10 Things To Be Thankful For This Year

The holiday season always makes me reflect. Holidays bring about thoughts of family, friends, work, and life in general. There’s always something to reflect upon.

This Thanksgiving holiday is no different. We’re one day away from spending time with family, friends, or alone. Ouch, if you’re in that last category.

Yet, we all must regularly reflect, even more so around the major holiday. When we reflect, we are able to see what’s important to us, how we’ve spent our days, and more.

Today, I want to reflect upon gratitude. There are so many things that we can choose to be grateful for. We only have to decide to do so.

10 Things To Be Thankful For This Year

1. Friends:

We all have people in our lives that shape us and change us. Our friends can do this to us more than anyone else.

10 Bible Verses To Remind Leaders Who Really Is In Control

You’re a leader. You’re in charge! Right?!?

Wrong…

We may be given authority over some areas of our lives, but there’s someone else who is in control. I fully believe God is in control.

I hope you do too.

Today, these 10 verses are here to remind you of who is in charge. And it’s not you. It’s someone who has your best interest and those you lead’s best interest in mind.

10 Bible Verses To Remind Leaders Who Really Is In Control

1. Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

God tells us that He will be with us wherever we go. There’s no need to be afraid.

What Should A Christian Leader Desire?

I was recently gifted a book by the worship and connection pastor, Bobby Hill, at our church. The book’s title is A Tale Of Three Kings: A Study In Brokenness by Gene Edwards.

The title won’t catch your attention—the content of A Tale Of Three Kings will.

The book is short; the copy I have clocks in at a whopping 101 pages. It’s short. It’s easy to read. It isn’t easy to digest.

A Tale Of Three Kings is geared toward the Christian leader. This is a leader who proclaims Christ to be Lord of their lives. If you’re not a Christian, you may disagree with Edwards’ thoughts. Heck, if you are a Christian, the ideas laid out by Edwards are hard to digest.

One thought struck me as incredibly profound. On page 78, Edwards wrote:

Leading In A Secular World

Most of my readers know I come from a strong Christian background. My faith plays a huge role in the way I lead and the way I think about leadership.

But what happens when a faith-based or Christian leader gets tossed into a secular world? This may be you have been let go as an employee of the church and need to find employment in the traditional sphere of work or you have chosen to leave on your own. Or maybe you never worked in the church but you love God and are a Christian.

Man with his arms stretched wide praising God

Photo by Zac Durant

These situations can be tough. You know the world can be unkind to Christians. Many Christians believe they’re persecuted and made fun of because of their faith.

They can’t imagine what it would take to lead as a Christian in a secular business.

10 Bible Verses To Start Your Day Right

The way you start your day will direct the way your day goes. I say start your day right.

How do you do this? You can start your day right by digging into God’s word. By studying it and making the most of your time with God.

Man reading the Bible

Photo by Rod Long

Today, I want to encourage you to seek God’s face as your day begins. Use your time with God to encourage you to lead better and stronger than before.

To do this, I want to share 10 Bible verses that will help you start your day right.

10 Bible Verses To Start Your Day Right

1. Psalms 118:6

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

This is a great reminder to us that God is on our side. He will stand firm beside us. Man cannot harm or hurt us.