Refining Life, on Purpose

Decoration Day – Anticipating Peace in a Poem from Frank Carleton Nelson

Yes, let us morn and recognize those who have gone before. However, let us be mindful that, one day, we'll be enjoying undivided peace.

Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day, in the United States, is a day for remembering. It’s about recognizing those who gave everything defending, protecting and guarding our country. Today, I am sharing a poem from Frank Carleton Nelson. Nelson was a traveling salesman and resident of my community who made a name for himself through his prose. He read his poems on radio stations, including WGN Radio, leading to him becoming widely known as “Indiana’s Radio Poet.” As you are reading, please give thought to the message he shares. Yes, let us mourn and recognize those who have gone before. However, […]

Being a Difference Maker When Justice Seems Unlikely

God loves justice and sent his son to administer it. He blesses the difference makers who thirst for and seek justice.

I gotta think we all would like to say we are a difference maker in some form. Whether it is in the lives of our children, in our careers or through our service to others, we make an impression. The type of impression, though, should be one of positivity and valuable impact. I think about this a lot — especially in the context of the legacy I will one day leave behind. It’s not that I want to be known for anything, or that I want to be famous. Instead, it’s about trying to fulfill a personal mission of good […]

A Review of The Power of Positive Leadership by Jon Gordon

Most of us are not naturals when it comes to positive leadership. We have to work at developing and refining that skills. Jon Gordon’s book, The Power of Positive Leadership is a practical and valuable guide to help you grow your positive leadership muscles.

In the very beginning of The Power of Positive Leadership: How and Why Positive Leaders Transform Teams and Organizations and Change the World, Jon Gordon is very upfront about the fact that he is not a naturally positive person. Boy, can I relate! Most who know me will agree that I am usually stern-faced and deep in thought. They might say I am too serious to have fun. I like to think my personality is much better than advertised, but the jury is still out on that. Even so, I have always wondered, if I am not being viewed as […]

7 Posts About Bringing Change by Defying Status Quo

Bringing changes can be viewed with negative filters. Yet, remember "if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

I used to roll my eyes when bringing change was suggested. No matter where it was, I held hard to an “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mentality. Frankly, i was comfortable with status quo and bringing change meant more work, adapting and was potentially a brig threat to my livelihood. Face it, change sucks. However, without change, there is no progress. Without progress, we have no advancements in technology, we have wasteful processes and systems, we continue to do things that are detrimental to our health. Meanwhile, everything else is improving, evolving, growing and creating. If we’re not […]

Is there a Momentum Effect in Sports and in our Lives?

Baseball players celebrating the momentum effect

I’ve heard many sports talk personalities debate the existence of a momentum effect. It’s also sometimes called psychological momentum. Some will swear it exists and then immediately dismiss their credibility by suggesting there are also curses and responses to not keeping superstitions. A momentum effect is that point in some sort of contest where the tide obviously turns. A tipping point of sorts. If we’re scripting it, it’s that point when Hulk Hogan turns it around after a long and relentless beating at the hands of King Kong Bundy or Andre the Giant. He clenches his fists and puts his […]

How to Change Status Quo When Status Quo is Not in Your Favor

Sometimes you have to change status quo when things aren’t moving in the right direction. You may be trying to get out of a rut or predicament. Or you could be needing to get past “we’ve always done it that way.” I think about this a lot, mostly because of a scene in the movie National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets. In that scene, a desperate Patrick Gates, offers his son, Ben some wisdom. “Cooperation,” he says, “only lasts as long as the status quo is unchanged. As soon as this guy gets to wherever this thing ends… he won’t […]

Our Duty to Rescue and Rejecting the Bystander Effect 

Though Jesus was not subject to the bystander effect when he died in our place, we are susceptible to it. Here’s why, like Christ, we have a duty to rescue.

I was introduced to the concept of the Bystander Effect while refining my understanding of seeing individuals, not crowds. I have no doubt that you have seen it in action many times over. As have I. In the simplest terms, it is an unwillingness to speak up or take action while a part of a larger group even when you know it is the correct move to make. Some might call it a form or peer pressure. An academic might say it as “pluralistic ignorance” while talking to their like-minded associates. No doubt, it is a form of social influence, though. […]

7 Posts About Serving Others Amongst the Crowds

When serving others, we must develop individuals and our communities. Here are 7 posts to help open our minds and encourage action.

When serving others, there are several paths we can take. There’s a lot of advice and many forms of motivation. If we’re going to succeed, we must develop individuals and our communities. It means seeing like Jesus, developing people and developing our communities. Here are 7 posts to help open our minds and encourage action. Serving Others By Seeing Others as Jesus Did Crowds or Persons (Rev. Wendell Mettey via Matthew 25 Ministries) – In this wonderful devotion, Rev. Mettey explains that Jesus chose to not see crowds. He always dealt with people as individuals. When we follow that model, […]

Christian Living and the Sin of Wanting More

I’m excited to introduce 1Glories readers to today’s guest blogger, Rana Tarakji. She is a fellow blogger, entrepreneur and Christ follower who passionately pursues a refining life, on purpose. In this guest post, Tarakji tackles an important subject that most (perhaps all) of us must consider during our lives.

The Sin of Wanting More “… it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:24 (NIV) This scripture has been the cornerstone view of many who view wealth as an inherently evil device. The behavior, excess trappings and path of some wealthy individuals and families, in many cases, did come on the backs of underprivileged, underserved and poor persons. In fact, the driver of the recent global economic crash is a testament to human greed. In many cases, the drive to […]

The Law of Personal Connection Can Change the World – Including You!

Personal Connections Make People Matter

There is not enough that can be said about the importance the personal connection you have with others. Imagine a life where you know absolutely nobody or one where nobody will acknowledge you, let alone talk to you. Of course, for a moment at least, that would seem pretty nice to many of us. But I doubt that’s a sustainable feeling. In a lot of ways, that’s the story from John 4, when Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at the well. It was that way because Jews were not supposed to talk to Samaritans. Also, men could not address women without their husbands […]