Dare Greatly

August 28, 2014 — Leave a comment

A few weeks ago, I ran across a quote from Theodore Roosevelt in the book Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (I highly recommend you read this book!) that has been stuck in my head:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again,

because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasm, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;

who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…

Whenever you do something great with your life – whether that be start a business or ministry, choose to live a life of love, decide to raise your kids in a way that goes against the mainstream, lead a church, pursue a dream – whatever that greatness is for you, know this:

Critics will arise.

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Good All the Time?

August 26, 2014 — 3 Comments

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God is good, all the time.

If you’ve been in church for any amount of time, chances are you’ve heard that phrase. Or even used it yourself.

God is good. All the time.

It’s a truth the Bible teaches us, a belief we as Christians hold onto, a sort of mantra we use when it seems as if all hell breaks out in our lives.

God is good. All the time.

But can I be honest with you for a minute? I fully believe God is good all the time and as Romans 8:28 says, he works everything out for good for those who love him. I know He is the embodiment of good and can’t even do evil. I know He is good.

Sometimes, it just doesn’t feel as if God is good all the time.

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The Myth of Leadership

August 24, 2014 — 1 Comment

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There’s a myth when it comes to leadership that many of us tend to believe.

Leaders shouldn’t have to do menial tasks.

Things like taking out the garbage, folding brochures, inputting data into a spreadsheet, mingling with “the commoner,” stuffing envelopes, cleaning toilets, mopping floors…all those tasks are beneath a leader’s role and gift set.

That is, after all, why we hire janitors and administrative staff. Shouldn’t they take care of the menial work so the leader can focus on leading?

Yes. And no.

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Tools to Study Your Bible

August 21, 2014 — 2 Comments

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A few months back, I wrote a post listing some tips to studying your Bible. It even included a nifty downloadable workbook you could use to grow in your Bible studying skills.

It was a pretty popular post, but I kept getting a single question from readers after that post published:

What tools do you use to actually study your bible?

It’s a great question, and one I asked when I started studying my Bible. The right tools can help you make the most of your time studying, and make it easier to find scripture verses again later on.

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About a year ago, I was sitting around a campfire with some friends when I was asked a question:

What’s your best advice for young people?

Now, at this point in the night, I was easily the oldest person there, and the question was meant more as a way to poke at my age then anything.

I leaned back in the chair, got in a posture as if I was about to say something completely profound, and gave the best advice I could think of in two short words.

Don’t suck.

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