Lessons Learned on the Journey

Who Can We Trust?

"Trust no one" These words describe the counsel of James Buchanan Duke to his only child, Doris Duke in James Michener’s novel Return to Paradise. Should we also heed this advice? …

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Struggles on the Journey – Lack of Joy

The intent of God is that I live a life of relentless joy. However, I often find myself living inside the story of my circumstances rather than God’s reality. The result is a lack of joy…

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Struggles on the Journey – Hubris

Hubris—excessive pride and a sense of self-importance—is a constant temptation for me. Yet if you knew me well, you would understand that my hubris constantly rubs shoulders with the…

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Struggles on the Journey – Hiding

As I listened to the story of his journey to Jesus, I was amazed by his nonchalant transparency. He described his family life growing up in North America having come from another country and an…

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Struggles on the Journey – My Unavailability

While living in Hungary, through an amazing set of circumstances, the President of Hungary made himself available for a 30-minute one-on-one appointment with me. Obviously, I made myself available.…

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Strangers in the Land

As I travel to various countries, I enjoy new people, new food and a new culture. Although I enjoy my new surroundings, …

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The Cost of Forgiveness

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

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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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A Conduit Not A Reservoir

Collecting has always been a part of my nature. As a boy, I used my paper route earnings to collect coins and antiques. Books and papers were cherished and accumulated in piles. Throwing things away…

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Obedience before Understanding

In the emergency room I always gathered as much information and data as possible before making a medical decision. This is the methodology of science and medicine. Seeing and understanding precede…

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