Rest is not something that the world gives us. It’s never been a gift. It’s never been something you do when you’ve finished everything else. If you want rest, you have to take it. You have to resist the lure of busyness, make time for rest, take it seriously, and protect it from a world that is intent on stealing it.
In the end, that Face which is the delight or the terror of the universe must be turned upon each of us with one expression or with the other, either conferring glory inexpressible or inflicting shame that can never be cured or disguised.
Your character is the one thing you cannot borrow, lend or escape, for it is you.
Real faith is a letting go. A releasing of the what-if’s when everything in you wants to tighten your grip. It’s a allowing yourself to free fall into the unknown because you have absolute confidence that waiting at the other end are arms big enough to catch you, help you, and make you whole.
I Am: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is (Zondervan, 2017), 135.
If anything threatens your identity, you will not just be anxious but paralyzed with fear. If you lose your identity through the failings of someone else, you will not just be resentful but locked into bitterness. If you lose it through your own failings, you will hate or despise yourself as a failure as long as you live. Only if your identity is built on God and his love . . . can you have a self that can venture anything, face anything.
It is one thing to obey [God] when it seems logical and necessary, but it is quite another when the obedience calls for something that doesn’t make sense. Obedience doesn’t always hinge on understanding.
The Making of a Leader: Recognizing the Lessons and Stages of Leadership Development (NavPress, Second Edition, 2012), 64
God is concerned with what we are. We want to learn a thousand things because there is so much to learn and do. But He will teach us one thing, perhaps in a thousand ways: “I am forming Christ in you.”
The Making of a Leader: Recognizing the Lessons and Stages of Leadership Development (NavPress, Second Edition, 2012), 32
The telltale sign that your giftedness is engaged in an activity is that you take joy or satisfaction in doing it.
The Person Called You: Why You're Here, Why You Matter & What You Should Do With Your Life (Moody Publishers, 2014)
What makes the temptation of power so seemingly irresistible? Maybe it is that power offers an easy substitute for the hard task of love. It seems easier to be God than to love God, easier to control people than to love people, . . . Jesus asks, ‘Do you love me?’ We ask, ‘Can we sit at your right hand and your left hand in your Kingdom?’
My six year study on how God transforms lives and what difference such transformation makes to the individual in the world they influence indicates that the absence of brokenness is the missing link between faith and impact.
America at the Crossroads: Explosive Trends Shaping America’s Future and What You Can Do about It (Baker Publishing Group, 2016), 167.