Articles | December 2015

  • Kemmons Wilson Jr. (whose family founded the Holiday Inn chain) serves as the Chairman of the Board of Wilson Hotel Management. In this podcast, Kemmons talks about what it was like growing up as a son of a very successful father, and how the lessons he's learned helped him to launch his own business.

    Kemmons shares how his belief that God designed each of us uniquely helped him become secure "in his own skin" instead of living in his father's shadow.

    Here are some great quotes from today's podcasts:

  • Megan Pacheco

    Ignoring People Problems

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | December 08, 2015

    Becoming a parent affects our vision. Not literally, of course, but it makes us blind to many of the flaws, imperfections and weaknesses of our own children.

    Even though we can clearly see the flaws in someone else’s child, we have a tendency to minimize, excuse or outright ignore the same flaws in our own children, while exaggerating and embellishing their assets. I know that firsthand—I’m a mother of two young boys.

  • A Job Well Done

    Devotionals | December 07, 2015

    What criteria do you use to evaluate yourself as a leader? John 17 records Jesus’ prayer as He assessed His season of leadership. He evaluated His personal focus on His God-given mission, His responsibility to teach His disciples what they needed to know to be successful, having protected them while they were under His leadership, and having prepared them for the future. How would you assess your leadership using these same criteria?

    I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.—John 17:4

  • Facing Opposition

    Devotionals | December 04, 2015

    Jesus faced opposition as He tried to influence the existing leadership system. Where did He find the stamina to keep going? He kept His eyes on the goal and maintained a close relationship with the Father. He evaluated changes, and the energy it would take to accomplish them, in light of how the results would accomplish God’s purposes. What changes are you facing today? How can you respond so that God’s purposes are accomplished in your life and in the lives of those around you?

  • Obeying God’s call, empty-nesters David (former President/CEO, Family Dollar Stores; current CEO, TruGreen) and Debbie Alexander said YES to adopting six boys from war-torn Liberia. In this podcast, they share the challenges that come with saying YES to God's call and about the importance and the power of community in those challenging times. 

  • “Amazing,” says Phyllis Hennecy Hendry, president/CEO of Lead Like Jesus. “That’s the only word I can think to describe all that God has done over the past year through this ministry.”

    And 2015 certainly gave everyone plenty of reasons to be amazed. More leaders throughout more organizations and countries were equipped and empowered to lead like Jesus, thanks in large part, to generous donor support.

  • Examination

    Devotionals | December 02, 2015

    Leading like Jesus is a daily commitment. On this lifelong journey, each day begins with a mindset focused on serving others and ends with an opportunity to reflect on how we have done. Asking God to examine our motives, to search our hearts and minds, keeps pride from taking root in our hearts and allows God to continually shape us as servant leaders. What does God want to reveal to you about your heart and mind today?

    Test me, O Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;Psalm 26:2

  • Phyllis

    In Seasons of Waiting

    Blog | Phyllis Hennecy Hendry | December 02, 2015

    My Father loved an old hymn entitled, “How Long Has It Been?” He would often ask me to sing it for him. A few of the verses will give you the idea of the song:

    How long has it been since you talked with the Lord and told Him your heart’s hidden secrets?

    How long since you prayed? How long since you stayed on your knees till the light shone through?

    How long has it been since your mind felt at ease? How long since your heart knew no burden?

  • Where is the love?

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | December 01, 2015

    Thanksgiving has barely passed, yet television commercials, malls and neighborhood decorations have already begun to shift our attention.  Preparations for Black Friday and Cyber Monday begin and shoppers plan to camp out in parking lots, sometimes for days, to take advantage of the promise of big sales.  We start making lists and checking them twice.  We get ready for the “Bowl Games,” prepare for annual dinners and parties, and put our minds into “gift-mode” in celebration of Christmas.