What success looks like

There’s a reason so many job interviews include the question “What does success look like?” Whether the interviewer or interviewee asks the question, it clarifies expectations for everyone. It helps in other settings too. A family traveling to Disneyland can use it to determine whether a successful trip means waiting…

Finding calm in the storm

As fall settles in, we are coming to terms with dealing with the coronavirus without the consolation of pleasant weather and familiar routines. Characterized by pandemic, economic disruption, social unrest and even murder hornets, it’s no overstatement to describe this year as stormy.

Beneath the surface

I didn’t know what I was doing the first time I pruned the fig tree in our yard. I approached it like a sculpture where you just cut away branches until it looks good. Of course, within weeks my mistake was obvious as the new growth exploded out of the…

Fatherhood and the ‘transcendent third’

The philosopher Aristotle argued that the best friendships are grounded in a shared love of the good. In his book The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis built on this idea using the metaphor that, in true friendship, we don’t stand face to face looking at one another, we stand side by…

5 ways to grow in stewardship

Stewardship is inseparable from discipleship, so our efforts to live as stewards must be firmly rooted in Christ. When you wake up each day, dedicate all your thoughts, words and actions to the Lord, and ask Jesus to guide and bless your stewardship. Here are some other ways to make…
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