The Genius of the Every Day

Everything depends on the daily.

Character is built with it. With the drop-drop-drop of daily deposits of integrity; of choosing what we want most over what we want now; with placing the genuinely important above the exigent.

Certainly our skills depend on it. We become great at something by first being ordinary but interested, and slowly becoming proficient, and perhaps even one day finding we have developed mastery.

Our relationships, too, or their decline, hinge on the million small choices we make day after day after day. When we are tired, when we are tempted, when we are tense.

Yet the daily feels so very insignificant. It is just this moment, this instant – small, disposable, forgettable. Except that it is the beginning – or end – of everything.

The Leaders I Aspire To

What kind of leaders have had the biggest impact on you?

I’ve had the privilege of serving under numerous outstanding leaders, and I’ve noticed that, though they might be very different in personality, background and style, they tend to share some of the same qualities.

A Deliberate Vote

What does it mean to live a deliberate life?

Here on the site, we talk about ways to live deliberately with our:

Hearts – in our relationships and inner lives

Heads – in the thoughts and beliefs that shape our world

Hands – in pursuing our giftings and seeking the good of others

One of the most powerful tools we have to shape our world as an outworking of each of these three areas is, for those of us in democratic countries, our vote.

What Season Is It?

This year, I’ve been learning a valuable lesson about the power of defining the seasons I am moving through.

At the start of the year, I completed a great digital planner by Alison Hill to map out my year. I’ve already written about choosing my ‘One Word’ for the year through that process. What it also helped me do, though, was map out my own stages, or seasons, for the year. This has been incredibly powerful! Let me tell you why –