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In my life I have cheated numerous ways, numerous times. Most of the time I can justify my cheating and get on with my life with no shame nor guilt. In high school/college I had no qualms with cheating off my neighbors paper or plagiarizing a paper in order to get it done quicker, I would even keep old movie stubs and then go see a new movie and quickly show my “old” stub and sneak my way into movies and even to this day I still feel no guilt or shame. However, I am starting to see other ways I have been cheating that have greater ramifications on my life then just sneaking into a movie – I have been cheating my family, my friends and most importantly my God.

So how have I been cheating? Great question followed by a convicting and painful answer…time. I have allowed my time to dictate who gets it and not letting me dictate who gets my time. I have been cheating by giving too much time to myself and more specifically my job…my game playing…and even by the minute chores that need to get done around the house.

So are you a cheater? This Christmas/coming of the New Year will you devote quality time to what’s important or just rush through and wait for the good stuff? If you get vacation from your work you better have used it all up by the time next year roles around otherwise you have sinned against your family! Be true to the priorities of your leadership – God, family,______ and the list goes on. Is cheating wrong? Remember your family is the reflection of your cheating.

Oh-Merry Christmas!! 🙂


As a leader, we always need to be sharpening our skills and reading books about leadership because they are a great way to do just that.  However, it is equally good to “change things up” and read books that are outside your “sphere-of-leadership” books.  One of my favorite authors, Mark Batterson, recently came out with his newest book called Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity. And, as I had received a copy of it, I was asked to write an honest review and share, with you,  what this book has to offer.

Mark Batterson has a unique way of talking to the heart of the issues and, more specifically, the heart of our Christian faith. I must preface, however, that my comments on this book are coming through the lens of reading his two previous books.

Unlike his first two books, Primal has a different outlook – in a good way. In the first two books, I felt there was a charge to really live-out your dreams and pursue God without limits. In Primal, it does the same thing, only simpler, cutting through all the excuses, defenses and justifications – he gets to the simplicity of Christianity. The whole book is an in-depth practical look into the Great Commandment, and how any Christian can worship God through their heart, soul, mind and strength.

The book shows incredible research, evidenced by many different stories, studies and surveys to relate our world with the primal world of God’s simplicity. A different “change of pace” from the previous books, but as Mark Batterson once said: “Change of pace + Change of place = Change of perspective.”

A classic movie followed by a small, yet pointed leadership lesson.  In ministry, life, family or work we all see someone who we want to be like, or something that we ultimately want to attain. It may not be a gold medal; but it is something – a reputation, a character trait, status among your peers or even a title of some kind.  We think, “If I could just arrive to this status or that reputation, I’ll be respected or I’ll be appreciated.” What happens is that our focus becomes our reality, and then that is all we expect to happen.

However, looking back at the movie clip, when John Candy said, “If you’re not enough without it, you’ll never be enough with it,” I thought, “I wonder if I am ‘enough’ now without the status/reputation/title that I don’t have”? It is a hard question because, unlike the movie, we don’t have a “finish line” to cross – to know if we are enough; rather, all we have is the timing and testing of everyday events, and God showing the kind of character we truly have.  Who you are is more important than what you do, or what you become, because what you do will ultimately be a reflection of who you are.

At the end of the day – who you listen to will determine who you become.  So, “Where do we go from here”? We ask ourselves the hard questions:

“What is it that you want more than anything?”

“What will you ‘give up’ in order to keep a BALANCED outlook?”

“Are you enough, now, without it?”


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