Jesus said to love your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself.  Sadly, our religion is what we tend to do instead of that.


It is not wrong that institutions aspire to build a track record of effectiveness, thereby gaining a reputation for success.  But when protecting the brand becomes more important than protecting the people who inhabit the group, damage is inevitable.  It begins subtly, as a disparity develops between the picture presented in front of the stakeholders, and the reality of what goes on behind the scenes.  The longer that gap is allowed to exist and grow, the greater the depths to which an entity is bound to fall.  While we may rationalize that the prosperity of the brand benefits everyone, an organization’s legacy is ultimately rooted in how they treat their people.

Though we don’t like to acknowledge it, life is an inherently hazardous process.  Indeed, the potential for peril exists on a daily basis.  Even so, it is ultimately fear that poses the greatest threat to our future.

God’s faithfulness to complete the good work He’s begun in His children makes it difficult to simply dismiss those who’ve disappointed us in the past.  To assume the position that people never change is to deny God’s ability to transform and redeem.

Genuine parenting includes both protecting and preparing.  Unfortunately, it often seems as though you steal from one to afford the other.

It’s not a bowl’s destiny to remain clean and stored in the cupboard. It was made to be a vessel, poured out for the nourishment of others. Washing it simply prepares it to serve it’s purpose.

We rarely brush against the limits of our potential, because we so easily succumb to the demands of our comfort. It’s seldom a question of “can we” and more often the struggle of “will we”.