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Your Life in One Day, Part 2

Your Life in One Day, Part 2

Thinking of my entire life in terms of one 24-hour day has brought me valuable perspective. Really, every day is a battle for perspective. 

That’s the point of my blog post Your Life in One Day, Part 1. Check it out here: 

I ended part one by saying: It’s time to move forward. Let’s take it one step further. Sometimes we may wonder if we are living our very best.

For example, maybe we wonder if things shouldn’t be moving faster and we may get the feeling that we’re somehow falling behind. Or we may worry that life has passed us by.  We may even find ourselves feeling discontent and saying things like, “When I get a real job, or maybe a different job, then things will be great.” Or, “As soon as I can afford to retire things will be great.” Or, “Things were great when…I was younger…I lived in a different place.” Before you know it you’ve lost perspective about the life God has given you. Whenever we lose sight of what God is doing, we can easily become worried about the future, regretful of the past or doubt ourselves in the present. 

As I worked through my life in one day, I came across a speech called Decade by Decade in which Bobb Biehl shares what we might expect at each decade or phase of life. Bobb is an author, speaker and executive mentor and has produced more than 65 tools for leadership, management, and life. I found this speech to be particularly helpful for giving me context for both my life as well as that of my adult children. I hope it’s helpful to you too! Here is my summary and if you care to watch his talk the link is at the end of the blog. 

To make it easier for you to think of your life in terms of one day I’ve matched each decade with the corresponding time of day from part one of Your Life in One Day.

Birth to 10 years old – 7:00am-9:00am

  • SECURITY is the most important thing for all children. Children need to hear “I love you” and “I’m proud of you.”

10 to 20 years old – 9:00am-11:00am

  • SELF seems to be the driving factor in the way 10 to 20 year olds view the world. If you have kids in this age range, one way he suggests to help him or her develop a healthy perspective of both themselves and others in the world is to send him or her on a mission trip to serve others. This could also be accomplished by serving others throughout your community in a variety of ways including such things as mowing a widow’s yard, visiting someone who’s lonely, or donating a blanket or coat for someone in need. 

20’s – 11:00am-1:00pm

  • SURVIVAL is the key word for those at this time of life. If this is you, you probably wonder if you can survive in the adult world. During this time decide what you don’t want to do. Spend this time of life learning about yourself and others. Start saving 10% of your income. Discover if you’re are a goal-setter, problem solver or opportunity seizer. Bobb says that only 15% of the population tend to be goal setters, 80% are problem solvers, 5% seize opportunities. If you’d like more context click on the link below to listen to his speech. 

30’s – 1:00pm-3:00pm

  • SUCCEED is the key word for those in their 30s. People in this time of life are driven to succeed, almost with a sense of urgency. At the same time that they are raising kids, they are working hard to get things done ‘before it’s too late’. It’s recommended that you schedule balance into your life and that you get a mentor. Also, embrace the struggle that’s likely to show up between the ages of 37-43 when you wonder, “Is what I’m doing making a difference?” 

40s – 3:00pm-5:00pm 

  • STRUGGLE and SIGNIFICANCE are key words for those in their 40s. Resist the temptation to define yourself by your life’s work. Understand that this is just a phase of your life and not your entire life.

50s – 5:00pm-7:00pm 

  • Now your hitting your STRIDE! Don’t waste the time! If you’re in your 50’s, Bobb recommends becoming a mentor to someone in their 30’s. Also, relax and realize that while you desire success, this will likely be the third most productive decade of your life. If you’re hiring for a position, you might consider hiring someone between the ages of 50-53 because they are just hitting their stride.

60s – 7:00pm-9:00pm 

  • STRATEGIC is the key word for those in their 60s. This has proven to be the most productive decade in terms of the greatest income and influence. Rather than slowing down, consider how the Lord might use you in ways that take advantage of your unique life’s experience. 

70s – 9:00pm-11:00pm 

  • SUCCESSION is the key word for those in their 70s. This is the second most productive decade of a person’s life. If you’re here keep your estate plan updated. Take time to write out memories and advice for your family and friends. Keep mentoring. 

80s – 11:00pm-1:00am 

  • SLIPPERY seems to be the key word because so much can happen at this time of life. As I’m writing this, I just returned from visiting with Olive, who is 96 years old. Her mind is sharp, her faith is inspiring, her attitude is contagious. If I am blessed to live another 40 years, I hope that I am just like her in mind, faith and attitude. 

I’ll conclude with two thoughts from scripture that apply to all of us regardless where we are in life: 

First, “Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.” (Colossians 3:17, The Message) Regardless where you are, be thankful to God. Not necessarily FOR the circumstances, but while your IN the circumstances be thankful. Live for Jesus Christ. 

Second, “If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.” (James 1:5-8, The Message)

My big take-aways from this passage are: FOCUS! Follow One Course Until Successful. Also, BE BOLD in your conversation with God beacuse he loves to help you do what he’s asked you to do.  


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Hey friends, I am writing to share with you an exciting change coming up at the end of the month for Beth and me.

After a lot of prayer I have accepted a call to serve as lead minister at the Golf Course Road Church of Christ in Midland, TX. Beth and I believe that God has prepared us for GCR and GCR for us. These are exciting times and we can’t wait to see all that God has planned.

While Beth and I are thrilled with this new opportunity, it means having to say good-bye to so many that we love in Central Florida. We moved here, just the two of us over 28 years ago, and now we are leaving having experienced a lot of life in between. Our children, Micah and Ashley, were born and raised here; we have been a part of two dynamic churches where we experienced first hand the life changing power of the good news of Jesus; and we made life-long friends in the church and the community. We wish we could take all of you with us!

God has been faithful and truly amazing and now we get to experience once again what only God can do as I transition to lead at GCR. Just seeing the faithfulness of those at GCR is encouraging. We are eager to be a part of GCR’s vision of Changing the World.

To the entire team at Real Life Christian Church, I say thanks. It’s been fun! God knows every detail of your commitment and service to Him. Keep going. Serve Him only, always and everywhere.

Much love and we thank God for the ways each one of you has blessed our family. We covet your prayers for our new adventure.



Posted by on January 7, 2018 in Uncategorized


It’s 2018!

2018 has arrived! Game on.

Praying that you arrive on the last day of 2018 with nothing left to give because you lived all out…

gave everything you had to give…

every day of the year!


✔️When you need help, ask for it.

✔️When you’re trying to figure something out, don’t stop until you find your answer.

✔️When you’re trying to get through a hard place, give it everything you’ve got and little more and don’t stop until you get through it.


God is for you!

“Everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”



Rahab was Rehabbed

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If the city of JERICHO had a yearbook, Rahab probably would have been voted “least likely to be saved”… well, that or “most popular!”

Rahab was young, a Canaanite, and a woman, which meant she was someone’s property. She was also perceptive, intelligent and well informed, AND she was a prostitute…not a hostess or tavern keeper as some theologians have tried to argue…NO…she sold her body to men for money. In fact, this designation stuck with her even after she was saved from destruction. The writer of Hebrews referred her as “the prostitute Rahab” (11:31) and James refers to her as “Rahab the prostitute” (2:25).

But, Rahab was Rehabbed!

She was redeemed! She went from HARLOT to HERO! She believed in God AND acted on what she believed. She followed the instructions the spies gave to her, immediately. She hung a scarlet rope out of her window. Simple, yet powerful. But it changed everything for her and her family. 

  • Rahab became the FIRST recorded Gentile convert.
  • Rahab married Salmon, one of the two spies whose life she saved. Rahab and Salmon had a son named Boaz…and Boaz married Ruth.
  • Rahab is listed in the genealogy of Jesus as one of the great-great-great-great (you get the picture) grandmothers of Jesus. She is one of only four women mentioned in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus’ family; three of them were adulterers. Women were typically NOT included in genealogies. (Matthew 1:5)
  • Rahab’s name is included in among the great company of magnificent examples of faith — Moses, Abraham, Sarah, Noah, and Joseph. (Hebrews 11:31) 
  • Rahab is a supreme example of the power of putting faith into practice. (James 2:25) 

God is in the business of redeeming people

In my experience I’ve noticed that God doesn’t redeem someone to impress others; he redeems us because he loves us and wants us to be useful for the purpose for which he created us in the first place. It’s easy to discount someone, isn’t it? Had you met Rahab you might have said, (under your breath) “I think she still needs a little work!” “Clearly, God isn’t done with her yet.”

If you want divine results then follow her example by putting your faith to work. Put your actions where your faith is.  Like it or not, the truth of our words is proven by the work of our life! We can say anything we like, but what we really are is proven by what we do! A life that belongs to Jesus will be a life that wants to be involved in the things of God! The fruit of your life proves the root of your life!

Scriptures: Joshua 2:1-24, 6:17, 22-25; Matthew 1:5; Hebrews 11:31; James 2:25

(Photo Cred: Beth Holland, on a rooftop in Abilene, Texas, 2016)






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12 Helpful Guidelines for Finding a Job

job search check list03If you’re looking for a new job then I don’t have to tell you how nerve-racking the process can be. While looking through some notes recently I came across this checklist which I developed while job hunting. I thought it might be helpful to someone else, so here it is. While this list may not be everything you need, at least it will get you started down the right path.

1. Make an exhaustive list of possible opportunities

Don’t overthink it … start a running list … keep building it …whenever you think of a possible opportunity add it to your list immediately. To be successful you’ll first need to be successful in landing a job. 

2. Know the length of your runway

I’ll never forget meeting with Jim Griffith at Starbucks in Celebration, Florida. We were meeting beacuse I was planning to start a church and needed his professional guidance. After formal introductions his first question was: “Are you independently wealthy?” He wasn’t smiling. He asked because in order to give me the best advice for moving forward, he needed to know how much time I had until the money ran out. Don’t run out of financial runway and end up crashing. Sometimes it’s just necessary to work at something while you are looking for the next job or client. Don’t concern yourself with what others may think, unless their going to support your habit of living in-doors and eating. 

3. Write an effective, clear resume (check online for help)

Start with brainstorming all the jobs/clients you’ve had and put them in order. Under each make a list of accomplishments and responsibilities. Don’t overlook the value of inviting others to be part of the brainstorming process. Choose active, powerful, and emotional words over passive, overused, throw-away words. If needed ask for someone to help you lay out the information in a clear format. 

4. Write a strong cover letter

Customize it, 3-4 paragraphs including introduction, hit the highlights of your career, and let them know when they can expect a follow up call or email from you…usually within one week. When possible send your resume to someone specifically as opposed to a general email beacuse you’ll have a better chance at getting looked at.

5. For public positions include a photograph and links to videos or blogs in the cover letter

Make it easy for your prospective employer to learn about you. 

6. Send your customized resume

Include full address and email … make it simple to contact you. Whenever possible send the resume to a person rather than a general mailbox or company because a person will decide to hire you, not a company. Have someone proofread everything for grammar, spelling, and overall accuracy.

7. Throw a lot of bait in the water 

Finding the new opportunity IS your job … or it is your second job, if you already have a full-time job … work the process … no one is going to do this for you.

8. Keep accurate records

Where did you send a resume? When did you send it? Who did you talk to? When did you talk to them? What is your next step?

9. Follow up when you said you would

10. Build an arsenal of references 

Don’t put references on resume’. Do not underestimate the influence of someone else speaking on your behalf. Deal with references at the interview, if possible. Tailor references for the specific job.

11. Be relaxed in the interview 

Dress sharply. Don’t be careless with your poster (slouchy), use of language, and interjection of humor. Even as you wait use good poster and kindly acknowledge others in the room. As you enter the room look the interviewer in the eyes, give a firm handshake and smile

12. Trust God to deliver in his time

Work as though it all depends on you; pray as though it all depends on God. Above all, as you work through this process and build your own list, remember to pray. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

(Special thanks to Vicky Mixson, Chief Communications Officer at Wycliffe, for her guidance and professional council.)

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Posted by on January 3, 2015 in Uncategorized


4 Steps to Writing Effective Goals

Hightower Wedding_thinking 04Do you have a vision of the next 365 days?

Maybe you have vision beyond that!

Imagine that one year from today you are sitting comfortably in front of a fire talking with your wife, husband or friend and you make this statement: “This has been the best year of my life.” What would make you say that? Why is that statement true? What would have to happen between now and then in order for that statement to be true?

A vision is a ‘tomorrow statement’ made today. Yet all too often, vision gets dusty because it remains in the realm of dreams or worse…delusions. However, this doesn’t have to be true for you. You can move straight to your vision of the future if you are willing to set goals today.

Goals with clearly defined steps move you toward a desired future.

Effective goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable and Compatible. Or to say it another way effective goals S.M.A.C.!

A goal must be SPECIFIC

What is your goal? In order to accomplish your goal first break it down into achievable steps. Now turn those steps into the simplest possible tasks. Finally, assign each task to what a Daily Action List.

A goal must be MEASURABLE

In order to accomplish a goal it will need to be assigned a time limit. Have you set clear and specific deadlines for your goals? DO NOT SKIP THIS: In order to be effective a goal must be written down and include due dates. A goal that is not written down is just a dream.

A goal must be ACHIEVABLE 

Be realistic. If you find it difficult to hold down a job you probably should not make it your goal to be a millionaire this year. That would be delusional. Are your goals realistically doable with the time and resources available? Dream within the context of your life and not someone else’s life. In other words, avoid the temptation to measure yourself against someone else.

A goal must be COMPATIBLE… 

…with other goals and highest truths in your life. Is what really matters most to you reflected in your goals? Why is this goal important to you? What motivates you to want to achieve the goal? A scripture? A person? A belief? The problem is not that there are so many options. It may be just as simple as this: you have lost the ability to choose wisely. More choices just mean more choices. But the ability to choose wisely means moving into your best year ever.

Review your goals daily. In fact, rewrite them every day. Years ago I wrote: “There is so much to fill our time that the one who has the greatest desire to achieve the goal will accomplish it because they will fill their time with meaningful activity.” I still believe that to be true because effective goals lead to meaningful activity; and meaningful activity reflects the highest principles and deepest truths of your life.

As you write your goals consider this advice from SOLOMON.

The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. (Pr. 21:5)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Pr. 3:5-6)

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. (Pr. 3:7-8)

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. (Pr. 3:9-10)

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Posted by on January 1, 2015 in Uncategorized


4 Steps to a Winning Team

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What is your leadership plan? Your systems are perfectly designed to get the results that you are currently getting.

Here’s an idea that came from our Lead pastor Justin Miller. Actually the skeleton comes from him…I’ve taken liberty to add some additional thoughts. It’s a basic leadership lesson on how to get WINS as a leader. And this is easily applicable to parents or presidents.


“W” is for WHO?

Who will lead? Do you have the best person possible to lead? have you settled for a warm body to fill the spot or did you find a leader of leaders?What are the expected outcomes? When are they expected to have results? Leaders lead best when they are most clear about where they are leading. How will they know if they’ve won the game? Jesus spent the night in prayer before he chose the twelve disciples. A lot of people followed him…only a hand full would go the distance with him. None were perfect. One betrayed him, not because he didn’t love him, but because he loved himself more…greed does that to a person.


The more deliberate and calculated you are the better those you lead can lead. Resist the temptation of saying silly things such as “God’s in control” when the truth may be that you are using that as a cover-up for ineffective leadership. Don’t merely hope for the best, plan for the best? Choose your activity wisely over merely what will make you look busy. When possible, choose the clearly defined roadmap over a lot of good ideas that are all over the map. Clarity about your destination makes a lot of decisions for you. Work backwards from your desired result. One last thing: constantly look for individuals who are “highly relational-leader of leaders”.

“N” is for NEXT Step

What is the Next Step? This is the time to determine where you are in the journey. Clarify what the next step is. Or perhaps you need to take a little different approach and describe the Next Stage – which implies a larger piece of the pie. Just make sure that there are next steps for everyone. Are there clear next steps for everyone and does my team know them? Work back from the desired outcome.

“S” is for STORIES.

Sharing stories is how your organization can clarify and transfer your values and truth to others. in fact stories are the next best thing to actually experiencing an event. Stories shape culture. Experience is preferable over a story. However, the next best thing to experience is a well told true story that captivates a person’s attention and imagination and helps them to paint themselves into it. The well crafted story is the single most powerful tool for bringing about change. It’s not the only thing, but next to first-person experience it is most effective. Don’t just tell facts…tell stories. Stories capture the heart.

In the end, we don’t want to be busy, we want to be effective. I want my life to count.

So that’s the deal…Now go lead.

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Posted by on June 13, 2014 in Uncategorized