This is your life

Recently I walked up on a canvas frame with the following words on it – in the local TJ Maxx store.  Couldn’t resist buying it for the Sanctuary.  People are constantly asking me who I had do the lettering as the messages are all things I’ve said and promoted.  Nope – no one has a lock on truth and inspiration.  It’s just out there floating around for of us to bask in and benefit from:   This is your LIFE.  Find a passion and pursue it.  Fall in love.  Dream big.  Drink wine, eat great food and spend quality time … Read More

Dream Big – here’s how to make it come true

[note color=”#FDD017″]This guest post is by Jeff Goins, a writer who lives in Nashville. You can connect with Jeff on his blog, and check out his new eBook, which just released: You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One). If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] Last year, my dream came true. In six months, I received a publishing contract for my first book, started speaking for live audiences, and launched a writing career—all without having to quit my day job. For years, I waited for someone to pick me, to give … Read More

We don’t allow that here….

Saturday night 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 hold on to how things were done in the past.  Change is painful – but not changing is certain death.  I grew up in the Mennonite church where my Dad was the pastor.  I remember those painful meetings to decide if we could drive cars … Read More

I’m just playing it safe

Saturday night Joanne and I were strolling down Main Street in beautiful downtown Franklin, TN where we live.  In a window, on a chalkboard, someone had scribbled this quotation: Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. – Cecil Beaton It seems everywhere I turn I’m hearing from people who are recognizing the risks of playing it safe and of doing what is ordinary – what is expected of others. A recent survey showed that when people close … Read More

9 Motivators to Breakthrough a Familiar Routine

9 Motivators to Breakthrough a Familiar Routine [note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Bernard Haynes . He is the CEO of Lead to Impact, a company designed to encourage, equip and empower individuals to realize and live their God designed vision. You can read his blog and explore his website at You can also follow him on Twitter.  If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note]    “Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” Brian Tracy … Read More

Making a Living……or not

How many times have you heard people say about their work, “Well, at least I’m making a living”? Maybe it would be more accurate to say, “I’m making a dying.” The work they describe is unfulfilling, boring, and stressful. They dread going in on Monday morning and every other morning. Often they are embarrassed about their work and admit readily they are doing nothing meaningful, only extracting a paycheck in exchange for their time. Does that sound like making a living? I don’t think so. They may brush it off as just something we all do; work is never going … Read More

Consider the possibility….

“Consider the possibility that our dreams and desires are the voice of our soul, the God-voice awake within us, dreaming of expression and expansion through our daring and our faith.  We walk into that faith, that daring, a step at a time.  As we do so, we pass through the portal into Imagic-Nation.”  –  Julia Cameron, The Vein of Gold  

Planted any watermelons today?

My neighbor has cancer.  He just came home from the hospital on Friday and Hospice begins today.  The doctors have given him 3-6 weeks to live.  He spent Saturday carefully planting 14 watermelon mounds.  Last night he described to me exactly how he carefully put 5 seeds in each mound, then added some organic mulch and cow manure.  The watermelons should mature about the middle of September.   He also showed me the section he reserved for his attempt for the biggest watermelon he’s ever grown.  It requires a special place and care. So what’s up with that?  Planting watermelons he … Read More

Are you “ready” to be more successful?

[note color=”#FDD017″] This is a guest post by Sara Martin.  Sara is an artist and writer based in Knoxville, Tennessee. Learn more ways to maximize your creative life at  If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] Do you ever think to yourself, “I want to be a better designer. Or writer. Or marketer…”? Insert whatever expert status you crave. I think these thoughts a lot, often in preparation for some big plan I have. I want to be a better writer so I can publish a book. I want to be a better speaker so I can present at … Read More

Do you have what it takes to be a “leader?”

The dictionary defines leadership as “influencing” or “inducing.”  And yes, with that broad definition we’ve seen Hollywood celebrities who offer nothing but glamorous looks, athletes who offer little beyond big bank accounts and company CEOs who manipulate the lives of employees referred to as leaders. At the recent Chick-fil-A Leadercast we heard a continuing theme about a different kind of leadership. Andy Stanley recognizes that as your influence grows it becomes more difficult to give everyone equal time – but to do for one what you wish you could do for everyone. Tim Tebow shared one of his core principles … Read More