One of my favorite stories, although it’s probably apocryphal, is about a group of tourists visiting a picturesque village in Europe.
As they toured, admiring the beauty, the cathedral and the architecture of this quaint 13th century village, one tourist spotted an old man sitting on a bench. In a rather patronizing way, he asked, “Were any great men born in this village?” Continue reading
The other day Norma Jean and I discovered a quaint little breakfast spot on North Redington Beach, The Sweet Sage Café. It’s a combination café, gift shop, and boutique with a beautiful outdoor garden.
After a delicious breakfast, we began browsing through the gift shop reading some of the clever plaques. Many were inspirational. Others were funny. And a few slightly risqué. However, this one caught our attention. And we knew we needed to buy it. Continue reading
“A leader is one who knows the way, shows the way and goes the way,” wrote John Maxwell in his best selling book, The Success Journey.
John’s point speaks to the virtue of vision. Perception. And foresight. It’s also the attribute the apostle John enunciated when he recorded Jesus’ words to the disciples in John 4:35.
“Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” Continue reading
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