You’ve heard it a hundred times – if you’re not growing, you’re dying. And if this statement ever was true, it is simply no longer reality. Life IS about growth, but it’s not ALL about growth. I’m passionate about growth. I’ve written much about planning, vision, and growth. For much of my life, anything short of growth I considered failure…until few weeks ago.
In my opinion one of the most misunderstood passages of the twenty-third Psalm is verse 2: “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.” As you read this passage, you might imagine herds of sheep eating on the green hillside and drinking in a nearby babbling brook. What made me stop and consider was the thought that the Shepherd had to make the sheep lie down in green pastures.
We have so much to learn from the One who could do it all in one step, yet didn't! He forms, then fills. He saves, then sanctifies. He purposes, then perfects. Don't get in too much of a hurry. He loves the process, and so should we. 🙂
Most of us agree – leadership is influence. And there are times when influence morphs into down-right-out manipulation. Have you seen a leader manipulate others? What were the effects? How do you guard against becoming manipulative?
It’s the one piece of advice we all know is true, but don’t necessarily want to hear. If I could say one thing to my generation it would be this – Grow on purpose! Leaders and team members are looking for solutions to complex challenges in their life and work. And our conversations inevitably lead back to the same solution – grow on purpose.
Why is the ocean blue? Why are leaves green? Why do birds sing? Why did Jesus die a criminal's death? One simple reason: because God wanted it that way. He exists, creates, and loves ... for Himself (Isaiah 46:9-10). This life is not about me; it's all about Him! God wants the glory and will … Continue reading Growing in the Glory of God