Refining Life, on Purpose

How to Quit Fooling Yourself for Really Knowing Your Heart

You’re fooling yourself when you think you have all the answers or you long for the addictive fillings provided by a corrupt world. When something is missing in your life, don’t ignore the ambiguous groanings and long for God’s will.

Are you fooling yourself? It’s an honest question, but one that is hard to answer. Along with it comes other questions. For instance, how do you know you are fooling yourself? And how might we get awareness of fooling ourselves? It’s really no simple matter, but it is one that Jonathan Edwards found to be a vital spiritual proficiency. I think that’s because, in so doing, we gain a broader sense of peace and form of contentment that few people ever really do experience. What Edwards Thought About Fooling Yourself In his diary, on August 10, Jonathan Edwards wrote: As […]

Your Heart State in Communion with God and the World

Communion with God is a personal moment that’s vital to your being. It impacts your heart and mind as well as how you come into communion with the world he’s trusted us with serving.

Holy Communion is sort of my personal New Year or rebirth. That may sound ironically selfish, but stick with me. You see, when I have the opportunity to join with fellow believers in Holy Communion, I view it as a cleaning of the slate. A moment when I come into the presence of God and genuinely seek cleansing of my corrupt mind and heart. A medicine for the soul. And antidote for worldly poisoning. This is all pretty important as we consider Jonathan Edwards’ 53rd resolution, showing his quest to live daily – moment by moment in fact – with […]

A Review of The Book of Mistakes by Skip Prichard

Who know mistakes are a secret to creating a successful future? More specifically, learning from our mistakes is the not-so-hidden secrete. That's what compelled CEO, speaker, thought leader, Skip Prichard to write The Book of Mistakes, 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future.

Who knew mistakes are a secret to creating a successful future? More specifically, that learning from our mistakes is the not-so-hidden secret? That’s what compelled CEO, speaker, and leadership thought leader, Skip Prichard to write The Book of Mistakes, 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future. I had the good fortune to be a part of Skip’s launch team, which included a free copy of this business fable that is sure to become a timeless classic and inspire so many to a life of self-motivation. If you’re struggling or dissatisfied with your career, or you’re simply feeling stuck, this is […]

To Live Fully Alive, You Must Do More than Exist

What does it mean to be fully alive? Have you ever pondered that? It’s more than merely existing. So release tomorrow’s worries to God, gain a deeper view of God’s love, and gain much in surrender. Resolve to be fully alive at all times!

How can we be fully alive? I mean really and truly fully alive? There are many ways we go about making it happen. And we might even think we are doing it. Yet, the contentment, satisfaction, and good feelings that made us that way eventually fade. Sometimes it’s thrust from us. Other times, it has slowly eroded without our noticing until we are stuck in the muck. Paralyzed and wondering what the heck happened? It’s here that I’m reminded of Rick Warren’s 2006 TED Talk, “A Life of Purpose.” In that talk, he said: And I think it’s because spiritual […]

Is Your Attitude Pouring Into or Draining On Others?

Your attitude - whether seen or unseen - impacts others in one of two ways. It either drains or pours into. It’s no cliche. It’s fact. One that Jonathan Edwards understood well, and did what he could to ensure his attitude was one that was honoring of God.

We often hear about attitude and the importance of it. Clichés, like “your attitude determines your altitude” and “attitudes are contagious, make yours worth catching” are pretty common. As you may know, I am no fan of clichés, but I do also acknowledge that clichés become clichés because they are generally true. Such attitudinal clichés can be had as we consider Edwards’ 4th Resolution. Jonathan Edwards Resolution 4 Edwards’ Resolution #4 (as it was written) Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor […]

It’s My Pleasure… but You’re Not THE Boss of Me

It’s my pleasure to serve through all that I do. It’s an honor to the one saved us from ourselves. Edwards Resolution #62 speaks very directly to this fact and why we should ensure that all our efforts are done with a joyful attitude. Photo by Petr Sevcovic on Unsplash

My pleasure. I thought I was pretty wise when I decided to start saying that whenever anyone would thank me for the work I had done for them. I thought I was pretty smart. That is, I thought I was smart until  learned it was the phrase Chick Fil-A employees are instructed to say “my pleasure” instead of “you’re welcome.” Heck, there’s even a song dedicated to it. How could I not know about it? Turns out, though, that the restaurant’s founder, Truett Cathy, implemented it based upon someone else thinking of it first. And I am just betting, they […]

Resolve to Build Relationships with Love and Cheerfulness of Heart

We build relationships while being mindful of our talk; taking careful action to ensure our hearts are aimed at building people up, and not tearing them down. Likewise, we are all flawed, and casting judgement or others is not our task at hand. Refraining from hateful thoughts and speech is freeing.

There’s a lot of focus on how we build relationships throughout many areas. I find it to be true in my business trade, my ministry work, my roles at church, and in so many others. Some will call it customer service, experience management, or any of dozens of other buzzworthy monikers. Yet, it comes down to how we build relationships. And how we build relationships has much to do with how we represent ourselves to others. This is where I think a lot of well-intentioned Christians too often fall into a misguided belief that they are called to be the […]

Bearing Spiritual Fruit, Resolutions and Jonathan Edwards

Christian living should bear spiritual fruit. This is evident in Edwards resolutions, where you’ll find they span matters of time, relationships, sin, human nature, behavior, motives,service, and more to frame a context for Christian living and development.

For Jonathan Edwards, resolutions were instructions for living. It’s well chronicled that he wrote 70 resolutions and read them daily throughout life. He followed them and relied upon them for sustaining strength with the ultimate intention being the development of a “soul fit for eternity with God.” In many respects, he was taking on the duty of ensuring his personal discipleship. The “served as a set of practical day-to-day guidelines for achieving that end. Edwards adjured himself to study the Scriptures above all other books and to pray steadfastly; Jesus was to be trusted as Lord; God was present, personal, […]

Real Change – Lasting Change – from Resolutions Done Right

Resolutions get more attention for our failures to keep them than they do for the opportunity they present to make powerful and lasting change in our lives. Here's a look at how we can do better at them not just on New Year's Day, but every day.

We fool ourselves into thinking real change can come from New Year’s Resolutions. But, the thing about resolutions that goes forgotten is the fact that you don’t have to wait until New Year’s Day to start them. Instead, more attention is given to people’s inability to keep them. As you think about the year ahead, think about what it will take for real change. For lasting change. And remember, you don’t have to wait for a cultural benchmark, nor do you have to even have the perfectly crafted statement or precise goal in mind. What you do have to have, […]

Resolve – 1Glories in 2018 and the Year of Listening Up

What do you resolve for the year ahead? At 1Glories, in 2018, we’ll be taking a new approach to the Year of Listening Up, studying the theology of Jonathan Edwards, launching a new service and publishing new books! It’s going to be an exciting way of refining life, on purpose.

Our personal resolve and New Year’s Resolutions are hot topics right now. You may or may not be into goal setting, and there’s no shortage of advice from bloggers, coaches, and mentors. I’m not going to add my voice to that fray. I bring it up because it’s pretty relevant to 1Glories in 2018. For the last two years, the 1Glories approach to refining life, on purpose, has been monthly exploration of life lessons. It’s been very rewarding to me personally. It’s no surprise, then, that many have asked 2018 will feature a third installment. Honestly, I’ve gone back and […]