Adversity is never easy.   I remember being up for a huge departmental promotion from my employer years ago. I had dotted my I’s and crossed all my T’s. For all its worth, I was beaming with anticipation of taking on a new and larger role within my organization. In my heart of hearts, I
Aretha Franklin. Legend. Legacy. Leader.   “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” -Maya Angelou    The kind of legacy we leave will only reflect the kind of life we lived. Seems obvious, but there is a bit of irony in
  Have you ever wondered why you’re not getting that second date?   Alex Hitchens said it best, “No game. No guile. No girl.”   Hitch hit the big screen and inspired guys to raise their game and get the girl. However, fast-forward to 2018, and we’re stuck in a junior high montage of fearful
  I promise you that embracing change is worth the sacrifice.   Java and I have been in a long-term relationship ever since I could talk. Ok. Maybe you haven’t noticed, but I have an obsession with coffee. Yes. I admit it. Coffee shops are my kryptonite. I try to evade the sweet scent of
  Remembering Parkland is more than just taking a moment of silence. It’s understanding that all of Generation Z has been impacted by high school shootings.   Too many Christians are standing up for their rights and turning a blind eye to the struggle that every high schooler faces. As you prepare your sermons and
  The aroma of organic coffee beans, fresh hair gel, and musky cologne waft through the air and beckon me to step into the modern amphitheater.   The lights grow dim and the crowds push forward, yet the volunteers stand their ground like sentinels at their post – no one blinks and no one moves.
  Your calling will never be easy. Most times, it will be uncomfortable.   We live in a culture that sensationalizes “purpose”. Somehow, we’ve come to believe that this elusive concept is the missing link to an assurance of fulfillment, riches, and comfort. However, anyone who has embarked on a journey to find their purpose
  I know what it’s like to feel like I’ll miss my calling.   I grew up believing a lie. As a Christian, much of what I accept as truth is based on faith. It’s a belief that the Bible is the infallible Word of God and that my experiences are a small part of
  It’s never easy to change, especially your mindset.   I turned 30 recently, and truth be told, it’s all been very anticlimactic. I don’t actually feel different, but there is a constant awareness that I am older and I should feel different. A big part of this is because I spent my 29th birthday having a pity
  So, you think you’re a good leader?   At least that’s how the saying goes. It’s a saying that was always unsettling to me when coming from leadership, but I never really thought about challenging it before.   There’s no I in a team.   Actually, for a long time, I thought it was just my