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Imagine that you just sat down for dinner, ready to enjoy good food and conversation, only to feel that infernal buzz in your pocket. A second or two passes while you try to remain in the dialogue around the table, but it's too late. Your mind has been activated and your curiosity forces you to take a peek. Sure enough, it's an associate who has just received some new information about the deal you are working on. You have a split-second to make one of two choices: 1) politely apologize and excuse yourself to respond to the message or 2) steal glances at your phone under the tablecloth and attempt to reply without being detected. (Loud buzzer) You are incorrect! There were are least two more options:...

In his book, What’s Best Next, Matt Perman compares a nonchalant “go with the flow” approach to life to walking into a store with your eyes closed, buying whatever you touch, and expecting it to become a wardrobe. If we wouldn’t take that approach with clothes, why would we do that in business? To create a wardrobe, there are specific steps based on priorities, budget, availability and style. When pursuing professional or financial goals, we should apply at least that much intentionality. Some people don’t like to live or work tied to lists and calendars. While we should not feel bound by a rigid plan, we can draw wise and practical guidance from a few biblical insights about living and working with more intentionality. 1. Keep elevating...

Some of my most magnificent moments have been while witnessing the amazing beauty of God's creation: hiking Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona, taking in the vista from Angel's Landing in Utah's Zion National Park and gazing over the waterfalls of En-gedi in Israel. What made those views so breath-taking was a keen awareness that I was tasting the fruit of God's glory and creative labor. If all I ever did was travel the world to view all of Earth's glorious beauty it would be spectacular...

This week I sat down with a young man who will be graduating from college later this year. As one would hope, he is full of anticipation about the future and a career in commercial real estate. My own energy began to build as he eagerly hung on every word I was sharing (please excuse my excitement...

How many times have you wished that God would write out the answer to your decision in the clouds? When it comes to making difficult choices, we all need help from above. If skywriting is asking too much, couldn't God send us some kind of sign? The job seems perfect for my skills and passion, but the pay will force us to move. The best candidate seems too good to be true...

According to one report, the average person hears 100,000 words and 34 gigabytes of information every day. That is a lot of information! The voices are constant, speaking out all sorts of agendas and motives and worldviews. That much noise can easily lead us into confusion and chaos. I raise this issue to ask an important question: Who are you listening to? What are your primary sources? How do you know they are trustworthy and true? Recently, I was discussing politics with a few family members (risky!) and was encouraging us all to work harder to grow in civility and grace when discussing issues that we disagree about. During that conversation, there was a statement challenging a news report my wife mentioned. Rather than arguing, she...

Whether you work for a large organization, a small company or your own business, all of us are called to strive for excellence as Colossians 3:23 reminds us: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”; for ultimately, our efforts in business are presented to God. This is a theological cornerstone of how God created us to function in the marketplace. However, our desire for excellence and success can subtly shift how we view the tasks before us. If God commands our best, we may misunderstand that God demands a certain measure of accomplishment . . . which could eventually deceive us that our work is up to us alone. Yes, the marketplace measures success...

We are living in a time of unrest and turmoil. There is a cultural anxiety creating chaos, suspicion and division everywhere we turn. Political discussions have turned into shouting matches on social media. Every segment of our society has become polarized to the point where civility seems nowhere to be found. But where is the Church today? I’m not talking about your local congregation or your denomination. Where is the Body of Christ? Where are the followers of Jesus? The Church belongs to God and it is alive, but perhaps we have lost our way. Maybe we are drifting away from our call to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16). Have we forgotten Jesus’ two most important commandments—to love God with all your heart, soul and...

Greetings to all of the RCN family spread across our country and this industry. I pray that you are finding strength and encouragement in Christ during these unprecedented days. I would like to share excerpts from an email that Dr. Bill Maynard, my physician and dear friend, wrote this week: “Let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken.” (Hebrews 12:28) During the first week of the COVID-19 pandemic, we had three confirmed cases among our patients. One has died. Another is recovered. The third I am telephoning regularly, and his continued fevers and breathlessness nearly three weeks into the infection are keeping me on edge. Coronavirus can worsen after a week, and many of the infections that prove fatal do not reveal their...

Have you considered God’s creativity in your calling? He is the master of the unique–and sometimes unexpected–as He charts the course of our lives. Whether or not we realize it, God is purposefully arranging our relationships and opportunities. He is actually engineering our circumstances and prospects. I encourage you to take a few moments to meditate on the amazing creativity of His work in your life. Acts 18:1-3 describes how Paul arrived in Corinth after spending time in Athens. We think of Paul the apostle or Paul the missionary, traveling around establishing churches. But how did he do that in 52 BC, before electricity, cars, television or corporate jets? This is where God’s ingenuity comes into play. He took a man with a brilliant mind, changed...