Listen to Article Loneliness and social isolation are becoming a behavioral epidemic, resulting in increased depression, anxiety, and suicide rates. I’ve experienced loneliness at times and know how brutal it can be. I’ve also witnessed first-hand how emotionally and mentally destructive it can be to my family, friends, and peers. We need connection, we need community, we need each other. Today, it’s challenging to have a great social life. This was true even before Covid-19 became an issue. In the not-so-distant past, it used to be so boring to stay at home during the evenings and the weekends that people always...> Read More
Listen to article When our daughter, Caroline, was born and severe health complications quickly ensued, Carla and I were driven to our knees, crying out to God for healing. Amid fear and fright, we sought his peace. When we felt less than confident that the story we’d imagined for ourselves as new parents wasn’t going to play out the way we’d thought, we sought God’s confidence. Here’s Carla’s story. For the squeamish, it does get detailed. March 1, 1994, was an incredible day. My due date had come and gone, and now Preston and I were anxiously awaiting the arrival...> Read More
Listen to audio version After I became a Christian in the eighth grade, I shared my newfound faith with everyone. I hoped my relationship with Jesus would be contagious. After a few months of sharing, multiple friends called and asked if they could come to church with me. I was so excited! Some came and responded to the gospel like I had. But others decided that the Christian faith wasn’t for them. These “friends” who’d rejected the message began to reject me as well. On several occasions, I was physically or verbally threatened because of my beliefs. I was ridiculed...> Read More
Ever had one of those days when you’ve labored for hours with sweat and tears on a project but encountered a significant setback? I did this week. Here’s my story. . . Last Monday, I was leading a conference call and briefly looked at my phone to check emails. One of the subject lines caught my attention, “Changes at Tenet.” I immediately opened the email and read the grim news, “Unfortunately, this means that the representation agreement between you and our agency will be terminated”… .Ugh. I began writing The Discipled Leader in 2010. I’ve invested countless hours on The Discipled Leaderbecause I...> Read More
My team and I were invited to a strategic business partner’s corporate headquarters to think about what’s possible and innovate. I viewed the trip as an excellent opportunity to retreat, bond as a team and shape our future. I approached my manager, Kevin, about the opportunity. He hesitated and then said, “Most trips like these end up being boondoggles. Do you think you’re going to accomplish anything?” “Yes, I do. I’m confident that we’ll come back with fresh ideas and take our business to the next level”, I replied. Kevin said, “I have my doubts. I tell you what, put...> Read More
Our manager, Kevin suddenly charged into the room and sat down at the conference table. “Okay, let’s see what you’ve got!” he exclaimed. “Hi, Kevin. How are you today?” I said with a smile trying to lighten his mood and begin our meeting on a positive note. Kevin replied, “I don’t have time today for small talk. Let’s go through your presentation and determine next steps.” Over the next 15 minutes, Peter, my teammate, and I presented three different promotional displays to Kevin. We discussed the construction, benefits and potential cost of each display. Kevin seemed to like the options...> Read More
The phone rang. I stared at it with anxious anticipation. The call I’d been waiting for would reveal my future with the company. I’d been through a series of evaluations and interviews to keep my current job. As my heart began racing and sweat beads formed on my brow, I answered the phone. “Hello, this is Preston.” “Hi. This is Ted. I’m calling to let you know…” If you’ve ever worked in a corporate environment, you may have received a similar call. And, you’ve experienced the effects of organizational change – uncertainty, layoffs, or downgraded compensation. I’ve been through 10...> Read More
Personal and professional growth occurs when you are placed in harsh, uncomfortable and challenging circumstances. You may encounter adversity, calamities, delay, denial, loss, failures, mistakes, errors or miscalculations. That’s okay. The challenges you face are an opportunity to learn and grow. How you respond is what counts. It’s a choice. You can become better or bitter through the experiences. You can turn to God or from him. Your response will make all the difference. The Discipled Leader has a Growth Mindset – a belief that he or she can learn, grow and get better; talents, strengths, skills, and abilities can...> Read More
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