He knows where He’s leading us

One might ask, why am I here? We don’t remember our own birth and we don’t know when we will die, so we try to stave off the anxiety of our mortality. In the laze of light at the end of day, sometimes I remember. The sated moments are never accolades, but rather moments of…

Leader, Is Your Soul Healthy?

“Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 1:2 As a leader, you rarely get a hiatus. At times you are hounded, pounded, and dumbfounded, so you must make a daily choice to be astounded by God’s goodness and grace. You…

The Cry for Relationship in Our Cities

As I got off the subway in Manhattan, I passed a guy who was walking up the stairs while reading Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. It’s based on the premise that mankind’s primary pursuit is not pleasure, but meaning. Fair enough. In New York City, you can multiply both pursuits by the millions….

Thoughts on Leading Change that Will Last

As John Lennon sang, “you know we all wanna change the world”. We can’t do it alone, so we must inspire others. A few weeks ago, I was at a summit where Bill Hybels offered some insight on leading change. He drew an example of how leaders must focus on enlarging people’s hearts for the world…

Living in Joy & Gratitude while Engaging Real Suffering

Two predominant thoughts were on my mind this morning: the difficult challenges and suffering in our world in recent weeks, and the day we will set aside to give thanks to God in a few days. The two may seem contradictory, but they are not. They were not contradictory for Jesus. They were not contradictory for…

What’s on Your “Not-to-Do” List?

Have you ever felt overwhelmed when a well-meaning person offered advice that adds to your already busy, stressful life? – start an exercise regime, start a blog, read a book, upgrade your strategy, invest more time in your important relationships. You want to do it, but you don’t see how you can add one more…

ALS, the Ice Bucket Challenge, and Global Community

My grandfather (right) danced with my grandmother, played golf in his colorful sweaters, and ran his business with the same joie de vivre (enjoyment of life). I always anticipated trips to their beautiful home on the edge of a golf course and the loving attention he gave all of us. He was bigger than life…

Four Areas to Cultivate in Life & Leadership

We take on the characteristics of what we worship. And western culture fosters a self-centered focus on personal freedom and individual satisfaction. The problem is, when unconstrained by the love of God that binds us to a loving relationship with Him and loving relationships with our fellow man in the context of a greater, benevolent purpose,…