Tag: point of view

  • The most important question you’ll ever answer to Jesus

    Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” That’s an incredible question – wrapped around an offer – that would be amazing coming from anyone; it’s even more astounding when it’s posed by Jesus. How would you reply? It happens twice, recorded back-to-back in Mark 10; each offers a weighty insight about […]

  • What are you building?

    “What did you do on your summer vacation”? In a bygone era, that question was a predictable “pop quiz” for the first day of school. Designed to get the cobwebs out of the students’ cursive grips, it challenged kids to put 10 weeks into 300 words. Today is “back to school” day, for me; my […]

  • Soil that bears fruit – He’s finished… but we’re not

    It’s what Jesus said to his Twelve Apostles – at the Last Supper, in the Upper Room – but his charge to them became his charge to us, through the centuries: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will […]

  • It isn’t over until it’s over – and it’s not over yet, especially for Early Adopters

    Late to the party? You might as well stay home; you’ve probably missed the good stuff… It’s not likely that you’ve read the book – Diffusion of Innovations – but you’ve probably heard the concept, and used some of its verbiage. Everett Rogers – professor (emeritus) at the University of New Mexico wrote the book […]

  • Is it a Wonderful Life? You decide.

    This month, millions of wonderful people will watch George Bailey – alone, on the bridge – as he looks back and wonders if his decision about his life’s direction was wrong and not wonderful. He’s only 38, but he’s given the best years of his life to the people of Bedford Falls as he operated […]

  • You’ve been appointed – chosen – have you heard?

    Chosen… for a purpose. Great things are usually the result of important things done – over a long period of time – that mature into magnificence. Three years of day-after-day work in the neighborhoods of Judea and the rural areas of Galilee had led to a Passover Feast in a borrowed banquet hall in Jerusalem. […]

  • What would you grab before you go?

    It was just another crazy week… once I grabbed my travel bag. I boarded my flight in Orange County – my local airport – last Monday morning, headed to Minneapolis, through Dallas. Tuesday morning was an introductory briefing for the new cohort for The Master’s Program in the Twin Cities, and – beginning Tuesday evening […]

  • The shooter’s motive was…

    Motive. Why? The investigations in Las Vegas have moved past the what and how questions surrounding Stephen Craig Paddock’s attack on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. It’s been seven days, but no manifesto or suicide note has emerged. Social media postings are – apparently – non-existent. A secret circle […]

  • Horrific. Yet you have the Ultimate Solution.

    Horrific. There are no words to describe the scene last night. “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” is a marketing offer; it has no enforceability this morning. What happened when Stephen Paddock – at this point, known only as an apartment manager in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada – unleashed hell on the […]

  • What if you run out of money?

    What do you do for an encore? Pass out some money? Great achievements can become great distractions. String a bunch of once-in-a-lifetime moments together – in a short period of time – and you could almost get a pass on being productive. This morning after Hollywood’s television community passed around their Emmy trophies, most of […]

  •  Will Millennials “Get it?”

    “I know stuff Millennials don’t know. I do stuff Millennials don’t do. I do it because I see things differently than Millennials, and it’s my job to help other people know what I know, do what I do, and think the way I think…” Those are Paul’s thoughts, summarizing his written comments to the believers […]

  • Dealing with the deluge…rainfall

    “On that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights…” (Genesis 7:11-12) That’s the way it feels today in south Texas. Folks in/around Houston are dealing with epic weather conditions. Records abound: rivers cresting […]

  • Are you the real deal with leadership?

    Texans call it “all hat, and no cattle,” when referring to an unsubstantiated claim of leadership. It’s colorful; it’s descriptive, and it’s going on, constantly. You know it when you see it: someone claims to be something that their performance does not confirm. Their rhetoric isn’t matched by their results; their claims fall short of […]

  • Why not go it alone?

    Revolution, or Independence? The answer to that question depends on who’s asking. Ask a Brit about the conflict that spanned eight years – from 1775 to 1783 – and they’d say revolution. Ask an American, and they’re more likely to see it through the lens of independence.  Are we in a similar period? Launched as […]

  • On your horizon: regrets, or riches

    May 1, 2017 This message was written on a Mac by Apple. I don’t know where you are today, but I hope you’re not inside the infamous “Beltway,” hard at work on the national legislative agenda. A tax overhaul has been announced by the new administration that eliminates some categories and lowers rates in others. […]

  • Don’t buy the tombstone yet…

    April 24, 2017 Is truth dead? Time magazine sparked a cultural furor when – in April, 1966 – the cover posed the stark question, “Is God Dead?” The erosion of faith in America was the real story; God was not dead, but the relationship of Americans with him had been deeply eroded. It’s been 51 […]

  • Just another Monday (after Easter)?

    April 17, 2017 Easter. What a week! Imagine a dozen men – in the prime years of their adult lives – who had set their schedules and strategies aside under the powerful influence of a charismatic carpenter. With no backing or fanfare, he had come across their path and invited them to join him in […]

  • Insiders only

    April 10, 2017 Insiders: most people write checks/slide plastic/flash Apple Pay as consumers. Self-focused spenders want to “get what they paid for;” that’s the highest level of evaluation for the money they release from their grip. Not you: you’ve graduated from the spending-only demographic, as you elevate more of your cash flow from spending to […]

  • Don’t move to Norway until you go to Brooklyn

    Today’s your day, especially if you are near Brooklyn. It may not be on your calendar, but it’s on the Big One. Today – March 20, 2017, is World Happiness Day. Created by the United Nations, this is the sixth annual presentation of their World Happiness Report. How would one go about researching such a […]

  • Are you a casualty of the Space Program?

    March 13, 2017 We’re suffering the effects of the original Space Program. In May of 1961, President John F. Kennedy delivered a request to Congress for $9 billion over five years for one of what he called urgent national needs: the goal of putting a man on the moon – and bringing him back safely […]

  • Pry the baton from our cold dead hands…

    March 6, 2017 Jesus was a Millennial. William Strauss and Neil Howe took sociocultural anthropology to the broad market with their first/signature book together, Generations: The History of America’s Future, 1584 to 2069. From political campaigns to marketing initiatives, their description of four recurring generational types – and the likelihood of predictable mass behavior in […]

  • It ain’t over until after it’s over

    February 27, 2017 Blame the accountants. What a royal blunder: “And the Academy Award for Best Picture goes to… La La Land.” Oops; no, not really. What? Jordan Horowitz, one of the producers of La La Land, corrected Warren Beatty: “There’s a mistake; Moonlight: you guys won Best Picture. This is not a joke…” Give […]

  • I know mine; do you know yours?

    February 13, 2017 When the story of the 2010s is added to American history, it may be said that it was a decade in which the Cold War was no longer waged between nations, but – instead – between worldviews. A worldview isthe framework from which we view reality and make sense of life and […]

  • We already know the winner…

    January 30, 2017 I don’t know what your plans are for next weekend, but you’d better get to the grocery store if you need any of the essentials. Avocados, six packs of your favorite whatever, chips of every nature and type – you know, the basic food groups – will be wiped-out by Saturday. Anything […]

  • Friday is big; here’s something bigger

    January 23, 2017 If your office was “open” last Friday, it’s likely that the productivity meter was barely registering. For hundreds of thousands of people, they were “live” in Washington; for others, they were there – virtually – on a variety of digital devices. Others were loading their protest magazines with antagonist ammunition, getting geared-up […]

  • Chasing Dollars, or Dreams?

    January 16, 2017 “I have a dream…” He wasn’t the first to say those words, but they are forever attached to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today is his 89th Birthday. His dream outlived him; that’s not unusual, for leaders. A bullet ended his earthly life at 39, but the bullet-points of his dream are […]

  • What would “rich” look like, for you?

    January 9, 2017 Is this the year to get rich… or, to live richly? The markets have caught some tailwind as ’16 ended and ’17 began; anticipation seems to be running high. If this is a season for economic achievement, what will it mean, to you? You might not have your plans clarified the way […]

  • Crazy Is as Crazy Does

    January 2, 2017 Will 2017 be another crazy year? Albert Einstein is commonly given credit for the quip: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Whoever said it, it rings true: if you approach 2017 the way you just finished 2016, don’t expect any positive improvements. The Great Unwashed […]

  • Time is Running Out

    December 26, 2016 The hourglass of 2016 is running out of sand. It doesn’t get any better than 2016: Christmas and New Years are on Sundays, so folks can do their holiday thing with other people on the weekends, reserving the week between for pure, unadulterated self-interest, for most people. Proof: send the drone you […]

  • Have you been called to 5th Avenue?

    December 13, 2016 Something is going on. If you’ve ever been to New York City in December – whether for business or pleasure – you have some understanding of that iconic island at this time of year. The magnetic center of Manhattan during the Christmas season is Rockefeller Center. There’s a Christmas tree outside the […]