Retirement. The good life. The golden years. It’s the time of life that many dream about with great anticipation. It’s the culmination of your years of hard work and sacrifice.
But if you’re like the majority of Americans today, it may not be so golden or good.
Did you know that according to a 2016 study, over 60% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings?
For some of you, that will feel appalling.
For others, it sounds like reality.
So let’s talk to that majority of us who have hardly anything saved. Is it possible to save $1,000,000 for retirement still?
It is. Here’s how. […]
The Messiah has come and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is incredibly good news! While that may seem obvious to most people reading this today, it rarely is contemplated enough. Most of us know that the word “gospel” means “good news”. But do our lives reflect the reality of this amazing proclamation?
Probably not as much as we should.
I was reading a book by Kevin DeYoung recently called Crazy Busy. (I highly recommend it!) In it, Kevin deals with a chapter (chapter 4 to be precise) that highlighted this issue to me in a profound way.
He explains that the Bible is a big book and is full of things to do: love the unlovely, feed the poor, turn the other cheek, sacrifice your will for God’s will, etc. There’s a lot to do! But that, he explains, also has the ability to take away from the gospel message that God intended for us.
You see, the good news is that Jesus accomplished it all. He did everything because He is God and we are not. That was His job and He did it perfectly.
Which brings us to the best news of all. […]
Radical margin. Those are two words you probably don’t believe actually belong together. At least not for you. I mean, let’s be honest; we struggle to find margin in our busy lives. Let alone anything that would remotely resemble “radical margin”. Heck, life is so busy for most of us that any margin feels pretty radical, doesn’t it?
But that’s not the way life was supposed to be. It’s not the way we were created to live.
We were made to do more than just survive. We were designed for an existence that does more than just produce.
My guess is, you already know that. But what you don’t know is HOW.
Here are a few ideas that may help. […]
What is the meaning of life? What is the meaning, more importantly, of your life? What’s it all about? Why does it matter?
The infamous Sigmund Freud is known for declaring that man is simply a being who is driven by his desires and nothing more. Victor Frankl, a Jewish Holocaust survivor, on the other hand, argued in his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, that men are most tempted to distract himself with pleasure when his life is void of meaning.
These are very profound ideas that can lead us to wonder: Can we find meaning and purpose that truly satisfies our souls?
I believe we can and there is an invitation that awaits us all. But we first must understand what hasn’t worked so far.
Why do we believe what we believe about who we are and what we’re worth? That’s a question that we don’t often reflect on, but it has so much power over our lives.
From the moment we are born, we are given a clean slate. We have no beliefs. No strong opinions. No thoughts on what should be or what we could be. We just are.
But as we live and learn and grow, our beliefs change. Our view of the world and what is right, true, wrong, wise, or foolish, does too.
All of this leads us to who we are and why we do what we do. As leaders of our families, businesses, churches, etc, this is critical to understand. Here’s why: […]
What is your purpose? Why are you here? What does God want to do with your life? These are all big, important questions. But finding the answers can be elusive and extremely frustrating. How can you pursue these mammoth issues about tomorrow while still being fully present today?
At some point, we all know how this feels. You’re always looking forward. Always pressing into tomorrow. Always dealing with the future and wondering what the big picture looks like or how to bring it into focus.
As elusive or frustrating as this can be, it’s vital for us to pursue it. Why is this gnawing question so important? Because your soul can only find true satisfaction and peace when you do. If you don’t pursue your purpose, it’s like being thirsty but never being able to quench your thirst.
But there is hope in a surprisingly simple approach. […]