Oscar Wilde is credited with saying that “Consistency is the hallmark of the unimaginative.”
Wilde’s point was that consistent living can become a wearisome repetition of sameness day after day. Such consistency can degenerate into a life that is dull. Boring. Trite. Listless. Languid. And essentially lifeless.
In response, an unknown author issued this challenge to get out of the consistency rut. Continue reading
“Everything rises and falls on leadership,” is the core philosophy of renowned leadership expert, John Maxwell.
This is true in the business world. In the home. In government. In sports. And also in the Lord’s church.
Our reading today is about leaders in the church. It lists what is commonly called the qualifications of elders. They’re better characterized as qualities. Too often we look at this text as a mere checklist, applied superficially, instead of a description of the spiritual attributes required for God’s leaders. Continue reading
“Eyes that look are common. Eyes that see are rare,” wrote J. Oswald Sanders in is classic book Spiritual Leadership.
Sanders further illustrated his point with this Bible example. “The Pharisees looked at Peter and saw only a poor, unlettered fisherman, totally insignificant, not worthy of a second look. Jesus saw Peter and discovered the prophet and preacher, saint and leader of the unique band of men who turned the world upside down.” Continue reading
The Utah State Legislature recently passed a bill making sex outside of marriage legal.
Lawmakers are trying to clean up the criminal code in Utah by removing laws that are on the books, but unenforced and considered “outdated.” Until now fornication was a misdemeanor. Utah’s Senate passed the bill and the House passed it 41-32. Now it goes to the governor for his signature or veto.
This follows the recent repeal of laws still on the books that made both adultery and sodomy a crime. Continue reading
Leadership guru John Maxwell often says,“Everything rises and falls on leadership.”
And what is leadership? Maxwell defined it this way. “After more than four decades of observing leadership within my family and the many years of developing my own leadership potential, I have come to this conclusion: Leadership is influence. That’s it. Nothing more; more less. My favorite leadership proverb is “He who thinketh he leadeth and hath no one following him is only taking a walk.” Continue reading
Leadership guru John Maxwell says that ‘most people settle into one of three areas: survival, success, or significance.”
He explains that some folks are struggling in life. They may be scrambling just to keep their head above water financially. Other people are doing well. They’re working hard to have a better life. They’ve reached a level of stability in life that the world calls them successful. Continue reading
In his book, Becoming a Person of Influence, John Maxwell tells about an experiment conducted by psychologists to measure people’s capacity to endure pain.
The experiment involved barefooted people standing in a bucket of ice water. They discovered one thing that made it possible for some people to stand in the ice water twice as long as others.
Encouragement was the key factor. Continue reading
Love him or loathe him, but one thing is for sure, President Donald Trump has really brought change to Washington in just 10 days!
His demeanor, personality, approach, retorts, and of course, constant tweeting is change from every past President. Some like it. Others hate it so much their responses border on the irrational. Already there is a web site, ironically called change.org, demanding for the impeachment of President Trump. Continue reading
“Seeking holiness rather than happiness is a hard thing to do in the culture in which we live,” wrote John Maxwell, “because so much is geared to happiness—whatever makes you feel good. In a secular society, happiness is the aim of life. In a spiritual society, holiness is the thing that we strive for….Happiness is really found in holiness. But if we try to bypass holiness in our search for happiness, we’ll miss it altogether. Happiness is a by-product of holiness; it’s a benefit of living a pure life, rightly related to God, self and others.” Continue reading
“I’m on record as being a sore loser. I hate losing,” said quarterback Cam Newton. “You show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser.”
Newton shared his philosophy on losing to reporters Tuesday in response to his aborted press conference following a devastating loss in Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Newton pouted during the post game news conference, channeling his inner Bill Belichick, by giving petulant answers to reporters’ questions. After mumbling single, short answers to seven questions he abruptly walked away saying, “I don’t know what you want from me.” Continue reading