courageGood morning and welcome to another week. What obstacles do you see in your way?

“I do not ask to walk smooth paths nor bear an easy load. I pray for strength and fortitude to climb the rock-strewn road. Give me such courage and I can scale the hardest peaks alone, and transform every stumbling block into a stepping stone.” – Gail Brook Burket, Poet & Author

 Make this one of your best weeks ever!

Friday Leadership Quote

November 27, 2015 — Leave a comment

Marcia Wieder“It is essential to our well-being, and to our lives, that we play and enjoy life. Every single day do something that makes your heart sing.” – Marcia Wieder Author and Speaker

thanksRecently I’ve visited with some whose perception is that for some reason life, or God, or fate has cut them a raw deal and they are where they are in life because of their “unfair circumstances.” As we talked you could hear the negative tone in nearly everything they had to say. Though they possess a strong belief in God and hold their faith in high regard, they also hold to the notion that somehow they’ve been cheated in nearly every aspect of their lives to this point.

And I’ve also visited with others who came from less than favorable circumstances and are now people you would admire and want to have as your friends. When talking with them you hear their negative back-story yet they have not allowed that to determine who they’ve become.

Many are not the rich and famous, nor do they have the desire to become such, though some I’ve encountered are multi-millionaires and more. They have simply learned to be content with what they have and to not allow their past to dictate their future. They have taken what God has given them and turned it into an offering of Thanksgiving to Him, though they might not express it that way.

Today, in the U.S., is Thanksgiving Day. Be thankful for what you have – however little it may be. You don’t have to look too far to find someone who has less. But also don’t just settle there.

No matter who you are, where you live, what your circumstances currently are know this – God created you to be a wonderful/fantastic/beautiful creation. He’s given you the tools you need to become what He desired you to be.

I know you’ve heard this before, but hear it again as if it’s the first time. Today really is the first day of the rest of your life – don’t waste God’s creation: YOU!

Your future depends on how you handle what God has given you. He’s The Creator, think creatively on how to be better tomorrow than you are today, better next month than you are this month, better next year than you are this year.

Now, go out and do something great for God. We all need you to do just that!

Happy Thanksgiving, people!

The Same Power

November 25, 2015 — Leave a comment

power2Here’s something to think about on this Thanksgiving Eve: “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.” (Romans 8:11 NLT)

For those who read and/or follow this simple blog, who have put their faith and trust in the God who created them and have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, know that Paul wrote those words above to the church in Rome – but they still are true today.

You can know that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead live in you! That means, my friend, that you are one powerful dude or dudette!

So why do we go through life, day-by-day as if we are defeated and distraught?

Read that verse again.

Allow it to sink in for a moment.

Read it every day, if it will help. Post it on your bathroom mirror, on your fridge, in your car, at your work.

And then, once you actually believe that what Paul wrote is true for you, begin acting that way. No, don’t become arrogant. Don’t become abusive. For with power like this comes great responsibility.

So here’s my gift to you on this Thanksgiving Eve, Jeremy Camp’s song by the same name. Watch the video, then begin singing along, then begin believing that it’s actually true.

What can you do today to begin living as though you believe this?

 

passionI know it may seem, and sometimes quite often, that you are alone – facing the giants in your industry all by yourself – and that no one else seems to care if you succeed or fail.

That’s just NOT the case.

We really DO care! And whatever it is that you’re so passionate about we all say: ”Fantastic!” Here’s the thing. If you care enough to give your best to that cause you’re so passionate about, and Bob (not really his name) gives his best about that cause he’s so passionate about, and Sue (not her real name either) pursues that cause she’s so passionate about then something’s bound to give.

You see, by ourselves we struggle, and fight, and claw our way to make an impact in this crazy world. But when we join forces with those other champions of justice and do what’s right because it’s the right thing to do – we can accomplish so much more.

So, what are you passionate about?

How can we help?

 

Working vs. Guessing

November 23, 2015 — Leave a comment

WorkingAs we begin another week, and are facing new challenges, new issues, etc. let’s focus on the stuff in front of us for what it really is and not attempt to make it something more nor something less.

“Let’s work the problem, people. Let’s not make things worse by guessing.”Gene Kranz, in the movie Apollo 13

Friday Leadership Quote

November 20, 2015 — Leave a comment

Emerson“Every great achievement is the victory of a flaming heart.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882, Poet and Essayist