26 results for tag: intentional living


Experience Less Traveled By

In May of last year my wife and I welcomed our beautiful daughter, Layla, into this world. Seven weeks later I deployed to Afghanistan and waved goodbye to her from the window of an airplane. Layla’s smile made the sun shine brighter from 7,000 miles away as I Skyped with my family.   I drooled at pictures of her beautiful dimples daily as I sat in my office day after endless day. Toward the end of my tour, in January of this year, Layla became ill with RSV and Influenza. My unit evacuated me out of Afghanistan and I was by her side within 96 hours. Her illness went from a typical cold on a Thursday to life threatening within a matter of ...

Why Calling Must Matter to Christian Leaders

Back in 2005, I was sitting in a church service in Muncie, IN and I heard God tell me that I should be a pastor. After hearing this, I immediately told my wife who confirmed that call in my life. In the weeks and months after that several others confirmed it as well. I then took steps to move in that direction by enrolling in seminary and speaking with pastors to uncover what it would take to align my life with God’s calling for me. In 2011 I was hired as a full-time pastor at the church where I currently serve. It was a long road with many ups and downs and obstacles along the way, but I am exactly where I believe God has called me. Romans 12 ...

A Tribute to Paul Lee’s Legacy

We all grapple with inescapable, fundamental questions like, “How do I discover my purpose and core values? What does a well-lived life look like? What’s the meaning of life, anyway?” God is not only the Creator and Author of life, but the Grand Weaver. Life isn’t just a series of random strands of thread, but experiences which God weaves into a magnificent piece of workmanship. Our lives have meaning and purpose. At least that made sense in theory until a few weeks ago. On the morning of June 6, 2014, my girlfriend called me at work, weeping uncontrollably. When she collected herself and relayed the devastating news of a shooting ...

Live Life One Day at a Time

This is a guest post by Kimanzi Constable. He is a former bread delivery driver turned best-selling author, international speaker and life coach. His passion is to help family men and woman live life by their own design and create a freedom based online business on the side. You can also connect with him on Twitter.  Have you ever looked at your children and wondered where the time has gone? I wish I could say that I spent all that time the way I wanted to, the way the Lord wanted me to but that would be a lie. The best way to describe those twelve years was existing, I was in survival mode. I was in a job that I hated and took me away from ...

20 Bible Verses Every 20-Something Should Memorize

To all my fellow 20-somethings, George Mueller said it best: "The vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Bible in our life and thoughts." I've always been a believer that to finish well, you need to start well. For many of us in our twenties, reading and memorizing Scripture seems rather antiquated and boring to say the least. In fact, I would even conjecture that an average 20-something's daily consumption of TV or social media would eclipse a month's worth of consumption on the Word of God. In the last several months, God's been doing something amazing in my life. He has sent me messengers who ...

What if You Had Only One Month to Live?

I’m a big fan of “What if” questions. The singular benefit I’ve gained from asking “What if” questions have been my ability to live life with greater intentionality, clarity, and focus. So, if you’ve never thought about the following question – I wholeheartedly invite you to embrace this life-changing question. What if…. you had only 30 days to live on this earth? What if…. after this month, your life will cease to exist? (more…)

Our Father, the Grand Weaver: by Ravi Zacharias

Every one of us asks the perennial question at some point in life: “Is my life just random and meaningless strands of thread, or could they possibly be precise designs woven with remarkable care, thought, and intent?” Ravi Zacharias in his life-changing book, The Grand Weaver, suggests that God intervenes in the lives of every one of us and speaks to us in different ways and at different times. Not only is God the Creator and Author of life, but also as Ravi likes to say, God is the Grand Weaver that pulls each thread into a work of art that displays his magnificent and unfathomable workmanship. (more…)

You are a Kingdom-Minded Influencer

I stumbled upon this compelling video developed by Catalyst Conference. My jaw literally dropped as I was watching this short clip. I've never came across a message that so closely aligned with my calling and vision in life - that is to create and cultivate the next generation of kingdom-minded influencers who will reclaim the seven mountains of culture.  As I'm planning my visit to Atlanta, GA on Oct 2-4 to attend this epic conference, I wanted to share this inspiring video. The theme for this year's conference is "KNOWN."I have transcribed the notes with a little modification. To be a catalyst in this sense is virtually synonymous to being a ...

Interview with Valerie Myers: Conversations about Calling

Valerie Myers is a dynamic scholar, speaker, and author of the “Conversations About Calling.”  She is a management professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and the President and CEO of Myers Management Consulting, LLC. She is a pioneer on the topic of the meaning of work as a calling. Her calling is to elevate the character, climate, and quality of work. I interviewed Valerie to share her insights on calling and meaning of work. Paul: Why should I care about calling at all? Isn't this reserved for people who are in vocational ministry? Valerie: The revolutionary idea of calling espoused by Protestant Reformers 500 ...

Unshakable Confidence in our Calling – Jeremiah 1:7-8

But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 1:7-8 ESV) As I read the story of Jeremiah, I cannot help but think of the spectrum of emotions this young prophet must have grappled with. Imagine the overwhelming sense of fear and inadequacy that surrounded this young man’s response to this call coupled with an awe-struck realization that the living God has called him as his vessel for a greater purpose… At a young age, Jeremiah was called to ...