When Your Values Are Clear, Your Choices Are Easy

“When your values are clear, your choices are easy.” – Thad Allen When our values are really clear, the choices become more limited. A simple example might be our value to be honest. Because we value honesty, we don’t make … Continued

Simplicity Is Not Easy, But It Creates High Impact Churches

No organization or ministry drifts toward simplicity. Complexity is a byproduct of structure and systems. The more you do, the more you must fight to keep things simple. Now is a great time to get to the root of simplicity … Continued

Attitude Is Powerful Climate Control

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Our minds are powerful. One of God’s greatest gifts in creation was the power to think. You may not know it by the way others (or even ourselves) act at times, but our brains and minds control our attitude. Attitude … Continued

People Love “Because”

Tons of people were there because the weather was nice. We had great success because the team worked so hard. We met each other partly because she decided on the smaller of two schools. Because provides the answer when our … Continued

A Life Practice I Want To Develop

Patience is one of the many things wisdom provides for us in life. It’s been said we judge others by their actions and we judge ourselves by our intentions. When we act irrationally or emotionally, our minds justify our behavior, … Continued

Three Negative Messages You Send When You’re Late

How is it that some people are never late and others always are? How can an issue always arise that creates the conditions for being late? There may a few good reasons, but overall, the leader sends some certain messages … Continued

Order

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Customer on phone: “We need to order some four-by-twos.” Lumber clerk: “You mean two-by-fours, don’t you?” Customer: “Let me check …” <silence> “… Yeah, I meant two-by-fours.” Clerk: “All right. How long do you need them?” Customer: “I’d better go … Continued

Sandwiches

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Two businessmen walk into a diner in the countryside. They have decided to stop there for lunch, so without ordering anything they sit down, take out sandwiches from their bags and begin to eat them. The waiter sees this and … Continued

Chair

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An eccentric philosophy professor gave a one question final exam.  He picked up his chair, plopped it on his desk, and wrote on the board: “Using everything we have learned this semester, prove that this chair does not exist.” Pencils … Continued

Gorilla

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A gorilla walked into a drugstore and ordered a $1.50 chocolate sundae. He put a ten-dollar bill on the counter to pay for it. The clerk thought, what could a gorilla know about money? So he gave the gorilla a … Continued