Getting Introverts to Participate in Group Discussions

If you’ve ever led a group discussion you know that it’s easy to get some people to talk and others hardly speak at all. That’s one difference between extraverts and introverts. The Ones who Didn’t Talk I was recently leading a meeting of about ten adults.  Throughout the two-hour long gathering which included lots of … Continue reading Getting Introverts to Participate in Group Discussions

Why We Can’t Meet Our Goals

Setting goals is a good practice.  Goals strip away the layers of the unimportant to reveal our core passions.  Goals focus our attention.  Goals give us inspiring visions of the future.  So why can't we meet our goals? I've had several conversations with friends who once had fantastic goals, but when I caught up with … Continue reading Why We Can’t Meet Our Goals

The Missing Component in “Follow Your Passion”

One common piece of advice to find your calling or purpose in life is "follow your passion."  But I've spent the better part of 2013 attempting to discern my passion to no avail.  The problem isn't that I don't have a passion but that I have too many! I've bounced countless ideas off the walls … Continue reading The Missing Component in “Follow Your Passion”

Christians, Protect Each Other from Busyness

All of us have complained at one time or another about being too busy. Time for spiritual, emotional, and physical health keeps getting shoved off to "one day." But busyness leads to burnout and Christ came so that we might have life and have it abundantly (Jn. 10:10).  If, therefore, Christians struggle with busyness, then … Continue reading Christians, Protect Each Other from Busyness

How Your Excesses Reveal Your Idols

Daily life barrages us with stress.  Family, work, money, relationships and more all cause anxiety to build up within our hearts and minds.  Oftentimes, though, we fail to recognize our stressors and seek to relieve the pressure through various kinds of excesses. An Urgent Mission, An Unhealthy Excess  I used to teach in a high-performing … Continue reading How Your Excesses Reveal Your Idols