Writing Archive

5 Things Volunteers Wish They Could Tell Their Pastors

1. “I don’t see where this is headed.” This is a tough one, because I would bet, that half the time this phrase is uttered, vision has actually been shared. We, as leaders, need to remember that one vision talk a year won’t do the job. One method of sharing vision will only connect with […]

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Muddy Boots, Smashed Skittles And Used Bandaids

Not long ago, I was prepping our youth building for our midweek service. When you do ministry, you get used to picking up skittles, sour patch kids, and any other random piece of candy you might sell in your cafe. It comes with the territory. And I’m not complaining. I just have a tendency to […]

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Two Things That Cannot Coexist In My Life

I wasn’t always aware of these two polar opposites, but over the years, I realized that there are two specific elements in my life that absolutely cannot coexist. Clutter and Focus. And I never realize that the two are in an epic battle until clutter eventually wins. It’s crazy. I’ll walk in my office one […]

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Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals

Most leaders that have any sense of direction-consciousness set goals. Setting goals is great. Until you set them too low. We serve a universe-creating God. We serve a grave-robbing God. We worship a life-rescuing God. And we set tiny goals? What the heck is that all about? My definition of a big, hairy, audacious goal […]

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Tomorrow

Tomorrow, you can still achieve your dreams. Yesterday is concrete. Yesterday is done. Yesterday is in the books. What was accomplished was accomplished. What wasn’t, wasn’t. Tomorrow is still up for grabs. Tomorrow is anyone’s game. But tomorrow will soon be yesterday. What are you dreaming about?

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Spinning Too Many Plates

This post is about my own personal struggle. I gravitate towards complexity. In other words, I involuntarily spin too many plates. It doesn’t happen on a moment’s notice; rather, over time. I can work purposefully for long stretches of time. But eventually, projects pile up, non-essential opportunities are met with open hands, and time-wasting energies […]

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Warren Buffet and Jay-Z Talk Success And Money

I saw this in a recent issue of Forbes Magazine. Check out this conversation between two successful guys who came up very differently.

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Why Work Doesn’t Happen At Work

For the longest time, I’ve always felt bad about doing my best work at Starbucks. Now I don’t have to anymore. I saw this TED talk on Michael Hyatt’s blog a couple days ago and was super-intrigued by the concept Jason Fried is laying out. Where are you most productive? How much work do you […]

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