Refining Life, on Purpose

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 […]

The Top Posts of 2016 at 1Glories – Validates the Year of Listening Up

Wise bloggers will consider their top posts and ask why or how they got to be top posts. The 2016 top posts at 1Glories shows that the Year of Listening Up was a successful endeavor and more.

Let’s call it for what it is. A “Top 10 Post” is reignites interest in popular posts and provides end of year filler for a blog since it’s less likely that people are looking for new content right now. Although, wise bloggers will also look at those top posts and ask why or how they got to be popular. For 1Glories, it’s about taking a look at the posts that are the most read and shared and considering what readers like to consume from the content. In the 2016 list, there’s some interesting observations that will help form the content […]

Faithfully Saying Yes to God & Life’s Seasons – 7 Posts

Faithfully serving God means a lot of things. And it all starts with a question: What if You Faithfully Said Yes to God?

Faithfully saying yes to God means a lot of things. Because of that, in the posts that are shared below, we can see that it means taking risks, and questioning what we thought we knew. It also means knowing how to respond when presented with decisions that must be made. We must have the wisdom to cherish the seasons of life, but also know when we have journeyed out of season so we can enter into the next. Faithfully serving, then, is a lot of things. And it all starts with a question: What if You Faithfully Said Yes to […]

Here’s Why it’s Important to Stop When You or Someone Else is Stuck

I hope that - when you get snared in the trappings of life - there's someone willing to help you get unstuck. They or you may not realize it at the time - but they are more than likely able to help you. The willingness is the more important part.

I recently stopped my drive to work to help someone whose car was stuck in a snowy driveway. There was nothing to force me to do that. And I certainly didn’t want to get out of my car, which was just starting to warm up. But I had to stop – and I’ll tell you why in a moment. If you’re like most people, you’re starting to look back on the year and are wondering where the heck the time went! You’re probably also wondering how you overcame many challenges. Maybe you’re even wondering how you survived some of those circumstances. […]

What If I Say No to God by Ignoring My Call?

When we say no to God and our calling, we're depriving God, ourselves and the world in many ways. Let us consider saying yes to God.

It seems silly to suggest we might say no to God if we really are accepting of his all-encompassing power. Yet, we say no to God all the time. We say no to him when we fall short in obeying all his commands. We say no when we make choices that are – without question – born of self-interest (and perhaps often to the detriment of others). And maybe more striking than anything else, we say no to God when we put off his call on our lives. There are implications to saying no, of course, and some of those […]

Planning Next Year – and Another Year of Listening Up

I'm already planning next year, and need your help picking content for the 2017 Year of Listening Up. Here's how you can vote and help choose it.

We are in the final stages in our Year of Listing Up series, so I gotta start thinking about 2017. There’s a lot of great things on the horizon, including a new book (or two!), some great educational e-courses and more. I’ve very excited about it all and I pray others will find as much value it it as I hope. A Year of Listening Up – 2017 My book, Listen Up, Kids: Foolish Dreams, Syncing with God & Running to Win was written as a letter to share a handful of life lessons with my daughters. After some formatting […]