Moses, A Man with Limitations

  Everyone has limitations, but we cannot let those limitations determine who we are.  The key is being self-aware.  I am convinced that the most important piece of furniture in our homes is our mirror.  We should routinely look in the mirror and do an honest self assessment to determine what are our strengths, and what are our weaknesses and limitations.  We should aggressively pursue candid feedback from our peers, our colleagues, our bosses, and our subordinates.  This is termed a 360 assessment.   Once we are aware of our limitations, we have many ways to work thru those.  One way is to get some additional education or experience that will allow us to improve those weaknesses.  We should always be looking for ways to improve ourselves.   Another way is to surround yourself with folks who have strengths in those areas where you fall short.  Allow them to compensate for your limitations.   Another way

The True Meaning of Christmas

On this Christmas Day let’s think about the true meaning of Christmas.  Sure, we’ll open our presents and enjoy a wonderful meal.  We will marvel at the beautiful Christmas decorations.  We will have a wonderful time with Family and friends.  That’s all great.   Let’s just carve out time on Christmas day to pause and reflect on the wonders of the day.   John 3:16 says it best:  “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”.   That is the ultimate “gift” and the ultimate sacrifice.  We can rest assured knowing that God has a place for us in Heaven and we can take great comfort knowing that our sins have been forgiven.   Let’s think about that gift, and what it means to all of us.  And…let’s commit to sharing that gift with folks God puts

Giving

I am confused.  We just finished Thanksgiving,  a time when we as Americans supposedly express our thanks for all that we have….family, friends, good health, prosperity, etc.  Then we went into a frenzied cycle of spending….Black Friday (that actually started on Thanksgiving evening), Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday (that turned into  Cyber Week in some cases).  Then finally we celebrated “National Giving Tuesday”.   What is wrong with this picture?  Don’t we have it backwards?  Shouldn’t we give first….and then spend?  It would seem to me that we should give thanks on thanksgiving….and then give to those folks less fortunate than us.   I recently gave a high school commencement address.  I told the graduating seniors that I hoped that they woud be successful, but for the right reasons.  I hoped that they would be successful because (1) they would reach positions where they could touch more lives and be more influential, and
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