15 Statements to Get You Unstuck

1. By God’s grace I am what I am.
2. I’m not finished growing, I keep moving forward.
3. I’m not a victim. I’m privileged to glorify Christ through suffering.
4. I refuse to make excuses for my failure.
5. I own my mistakes, learn from them, and become wiser.
6. I can’t make everyone happy, but I can please ONE.
7. I am a giver. I give life, hope, and empowerment to others.
8. I’m content being me. Therefore, I don’t compare myself with others.
9. I have everything I need to do what God has called me to do.
10. I’m not running aimlessly. There’s purpose even in uncertainty.
11. The Gospel is still changing my life. That’s Good News!
12. I will love the journey. Even when there are no shortcuts.
13. If I err, I will err on the side of faith… never doubt.
14. God never calls us to a fair fight. Otherwise we wouldn’t need to trust Him.
15. My calling is my burden. I will accept that. read more

Your Passion and the World’s Greatest Need

Theologian Frederick Buechner noted that, “vocation is where our greatest passion meets the world’s greatest need.” I believe all of us have the capacity to live out our passion in a manner that serves others – and ultimately changes the world in our own small way. The same God who created our lives for serving others is the same God who gives us the passion to serve.

The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership

I’ve been reading The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership by James Kouzes and Barry Posner. They collected stories from ordinary people — the experiences they recalled when asked to think of a peak leadership experience. Despite differences in culture, gender, age, and other variables, these “Personal Best” stories revealed similar patterns of behavior. They found that when leaders are at their personal best there are five core practices common to all:

Have you hijacked Christianity’s greatest virtues?

Our gifts mean very little to God without real commitments to people.

Wow! Please let that sink in for a moment.

We all want to feel unique and gifted… and we are. We all want to feel like we have something special to offer God and the world… and we do. But the truth is, our gifts and talents, without the basis of deep commitments and sincere devotion to relationships and community, have very little usefulness to God.

Great Leadership Moment: Green Bay Packers Slay the Victim Mentality

Mike McCarthy had a great leadership moment this week. The Green Bay Packers’ head coach often says that among his highest priorities is setting an optimal mind-set in the locker room. So on the heels of the team’s bitter and controversial loss to Seattle on Monday night, the coach’s charge when his players returned to work Wednesday was to rid them of any vestiges of victimhood.

In the end, your passion will have more influence than your personality or talent.

“One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.” ~E. M. Forster

Experts spend a lot of time trying to figure out what makes people successful. In his book The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, John Maxwell asserts that passion is what makes the difference, pointing out four truths about passion and what it can do for you as a leader: