• Approved by God

    Devotionals | January 27, 2020

    One of the ways we edge God out is by seeking human approval rather than God's approval. The choice isn't always readily apparent. In seeking to do a good job and represent God well, we can start to equate other people's approval with God's approval. Or we can disregard other's input to the extent that we do not discern the guidance God wants to give us through them. God urges us to spend time in Scripture, prayer, and reflection to seek His wisdom.

  • Running Ahead or Lagging Behind

    Devotionals | January 24, 2020

    In our rush to see results, we can find ourselves outpacing God. Conversely, when the time is right for action, we might lag behind. Through the trusting relationships Jesus built with His disciples, He was able to shape them, correct them, or urge them on as needed. He does the same for us today. As leaders following Jesus, we need to keep pace both with Him and with those in our leadership spheres. Where might you be running ahead of or lagging behind Jesus and others?

  • Remember!

    Blog | Karen McGuire | January 23, 2020

    Well, we’ve made it past the first of January with all the New Year’s resolutions mostly in the trash by now, I suppose. According to Hallmark and most retailers, it’s now time to gear up for Valentine’s Day. Isn’t it amazing how our years come and go based on the events of the calendar?

  • Affirmation and Appreciation

    Devotionals | January 22, 2020

    Who looks to you for affirmation and appreciation? People have an innate need to know that what they do matters, that their attempts to do well are noticed. Affirming words impart honor, dignity, and value, and they call out what is best in others. Expressing appreciation for a job well done and voicing affirmation of personal growth can change the trajectory of children and adults alike. Who can you positively impact today—at home or church, in the community or marketplace—by affirming and appreciating others?

  • Leaders Are Learners

    Devotionals | January 20, 2020

    "Leaders are learners," we hear constantly. Learning is a matter of acquiring new insight and expertise by seeking out knowledge and putting it into practice appropriately. We can learn through consulting experts and through reflecting on life experience. Where do you need to grow? Do you need to increase your knowledge base or hone your job-related skills? Do you need to improve your relational or leadership ability? We are learning to lead like Jesus, not for our own sake, but for the benefit of those we serve and the kingdom of God.

  • Faith to Begin

    Devotionals | January 17, 2020

    Sometimes we face a leadership challenge that looms so large we can't think of where or how to begin. Whether the work is an exciting opportunity or a threatening problem, the Spirit nudges us to turn to God. God longs to be part of our beginnings, part of our solutions, part of our planning. As we turn to Him, He will give us His perspective and empower us to begin in faith, trusting that He will lead the way. Leading like Jesus always begins with asking Him to lead us.

  • The Difference Prayer Makes

    Devotionals | January 15, 2020

    As leaders, we know the importance of having others pray for us. We know how we need wisdom, encouragement, and endurance to run the race God has set before us. Do we, in turn, pray for those around us and over us? What difference might it make in their leadership if we faithfully pray for them?

  • Limits

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | January 14, 2020

    “Just be patient with me please. I need to step up with my good leg.”

    My mother was always calm and insistent when others tried to hurry her along. She paid attention to the challenges of stairs and steps. When I was two years old, she contracted polio, which left her weak in one of her legs. It also robbed her of the active life she had lived up until then. Bowling, golf, enthusiastic dancing were all part of her past life, a life I had never witnessed.

  • An Unlikely Leader

    Devotionals | January 13, 2020

    Moses is an example of a man who tried to lead in his own strength, knew the sting of failure and disgrace, and yet was used by God in a mighty way. Many of us know the sense of feeling inadequate, of knowing our own sins, pride, and fear too well to ever believe that God could redeem us and use us. May Moses' life remind us that God often chooses to work through unlikely people.

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