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Fearing God Gives Color

Many business people think a certain margin of dishonesty and violation of ethics is acceptable. Supposedly, it’s just part of doing business. And hey, if no one finds out, and you don’t get caught, what’s the problem? Is telling white lies to cover mistakes or help your agenda wrong? Or what about bribing your way in instead of earning it? How …

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Eleven Percent

Recently a family member had surgery to remove her gallbladder. That’s what happens to body parts that don’t work efficiently. Tests showed her gallbladder functioning at 11%. She suffered from severe bouts of pain and developed unexplained, inconsistent allergies that prevented her from eating most foods. Doctors couldn’t identify the issue for many months. She had emergency room visits for …

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Deception

Deceit is subtle and sneaks up on us from different angles. We call this being two-faced, double-tongued, or speaking conflicting things to different people. It becomes a complicated web that destroys relationships. In business, deceitful people come across as trustworthy at first, but their dishonesty erodes all of their transactions. Deceptive people who call themselves Christians are calling darkness light, …

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Please Go-Today

Jesus sent his disciples ahead to the places he planned to visit. Today he sends us. When we represent Jesus to someone, we plant a seed. Sometimes the seed takes root and sometimes it doesn’t. If it does, perhaps that person will soon encounter him. Jesus said to pray for more workers. I’ve met many people who are naturally drawn …

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God Means What He Says

God carefully chooses his words. Don’t twist scripture around to make it say what you want to hear, but listen to what he’s telling us. Stay with facts and truth. Don’t add your own words to make it work for you. In your daily life, choose to always use facts and truth when dealing with challenges. “Fudging” the truth is …

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Become the Least

Most arguments I’ve witnessed or been involved in leave the original issue behind and become a power struggle to see who wins. Translation: “Who’s the greatest?” Then the “greatest” person gets their way. Sometimes the winner doesn’t bring the best ideas, and we don’t get the best results. When I invest my time and effort into making myself appear better …

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Find Something Right

Find Something Right For John the Baptist didn’t spend his time eating bread or drinking wine, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ Luke 7:33,34 Why are we so obsessed …

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Imitate God

Imitate God Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Ephesians 5:1 We’re all imitators. Why not imitate God? Since we become like the people we hang out with, why not hang out with God? Imitating God is key to spiritual health and growth. “In everything” doesn’t leave room for my selfish tendencies in anything—even …

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Don’t Worry

Don’t Worry Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life.” Luke 12:22 Wait a minute! If Jesus didn’t tell me to worry, who did? I don’t recall “worry” as part of my job description. Since God didn’t command me to worry and I’m not paid to worry, where did …

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The Leader’s Character

If the decisions we make at home aren’t giving us good results, what makes us think we’ll have different results leading an organization?

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The Service of Authority

Jesus sets the tone for great leadership by showing his disciples how to serve others. This Man who knows he has authority over everyone starts at the lowest place by washing his students’ dirty feet.

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Too Busy for Reality

One of my greatest fears as I lead is that I will misjudge a situation and make a decision around my flawed or partial understanding, thus harming a person or our organization.

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Leadership, a Sacred Trust

Leadership is a sacred trust, given from God. From time to time, leaders face tough decisions. We can choose to try to please people, which is cowardice. Or we can choose to bring justice and hope, no matter the cost.

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When God Sends You

Whenever God sends someone on a great mission, he finances the journey. However if we send ourselves, we need to pay our own postage.

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Keep Going

God has equipped me with what I need to face the challenges; I only need to trust him.

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Timing Matters

I know few people who have mastered this virtue. Perhaps it takes hard work and focused intentionality. James says the man who resists temptation receives a crown of life.

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Be Ready

Good planning and getting ready is our job, but then look to God for the victory.

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Growing Pains

Sometimes I want life to magically stand still. But life is always changing. I’m fighting reality when I resist transition. No amount of digging my heels in will bring me rest. I can’t stop life, and really, I don’t want to. But I can bring my strengths into reality and trust God for the outcome.

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One Step at a Time

Success has no shortcuts. I heard a good saying this week “you can speed to your next ticket”. Taking shortcuts in life usually will have negative consequences. It’s especially tempting when we’re under a lot of stress—we tend to take shortcuts for instant gratification.

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The Eagle Must Fly

Who can prevent the mighty eagle from flying? She’s here for a few moments—admire her strength and beauty. But an eagle isn’t an eagle until she flies.

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Lessons From Ants

Ants work at their maximum strength and efficiency, from waking to sleep. They carry as much as they can handle—which is a tiny fraction of the job that needs to be completed. But they keep moving. And they get it done.

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Don’t Cheat The Scales

If people on both sides of the deal tip the scale in their favor, they may end up with the same outcome. But they will destroy the relationship. God’s purpose in business is to create healthy relationships through fairness and honesty.

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Sustainable Growth

Developing a strong root system is something we as a company have been talking a lot about. Individually, we need a deep, healthy root system to sustainably grow our character.

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My Plans, God’s Plans

In the meetings we’ve scheduled for this week, I have my plans. But ultimately I’m relying on the Lord to show me what to say. I’ve committed our meetings to the Lord. I’m committing our actions as a company to the Lord and we will succeed.

Daily Drop 2015.04.07

Leaders are responsible to create safe, healthy cultures where people can do their best and continue getting better. So heal or prune what’s not healthy and nurture what’s already healthy. Phillip