Thoughts 2017-05-25T14:15:26-05:00

The Intersection of Faith, Leadership, and Life.

The Most Neglected Three Seconds in Volleyball 

The Most Neglected Three Seconds in Volleyball  It happens at least 35 times, and sometimes over 50 times each set. It is an untapped stage for the growth of emerging leaders. It represents dozens of missed opportunities to deliver much needed praise, encouragement, and strategy … every … single … set.   What are the most neglected three seconds in volleyball?  The player huddle.   If overlooked and dismissed, the six players on the floor merely come together after each point, pointlessly pat each [...]

What Kind of Soil are You? The Hard Path

One of the most well-known parables of Jesus is the Parable of the Soils. In it, He describes the four conditions of the human heart in response to God’s word. Please take a moment to read this passage in Luke 8:4-15. Linked is a nice animation of the story. He begins with a farmer sowing seed. Luke said that the seed is the word of God. It’s the gospel, the good news that Jesus came to earth to give himself as [...]

God With Us?

The word Immanuel – which means God with us - should blow our minds. If you stop and really think about it, your head might hurt. You might think, “I don’t even understand what God is like.” Or “Why would God want to be with messed-up humans, many of whom don’t acknowledge Him, hate Him, or live their lives like He doesn’t matter?” Let’s go back to the prophecy in the Old Testament book of Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore, the Lord [...]

Practice DOESN’T Make Perfect

Do you know someone who has had the same hobby or job for years, yet is really no better at it now than when they first started? Sure, he may really enjoy playing golf or piano, and she likes her job just enough not to leave . . . but they haven’t come close to what someone would call a “master”. Why is this? Researchers say it takes about 10,000 hours of practice and about 10 years of dedication to [...]

Success Requires Interest

“Do what you love, and you won’t work a day in your life.” It’s well known that people who follow their personal interests into a career tend to be very satisfied and engaged. But how do we find that passion for ourselves or perhaps help our children discover what they love? As we discussed last time, Angela Duckworth’s book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, divides the kind grit that leads to success into passion and perseverance, something that [...]

The Most Accurate Predictor of Success

We’ve all seen it. Maybe it happened to someone we know casually, someone in our family, or even us. Highly talented people with all the potential in the world to be a great college athlete, a sure bet to be a doctor or a lawyer, or insane musical abilities who are sure to go to the next level. But they don’t. That leaves us scratching our heads and coming up with all sorts of excuses as to why such a [...]

Quick and Slow and Slow

Listening, speaking, and anger. Lack of listening is a common reason for relationship spats. Speaking when you shouldn’t, or with the wrong tone or timing, can get you into big trouble. And everyone knows that anger can be very destructive. You can imagine several ways these are related.  Jesus’ half-brother, James, wrote about this very topic in an extremely practical letter to the first century church. In the Bible, James 1:19-20 says: My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should [...]

Means to an End?

Can you be a means to an end when the end isn’t you? Are you OK or even fulfilled when you are just a cog in the wheel or a gear in the machine? Said differently, is your purpose in life, stated or unstated, mainly about you? At the Leadercast 2017 conference, Andy Stanley challenged the audience to move beyond “me” and focus on being the means to an end that is much, much bigger than ourselves: “Am I willing [...]

Top 5 Posts

Many of you know that I write a monthly column for our neighborhood magazine, and the July 2017 issue marks its 5 year anniversary. To keep the theme of "5", I went back to reflect upon 40+ articles and pulled out some highlights of what I consider to be the most impactful ones. I hope that these have been helping you on your journey of Faith, Leadership, and Life so that you can have An Eternal Impact with those you [...]

How to Raise Great Kids

Michelle and I recently gave a talk about marriage and family at the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) banquet. Afterwards, a dad came up to me and asked the secret to why we (so far) have been successful at raising great kids. I joked and said, “It’s all Michelle.” Reflecting on it, of course great moms are critical to developing great kids. But not every great mom results in great kids, and some great kids don’t have a great mom or [...]