All we need is love…

Fourteen years ago most of us were in a real state of shock and confusion, anger and disappointment. When we heard news of the terrorist attack on the twin towers, it was really hard to wrap our heads around. I was actually in Canada at the time visiting my wife’s family and many of our northern neighbors were in sorrow with us. It is a terrible time in our history. I noted some things yesterday on my personal Facebook page about honoring Patriot Day by sharing unprovoked kindness and I want to expand upon that here.

Something that our enemy meant for destruction, was turned around and quite quickly brought us all together.

If you remember in Genesis, this same kind of thing happened to Joseph. If you want to read about a rough life that was turned to good, I can’t think of a better story. This guy seemed to step up to the plate any time God asked something of him but was constantly beaten right back down by life. Fast forward to Genesis chapter 50 when he is finally united with his father and the brothers that were so unkind to him. He didn’t hate them, he wasn’t holding on to a grudge, he didn’t give them “what they deserved.” He forgave them and loved them. In verses 20-21, Joseph says, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.”

Now, I’m not saying we can’t defend ourselves or be cautious as to prevent a tragedy like this from happening again, but let’s lead with love. Let’s remember not to blame others of the same demographic for things that a handful of extremists did. LET US LOVE ONE ANOTHER!

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Are You Wandering?

I don’t know about you, but many times I find that I am just purposelessly wandering in life. I’ve lost track of my primary goal and too easily gave up on what I wanted most. Sometimes that’s just as dangerous as not using a compass while trying to navigate a back-woods, mountain hike. You start to worry, get nervous, become confused, and end up just being lost. When this begins to happen, you have to get back on track (popularly called finding your true north). You must remember your goals in life and what it is that you want most. I think the most important thing to do is to remember that you are not in this battle alone! 

Deuteronomy 31:8 reminds us that, “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Bill George, Harvard professor, warns us to never become loners in this quote from his book “Discover Your True North.”

“All leaders experience loneliness in their careers, often when they reach their peak. People in high-pressure positions often retreat to their offices rather than listening to subordinates and trusted confidents. That’s when they are prone to make big mistakes.

Friends, my challenge to you for this long weekend is to remember that you are not along. Think of someone you can trust that will keep you accountable and get you back on track. Invite them into your journey. This way, you’ll have someone close by that will help you stay on your true north path!