Persistence Pays Off – One Step At A Time (5YTL)

In all things, remain diligent. We all have goals, and we all have dreams.  I see a lot of chatter around the Internet about the importance of chasing your dreams.  While I agree that it is important for us all to have and pursue our dreams, those are best realized with concrete goals.  Goals themselves are great, but we have to put action plans around goals in order to see them be successful.  It sounds simple, but the truth is that goals must be broken down into actionable steps in orde...
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The Art of Grief (5YTL)

We will all experience loss at times in our lives. Whether it is the loss of a relationship (professional or otherwise) or the loss of a job or, as I will discuss here, the loss of a family member in death, we will all experience loss several times throughout our lifetime.  It is in those losses that our true character has its greatest opportunity to shine and flourish. Just over a week ago, I woke early to 23 missed calls on my charging phone.  It is the type of thing that sends a definit...
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Radical In The Likeness of Jesus (5YTL)

Over the course of the last year, we have been delving deeply into the profile qualities that characterize members of our church family (More on High Places Community Church here).  We studied through all six of those profile qualities in great depth, and that ended last week with the second of a 2-part study on the profile quality of rest. In that vein, the pastors took the week off last weekend and left the insane to run the asylum.  Six volunteers were asked to take one each of the profile...
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Life Is A Dash (5YTL)

As I age, I'm more and more aware that life is short. Every time I learn that someone has met their end at an early age, it puts me in check and reminds me that I want to make a difference in this life of mine.  I find my center again and question the way I live my life and what I want to accomplish.  And it's not just those who die young.  I like to listen to stories of lives that were long and full of activity and difference.  I listen to stories of accomplishment and lasting impressions, a...
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