Lessons Learned on the Journey

Struggles on the Journey – The Influences of the World

Miscalculating my ability to resist the subtle influences of the world around me can result in not-so-subtle negative outcomes in my life. I am called to be in the world but not of the world. So what…

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Struggles on the Journey – Clarity

My thoughts and ideas have no meaning to others until they find full expression in clearly articulated words – written or spoken. I can respond to my thoughts but others cannot. Sometimes I…

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Struggles on the Journey - Forgetting My Identity

How I view myself - my identity - is shaped by my early childhood development, education, vocational life, family life, and church and ministry experiences. Blessing and heartbreak in each of these…

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Struggles on the Journey – Lack of Joy

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

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Struggles on the Journey - My 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. As a young boy, he came with his family to North America from an entirely different culture and…

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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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Leading like a Shepherd

Over the years I have read leadership books by Stephen Covey, Peter Drucker and John Maxwell. I learned 7 habits, 5 principles and multiple guidelines – all very helpful. When I need…

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The Cost of Forgiveness

I often glibly say, "Please forgive me" - giving little thought to the hurt caused by my words or actions or the cost of forgiveness required of that person. I have been known to think,…

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Time vs. Timely

I live feeling impatient, frustrated and constrained inside of time. God, on the other hand, works outside of time – a bit mind-bending since He is also always present with me in my “time…

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