I’ve drifted away from my “Why”

I’ve drifted from my original niche of helping people discover their WHY and toward the sameness of lots of other voices out there.

When I started 48 Days I was teaching a Sunday School class on finding your purpose and calling.  My Why was that I knew then as now that over 80% of Americans say they do not have their dream job.  I wanted to inspire that 80% to find or create work that was meaningful, aligned with their purpose and able to generate the money necessary to fund their dream. I know:  People who love their work are more productive and more creative. They are more in touch with their God inspired calling. They are happier and have happier families. They … Read More

I’m your Dad and we don’t do that here……..

In reflecting back on your Dad's influence, what principles have been proven to be true and which have you had to reconsider?

Recently I spoke to a group of church leaders who are going through a tough transition time in the life of their church.  Change is a challenging issue for many of us – in our work, our technology, our cars, our children and our churches. The worst thing I see is churches trying to defend things simply because that’s the way they were done in the past.  Change is painful – but not changing is certain death. Tweet This With Father’s Day right around the corner I was reminded of my own strict upbringing and the principles Dad attempted to pass on … Read More

Pray with your legs

“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” — Frederick Douglass

“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” — Frederick Douglass Okay – I’ve referenced this quotation over the years and it continues to prompt a whole lot of questions from you, our readers. People want to know what that means, and furthermore, can I find scripture to support whatever it means. Yes, I see far too many people who are “praying” for solutions and answers – and simply living in that prayerful mode – hands folded and eyes closed, waiting on God to supernaturally give them the specific answers that will remove their … Read More

Not till God tells me………

“Dan! I’m feeling like I’m in a dead-end situation, but I’m not going to move until God tells me to do so!” I received this note recently from a reader – and it represents thousands of similar notes I’ve received over the last 20 years. The writer continues, “Dan, I’m miserable, frustrated, anxious, sick, exhausted, bored, nervous, worried, concerned, restless, fearful, frightened, apprehensive, troubled, upset, angry, exasperated, incensed, infuriated, discouraged, aggravated, maddened, offended, disappointed, distressed, anguished, tormented, suffering, afflicted, suffering, persecuted” – well, you get the idea.  But he’s not going to move until God himself “tells” him to. Just … Read More

Do you know why you’re here?

Is it true that most people know their “calling?” Peter Drucker spent most of the last 10 years of his life working with non-profits, much of that with mega church leaders. In the book Drucker & Me, here’s what he told his friend Bob Bufford about “calling.” “I am convinced that many, if not most, serious believers at some level understand what their calling is, but that understanding may be buried under years of busyness and distraction.  Yet, that suppressed sense of calling stays with them for years.” As a life coach I’ve have talked to lots of you who … Read More

Talent is not important to God – just obedience

Okay, here’s a sticky theological question from a reader: Dan, I love to share my faith with others and I seem to have many natural talents, skills and abilities suited for being a minister. However, I believe that no matter how suited someone may be for ministry they must be called of God in order to be a Minister. Talent is nothing to God. He rather wants a fully surrendered and obedient individual. I suppose my question is how do I know whether I’m called to be a minister or just an entrepreneur with an idea I’m passionate about? – John … Read More

What’s that you have in your hand?

Remember when God spoke to Moses at the burning bush?  God told Moses he wanted him to go back to Egypt and lead the people out to the promised land.  Moses looked around and said – “You’ve got to be kidding – I’m not the person for a job like that.”  God assured Moses he would prepare the way and he would provide some pretty convincing miracles.  Still Moses had a hard time believing he was up to the task.  He pleaded – “I can’t speak well, I don’t have a college degree, I’m a convicted felon – please, send … Read More

What is one thing that makes you successful?

Last week the founder of Leads Magazine (www.leadsmagazine.co edit: 072417, link no longer valid) asked me:  What is ONE big inspiration or tactic you can share with entrepreneurs and small businesses about being more successful? My One big inspiration tactic for being more successful is I treat the 168 hours we have each week as I would carefully earned dollars.  I decide in advance how I will invest, save and spend those hours.  My morning routine sets the stage for the day I will have.  Not the weather, my emails, the latest news or political unrest – but my own … Read More

Why did God do this to me?

Here’s a question from a reader – an accountant.  (We’ll call her Angela) “I’m at a job that I hate mainly because I feel like every day I’m set up to fail. There’s no job satisfaction. I go to work and try my best but the bosses and organization demand excellence in everything that we do. That is a good goal to have but there’s no way to accomplish all that needs to be and do it perfectly. ………So why would God place me in a situation like that for 8yrs??”   Angela, be very careful about asking “why God … Read More

No credit check but a check in my spirit left me devastated

After spending a night with a client in Chattanooga recently Joanne and I continued driving south to Florida.  We tend to wander when we travel and found ourselves on the southwest side of Atlanta in a section away from the freeway when I started to notice a massive number of similar signs: Rent to Own No Credit Check Title Max Loans Pawn Shop $799 down for any car Checks cashed here Tax refunds fast Take charge of your life – title loans It went on for a couple of miles.  And I thought, why is there such a concentration of … Read More