Regardless of your age or stage of life, each next year can actually be your best year ever! As you learn to build on what you know and apply more wisdom to your life, you can accomplish more than you’d ever previously dreamed of doing. So, what kind of footing do we need to be on in order to soar?Read More
Recently, I had a phone call with a young leader convinced he was no longer qualified to lead because he’d messed up in a way that pretty much every man on the planet has messed up repeatedly.Read More
More blessing from God won’t solve all of our problems. In fact, more blessing comes with more responsibility, more complexity, and often times more anxiety! If we’re not careful, we can allow the blessings of God can rob us of the peace of God!Read More
We live in a fast paced world full of distractions. As leaders, we may often find our minds running away from the moment, filled with thoughts of the day, to do lists, and worry. These things, all of this “noise” in its varying forms can hinder our ability to truly engage God.Read More
CourageToLead coach and church planter, Eric Metcalf walks us through his church's beginnings, sharing their simple strategy for multiplication. It started with small groups that embody the Jesus mission...Read More
If you’re a pastor or ministry leader, you can’t help but be drawn to the first and second letters of the Apostle Paul to his young apprentice, Timothy. We must never forget these eight vital words of instruction…
The world will constantly try to get us to believe that there are all of these ladders we need to climb, in order to be and feel successful. At the end of the day, however, they're only ladders..that don't matter. Even when we get to the top, they don't provide the sense of significance and fulfillment, and sense of success we all yearn for. Three Ladders That Don't Matter:
The Ladder of Acquisition tries to get us to believe that if we can just acquire a bit more; experience a little more; that THEN we'll be happy and feel successful. God's Word tells us that if we're not content with Him, we won't be content adding everything this world offers.
The Ladder of Achievement tries to tell us that if we can just to HERE on the ladder, THEN we'll feel successful. God's Word Tells us that if we're not happy HERE, we wont be happy THERE.
The Ladder of Affirmation tries to get us to believe that if we look better; look better put together; that people will begin to notice us, admire us, and affirm us; and THEN we'll feel significant and successful. At the end of the day, even though our culture tries to tell us these are the ONLY ladders that matter, the truth is that they are all ladders that DON'T matter! None of these ladders matter in the grand scheme of things.
So what DOES matter? Whatever matters to our Father in Heaven. See, our desires to achieve, acquire, and be admired aren't unhealthy desires. They are just misdirected desires. They were intended to be focused on our Father! When we take our eyes off of our father and place them on the world, we will never be satisfied. But if we could focus these desires on our father: Serving, pleasing and honoring him, regardless of where we are today, we could be successful in Heaven's eyes. That's the only madder that matters.
The only ladder that matters is eternity.
Today, you can be successful. In Heaven's eyes. Today, would you focus on being successful in your Father's eyes? If you are successful in HIS eyes, that will be enough.