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What’s The Purpose?

As we go about our busy days, filled with many things, choices, options, decisions and distractions; A simple question we must ask ourselves is “What’s The Purpose?”

If the answer to that question is lame, selfish, you find yourself making up an answer or you can’t come up with an answer at all, it may be time to do something different and change directions.

What’s The Purpose?

  • What’s The Purpose Of The Relationship?
  • What’s The Purpose Of The Sinful Behavior?
  • What’s The Purpose Of Spending More Time At Work Than With Your Family?
  • What’s The Purpose Of A Promotion at Work That Constitutes A Demotion Of Family?
  • What’s The Purpose Of Your Different Personalities Depending On Your Audience?
  • What’s The Purpose Of Talking About What You Want To Do, Instead Of Doing It?
  • What’s The Purpose In Having Another Drink?
  • What’s The Purpose In Always Pointing Out What Others Are Doing Wrong?
  • What’s The Purpose Of What You Are Doing Today?
  • What’s The Purpose Of What You Plan On Doing Tomorrow?
  • What’s The Purpose? What’s The Purpose? What’s The Purpose?

The Author of “Imitation Of Christ” Thomas à Kempis says it this way, “Life without a purpose is a languid drifting thing; every day we ought to review our purpose, saying to ourselves. ‘This day let me make a sound beginning, for what we have hitherto done is naught.’“  The modern translation would be, “This day let me make a sound beginning, for what we have done until now is nothing.  Let’s do this!”

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after. ~Thoreau

If we want to live lives of purpose and on purpose, we must do a better job of answering this simple question: What’s The Purpose?
Share your thoughts on… What’s The Purpose?

5 Reasons Businesses, Organizations & People Fail

Trying to answer the question of “why an organization or an individual failed?” generally creates some great dialogue. It forces individuals to ask deeper questions and generally prompts individuals to start pointing blame.

Over the years in working with many organizations, individuals, political candidates, teams etc., I have found some pretty common and simple themes as to what contributes to failure.

5 Reasons Businesses, Organizations & People Fail

  • 1. Lack Identity- They don’t know who they are or who they want to be.  They are defined by the latest, greatest, newest trend and this is a cyclical process.  A person or organization without an identity or clear values to shape their identity is destined to fail.
  • 2. Copy Cat- This is similar to #1; however the heart behind this one is to be like “so and so.”  It’s important to copy what’s burning deep inside you, not what’s burning inside of someone else.  If your only desire is to mimic someone else and not bring anything new, fresh or different to the table, you are destined to fail.
  • 3. Don’t Solicit Proper Feedback- It’s important for individuals and organizations to have the proper people speaking into their plan and their life.  This helps to bring clarity to their identity and encourages individuals and organizations to be true to their unique calling.  Additionally, wise counsel can provide critical input that may alleviate some of the failure contributors altogether.  If you want to know if something is a good idea, ask those closest to you.  Not only those closest to you, but rather those closest to you that will shoot you 100% straight. (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly)  Without Good, Godly and Golden counsel, you are destined to fail.
  • 4. Me Syndrome- If it’s all about you or your organization, you can almost guarantee it’s gonna be all about you, in your own little failure corner of your own little failure world.  Failure island is a lonely place to be for selfish people.  If it’s all about me-me-me, you are destined to fail.
  • 5. Premature Quitter- I am a firm believer that there is definitely a time to call it quits.  The good wise counsel in #3 can be the group that help you ascertain, when it’s time to quit.  I think it’s important to always keep trying to change and move the ball of success down the field.  Quitting is one of those things that you will often times have to even take one step past your wise counsel.  You must pull from deep inside to know your limits and how much harder you need to work.  Often times #1 or rather an individual or organization’s identity is defined in the moments they were thinking about giving up.  If you quit prematurely, you are always destined to fail.  “Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one-yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touch down. ~Ross Perot
What do you think?

Lady Wisdom Gives a Thanksgiving Dinner Party

Lady Wisdom Gives a Thanksgiving Dinner Party

Lady Wisdom has built and furnished her home; it’s supported by seven hewn timbers. The banquet meal is ready to be served: lamb roasted, wine poured out, table set with silver and flowers. Having dismissed her serving maids, Lady Wisdom goes to town, stands in a prominent place, and invites everyone within sound of her voice: “Are you confused about life, don’t know what’s going on? Come with me, oh come, have dinner with me! I’ve prepared a wonderful spread-fresh-baked bread, roast lamb, carefully selected wines. Leave your impoverished confusion and live! Walk up the street to a life with meaning.”

If you reason with an arrogant cynic, you’ll get slapped in the face; confront bad behavior and get a kick in the shins. So don’t waste your time on a scoffer; all you’ll get for your pains is abuse. But if you correct those who care about life, that’s different-they’ll love you for it! Save your breath for the wise-they’ll be wiser for it; tell good people what you know-they’ll profit from it. Skilled living gets its start in the Fear-of-God, insight into life from knowing a Holy God. It’s through me, Lady Wisdom, that your life deepens, and the years of your life ripen. Live wisely and wisdom will permeate your life; mock life and life will mock you… Proverbs 9:1-12

Stressed Flipped Backwards

Dessert is defined as: A sweet course, treat or dish; served after the main course.

As I was thinking about the holiday season and all of the desserts so many of us are going to consume; I was reminded of how dessert applies to our lives.  It’s the sweet course or treat after life’s main courses. e.g.

  • Main Course- Attending College  Dessert-  Obtaining Degree.
  • Main Course- Becoming A Leader  Dessert- Lessons Learned/Taught & Leaders Developed
  • Main Course- Tithe and give generously  Dessert- The floodgates of blessings
  • Main Course- Struggles of life, darkness, insecurity, sin…  Dessert-  Truth, life, grace and forgiveness through Christ.

It’s essential for us to always be mindful and thankful that even though the “main courses in life” may not always taste great or be our favorite dish, there is always opportunity for dessert. Remember you also have the freedom of choice as it pertains to what you consume, nonetheless always be thankful.  “We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” ~Harry Ironside

Don’t sweat the small stuff and don’t be stressed; instead take stressed and flip it backwards.

The Desserts of Life.

For those that still may not understand the title of this post…  spell stressed backwards. 🙂

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

10 Spiritual Tonics

10 SPIRITUAL TONICS by ~Abraham Feinberg

  • 1.  Stop worrying. Worry kills life.
  • 2.  Begin each day with a prayer. It will arm your soul.
  • 3.  Control appetite. Over-indulgence clogs body and mind.
  • 4.  Accept your limitations. All of us can’t be great.
  • 5. Don’t envy. It wastes time and energy.
  • 6. Have faith in people. Cynicism sours the disposition.
  • 7. Find a hobby. It will relax your nerves.
  • 8. Read a book a week to stimulate imagination and broaden your view.
  • 9. Spend some time alone, for the peace of solitude and silence.
  • 10. Try to want what you have, instead of spending your strength trying to get what you want.

Which of these 10 Tonics resonate most with you?

Don’t Believe The Lies!

Lies is one of those four letter words that doesn’t have an ounce of goodness in it. Let’s face the facts: No one wants people telling lies about them and a liar is not a banner than anyone wants to proudly wave.

The sad reality is the most potent lies are the one’s that we tell ourselves, about ourselves, or the one’s that we believe from others.

You Can’t, You Will Never, You’re Not Good Enough, You Don’t Have What It Takes…

If you believe the lies, I think that makes you a liar — Lying to yourself.

Reject the lies!

Don’t believe the lies!

“There’s a lesson here: Whoever invests in lies, gets lies for interest, Paid in full before the due date. Some investment!” Job 15:31-32 MSG

Do you believe the lies?  What have you done to overcome lying to yourself?

Agree To Disagree or Agree To Agree

The term “agree to disagree” or “agreeing to disagree” is a phrase in referring to the resolution of a conflict (usually a debate or quarrel) in which all parties tolerate but do not accept the opposing position or positions.

Agreeing to disagree generally occurs when all sides recognize that further conflict would be unnecessary, ineffective, undesirable or simply doesn’t make sense. Both parties may remain on amicable terms while continuing to disagree about the unresolved issues.

This now popular phrase first appeared in print in 1770 when, at the death of George Whitefield, John Wesley wrote a memorial sermon which acknowledged, but downplayed, the two men’s doctrinal differences. Wesley wrote and said it this way:

“There are many doctrines of a less essential nature… In these we may think and let think; we may ‘agree to disagree.’ But, meantime, let us hold fast the essentials…”

Often times we use the term “agree to disagree” as a somewhat of cop-out for saying, “I don’t agree, but I’m going to say that I agree to disagree so that I can move on because my opinion is right and you’re wrong.” It really is okay to “agree to disagree” and if we take a play out of Wesley’s nearly 250 year old sermon; let’s simply make sure that we hold fast to the essentials and the things that we agree on.  Unfortunately Pastors and Christians can be some of the worst, even with limited knowledge and perspective of the “other side.”

Maybe the phrase should be, “agree to agree.” Let’s agree to sometimes disagree, but more importantly let’s not forget the things that we agree on. The next argument, political perspective, denominational nuance or ridiculous decision that you find yourself on the other side of — Don’t just make the decision to “agree to disagree,” take it a step further and “agree to agree.”

Share your thoughts and perspective on “agreeing to disagree.” Do people really “agree to disagree?” What are your thoughts on “agreeing to agree?”

You Have Been Bewitched By Satan

This is a great video that my man Samson Varughese created of a spoken word piece by David Bowden.  I love working with both of these guys, they are both super-creative and this piece is amazingly raw, real and an accurate depiction.

The title of this piece is “I Believe In The Devil.” Watch it, listen to it, hear it, watch it again and share your comments below.

Have you been bewitched by satan?

Please share this… it’s a message that we all need to hear.

God Wants You To Win!

Anytime you talk about winning or competition whether it is in sports, workplace, school or amongst siblings; there always seem to be people who adjudicate themselves as not being competitive.  They settle for the cop out of, “I don’t compete or win because I’m not competitive.”  I have seen this in the workplace and in sports from the little league level to corporate executives.  I have also seen great coaches take individuals from, “Not being competitive, to being natural winners.

I love the way one of the greatest football coaches of all-time, Vince Lombardi talks about winning. Lombardi says, “Winning isn’t everything, but the will to win is everything.”  Winning starts inside, with a desire and a will to win.

God wants us to win, He is our Coach and the Bible is our playbook.

Stop being in the business of settling as a non-competitor.  You are a competitor; you are a winner, you are more than a conqueror and if God is for you, who can be against you.

God Wants You To Win, Find The Desire…  Be A Winner!

Don't Eat Your Vomit

sickAs I was reading through Proverbs this morning I had to pause as this seemingly funny, somewhat gross, but Oh So Real Proverb caught my attention:

As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. Proverbs 26:11

First Things First, lets answer the question: “Why Do Dogs Eat Their Vomit?”  I’m not sure, but my best answer is they are so used to eating what’s in front of them, that they don’t see vomit as vomit; but rather see it as food.  This is the same reason a fool continues to make foolish decisions; they are so used to making foolish decisions that they don’t see them as foolish decisions but rather decisions.

3 Things you can do to help a vomiting dog:

  1. Clean their vomit up quickly.
  2. Redirect them and remind them that vomit is not food nor is it good for them.
  3. Provide/Surround them with healthy food that minimizes the potential for vomiting.

Don’t Eat Your Vomit and if you find yourself returning to your vomit eating habits, try the three steps above.   You only get one shot at this thing called Life On Earth… Don’t Be A Fool and Don’t Eat Your Vomit.

Share your thoughts on this foolish Human/Canine vomit eating phenomenon! 

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