Make a Difference With Little Leadership

All my life, I’ve wanted to make a difference in the world. The older and more mature I have become, I realize this world is a very big place. And my influence is rather small. Does that negate my desire to make a difference? It does not. Does the immense world minimize my contribution? It does not. In fact, logically it seems to indicate all the more that my little bit offered in my small sphere of influence is necessary since the job of world influence is so great. I call using my small influence “little leadership.”

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10 Tips To Be A Good Parent

If you are a parent, you know raising kids is one of the most challenging things you have ever done. It is also one of the most influential and meaningful.

As you think about being a good parent to your kids, there are things you can do that make a huge difference in their little lives. It’s hard to remember all the specific things, so here is a list of tips and action steps to keep at your finger-tips.

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Dissecting Something Meaningful

Have you ever dissected something? High school biology? College anatomy? Did you know you can dissect Scripture, too? I’m not talking about the heavyduty dissection a theology graduate engages. This is a lighter approach – dissecting something meaningful.

Here is a peek at what a Scripture application might look like after dissecting it. The dissection steps are listed at the end of this article.

 

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Telling Jesus What to Do

Recently, a short phrase in Scripture caught my attention as I was going through my quiet time book.*    Stay. You don’t have to leave.

The Scenario

The disciples are in process of telling Jesus what to do. Imagine that! It has hit their radar that the crowd has been listening to His teachings all day. They did not bring any food. The obvious conclusion? “Send the people away to get food, Jesus.” They are being good disciples, don’t you think? They want to make Jesus aware, just in case He has missed something.

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HOW TO FINISH a 1-PAGE GOALS SHEET – Step 2

Last blog article explored living with a purpose and with hope. We began developing a 1-Page Goals Sheet – Step 1. The Goals Sheet is an individualized, custom-designed plan to organize and manage your life effectively with simple action steps.  We explored specific processes and began your Goals Sheet. Today, we will finish your Goals Sheet. You are very close to being done with a great plan and action steps that are easy to implement.

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How To Set Up a 1-PAGE GOALS SHEET: Step 1

January is the time people often think about their life purpose and goals. Sometimes, they re-visit regrets or dreams they once had. Living intentionally is important to be a healthy, balanced person.

I’m guessing you want to live with purpose and not waste your life. Because life is challenging, feeling overwhelmed is pretty normal for many people. God allows life to stretch you, but He wants you to stay close to Him and follow Him. He intends to kindle hope by walking closely with you. God gives wisdom, counsel, and power to help you succeed.

It is never too late to think about these ideas and jot a few notes. You need a plan to keep from floundering. Your plan needs good action steps that you carry out. I want to show how simple it is to set up a 1-page Goals Sheet to keep you on track. It’s not a complicated system.  Read More …


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Rising From Failure

Many Christians struggle to make their faith real and practical. They engage all kinds of plans and tactics to live up to what they believe and what the Bible says. But they feel empty, powerless, and hollow. Even fake. Sometimes these dear ones end up in unhealthy, repeating cycles. They feel they are failing continually. It’s as if success is not an option for them in their walk with the Lord. They need a new reality: Rising from failure.

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Going Into a New Year: Things to Ponder

The New Year is only one sleep away. Are you ready? A New Year is an opportunity to let go of some things and grab onto other things. Going into a New Year involves many emotions. It can feel scary, not knowing what is ahead. It may be a relief to walk into something new with a fresh perspective. You might have reason to celebrate certain accomplishments. Excitement about new opportunities begins to rise. Sadness about aging, saying good-byes, or letting go of various endeavors can be painful. Knowing there will be difficult challenges is sobering. Yet, overall, most people reach forward with hope as one year morphs into another.

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When Faith Hangs by a Thread at Christmas

God loves you so much. Christmas is His way of proving it. He became a person just like you. God-in-a-Baby grew up in this challenging world, now so different from how He created it. Baby Jesus entered shattered creation to become a Savior. He says, “Look! I am making everything new.” (Rev. 21:5) He invites you to trust Him for this “new” in daily details, disappointments, tragedies and sorrows, and in losses that cannot be fixed. Jesus is the prize of Christmas because He is the only one who can help.

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The Sweetness of a Thankful Heart

Some people have mastered being thankful. I know – because, when I was much younger, God gave me three mentors. They modeled thankfulness and exercised impeccable graciousness even when things weren’t going well. I’m not going to tell you who they are. But I will tell you that two of them – their names start with “M” and both end in “e.” And the third person rules a country – well, sort of!

Thanksgiving helps us remember the bountiful blessings we have. Thankfulness is a lovely quality that emulates God’s character. And since character forms the fiber of our very soul, it’s worth investing in the very best character possible. My mentors have given a wonderful example of what things to aim for. I want to share them with you.

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