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Category: Success Principles

4 Aug

“The Light is Green Until It’s Red.”

   Have you ever wanted to follow a dream so you asked God about it—and then waited? And waited. And waited. But the angel Gabriel didn’t light up the night with a message from on high, and when the next day came, there wasn’t any giant billboard along the road with your name in giant letters telling you what to do. So then you decided to do the Gideon thing and “lay a fleece” before the Lord saying something like, “Okay, God, if the sun rises tomorrow, I’ll know you’re saying ‘yes,’ and if it doesn’t, it’s a ‘no’.  Got it.”  And then the sun didn’t rise so you kept asking because that wasn’t what you wanted to hear.

   Ever been there?

 

Investment 101

   Jesus once told a parable about a rich man who had three servants to whom he announced that he would be going away for an extended period of time. But before leaving, the master gave each of the servants talents ($) to invest, saying that when he came back, he would expect to see a return on his investment. Then he gave a different number of talents to each servant according to his abilities. But it’s not the number of talents that’s important; the way the servants invested them is the point.

   The key thing in this parable is that the master distributed the talentsand then left. The servants weren’t able to call him on his cell or message him or email him to ask what they should do. The master gave them the freedom to do whatever they thought was best with their talentsas long as the results benefited his kingdom. So what did they do? The best they knew how to do.

   Except for one of them. 

26 Jul

The Most Important Vision You’ll Ever Have

   What do you call a man who, when asked for food and drink by an army of 400 warriors, deliberately refuses them and then insults them? 

   How about “fool”? Sierra Exif JPEG

   Coincidently, that was the meaning of the name of Abigail’s husband, Nabal. Backstory (I Sam. 25): David and his mighty men, hungry and thirsty, had come upon Nabal’s men shearing his hundreds of sheep (Nabal was rich) and asked them for food and drink.  Since David and his men had often protected Nabal’s herdsmen from danger, it wasn’t therefore asking too much for David to make such a request of Nabal.  What was unusual was for Nabal to refuse David – especially considering that Nabal was plenty rich enough to provide food for David and his men.  And most especially considering that it was – well, David and his men.  Four hundred of them.  With swords.

   But – was Nabal’s foolish behavior really so coincidental?

   Perhaps not. It’s difficult to imagine the impact of growing up and hearing yourself called “fool” every time anyone mentioned your name. Consequently, Nabal might simply have become convinced that that’s all he would ever be – whether he tried otherwise or not.  So (I’m speculating), consciously or not, Nabal began to imitate other fools.

   That’s what’s known as a “word curse;” we tend to become what we’re told we are. Jesus referred to such words as “idle words” and said that we’ll be held accountable for every idle word we speak.  Why? Because people believe what they hear about themselves – for better or worse.

2 Jun

Grace—The Fire Power of God

   There was a time in my life when I went to confession, having been told by the good nuns (and they were good), that I would receive “grace” for going and that the more I went to confession, the more grace I would get. That was all fine and good – except that I didn’t really have any idea what grace was.    For the most part, I reasoned that grace was synonymous with mercy. Makes sense, right? I mean, you confess your sins and you have to receive mercy in order to be forgiven. The only problem was, I couldn’t understand how you could get “more” mercy; either you had it or you didn’t have it; either your...
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9 May

The Big, Bad Competition—and Other Scary Stuff

   I’ve always wanted be in business for myself (although this discussion could apply to any dream). I’ve worked a couple of businesses through the years helping others and I’ve learned the business-end ropes of the ropes, so to speak. However, while I’m exploring my options in the direction I want to head (in addition to writing), I’m finding one thing consistently: the competition is fierce. And honestly, that’s a little intimidating. Can I succeed in a market with businesses already up and established in my industry? How do I break in? Do I have enough money? What if I invest but can’t penetrate the market?    What if I fail?     Now I can cite the standard “not trying is...
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20 Mar

Killer Deal

   How would you like to start a business and have an immediate 100 clients? Maybe you’d like a quick trip from the high school locker room to the NFL? What about going from being weekend news anchor at your local station to anchoring the nightly national network news? Or graduating from college at 22 and stepping right into the directorship of a daycare center responsible for the care and feeding of fifty toddlers every day?  What if Uncle Harry suddenly left you a cool million?      Killer deal, right?      Absolutely killer. Lethal even.      You know where I’m going with this. There’s a great deal to be said for gradual promotion, for hugging the learning curve, for “working...
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