY gets past the stories and excuses to see/hear what REALLY happened. What if you […]

Shelves, Selves, and a 2020 Vision

I have a wall-to-wall bookshelf in my study, or more accurately, pieces of one. For six months I’ve waited, stalled, and “meant to get to” finishing that shelf, and last week I finally started the finishing process…and stopped again. Maybe I keep stopping because life is just so busy sometimes, but maybe it’s because of […]

Vision, Distraction, and Expectations

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“So I sent messengers to them, saying, ‘I am doing a great work and cannot come down.  Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?’”  (Nehemiah 6:3) Fulfilling a vision means being able to say no to the distractions of less important things.  It requires boldness and determination, and […]

When you focus on Jesus, He steadies your heart

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 75 WHEN YOU FOCUS ON JESUS, HE STEADIES YOUR HEART When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants, it is I who keep steady its pillars.  (Psalm 75:3) Our world is full of instability.  From economies in turmoil to civil unrest, discord in the workplace and division at home, […]

Jesus is your steadfast resolve

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Acts 21 JESUS IS YOUR STEADFAST RESOLVE When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem.  Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart?  For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem […]

Jesus is your voice of life

God’s Hope for Your Heart from John 10 JESUS IS YOUR VOICE OF LIFE “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they might have life and have it abundantly.”  (John 10:10) There is no “silver lining” to sin.  Yes, God works all things together for the good of those who […]

God is your never-failing source

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Matthew 6 GOD IS YOUR NEVER-FAILING SOURCE “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light…” (Matthew 6:22) “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Pray then like this…” (Matthew 6:8b-9a) “But seek first […]

Your world will be in order when God is on the throne

Scripture Notes on Psalm 132 Arise, O Lord, and go to your resting place, you and the ark of your might. Let your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let your saints shout for joy. (Psalm 132:8-9) So often it’s easy for our lives to get chaotic. Work or school, family or finances, personal goals […]

When you focus on Jesus, He steadies your heart

Scripture Notes on Psalm 75 When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants, it is I who keep steady its pillars. (Psalms 75:3) Our world is full of instability. From economies in turmoil to civil unrest, discord in the workplace and division at home, sometimes it can feel like the whole thing is getting ready […]