God Helps Those Who Can’t Help Themselves

We have a lot of axioms in America that sound good from an Americanized Christianity but have no basis in truth. One common phrase I hear is, “God only helps those who help themselves.” Or I’ve even heard it, “God always helps those who help themselves.” Either way, this is presented, it is entirely wrong and damaging if it determines how we respond to people.



Water is Just as Thick as Blood

I tell people that I work on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve to get out of attending family events. My family likes to have a Thanksgiving get together and my wife’s family does a big Christmas Eve event. An encounter this year, however, ruined that story, and I’m thrilled about it.


(Photo Credit: Chattanooga Community Kitchen).


The Legacy of a Great Leader

Great Leaders Multiply Leadership

I bet that the last time you attended a funeral or memorial service, you heard someone talk about legacy. Legacy is the impact we leave behind when we are gone. Some people leave a legacy that makes people remember them and the impact they made, and others leave a legacy that continues to impact years after they are gone. Great leaders leave a legacy that continues to impact.



Stop Setting Realistic Goals

When you were in high school or college you learned the SMART acronym for goal setting. Your goals are supposed to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable (or Agreed Upon), Realistic, and Time-bound. SMART goals are still taught in schools, seminars, and other places as the standard model for goal setting. The most innovation SMART goals have encountered in decades is where an extra ER was added to the back end to make SMARTER goals, which includes ethical and recorded.


The Motivation of Doing Good

In the book Faith Acts, Dillon and I wrote about our work in the homeless community through Relevant Hope, and we focused on James 1:22 as a guiding portion of Scripture that helped us put our faith in action. We truly believe that those who are in Christ will live out their faith both in personal piety and expression of love toward others. Good works shouldn’t be done out of a sense of duty or a begrudging attitude. Intent is just as important as obedience, and Jesus spoke to that in his parable of the two brothers (Matthew 21:28-32).