How Can You Be More Resourceful

[blockquote source=”Psalm 145:18-19 (NIV)“]The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.[/blockquote]

As I learned more and more about entrepreneurship, I began to see some recurring behaviors. In fact, if you were to categorize the issues that many entrepreneurs faced, you’d be able to distill it down to two broad areas; namely resources and emotions.

Lack of Resources
Under the first category of “resources”; you’d find the following:

  • Time
  • Money
  • People
  • Capital
  • Capability
  • Partners

Under the second category; you’d normally find:

  • What if I don’t succeed
  • Don’t want to be seen as “money face”
  • Want the approval and endorsement of others
  • If I make a mistake, would it cost me my reputation
  • What if I’m successful and people don’t like me
  • What if I’m not good enough
  • What if I do all I can and still not succeed
  • What if I am wrong
  • If I become successful will I sacrifice my time with my family
  • Do I have to give up my family time to do this
  • Will I be seen as a failure
  • I’m probably not good enough

The Main Reason
The second category is actually the main (or should I say, the only) reason why would-be entrepreneurs don’t start, or existing entrepreneurs don’t grow, or successful entrepreneurs sabotage their own success.

The reason why I say that is because all that fall under the first category are simply excuses. For instance, for years some people I know have been wanting to start their own businesses. But for whatever reason, they just didn’t get down to doing it. And their reasons have always been one of resources. Of which, the most common one is time.  They would present all the reasons why they don’t have the time to do the necessary research, or to take the steps to start their business.

However, if you speak to any entrepreneur, they would almost always tell you that when they first started, they were either cash-strapped, or they didn’t have the right partners, or they didn’t know the right people. But despite their lack of resources; they’d still look for ways and means to make it happen. Hence, while they didn’t have the resources, they were resourceful.

That said, the resources excuse is not only an issue with would-be entrepreneurs. Even existing ones suffer from it. They would claim that their current business is taking up way too much time that they do not have the time to do the necessary research or to speak to the relevant people. Sounds similar isn’t it? Well, the truth is, it is the same pattern just different magnitude.

You and I know of existing entrepreneurs who worked long hours but yet somehow find the time to do the necessary research or speak to the relevant people. Therefore based on those observations, we know that the first category of reasons are simply excuses. They are just ways to rationalize why no action is taken.

How Can You Be More Resourceful
Now that we have established that the first category of reasons is simply an excuse, let us take a deeper look at the second category of reasons – resourcefulness.  So the question is, how can you become more resourceful?  The key lies with what you focus on.

For example, when someone tells you that he did not have the time to do what’s necessary, they are in fact communicating this to you: I am afraid of committing a significant amount of time into the work and yet not see the desired outcomes.

However, someone who is resourceful will have a very different focus. Their focus would be “if I’ve committed the time and it didn’t work, the worse that can happen would be a waste of time, but I’m sure I’d learn something from it nonetheless”. 

Resourcefulness Unlimited
As Christians, we often find ourselves falling into the performance trap, where we tend to rely on our own capabilities to get the work done.  However, we should tap into the unlimited source of resources and that is God.  As today’s verse tells us that the LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.  All we have to do is to pray to God, to tell him about our circumstances and call on Him to guide us towards the resources required to get the job done.

Question is: do you rely on your own capabilities or do you call on God to help you?

Father, thank You for being our unlimited resource.  For giving us the resources necessary to do Your work and to share the Truth.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Can You Be Honest?

[blockquote source=”Zechariah 8:9 (NLT)”]“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Be strong and finish the task! Ever since the laying of the foundation of the Temple of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, you have heard what the prophets have been saying about completing the building.[/blockquote]

Cautious and Conscious
I used to be rather cautious and conscious about what I said online. I mean, apart from any comments that might offend people, topics where I want people to agree, approve of, or acknowledge. I was looking to please everyone who may land on my site.

From This Point Onwards
But as I create this piece here, I’d like to announce that that is not going to be the case from this point onwards. It’s not that my work must be controversial for the sake of it, or it must evoke the “love me or hate me” ultimatum. It is also not about deliberately using a biased perspective to wedge out or alienate certain people; just because they are not worth it.

In fact, just because you agree with my work doesn’t mean I have to like you. At the same time, because you do not agree with my work doesn’t mean I have to dislike you. The point is not about seeking your approval, agreement, nor acknowledgement. The point is to nudge you enough to get you to the point where you would take some form of action that will get you closer to an engaged life.

The Engaged Life is a Choice
The engaged life is a choice. You must act on it. You must do something, anything, to bring you closer to it. It will not seek you out. Neither will it happen by default. Also, it is not easy, but neither is it impossible. Just because you have the knowledge or skill does not guarantee you an engaged life. And just because you do not have the knowledge and skill doesn’t mean it is beyond your reach, though it may be slightly more challenging.

Be Strong
The verse today spoke out that we need to be strong. Not the strength type, but the emotional kind. We need to be strong, courageous, and face the task head-on; as the resistant is strong. It will lure you back to your comfort zone. It will try to talk you out of it. It will do whatever it takes to prevent you from taking action.

Let’s Build God’s Temple
As God’s people, we are all responsible for building the temple. The temple doesn’t have to be a physical one. But it must have the main elements of God’s temple, and that’s the act of loving one another. Everyone is welcome. But everyone has their choice to exercise their free will. That said, they will not get to choose the consequences.

How are you being truthful to the work that you get to do for God? Are you bending it just to reduce the heat? Or are you directing the work to your glory, and not God’s?

Can you be honest?

Father, I pray that we find the strength, the courage, and the will through Jesus Christ to do the work that will bring glory to Your Name. In Christ name, Amen.

Did You Sent Jesus Away?

[blockquote source=”Zechariah 7:8-10 (NIV)]And the word of the LORD came again to Zechariah: “This is what the LORD Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.'[/blockquote]
Lost and Found
My wife recently bought a book for our son for Christmas, titled “Lost and Found“. It is a story about a penguin showing up at the door of a little boy. The little boy (let’s call him Thomas, as that’s what my son calls him) was eager to help the penguin (Percy, again, yes, my son’s choice). So first the boy asked the “Lost and Found” but no one seems to be missing a penguin. Thomas then asked the birds, thinking that since Percy is also a bird, they might know. But also to no avail.
Then after some research, Thomas realized that penguins are found in the South Pole. Hence, he decided to take Percy back. He tried numerous ways but finally settled on using his own boat to take Percy back.
After sailing for days and nights, they finally arrived at the South Pole. When Thomas bade farewell to Percy, he noticed that Percy became even sadder. But Thomas left anyway. Not long after parting ways with Percy, Thomas began to sense that something was amissed. He thought about it for a while only to realize that Percy wasn’t lost, but all he needed was a friend!
So Thomas quickly sailed back to the Pole, but when he got there, Percy was nowhere to be found! Devastated, Thomas left with a heavy heart. But from afar, Thomas noticed something in the waters, and as he sailed towards it, was he glad to find Percy! And so the boy and the penguin were reunited.
Moral of the Story
There are two key lessons in this story. One is about our perception, and the other is our projection of that perception. Thomas’s (the boy) perception was that Percy (the penguin) was lost! And as a result of that perception, he then went through all that trouble to take Percy back. Hence, we cannot accuse Thomas of doing the wrong thing. He did what was the right thing to do, in his eyes. However, had he took the effort to ascertain the real reason why Percy was at his door, he could have saved himself all the trouble.
Perception and Projection
In our daily lives, we come into contact with different people in a variety of circumstances. And oftentimes, what we do is basically a projection of our perception. Further, because our brains are always looking out for patterns, we’ve become so efficient in our thinking, so much so that we sometimes do not pause to examine or reflect if our perception was accurate in the first instance!
Did You Sent Someone Away?
Is there someone who have come into your life recently? Maybe all that person needs is a friend? And did you send that person away?
Or, my brothers and sisters. Did God showed up at your door (life) one day, but you sent Him away?
Did Jesus knocked on your door recently? Did you sent Jesus away?
Father, I pray that we have the ability and humility to examine our perception, to ensure that the perception is accurate so that our projection of that perception would bring about justice, mercy, and compassion for Your people. In Jesus name, Amen.

What Are Your Good Habits?

[blockquote source=”Zechariah 4:10 (NIV)“]“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?”[/blockquote]

When You Wake Up
There are certain things that you would do when you wake up. Some of us jump straight into the shower. Some of us lay in bed just for a little while more. Some of us grab our phones and start checking our emails or Facebook. Some of us would immediately make our beds. Some of us would drink water. Whatever the action may be, these are all habits.

Habits are those actions that we perform without even thinking much about it. It almost becomes natural that you would just do it even without thinking consciously about it. For instance, you would not need to remind yourself each morning the need to add toothpaste to your toothbrush. You would not need to remind yourself to put soap on your body when you shower. You would not need to remind yourself that you need to tie your laces when you wear your sneakers. You’d perform these tasks without much thinking. These are habits.

Emotional Habits
Sometimes the habits are actions such as the ones above, sometimes they are emotional responses. For example, how do you feel when someone say these words to you: from “you are making a mistake”, “you are being foolish”, “you are stupid to do that”. Your emotional response to these three phrases could range from just shrugging it off to being upset to being angry. And the reason why this is so is because you are associating the words to mean who you are as a person. And each time someone says those words to you, you’d almost always react in the same way. These are habits.

Destructive or Constructive Habits
Now, there are two key habits: destructive habits and constructive habits. Say for example, whenever you feel stressed, do you (a) smoke or (b) go for a run. Both are actions that you might engage in consistently. Both are habits, but one is destructive, while the other is constructive.

Or take for example, whenever you are faced with a difficulty, do you say to yourself (a) I don’t know how to do it or (b) there is a way and I will find it. The first is a destructive habit, while the second is a constructive one.

Question – What Are Your Good Habits?
So, question is – in your daily life, do you have more good habits that are constructive rather than destructive? Or, are you even aware of some of these habits? Are there certain patterns in the way you do things? And are you even aware of it? The problem is that sometimes these habits are not at our conscious level. The habits may be something that we think, say, do, or feel. But you may not be aware of it.

One of the ways to bring these to the conscious level is by journaling. When we write in our journal, we bring to the conscious level our thinking, our language patters, our actions, and our emotions.  I adopted the structure used in the Five Minute Journal to help me pen down my thoughts, reflections, and intentions on a daily basis.  To do this, I set up a “Journal” notebook in my Evernote account. Next, I used the TextExpander app to help me create a template for journaling. This has helped me save time typing and simply allowed me to focus on the task at hand.

Day of Small Things
Now, as we turn to constructive habits, these are the small things that you do on a daily basis. You may not see them as a huge contributor in your life at the current moment, but all these actions will eventually show up that has a huge impact in your life afterwards. For example, saving, reading, writing, thinking, are all small things that may appear to be rather inconsequential at the current moment. But the effects it would bring is essentially compounded that can be beyond your imagination.

God’s Work
When we do God’s work, we should not be discouraged just because we seem to be doing the same stuffs. Like my writing of the devotions daily, at this current moment it appears to be rather small in terms of making an impact on the lives of others. But when I make this writing a consistent daily practice, it will eventually lead to something that is beyond my current imagination. Only the LORD would know.

Father, I pray that we hold on to the faith that these daily small constructive things that we do to bring ourselves closer to You and closer to being Christ-like will one day become the cornerstone of our works to build your temple. In Jesus name, Amen.

We Are A Creation Nation

[blockquote source=”Revelation 13:9-10(NIV)“]Whoever has ears, let them hear.  “If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed.”[/blockquote]

I have been rather disturbed by the way that we use technology. I’ve seen husbands and wives, dining together, but each on their smartphones. I’ve seen fathers and sons, seated together but hardly a word is being exchanged, as both are so preoccupied with their devices. I’ve noticed how when people are waiting in line, and to fill that time, will pull out their devices and start getting engaged.

We all see that and we are all guilty of it. The only difference is the magnitude of it.

I’ve been guilty of it before, where I was so engrossed with downloading an app that I told my son he had to wait for me before I can attend to him. Sad.

Creation Nation
We live in a era of Creation Nation. This is an extremely exciting era, where we are no longer just consuming products, services, and information: but we can partake in its creation.

Up until recently, one can only read articles written by journalists. And because of their positions of influence, what they write can literally change the way we think, see, do, and feel. For example, when we watch CNN, if we do not exercise discernment, we can tend to believe everything that is being reported. However armed with a smartphone and when faced with a situation, we can snap a photo, write a caption, and post it on social media sites that, depending on your number of followers, can be read by millions around the world!

In fact, because of the tools available to us (smartphones armed with a great camera, ability to produce content, and access to the greatest gateway in the history of our times), everyone is now an individual who can create and not just consume.

Not All Seize The Opportunity
However, while we are in the position to create, not all of us will seize that opportunity to do so. Probably because we are still stuck in the old paradigm that to create is the privileged few who have been given permission. For instance, you may have extensive experience in marketing but perhaps you thought to yourself, “who am I to share where there are gurus like Seth Godin out there?”. But many a times we missed the point that their perspectives may or may not be accurate or correct. Or perhaps some may even have an agenda to influence you into taking action that will only benefit them. And thats why, you must never deny yourself (us) of your ability to create, to re-present the world from your view point, to help us think, see, feel, or do better.

So, how are you using technology? Are you a slave to it or do you command it to serve you so as to enable you to serve others?

Father we pray that as we consume information we do so in a way that we can, in turn, use those information to synthesize and create more information responsibly so as to influence others to lead an engaged life. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Two Myths Of Great Work

[blockquote source=”Psalms 140:13 (NIV)“]Surely the righteous will praise your name, and the upright will live in your presence.[/blockquote]

The Resistance
After dropping the ball for a few days, the resistance gained strength pretty quickly. First, I started thinking that I would not have enough materials to write a full post. Then I began to think that none of the verses resonated with me.  Or that there is nothing from what I’ve read that will enable me to compose a blog post.

Two Myths of Great Work
I start falling for the two myths that I am depending on my own abilities and that this is all about me.  Those two are severe trappings that if not addressed early on will bring about dire consequences.

Today’s Reading
Taking reference from today’s reading of Psalm 140, where David probably wrote this when he was hiding from Saul. (Source: Bible Study Tools) Although David was known for his abilities and capabilities; notice he did not relied on his own strength. Instead, he called upon God to protect and shield him.

Secondly, David was calling for God’s help not just to save his own skin but so that justice will be delivered for those who were oppressed.

Depend on God
We need to be more like David. Many a times when we face a challenge, we would depend on our own capabilities to find a solution. However for David, even with the ability to bring down a giant, he was still pleading with God for help to protect him.

Serve Others
Further, whenever we find that our focus is purely on ourselves; how we can make this work so that I can benefit from it, we must remind ourselves that it is not about ourselves. But the people we serve. Only if we have served them, will we be able to fulfill our highest need: contribution.

Father I thank You for guiding me back to this. For understanding that without You, I will be simply chasing the wind. In Jesus name, Amen.

Put God First Place

[blockquote source=”Haggai 1:5-6 (NIV)“]Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.  You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”[/blockquote]

Pretty Caught Up
I was pretty caught up this week with the preparation of the revised and re-branded Engaged Mastery program. Many of the exercises that are used in the program have to be redesigned. In fact, we went back to the beginning by asking ourselves, what’s the Engaged Mastery program offering? What is its value add? How can it enhance people’s lives? In other words, how can it engage the participants?

Three Reasons Why
We narrowed it down to three. First, in today’s fast moving, ever-changing, dynamic, and demanding environment how can the Engaged Mastery program get people to sit up and take action on what’s really important to them? The answer, we believe lies in death. Thinking about death has always brought about clarity on what’s truly important but not necessarily urgent.

Second, we ourselves know that an exercise like this (thinking about death) works, but maybe only for the moment. Especially for folks who think they are still young and reckon they have a longer runway than others; they tend to lose sight on what’s important as their daily demands catch up with them or when they lose themselves in the hustle and bustle of daily demands. In other words, the environment imposes upon them a series of urgent matters that they lose sight of what’s important. And since it’s so easy to revert to old habits or be conformed by their surroundings, there needs to be a way (or a system) to ensure that they stay on track. And perhaps it’s more than a system.

Third, let’s say if they truly focused on what’s important and they stay on track with intense discipline. Now, what if they do not see or experience the outcomes that they desire? And then what happened? Because like all human beings, we are emotional beings. We need to feel a sense of accomplishment. We want to experience the pleasure and to move away from pain. That’s just being human. Hence it is really important that we must see, or at least experience, a sense of accomplishment otherwise, as we labor on focusing on what’s important and really disciplined ourselves to do it; we will eventually lose steam and worse, hope.

Fell Short
That’s what happened over the course of the last few days. I know what’s important: the daily readings of the Bible, writing of how we can apply, and praying to God. I know that’s important. That’s going to be my life’s work. And I have scheduled time to do the work. But because I haven’t seen any progress or experience any fruits of the success, I eventually caved in to the demands of my circumstances. I fell short.

Put God First Place
And today’s verse is a clear reminder of what’s happening. Because I have not placed God first place.

LORD, I ask for Your forgiveness. I’ve taken my mind off Your house to take care of mine. LORD, I ask that You help me make sense of my progress as I labor on what’s truly important. In Jesus name, Amen.

The Strength You Need To Conquer The Summit

[blockquote source=”Habakkuk 3:1 (NIV)“]The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to thread on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.[/blockquote]

Challenge by Choice
I would always remember the time I spent in New Zealand Outward Bound. From the first day of the Classic Summer 21-Day program I would ask myself, “what am I doing here?”. Till the last day, I was still asking myself that same question.

Apparently, in New Zealand, most people go tramping. I recall asking my Watch mates what they’d do for the weekends and many of them would tell me that tramping is one of their main activities. When they asked me in return, I’m almost embarrassed to tell them that going to the mall for me was something I do almost every weekend!

As you can probably guessed, I didn’t like the tramping activity a lot. Especially near the top of the mountain, the climb would be so steep and with a huge backpack, it would simply make the endeavour more than I could handle. Of course, in order not to look sloppy I pressed on, even earning the title of “the bull” given by my Watch mates, for my willingness to press on despite the circumstances. If only they knew what I was thinking.

Conquer the Summit
That said, I would never trade my experience in OBNZ for anything else. And I am just glad that I did it. One of the reasons for that sentiment was the fact that, looking back, I can always draw an analogy of what’s happening in my life to the times when I challenged myself during the 21 days. Jumping off the jetty into icy cold waters. Climbing a rock face blindfolded. Going solo for three days in the woods. Tramping in the mountains.

Now, if you have had any experience tramping, you’d know that very often it gets harder when you are near the summit. That’s because, if you are like me, you have expended almost all of your efforts and energies scaling the mountain and this last lap is sometimes a real test of your will and strength.

Application to Life
If I were to look back at my own business experiences, sometimes we’ve expended so much energies, resources, and efforts in building the business. So much so that when we are so close to reaping the rewards (the summit), we sometimes give up. We become exhausted. We lose steam. We lose the drive. In short, we’ve lost it.

And the reason why many of us feel that way, especially after a long struggle, is because sometimes we’ve simply lost perspective. We’ve forgotten why we started on this adventure in the first place. We’ve forgotten what its all about.

Raison d’être
Which is why, it is so important for us to keep reminding ourselves of the purpose, the Raison d’être. I believe that as true follower of Christ, our every endeavour whether it is business or otherwise is for the purpose of doing God’s will. We want to do the right thing. We want to contribute to the world in which we live in. We want to help others and make their lives better. We want to love our brothers and sisters. In short, we want to do God’s will.

Challenge. Conquer. Contribute
And by aligning what we do to God’s will, you’d be drawing your strength from God. And not depending on your own efforts or capabilities to accomplish the task. And by drawing upon God for strength, you will be able to challenge yourself to push yourself further and hence conquer the highest summit of all; your true self. Because when you do, that’s when you are able to contribute. To do God’s will.

Father, we pray that You give us the strength, the strength to challenge ourself, conquer ourself, so that together we are able to make our contribution to Your will. In Jesus name, Amen.

Give Thanks To The LORD

[blockquote source=”Psalm 136:26 (NIV)“]Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.[/blockquote]

Values Inculcation
As my wife and I discussed about the list of values that we want to inculcate in our 33-month son, top on our list was “being thankful”.

The reason for that choice is two-fold.

Take For Granted
One, we want him not to take for granted all that he has been given. An example would be during Christmas, we often hear some of our friends asking what their kids want for Christmas. We understand they love their children and want to dote on them. However, we find that the act of asking your child what he or she wants for Christmas will result in two adverse effects. The child will come to expect a gift every Christmas. And the spirit of giving during Christmas is lost on the child.

Two, we want him to adopt the mind-set of gratitude, of looking at the positive rather than to fall into the habit of criticizing and complaining. I’d be honest and admit that for the most part of my adult life, I was a chronic critic and complainant. I would whine about how bad the service is, or how slow the lift works, and how inconsiderate some people are. First thing first, that habit is not only unproductive, it is also destructive. It is unproductive because criticisms and complaints are not going to change things and besides it just make the entire experience bitter. It is destructive because, very soon, I find myself criticizing and complaining just about anything; even in my prayers.

Give Thanks to the LORD
As true follower of Jesus Christ, we want to give thanks to the LORD for His unconditional love, grace, and mercy. We also want to take the approach that everything happens for a reason and it’s for our own good, though we may not understand or agree.

Father, we thank You first and foremost for Your love and for giving us the best. We pray that in good times and in challenging times, we will more be like Your servant Job and thank You for all that happened. We pray all this in Jesus name, Amen.

What Is Flawless And Free

[blockquote source=”Proverbs 30:5 (NIV)“]“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.[/blockquote]

Perfect Tool
Ever since I’ve been self-employed, I’ve been always on the lookout for the perfect smartphone.  I’ve tried the Nokia 9000 Communicator, Nokia 9500 Communicator, Nokia E90 Communicator, Nokia E72, BlackBerry Bold, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy Note, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, BlackBerry Q10, and iPhone 5.

Needless to say, I’ve never found the perfect smartphone. If it was great in terms of functionality, it would be ugly in terms of design. If it was great on design, it would be limited in terms of integration. If it was well integrated, then it would look cheap.

In the end, I’m one of those two-system guy, where I carry the BlackBerry Q10 for work and the iPhone 5 for leisure. That said, even with two great phones, I sometimes find myself wanting a feature that is in the Android ecosystem.

There Is No Such Thing…
I began to realize, albeit a little late, that there will be no perfect smartphone. In fact, there will be no perfect play-school, as I recently found out after scouting around for my son. Each institution would be great in one area, but they would be seriously lacking in another. And in fact, that’s the same for almost everything in life.

What’s so bad about it anyway, you’d might ask. The reason why this is bad is because we’ve come to not only realize, but also expect and accept imperfections in our lives, our spouses, our friends, our family members, our bosses, our co-workers, our tools, our cars, our government, our systems, and of course ourselves.

Given that we are surrounded by all these imperfections, it would be beyond us to even comprehend the perfection in every word of God! And with that mind-set, we will try to make our own rules, we will try to take over from here, we will try to depend on our own efforts.

Flawless and Free
However, the Word of God is the only thing that is perfect. It is flawless. It is the only thing that you’d find all the features and yet it looked great. And the best part is this: free. That’s right. The Perfect Word of God is free, available to you, me, and the President of the United States of America. We all have equal access to it (except those in certain parts of the world where Christianity is still not allowed). We all can read it. We can all assimilate the teachings into our daily lives.

Starting Today
So, starting today, make it your daily habit to learn from the Word of God. Translate the teachings into your daily life; live it. And then use your own testimony to share with others, so that they can get in on this habit as well; lead it.

Father, we thank You for Your Word and grace. We pray that You give us the wisdom to understand the Truth, the strength to live it out daily, and the courage to lead others to do the same. In Jesus name, Amen.