Vision – Glimpses of the path

Back in college at Cedarville University I had this vision of my life taking the Bible to places it’s never been in ways it’s never gone before. In that glimpse, I figured it would be with a group like Wycliffe Bible Translators USA or JAARS or something like that. For years that dream lay dormant, even after I started listening and helping out at the Daily Audio Bible. It wasn’t until last year, when the DAB began broadcasting in Arabic, that I realized I was right smack dab in the middle of all I was meant to be. I thought my dream had gone dormant, had been a tangent, or simply something I might support with my other resources. But there I was, part of an organization that’s taking the spoken word of God, anywhere in the world, to...

Purpose in the Pain

Today in my Bible reading time I ran once again across Jeremiah 29. There’s a verse in this chapter that is quoted time and time again as a promise to those in pain: “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord. Plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” The thing is, if you read this verse in light of the rest of chapters 28 and 29, the way it’s used in our Christian circles goes out the window. I wrote about this a while back after reading a book called Run with the Horses. God isn’t offering this promise just to console the people. He’s not telling them, “sit back and wait it out – I’ll rescue you soon.” In Jeremiah 28, a false prophet is PUT TO...

Moving On – What Will I Do Next

What does it look like to let go of the past and “move on” into the future? Free from the entanglements of what is behind you… free from past relationships… free from past experiences… free from past failures and successes… to simply let it all go and “move on?” That’s what’s on my mind this morning… not as something I”m dwelling on, but something I’m curious about. I have a friend who’s had everything “fall apart” on him. His wife left him. His kids went with her. His career dreams blew up in his face. He got sick – not just sick like I don’t feel well but sick as in they have to remove a portion of my organs so that I’ll survie sick. Other jobs...

My first “napkin” of new directions

I’ve spent the last several weeks doing some research over some new avenues I’d like to explore with my company. Well travelled roads that I’ve travelled with some long term clients, that I have long believed have a place in “the market.” I’ve been encouraged as I’ve done so, because not only have I heard “I think that idea would work” from every person I’ve spoken to, I’ve also seen the “buy in” in their eyes as they start dreaming along with me. Niches it could fit into. Opportunities it could create. Small changes here or there that would make a huge difference in it the value of the product we have to offer. So today I sat down with a whiteboard and started compiling my notes....

Goal setting as a way of life

One of my affirmations that I see every day is this: I am a success. I set goals that are important to me and do what is necessary to achieve them. I am seeing more and more the value of goals. So many things that have got me “stuck” in the past could be attributed to the fact that I didn’t have a true goal in mind. I might have thought that losing some weight was a good goal, for instance, but in fact, it’s so vague and even quite meaningless to me in the long run that it has no motivational power. As I begin to find goals that are important to me, though, I see that losing 20 pounds, for instance, may be a necessary step to accomplishing something very meaningful to me. This heightens my resolve and helps me live life in light of things...