JOY Round

May 10, 2018

I just had a privileged opportunity to work with strengthening a group of leaders in Africa for Marked Men for Christ ministry. To become stronger men for Jesus Christ, it is important to do “soul work” on those areas of our lives that prevent us from being who God made us to be. This work […]

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Ancient Scrolls

April 19, 2018

In the classic book by Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World, there is a set of life lessons and guiding principles revealed on ten ancients scrolls. As the book title indicates, the context is about “sales” — yet this wisdom extends far beyond that. Think “sales” as another word for leadership, or influence, […]

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Wealth Management

April 12, 2018

As a strategic business coach that works extensively in the financial services industry, the topic of “wealth management” is prevalent. In this context, “wealth” is primarily about money, assets, returns, portfolios, capital growth, and so forth. Professionals are hired to manage one’s wealth and maximize the results. I challenge us to expand the definition of […]

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Closed for Good Friday

March 29, 2018

Today I offer the following suggestion … “close” your normal external work and “open” yourself to inner work. Reflect on Psalm 46:10 …   BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD. BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM. BE STILL AND KNOW. BE STILL. BE.   For God so loved the world …

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Daily Adventure Requires a Walking Stick

March 22, 2018

While not a “dream” destination for Spring Break, a local adventure along the neighborhood walking trail proved to offer plenty of excitement. We labeled it a “treasure hunt” — which was a fancy title for permission to hike through the trees, walk through the dried creek bed, and get muddy. Of course, a good adventure […]

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Hollow Me

March 15, 2018

I was inspired at a TobyMac concert by a prayer that Toby prays with his band before starting to record music. The essence is to ask to be hollowed of anything that is not of God so that God can breathe something through us that is beyond us. This petition prompts me to get out […]

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BE CONTENT (1 of 2)

March 1, 2018

BE CONTENT. Sounds simple enough … and hard to practice. Historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., observes that our society is marked by “inextinguishable discontent.” Our quest is “better” and “what is next.” We want a better job with better pay and a better boss. We want better relationships and a better car and a better […]

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the road less fettered (#15)

February 22, 2018

The Road Less Fettered has been traveled before by many wise and wonderful people. Below are six more of my favorite quotes that are worth pondering and lead to unfettering … A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. —Mark Twain Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real. —Thomas Merton Wild animals run […]

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Give Gratitude

February 1, 2018

There are lots of little sayings to remind us to “stop and smell the roses.” Along similar lines, I suggest stop and give gratitude to things right now you might be taking for granted. An ancient Chinese saying tells us to remember those who dug the wells. It prompts us to remember those who came […]

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Practice What You Hear

January 25, 2018

I’m confident assuming that you have heard the story of the Good Samaritan. It’s the parable about “holy” people ignoring a person clearly in need along the side of the road. The individual who stops to help the person in need is a non-religious Samaritan. He not only pauses his agenda to help, he offers […]

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