Guarding the Mind of an Artist: Excerpted from God and Your Talent

The mind of an artist can be an interesting place. Artists throughout history have gained a reputation as tortured, volatile, and just plain crazy. These stereotypes however, don’t have to reflect the mind of a Christian artist. God has given us the mind of Christ. He has given us the gift of a sound mind.

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The Hidden Factor of Success That No One is Telling You

I recently met with twenty-two-year-old Jordan to coach him in some life decisions. He had found himself in a pit through the accumulation of his decisions over the last five years of his life.  Jordan is a healthy, bright, talented, and hard-working young man.

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Finding Vision

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While working as a youth pastor, I attended a fair amount of high-school graduation ceremonies. I took interest in class themes and commencement speeches. One senior class theme stunned me however. Not because it was crass or somehow offensive but because of what it stood for – nothing. It represented one of the greatest deficits of this generation – vision. The senior motto proclaimed, “We’re here, we’re not somewhere else, so we might as well be doing what we’re doing.” Exciting isn’t it? Continue reading “Finding Vision”

Inviting Chaos

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Inviting Chaos

I’m in the people business. I try to help people do life well.

Over the years I have watched a trend (first in my own life), then in the lives of others. Most people want peace, however, far too may live with chaos. A quick trip through the news headlines or a Facebook timeline will bear this out. Almost weekly, I pause in my home and marvel at the peace we have. Now we have our battles with chaos (we have three teenagers and a nine-year-old) but we come out winners most of the time.

The fallenness of this world creates chaos. And living in this world will affect us. However, we can INVITE chaos into our lives. We invite chaos through ignoring reality. God created the universe to work a certain way. When we ignore this reality by flouting God’s principles, ignoring wise counsel, and selfish living, we say to chaos, “Please come and live with me.”

The Scriptures plainly tell us that God is not mocked. We reap what we sow. If we sow to the Spirit, we will reap life. If we sow to the wind, we will reap the whirlwind. The Proverbs tell us, “A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed.”

Life can be arranged into seven important categories:

  Faith – What we believe about God influences the rest of our beliefs. If you get this one right, you will walk with the peace knowing you are doing life with your Creator and Sustainer.

Attitude – We can choose our attitudes. If you have a good positive outlook, it will color the rest of your decisions. A life filled with hope, faith, love and a can-do spirit attracts peace. Winners find a way, whiners find an excuse.

Authority – Authority is everywhere and rebellion is painted as a glorious option. But rebellion steals discipline…and discipline brings freedom from chaos.

 Pleasure –More people are destroyed because they could not handle the pursuit of pleasure than are destroyed through the pain of adversity.

 Relationships and Sex – People matter and sex is a great gift, but a misuse of the people in our lives and the powerful, procreative gift of sex causes much pain and chaos.

Production – God made us to make a positive contribution to this world through our education, work, time, and money management. We can invite a lot of chaos into our lives by misappropriating our time and talents.

How we handle these seven critical areas will lead to either peace or chaos in our lives.

Making decisions that align with God’s will doesn’t make us immune to pain or chaos, but it certainly creates peace in our hearts and translates to a more stable life on the outside. In these chaotic times, a stable, peaceful life will be a great billboard toward the God we serve.

(For a full treatment of these topics, pick up a copy of Pursuing the Best, the How’s and Why’s of Living Life to the Fullest on Amazon)

Inviting Chaos

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I’m in the people business. I try to help people do life well.

Over the years I have watched a trend (first in my own life), then in the lives of others. Most people want peace, however, far too may live with chaos. A quick trip through the news headlines or a Facebook timeline will bear this out. Almost weekly, I pause in my home and marvel at the peace we have. Now we have our battles with chaos (we have three teenagers and a nine-year-old) but we come out winners most of the time. Continue reading “Inviting Chaos”

How to Succeed Without a Lead Pipe

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In honor of the twenty year anniversary of Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, I share with you how to do life without a lead pipe.  If you recall, at the U.S. figure skating championships in – of all places – Detroit, MI, Nancy Kerrigan was walking off the practice ice when a goon, hired by rival skater Tonya Harding’s husband, whacked her in the knee with a pipe hoping to derail her Olympic dream while giving her rival a leg up. Continue reading “How to Succeed Without a Lead Pipe”