Pursuing a Refining Life, on Purpose

Looking for Lost Treasure? God’s Looking for You!

We are the Lost Treasure that God Seeks

Chapter 19, verse 10 of Luke says, “For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” It reminds me when I was much younger – when my brother and many of my friends really liked to watch the Indiana Jones movies. They loved the thrill of the adventure as they followed Indiana Jones’ death-defying feats and his ability to recover the lost relics of the past. I never really got into the movies, but it seemed like they forced Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom on me […]

The Right Boots for Your Vocation & Loving Your Neighbors


When I first began my career as a credit union marketer, I told myself I would be there five years tops before moving onto bigger and better things. Having never been exposed to the credit union industry prior to that time, I thought it was just a “bank job” where I would be responsible for helping put endless numbers of consumers into high-rate credit cards and perpetuating cycles of endless debt to the world. I really wanted something mission focused that aimed to help build my community and those that reside within it. Sixteen years later, I am happy to […]

How the First Professional Baseball Applies to a Refining Life on Purpose

Today is the 144th anniversary of the first professional game of baseball ever played; a game in which the Fort Wayne Kekionga’s defeated the Cleveland Forest Cities by a score of 2-0. What does this have to do with God’s glory and pursuing a refining life of purpose? I’ll get to that momentarily and then share the details of a contest I am hosting this week in honor of this event. If you would like to read more about the game, including the play-by-play historical account, visit the First National Association Game on Retrosheet. In a nutshell, and how it […]

How God’s Timing Should Turn Agony Upside Down

Have you ever questioned God about why He allows something to happen (or not happen) to you? Have you ever felt God nudging you to pursue something you didn’t want to do – but you were obedient – expecting success only to have it backfire? Then Moses turned to the LORD and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me? ~ Exodus 5:22 Consider Moses. Things didn’t go like he planned – or at least the way he thought they would. Not only does Pharaoh refuse to let the people go, he adds […]

Okay You’re an Introvert, So What!?!?!?

Even the introverted can thrive in the extroverted world

I have to warn you, this post might make you mad. It may even hurt your feelings and I realize I risk losing some readers. But it’s a message you really need to hear. Listen, I get it. We introverts view the world with a filter that is much different from those used by our extroverted brethren. That’s probably because we have a tendency to over-analyze. We’re less prone to be described as one who’s able to “live in the moment” or seek out the spotlight because we are sensitive and personal. In fact, we’re probably overly sensitive and it is that […]