November 17, 2019

Keep it Right, Keep it Real 1 Peter 3:4; “but let it be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable jewel of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”  I usually don’t start my blogs with a passage from scripture outright; but there was something so compelling, truthful and eloquent about this example that I could not help myself.  I’m no biblical scholar or a theologian but, if you read the full chapter… Read more

November 13, 2019

The struggle is real….I know, that’s sounds trite on an epic level. God knows how many self help/psychology resources ranging from ground braking to insipid have said the same thing in more or less words or supported this fact and reality over the last X amount of years. As someone with General Anxiety Disorder, I get it; whether you rolled your eyes at that statement or not. I also know how the struggle often exposes and demonstrates itself in my… Read more

November 9, 2019

The Wonder and Wickedness of Words Last month in my article, “The Words of Your World; Speaking Words of Life Into Your Every day (https://www.patheos.com/blogs/ontheupside/2019/10/speaking-words-of-life-into-your-every-day/) I discussed the fundamentally important power of words and how they can set the tone for our emotional lives-everyday-24/7. Words create, define, characterize and illustrate you; they are at the heart of the artwork known as you. It’s simple and true: What pours forth from your heart, mind, and mouth reveal the true colors of who… Read more

November 7, 2019

The Practical Application of Spiritual Thinking Last week in my article, “The Inner Voice of God and The Gravitational Pull Of Humility”, (https://www.patheos.com/blogs/ontheupside/2019/10/the-instinct-and-power-of-humility/)  we discussed the importance and authority of humility with respect to personal and spiritual growth and developing the ever important skill of listening to and being fearless in our trust for our intuition and conscience. In a more biblical sense or looking at it through the lens of faith, this likewise and more importantly means discerning and having… Read more

October 31, 2019

A Overly-Healthy Serving of Humble Pie I will reinforce it ever more; humility can never be emphasized, advocated or preached enough. Seriously, go as far as to be a glutton for humility. Why I am saying this; because when you learn, you should be honest enough to share your wisdom and serve others. The last 2 years of my professional life have been painfully disappointing; marked by bad examples of leadership and management, incomplete, haphazard training and negligence, hypocrisy, flaky,… Read more

October 28, 2019

The Mystery Behind Motivation Is there such a thing as motivation? Many inspirational speakers will swear by the importance of being self-motivated and how in the end, it all comes down to the power of your self-determination and guts especially when it comes to change, growth and blazing down and through the path of excellence. Others will say there is no such thing as motivation; it’s all about discipline; forcing your rear end out of bed to work out even… Read more

October 26, 2019

The Profound Interconnection This proverb popped up as the verse of the day in my bible app not long ago and it me took off guard completely: Proverbs 29: 4; “by justice a king gives stability to the land, but one who exacts gifts ruins it.” I was taken aback by its simplicity, truth and its matter of fact tone. And looking back on my professional life the last couple of years and at those leaders that had a direct… Read more

October 23, 2019

 Going all in on Holiness Let nothing stop you from receiving God’s grace and the opportunity for holiness; excellence on all fronts. That means confronting sin with the complete confidence in the fact that you can carry your own weight in the everlasting battle against sin because of God’s grace and his desire to impart his holiness on us. We may or may not have a very linear view of sin; we may or may not have a tendency to… Read more

October 19, 2019

Where does Your Hope Come from? You can spend a preposterous amount of time reading all the self help books and attend the conferences and create vision boards that are noble peace price worthy; by all means proceed. A highly large amount of this stuff is good for you. By the same token, we can streamline a good majority of this material and narrow its prescriptions down to a few important ingredients; one of them is being able to muster… Read more

October 16, 2019

Living a Double Life It took repeating the same mistakes, falling into the same traps, chasing my own tail foolishly and crashing emotionally speaking twice in 2 years and some deep, deep soul searching as a result of all of this, to realize that the ball and chain that kept me from moving forward in life in several areas was false expectations. What do I mean? We live an unauthentic life, one that is not wholly ours, when we are… Read more

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