Have you ever been lured by a lie disguised as truth?
Have you ever been sold on a bill of goods too good to be true, but you did not have strong enough internal compass to detect it?
The real question here is not if, but why?
Why are we so easily swayed by persuasive voices and eloquent arguments that are so contrary to the truth? Why do we fail to recognize those moments and nip them in the proverbial bud?
Humility might not be the first attribute that comes to mind when you consider closeness in marriage. However, if you consider how close Jesus was to His Father and disciples, then you can see how a humble heart can make all the difference.
Jesus had no difficulty with pride or fear. But in marriage this can often be a struggle, unless we live and lead like Jesus.
Have you ever had a conversation with someone or attended a lecture where one or two profound thoughts stood out that you’ve carried with you ever since?
A long time ago, my former pastor was teaching on a subject I can’t even recall, but during that sermon, he said something that’s stuck with me for years. He said, “Don’t just take every word that’s being spoken from the pulpit at face value; test it against God’s Word.”
In 1 John 4:1 we are told something very similar: “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test every spirit to see whether they are from God.”
Between working full-time, having two young children, and a plethora of other commitments, I sometimes have trouble finding “alone” time. Perhaps you can relate.
I’ll never forget one particularly long Saturday afternoon, when my patience was wearing beyond thin. Still in my pajamas and covered in filth, I decided to call up my go-to baby sitter: the Disney channel. I parked my kids on the couch, and as soon as they were adequately mesmerized, I instructed the eldest, “Keep an eye on your brother…I just need a few minutes to shower.”
“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” Proverbs 22:1-2
Do you know the meaning of your name? Each of our names has its own special meaning, even though many parents today don’t pay much attention to it. Names used to tell so much more about a person.
Some time ago, I was curious about my name. So I looked it up and found out that it means “pearl, the finest of things; the finest example of something.” Well, that’s nice!
Fear is everywhere. Turn on the television; pick up a newspaper; listen to the radio. It has a hold on us—one that won’t let go and that we cannot shake on our own. In a world full of uncertainty, it’s accessible and easy grab hold of. And fear, whether we realize it or not, directly affects our leadership. It urges us to trust its uncertainty rather than trusting in the assurance found in Christ.
We need not search far to see fear’s destructive grip. But there is a better way—one that provides peace and happiness, joy and contentment.
On this first day of 2015, perhaps you’re already making plans for how you will become a better leader in the New Year. Did you know? According to Forbe’s Magazine, approximately 40 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, they also estimate only 8 percent of us keep them.
So what’s the key to success? It starts by honestly admitting to what hasn’t worked out in the past, and making simple changes to our behavior going forward.
It’s no secret that pridefulness is an undesirable trait. As children and adolescents, we are taught the importance of humility and reminded what arrogance can do to our hearts and minds. Yes, pride goes before the fall (Proverbs 16:18) — this we’ve been told time and again.
But pride affects more than the individual, reaching far and wide to those in our circle of influence. This is never more evident than when we hold positions of leadership.