Growth

Doing “random”

I have a friend visiting this week. When dinnertime arrived, I asked, “Where do you want to go?” She said, “Let’s do random.” That’s a code word for “Let’s not plan, let’s just go.” There was a palatable feeling of disorder that washed over me. Now, those that know me, know that I’m not the…

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When character is lost

Billy Graham said many profound things, but among them was this statement, “When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.”   Why is it that character plays such a huge part in leadership? Character is fundamental to effective leadership because good character builds…

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Lead like a shepherd

What happens when leaders don’t lead well? It’s a great question. You can see it all over the place. It doesn’t take great insight to see the results.  Usually, there is a lack of direction, decisions are delayed or avoided, there is little or no motivation for anyone looking to them. It’s been said, “Everything…

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Frustrated

Life is fascinating.  It doesn’t always seem to turn out the way you expected. My dad and I went camping every summer.  I can remember the preparation checklist for camping…tent, lantern, sleeping bags, food, and fishing gear. One summer, we checked all the boxes preparing for our trip…except one…excessive rain. It rained so much, that…

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Sincerity

Sincerity is a good thing. It often speaks of character and moral fiber. When you speak, it’s important to speak with authenticity. Being “real” and genuine is huge. No question about it. But there’s a caution. Sincerity does not equal truth. Some of the greatest communicators of all time have spoken with sincerity and they…

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Science and the Bible

The Bible is the most amazing book on the planet. Many of you reading this blog may be aware of the uniqueness of the Scriptures. Josh McDowell and Lee Strobel have written extensively about its historicity and veracity. But I’d like to share a different thought. My undergraduate degree was in science. So, when I…

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Paying it forward

Don’t you love the recurring stories about people at Starbucks “paying it forward?” It’s a bit of an anomaly. Someone in the drive-thru decides to pay for the person in line behind them. Then, something beautiful happens, it catches on. The next person “pays it forward” to the next car. I’ve read one account where…

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Do Something

Justice in its deepest meaning involves making people whole, by keeping goodness and impartiality. In the book of James, it’s defined as the center of true religion.  He says it’s the kind of “religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and…

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The hero in all of us

Did you grow up with comic books?  I certainly did along with many of my friends.  I wish I had kept some of those old comics.  Today they can be worth a fortune. I read that a 1938 Superman comic was found in the wall of an old house in Minnesota. It’s valued at $137,000.…

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Famous Last Words

I ran across an article on “Famous Last Words.” It wasn’t what I expected. They were all anonymous and pretty funny. Here’s a sample: Cut the red one! Dad, why the apple on my head? He’s probably just hibernating. Here, kitty, kitty, kitty… Hey, it looks sturdy enough to me. Now you know how I…

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