Refining Life, on Purpose

You Might Fear Success – Here’s Why & What You Can Do About It

Success is not something we should fear

The fear of success keeps many people from dreaming big. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true and I know because I have lived through it. And if I am honest with myself and others, I struggle with it today. I’m really serious about this and I suspect most readers will relate to this if they are at all honest with themselves. You see, I realized that I sometimes assess a decision on two different concepts of risk. First, there is the risk of doing it and what failure could represent. That’s the most common concept and with which […]

Why We Should (and How We Can) Be More Like Inigo Montoya

The many lessons we can learn from Inigo Montoya

Your life has meaning. It’s purposeful and you were created for a reason. But discovering that reason is only part of what it means to pursue a refining life, on purpose. Today, I want to share a little bit from one of my all-time favorite movies, the Princess Bride. One of the most famous among the many famous lines that exist in story is the oft-recited refrain of: It’s a line that has transcended generations and become a go-to phrase for many. In fact, very few people can resist picking up a sword, whether real or make-believe, and not say those […]

God’s Ordering of Our Lives to Prepare Us – 7 Posts

God's Ordering of Our Lives to Prepare Us

Wow. God’s ordering of our lives can be many things. Frightening, exciting, eventful, dull, bland, fun, and a host of other descriptors – but one stands out: everlasting. You see, this month’s topic in the A Year of Listening Up series at 1Glories has been quite interesting, challenging and insightful. I had really expected it to be either sort of boring or extremely difficult. Perhaps both. I mean, how much can really be said about live your life with a mindset of being constantly prepared? But, as I have pondered, studied, prayed and read this 7 Posts on how God’s Ordering […]

Celebrate Baseball’s Opening Day With These 7 Refining Reads

Baseball, Opening Day & Refining Life, on Purpose

Today is Opening Day in a few Major League Baseball (MLB) cities and, within a few days, all teams will be in full swing (pun intended) on another great season of America’s National Pastime. Just in case you didn’t already know this about me, I am a life-long baseball fan and historian of sorts. Because of that, I find a lot of common things between the game, life and my walk with Christ. So, to celebrate Opening Day, I wanted to share seven baseball-related posts that also relate to refining life, on purpose. So, without further ado, let’s play ball! No More Self-Defeat – […]

When God’s Plans Are Not The Same As Your Plans

When God's Plans Are Not Like Our Plans

Today, we are rounding out our discussion of Aligning With God’s Will in our Year of Listening Up by pondering God’s plans. Yesterday, I introduced you to Daniel Fusco’s book, “Honestly” which releases April 1 (go order it now, seriously, you will thank me). In addition to losing his mother to cancer at a fairly young age and of ways where life didn’t go as he planned or as he lived in opposition to God’s nudging, Fusco talks about how he had intended to be a professional bass player. He dreamt of being on the covers of magazines, releasing albums, selling […]

Seeking God’s Will For Our Lives – 7 Posts

Seeking God's Will - 7 Posts

We all should be seeking God’s will. It is, of course, impossible to know God’s full will, but it is indeed possible for us to pursue the lives in which he has designed and guided us to live. That has been the driving force in this months’s topic during our Year of Listening Up series. I have already posted some thoughts on seeking God’s will, so I thought now is a good time to check in on what some other bloggers have to say. Here are seven posts about seeking God’s will in your life. If you have written one […]

How Do I Live a Refining Life, On Purpose?

The Dragonfly has a wonderful Second Act

What do you mean by “refining life, on purpose” – I get that question from time to time. And I understand why. It’s a bit ambiguous. At core level, it’s about personal development. In a deeper sense, it’s about the personal development of character and the progression of who we are to who we are meant to be. It’s a discipline (don’t worry – “discipline” does not always have to equal “bad”) that is sorely missing from many of the homes, schools and even some churches in our modern world. It’s not the original reason why I felt led to […]

What if I Don’t Know My Calling or Purpose?

When our purpose or calling is unknown, it's stressing and maddening. Here's why a retreat back to basics is the perfect remedy for getting back on track.

Finding your calling is one of the most common themes, memes and topics du jour on the blog sphere. I suspect it’s because everyone wants to feel like they’re valued and to have a purpose means you are valuable. I have personally struggled with the prospect of not knowing my calling and purpose off and on for most of my life. The details of that are written about at length in Listen Up, Kids, so I won’t dig into it here. I bring up the concept of finding your calling because of how it relates to the current topic in our Year […]

Why a Ton of Excuses is No Excuse at All

When we make ourselves available to God – with whatever it is we have in our hands – we’ll be astounded by what God does with it!

As my wife will readily attest, I am a man of many interests, leading to the start of many projects and endeavors. Often, though, those projects and endeavors are abandoned in an incomplete state. Don’t worry though, I have an excuse. Actually, I have a ton of excuses. I’m too busy. It’s not as important as this new project I am working on. I didn’t have it planned well, so I am rethinking. I lack the money to do it right. If I could just keep the kids and dog out of the way… They’re all excuses. While there may […]

7 Blog Posts About Being Available to God

Make Yourself Available to God - Isaiah 6:8

Today, we continue to explore Being Available to God & God’s Call as part of our Year of Listening Up series. Having introduced it last week and sharing some context, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to read what some other bloggers have said on the topic. I gathered seven blog posts from different sources that touch on the topic, reference different scriptures and really help round out an understanding of what it means to be available to God, how to make ourselves available to God and how we might be used when we do make ourselves available to God. […]