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 […]