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6 Timeless Virtues for Life and Work

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I’m not a soldier. No, Colonel Jessup, I’ve never picked up a weapon and stood a post. I’ve never fought in a great battle, never landed in hostile territory, and have never really worn a military uniform of any kind. I am also not an especially gifted athlete. I crank out a few miles every […]

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The Gospel of Change (Part 2): Four Truths to Guide Us

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Mary and Joseph—who look so peaceful and serene in Christmas nativity sets—were living quietly in a rural community, planning an ordinary married life together, when an angelic messenger showed up with a life-changing message. It was shocking, disruptive, and scary. The changes that happen to us today seldom have such […]

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6 Affirmations to Test Your Contentment

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Have you seen anyone using one of these lately?  It’s been a couple of years, but I have, and I’ve got to tell you, it caught me off guard. I sat down for a quick phone charge in the ATL airport between flights, and a nice fellow from a few […]

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4 Metrics of Child Rearing

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A recent conversation with a friend about business recruiting actually highlighted a couple of parenting insights. I was meeting with a CEO who was evaluating his internship program. In determining whom to hire out of this program, he looks for only three capabilities: Work ethic Problem solving ability Relational skills […]

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Voice, Center, Path, Toolbox

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Frameworks are good. They help steer our imagination and energy. They help us focus on the things that matter most. They create repositories of insights that can be recycled at a later time. It is common for me to find myself having a conversation with a bright-eyed millennial ready to […]

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Life Is All About Your Relationships

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Which is more valuable: IQ (Intelligence Quotient) or EQ (Emotional Quotient)? IQ is the intellectual ability to sort ideas, manage knowledge, and direct thoughts. EQ is the ability to manage relationships with other people. So which of the two is more important in getting hired and succeeding in your job? […]

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Understanding Valleys

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God leads us through the unavoidable valleys of our lives. Walking through valleys is an inevitable part of the human experience. Think about it: Jesus told his followers that we “will have suffering in this world.” (John 16:33) He didn’t say we could have suffering or we might have suffering, […]

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Are You Being a Good Neighbor?

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There’s an anonymous guy in the Bible that I identify with. He asks a lot of questions! In the book of Luke, there’s a moment where Jesus summarizes the intent of the Old Testament by saying, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength” and […]

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The Intersection of Bold Faith and Common Sense

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“Trust in God but tie up your camel” reads the ancient Arabian proverb. In other words, have faith, but don’t neglect common sense. Too often we split these concepts and treat them as if they were mutually exclusive propositions. However, they were meant to travel together as complementary partners, not […]

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