When was the last time you turned it all off? I mean, literally turned every aspect of your work and accompanying technology completely off?Continue Reading "Sabbath… A Key to Freedom"
A friend and I talked one day about the perils of a hurried life and how hazardous it is to our souls. The more we considered how much a hurried life turns our souls into raisins and preps us to give beef jerky instead of steak to the people we love, the more we agreed, a hurried life is actually a toxic life. If you are open to new ideas that might inject breathing space — the influx of fresh air — into your daily workload, I have four keys to help you get started.Continue Reading "Escape from a Hurried Life"
At 7:14 this morning, a phone call told me that a very good friend was shot and killed last night. Emotionally I’ve spent the day vacillating between shock, sorrow, anger, and indignation. There are many things I could tell you about my friend, but since you don’t know him I need to write about the personal reflections I cannot escape.Continue Reading "Lord, Teach Me to Number My Days"
I know, it sounds like the language of a circus barker, “Come see the Flying Zucchini Brothers as they defy gravity.” However, I am talking about much more than entertaining circus talk. “Defying gravity,” is a terrific description of the way effective leadership teams learn to operate.Continue Reading "Defying Gravity"
I want to talk about having goals and plans. I think they really matter. I am not compulsive about them and don’t let them rule my life, but for me they are essential to living an intentional life. However, there are some complicating factors. How do you balance having goals with being sensitive to the ongoing leading and direction of the Spirit?Continue Reading "Law of the Pencil and Stone"
In a culture where habitual drivenness is the water we swim in, there is an invisible pull to say yes to more. However, impact is directly related to focus and focus is about doing fewer things not more. Impact is not the result of doing a lot more.Continue Reading "The Relationship Between Focus and Impact"
We all joke about it, but there is part of us that still believes, “he who dies with the most toys wins.” We are seduced by the illusion that the legacy of our lives will be measured by the cumulative value of the stuff we create-acquire-build-plan-say-do. What if the true legacy of our lives is something completely different?Continue Reading "Legacy of My Life"
On those unique days when snowstorms overwhelm the city and life comes to a halt, the unplanned respite from work and regular ritual does something powerful for your soul and your relationships. A sabbath should be just like that.Continue Reading "Snowed In for a Sabbath"