Lessons Learned on the Journey

Leading Like a Shepherd

Studying leadership over the years, I have read books by people like Stephen Covey, Peter Drucker, John Maxwell, and others. I learned such things as 7 habits, 5 principles and multiple guidelines…

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The Cost of Forgiveness

I often say, "Please forgive me" so glibly that I give little thought to the deep suffering my words or actions may have caused others and the resulting cost of forgiveness required of that…

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Strangers in the Land

I find new foreign foods and unusual customs a fun adventure. Yet while traveling internationally, my thoughts are never far from home. Although people make me feel welcome in their countries, two of…

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I Want My Prayers Answered

At times, I present my life's needs and desires to God in a list with a timetable. I am like a child who does not know what he is asking of his parent. The wise parent, knowing the big picture…

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The Path to Selflessness

"Dad, this conversation is not about you!" These words lovingly whispered in my ear by my daughter caused me to stop in my tracks. I had been caught once again talking about myself and not…

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Neighborly Advice

My "two cents’ worth" is, at times, worth just that — especially when my advice comes without offering assistance when needed. Advice costs me nothing. Involvement costs me time…

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Accessing the Invisible

Recently my cardiologist assessed my heart by: …

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Spiritual CliffsNotes

I must make a confession. During a literature course in college, I did not read the assigned books; instead I used CliffsNotes — study guides that present and explain literature in shortened…

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Based on a True Story

I sometimes read Reader’s Digest — true stories about real people delivering a more powerful punch than fiction. In fact, movies and books often carry the tagline, based on a true story.…

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Weakness Denied — A Good Strategy?

Society's message that acknowledging weakness is not a good strategy often resonated with me. Power and control seemed more desirable. In fact, during college a peer gave me this advice, "As…

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