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Seen

Everyone has a deep desire to be seen and heard. Yet some people don’t believe they are important enough to have a voice. Nothing could be further from the truth.

We were created by God. He doesn’t make mistakes, nor does He second guess himself. If we are important enough to have been thought of by the Creator of the universe, then all of us are important. We weren’t an afterthought.

Be the voice for others until they find their own. You and I are good enough for God, so we are good enough…

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Lean In

I like controversy. Seeing the world differently from the masses creates controversial conversations. Growth comes when you view the world through a different prism.

When I go to a store or restaurant, my inclination is to make my server laugh and engage with me a bit. If they have tattoos, piercings everywhere and rainbow colored hair, even better. By connecting with them and leaning in, I’m breaking away from any stereotypes they might have about me. More often than not, my server will say to me that “I’m so different than what they thought I would be like.”

Remember this:when you see someone who looks different, they are someone’s son or daughter. They are important…

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Woke

In today’s cultural language, woke means “being alert to racial prejudice and discrimination.” So I thought I might venture out onto the proverbial thin ice and discuss it.

Racism and discrimination exist, no doubt. Are they systemic and rampant? No. They are wrong, and they are taught. No one is born a racist. And people will discriminate for selfish reasons.

Every one of us should stand up against injustice. Every time. Racist behavior is a problem of the heart, as are all societal ills. Only God can change hearts. Let’s leave the heart surgery to Him while we set examples of His love and acceptance while we are here.

Get your heart right and worthwhile actions follow…

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Home

Our home is different from our house. Home is the place where memories are made, where we feel safe and secure. A house is where we live, nothing more.

Every problem our world faces is a problem of the heart. The lessons we model for our children, from conflict resolution to how we see and interact with our fellow man are taught at home.

Treat others equally well, show compassion and generosity while doing the right thing. It begins at home…

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Lead

Leadership is easy to recognize. People who lead others aren’t born this way, they are developed over time. When their moment comes, they are ready.

Some people try to lead by force or through intimidation. That might work for a short period, but it’s not sustainable.

Simply put, leaders take the reins and do what’s right. They stand up for good and fight against evil. Leaders are oftentimes counter-culture, and don’t “go with the flow.” Being popular isn’t important to them.

Lead well. Be a lion among the sheep, not to harm, but to protect…

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Empty Words

Politicians are overachievers when it comes to empty promises. We the people sometimes have short memories, and don’t hold them to their campaign drivel.

We as individuals are responsible for what we say and do. What we say is important, but what we do is even more important. Let’s make sure our words have substance, otherwise let’s not say anything…

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Numbers

Churches like to count how many people attend. People want their Facebook post to be liked by many. Television programs get renewed if they have enough viewers.

I’m appreciative for every single person who reads my blog or listens to my podcast. Fortunately, my podcast and my blog reach people in over 100 countries around the world. I can’t control it, yet I know God gets the messages to those who need it when they need it. That’s good enough for me…

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Offensive

Political correctness has escalated into everything we “can’t say because we might offend someone.” This has caused people to be overly cautious when engaged in conversations or perhaps giving a public speech.

On the other side of the equation, mankind craves deep, authentic talk. People want to feel free to be themselves.

When we connect with someone, we speak from the heart. When you get your heart right, worthwhile words and actions follow…

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Faithful

As children, we were taught to never lie, cheat or steal. Not everyone took to the teaching.

If someone lies, cheats, steals or participates in any type immoral behavior, they might get away with it. A short-term “success” of this kind does long-term damage to the individual. Their self-esteem takes the hit.

Staying faithful through tough situations is hard. But the situation will pass, and remaining solid will build you into a better, stronger person. Stay faithful…

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Cockiness

Cockiness is unattractive. You know the type of person I’m referring to. Someone who brags about themselves, who has to “one-up” any accomplishments others have. Cocky people are insecure about themselves and their worth.

Confidence is attractive. People who quietly show strength of character, who do the work but don’t care who gets the credit are the type of people I surround myself with. They inspire me.

If you find yourself in a situation where you feel the need to brag, remember that it’s not about you…

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