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Certainly one of our core longings as image bearers is to make a difference with our lives. One of the most substantial and lasting ways we can make a difference is by how we are with the people we are called to love, serve and lead. That is the thrust of the book I am working on, and hope to finish by the end of May, 2014.

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It was a truly unexpected moment. I was doing my own thing, walking towards a workout station at my local health club, when I saw my own trainer working out. I was really surprised by what happened next in my heart and mind.

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At a recent social gathering I had a powerful experience. I was in a conversation with a good friend of mine, and he was beginning to open up about some real frustrations he was having. The conversation was going really well, and I could sense that it had the potential to really help him, and then someone else showed up. What happened next was absolutely stunning to me.

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Change can be a hard thing, right? Sometimes though, it can be a good thing. In that vein, I have been grappling with whether or not I should change my organization’s name, to go along with other efforts to improve how I engage people on the web. In this case, change won, and I am happy to announce that I have a wonderful new website, and a new name! Reading further might help you consider how you’re presenting present yourself to the world.

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While working out recently, an unexpected learning took place. At the health club where I workout on the weekend, there is a row of benchpress benches. Next to my bench was a big middle-aged man (think NFL lineman) who was working out with two 45 pound plates on each side of the bar, a weighty 225 pounds. I will never be able to bench 225 pounds. Not even close. At one point though he asks me if I can spot him. I figure he’s taking a real risk here. I graciously agree, and it teaches me something invaluable.

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I remember it well. I was in 7th grade, and it was basketball season. It was a rare informal practice where the 7th graders were playing with the 8th graders. The practice was led by Shawn Johnson, the star guard for the 8th grade team. We decided to play a scrimmage, which meant choosing teams, and as a smaller guard towards the bottom of the pecking order, that usually didn’t bode well for me.

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At my best, I long to inspire people. To lift their spirits. To help them be more of who they are called to be. At some level for all of us, I think one of our deepest motivators is to inspire. Inspiring someone is great gift to give them. As I’ve thought about it though, it is also one of the most difficult things to do.

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Recently, I had the privilege of joining a new health club. They offer a VO2 test, where they measure your body’s ability to process oxygen, which is important to know in terms of how much you can push yourself when you’re running or on an elliptical. Since I’m now in my late 40s (ouch!), it felt like an important test to take. What I learned has given me a much greater appreciation for our need for data if we are to reach our potential.

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Essentially every Christian leader we work with cares deeply about what they do. Many care so much, that paradoxically, over the span of time they can actually hinder their ability to fulfill their calling. This is tragic in my opinion, as these dear leaders end up missing out on so much of what the Lord is inviting them into.

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Like many families, we have a large clock in our kitchen area. It hangs above our patio doors heading out into our small backyard. I did not realize how much I depended on it, until it was gone.

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