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False summits are the dread of mountain climbers! When a weary hiker rounds the curve to what he perceives as the last big push to the final peak – and finds it a false summit – his heart can feel as disillusioned as his body feels drained. Realizing a false summit has obscured his view of the true mountain peak…

Planning is vital to success in life. Few people become successful by accident; it happens because we have a goal and passion for that goal. We utilize organizational tools, seminars and personal coaches to accomplish those goals. So what about our spiritual success? By spiritual success I am not purporting a “health, wealth and self-philosophy”: I am talking about Biblical…

“Good enough is the new perfection” captured my attention as I read the words on the sign. I found it to be extremely intriguing and simultaneously troubling. Was this meant as a joke or an excuse? I admit to being a perfectionist--or  shall I say “given to excellence”--from time to time, so let me tread carefully. However, lowering the standard…

Transition is a natural part of the life cycle. Change from one life stage, position, sphere of influence or friendship to another begins at birth. Life transitions may bring joy or pain but all contribute to the formation of the person we become. Some we control while others just naturally come into our lives uninvited and unannounced. We must be…

Great leaders are great communicators! If you want to influence people then you have to master the art of communication. People follow leaders who can clearly articulate vision, passion and goals. Rarely do they line up behind someone who is directionless. Yet with communication being at such a premium, those of us in leadership tend to repeat “rookie” mistakes thoughtlessly.…

How do you measure success in leadership? Is it the size of your paycheck or the number of direct reports? While there is nothing wrong with making money or having a large number of people reporting to you, this is not the standard. Does it consist of controlling people, information (in the Christian community information often equals power) or finances?…

Transition is a natural part of the life cycle. We begin the process of changing, growing and transitioning from one life stage, position, sphere of influence, circle of friendships and personal goals to another from the time of our birth. Some life transitions have brought joy and others pain but they all have contributed to the formation of the person…

In order to stand on the highest point on planet earth, I would have to scale Mount Everest conquering its peak of 29,028 feet above sea level plus or minus 10 feet because of the snow pack. Since I have no trips planned to the Himalayan mountain range, on the border of Nepal and Tibet, I will settle for the…

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