• Being Intentional

    Do you know yet what you will do? I tell my congregation all the time that a major difference exists between good intentions and being intentional. Every good intention that does not get acted upon ends up in the grave rotting with the rest of the corpse. Now not all of our intentional acts work the way we want them to work. But how can we know if we are not intentional to try? Of course, being intentional and being willing does not mean that we will always rise to the challenge. As I share how the I will statements fit within my MISSION, please do not think that I…

  • I will…

    I will… How do you finish that sentence? How would you like to finish that sentence? The difference between those two questions can be extraordinary. Consider what you will do. Apart from death or something unimaginable, you will breathe. You will eat. You will age. You will do many things, some of which you do not even consider as you do them (such as breathing). But most everyone has goals and ideas they would like to accomplish. These goals cannot be accomplished without some intentionality, some effort, or something else (e.g. money, time, etc.). (Please understand that the entirety of this series is under the umbrella statement of “Lord willing”…

  • From Why to What

    Do you have a goal? Can you clearly state it? Well, if so, you have a VISION of what your life can be…or, at least what you want it to be. But now comes the hard part. What do you need to do to achieve that goal? Many people wish things to be so, but until we are willing to own what needs to be done, it is VERY unlikely that the goal will ever be achieved. John Maxwell says, “The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Well, the WHY is your ultimate goal. But to…

  • Is Having a Vision/Mission Biblical?

    Do you believe vision and mission are biblical? This question is real and needs to be addressed. Many people will hear the idea of a church or a person having a mission statement and consider the idea to be unbiblical. The reasons may be many, but two reasons seem prominent. First, many people believe that mission statements are the invention of corporations. I will agree that the idea of missional statements made a comeback late in the 20th Century. Of course, slogans have been a part of branding for years (e.g. Nike’s Just Do It, etc.), but all organizations have some sort of guiding principles – even if it is…

  • Seeing Into the Future

    What do you want from your life? At the end of your life, if you could choose one word (or concept) to describe your life, what would it be? We will all be known for something. Certainly, some will be more known than others, but in the end very few people will be known. Just consider how many people you can name from history prior to 1800. For many people reading this blog, a healthy portion of those names will come from the Bible or from the period around the American Revolution. If those names are removed, the list will shrink substantially. Still, being famous may be your goal. But…