“How Do I Center My Ambition on Christ?”

Discerning the voice of God from one’s own ambition is a challenge. However, it doesn’t need to be. Grabbing hold of God’s will for your life is neither a mystical nor aimless pursuit. Ambition, when the true motives behind it are checked against selfishness, is a godly pursuit. Humans were given the mandate to be…

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Long-Lasting Success Is Up to You

Long-Lasting Success Is Up to You

Long-lasting success is not a result of pedigree or family name. Not alma matter, or even lack thereof. Name recognition or who you know might give you a foot in the door, but making something useful of your career is up to you. You’ve got to do the hard things. Show up. Study hard. Work…

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“Why Don’t My Ideas Take Flight?”

Extraordinary ideas and creative solutions will never take off with perfection at the helm. Why? Perfection is the enemy of great. Seeking to do things perfectly is a surefire way to hold yourself back from being innovative in ways that can lead to incredible results. For many of us, however, seeking perfection becomes the goal…

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Success Is Only ‘Part’ of the Story

Success Is Only ‘Part’ of the Story

If your origin story seems small or even wrought with shame, don’t write it off. The key to sustained growth is not in abandoning your roots. When achieved, success is only part of your story. Faced with an impossible uphill climb to rebuild the temple, the prophet Zechariah implored the people of God not to…

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One Process That Should Never Be Standardized

There is no scope creep when it comes to God’s plan for you. He’s the one who called you, and He’s the one who’s going to see you through. Paul closes his first letter to the church in the city now known as Thessaloniki with an exhortation. “May God himself […] sanctify you through and…

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When you feel threatened, don't waste the oxygen.

Save the Oxygen and Follow Christ

Sometimes it’s easier to see a speck of sawdust in someone else’s eye than it is to see the plank in your own (Matthew 7:3). It’s human nature. When you feel threatened by the perceived success of a coworker or the fear of corrective action from a supervisor, warranted or not, it is easier to…

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Matthew 6:1

Share the Joy of Faith, Not the Methods

Many of us may feel pressure to perform in the workplace, in relationships, and even in our spiritual lives. But faith is not performance driven. When it comes to living out your faith, to integrating it into all of life, don’t worry about performing. You don’t need to be on display. There is no yearly…

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Be Relevant

Is Jesus Relevant Anymore?

When our words or actions distract and get in the way of people who need Christ’s message of hope and freedom, we need to check ourselves. We need to practice self-awareness so we can understand how we come across to others and make appropriate adjustments. This is a key part of becoming more spiritually mature.…

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Philippians 3:12

Spiritual Maturity Requires No Resume

Paul’s writing in the New Testament pulls no punches. And his brutal honesty about his own shortcomings and colored past serve as encouragement for us all. We DON’T need to have it all together to be effective in building the Kingdom of God. A well-written resume proves nothing more definitively than one’s ability to write…

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Mark 12:30

Loving God with Everything You’ve Got!

In Mark 12:30, Jesus explains that the greatest commandment is to love God with everything you’ve got – with every part of your being. Heart, soul, mind, and strength. Jesus is calling us to live an integrated life. While we may excel in one or two of these areas, it is the exceptional person who…

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