Tag: mission

He Lived the Message

  Two incredible men died nine days apart—February 22 and March 3, 2018. One was 99 and one was 88.  One was a world-renown pastor and evangelist. One was a local farmer and businessman. But they had many things in common and one thing can be said of both — “He lived the message.” Billy […]

3 Leadership Learnings Over 3 Decades

  It was 30 years ago. May 7, 1986. The final leg of our move was completed. The adventure for our family of five was about to begin. We pulled our Ryder moving truck into the driveway of our rental home. Cape Coral, Florida. Excited. Nervous. Anticipating. Expecting. Fearful. Eager. Called. Called to start a […]

Friday is the Road to Sunday

  In his book, Six Hours One Friday, Max Lucado writes this prose: The Cross. It rests on the time line of history like a compelling diamond. It’s tragedy summons all sufferers. It’s absurdity attracts all critics. It’s hope lures all searchers.   My what a piece of wood! History has idolized it and despised […]

I Was Not Disobedient to the Vision

  Apostle Paul was in the spotlight. Standing before King Agrippa. On trial. In Caesarea. Beside the Mediterranean Sea. Questioned about his faith. One line burns in my mind. “So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven” (Acts 26:19). If you were questioned about how you have lived out your calling […]

Best Idea Ever

  About 15 years ago, someone gave me an idea. It was one of the best ideas ever. It has changed my life for the better. It has sharpened my focus. It has boosted my productivity and efficiency. In reality, possibly the best idea ever! That idea was this. Like a company or an organization, […]

What Do You Want Them to Say?

  Several years ago, Lloyd Reeb, a friend, coach and primary spokesman for the Halftime Institute, introduced me to an exercise designed to help me develop the start of a personal mission statement. Here’s the scenario he proposed. Imagine it’s your 80th birthday. Your spouse or a friend planned a quiet evening at your favorite restaurant. When […]

How the Mighty Fall

  Recently, I wrote about a local football hero who made it to the NFL and got featured on every sport’s network top-five highlight reel with his embarrassing pre-touchdown pat-himself-on-the-back blunder. His hand-in-the-air celebration as he coasted toward the goal line ended with a thud at the 5-yard line—brought down by a hard-charging but unseen tackler. The […]

Five Regrets

About six months ago, I read a short article by Bronnie Ware. She summed up her book, “The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying.” Here’s how it started. After leaving an unfulfilling job, Bronnie worked in hospice care. She informally compiled a list of the five most common regrets expressed by the people she cared […]

Life Begins At the End of Your Comfort Zone

  “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” I love it. I saw this line the other day announcing the launch of a new church in Ohio. It’s so true. Real living starts when we courageously step outside our familiar places of security and comfort. Not easy. Not by nature. Not usually by habit. […]

Exterior Reflects Interior

  Touring Germany during our recent sabbatical gave my wife Linda and I some conversation opportunity about an important life principal. Exterior reflects interior. What is on the inside always migrates toward the outside. It was remarkable to note the difference between the areas of what used to be a divided Germany between 1945 and 1990. West […]