Refining Life, on Purpose

You Don’t Have to Care About Inauguration Day, but You Should at Least Care

What I am praying, today, is that we can join together in unity with a sense of perspective and hope - no matter if you predict ultimate doom or unprecedented prosperity when you look to the future.

It’s inauguration day in the United States. We’re witnessing history – whether for better or worse. That’s no different from any other inauguration day that has happened before today. However, while the coming months and years will bring an unveiling of the path our country will ultimately veer, my fellow country men and women, we are a vital part of that directing. Yes, it is true that there has been much uproar leading into this inauguration day, beginning with the shocking primaries and even more shocking (to many) election. Regardless, we as a nation have much work to do if […]

Why You Don’t Have it All Together and What You Can Do About it

I don’t have it all together. Drawing on Paul’s letter to the church of Philipi, we can see that that’s okay, because none of us do. It’s how we move forward that matters.

I like to think I have it all together. There are times, though, where I’m completely fractured and anything but all put together. That may be why I am fascinated by stories that have highly flawed people. It keeps me grounded and mindful that I too am highly flawed. It’s more reflective of real life. Whether hero or villain, whether protagonist or antagonist, all characters have flaws. And, sometimes, it’s even their ultimate undoing. Think of Mr. Burns from the Simpsons – the money-grubbing scoundrel. Or, consider Richard III – the arrogant and pathetic, hunchback who sparks debate over whether […]

Getting God’s Signal Amid Clutter and Noise

Getting God's Signal in Midst of Noise is Hard - it's There. God is never doing nothing.

Did you catch God’s signal today? What about yesterday, or the day before? Have you gotten God’s signal at all in the last month? I am not talking about trying to delicately tune the AM band on your  radio to the low-frequency Christian radio station in your market. I’m talking about that signal that God is booming at you with extreme intensity and passion. This is more than when my Little League coach gave me the bunt signal from third base. On one such occasion, I genuinely missed it before hitting into an inning ending double-play (as well as running laps […]

Consider Your Ways for the New Year and Beyond

It’s good to take a break from time to time to consider your ways as you also consider your possible future. It’s never too late. We’re works in progress until the day God calls us home.

It’s good to take a break from time to time to consider your ways as you also consider your possible future. You see, the New Year is filled with a lot of advice from leaders, bloggers, journalists and all sorts of people. They’ll give you a lot of words about resolutions, goals, living intentionally and more. However, this is not one of those pieces. Frankly, it’s not a post about how to have the greatest year possible in x easy steps. It’s about you and how you go forward. So, whether you have a destination in mind or you tend […]

How to Love God in the Midst of Our Challenges

Loving God even as the hustle and bustle of life distracts our thinking can be a frequent challenge. There are so many things that compete for our time and attention.

Loving God During Our Challenges Think about the following scenario… Say you are driving to work. On the way you hit a traffic jam, and spend twenty minutes without any clue about when you will move. At first you think “no big deal, the boss will understand.” As time progresses, you are bored. Your thoughts drift into frustrations at your workplace. Boredom, frustration, and not knowing when you will get out of traffic jam finally boils over. You cuss. Or maybe you just hit the steering wheel and say, like me, “Come on God! Must this jam happen right now?” […]

Casting Your Line To the Future and Hopeful Leadership

Hopeful Leadership that inspires a refining life, on purpose

The concept of hopeful leadership is a frequent topic. In fact, when I just googled “Hopeful Leadership” a few moments ago, I got 19.6 million results. The sources of these results run the gamut from the likes of Forbes and Trendhunter to political sites and regional news outlets. Interestingly, though, when I put that same phrase in quotation marks and add the word “Christ” after it, there is a mere 1,650 results! I am not suggesting this is problematic at all. However, it is somewhat perplexing given that – if ever there were someone who was a hopeful leader – […]

Introducing the 2017 Year of Listening Up (YLU)

Inspired by my book, Listen Up, Kids: Foolish Dreams, Syncing with God & Running to Win, I embarked upon a year-long project called “A Year of Listening Up" to dedicate a full month to a different life lesson. Now in our second year, welcome to #YLU17

Thanks to a successful Year of Listening Up (#YLU) during 2016, I’ve super excited to share the topic lineup for 2017. I’m doubly excited because, in addition to some topics I have personally selected from my own life lessons, 2017’s YLU will feature four topics that were selected by vote from the 1Glories Swarm! What is the Year of Listening Up (YLU)? At the end of my book, Listen Up Kids, I share twelve life lessons that I highlight within the narrative. I dedicated the following year (2016) to spending a month on each one of those lessons to explore […]

Seeking Your Life Vision – A Review of A Minute of Vision for Men

A Minute of Vision For Men is written with a low spiritual intimidation factor to help any man grow spiritually from any point in their walk. so you can start your day on the right foot, focused on what matters the most.

What’s your life vision? Do you have a one? In Scripture, it says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” and that’s the driving motivation behind Roger Patterson’s A Minute of Vision for Men: 365 Motivational Moments to Kick-Start Your Day. So many of us are living on autopilot. As a result, we’re not actively engaging the battle of living up to our God-given potential. That life vision is lacking. And, too often, we settle for less than what is best for us, our families, and our careers. Sadly, that also means we make God settle for less than […]

Finding Significance – a Review of The One Year Impact for Living Men’s Devotional

If you're looking for a study to facilitate greater personal significance in how God views you, the One Year Impact for Living Men's Devotional is a great place. It's also a perfect gift that will give all year to inspire and motivate the man in your life.

Many of us find God as we seek a life of significance. It’s in finding him that we find we ARE significant and God is always showing us just how true that is throughout the rest of our lives. And that’s when we begin to think about the mark we’ll leave. The “dents we will kick” so to speak. We ask questions like, “How will my life impact my family, community, and world?” We also start to think about the emotional wreckage that could possibly be left in our wake. That’s when we commit to leading the people around us while […]

Stop Making Excuses So You Can Wake Up and Finally Say Yes

Stop Making Excuses So You Can Wake Up and Finally Say Yes

What if you were to quit making excuses and said yes to God?  It’s a simple question. And, it’s a question you might think doesn’t apply to you. But let’s ask another question… how often has your desire for what could be been held in check because you won’t give up the behaviors keeping you from it? As we conclude our first Year of Listening Up, this month focusing on the idea saying yes to God, we’re going to ponder these questions. The answers will help put your 2017 into an appropriate context for living a more impactful life. One […]