One of my favorite comics to read as a kid was a series called WHAT IF?. Every month they would present a famous comic story... but ask the question "What if?" and change an important part of it in order to see how the story would turn out completely different - for good or for bad.

What if Wolverine never joined the X-Men? What if Spider-man never became a crime fighter? What if the Hulk kept Bruce Banner's intelligence?

I loved this stuff! Each month I read these comics over and over again, examining the endless possibilities on how the stories I loved could be different with just a small change, a twist of fate or a different choice.

To this day I'm still a big fan of WHAT IF? stories. But not in comic books. Each of us right now is living our story. We each deal with challenges. We each experience joys and heart ache. We each have responsibilities that can seem overwhelming at times.

But WHAT IF? What if a small change were to come into your life... how would th…

Leader Lifter Episode 8: The No Complaining Rule

In this episode of the Leader Lifter we discuss how we can deal with discouragement in leadership without giving in to complaining.

You can find Larry Osborne's book Lead Like a Shepherd here:

Questions for Discussion

How have you been discouraged in your area of leadership in the past?Have you ever complained about it? Privately or publicly?What areas would it be helpful for you to implement a No Complaining Rule?

How Do You Neighbour?

Are you looking forward to the summer? I know I am!
I love summer. I'm not normally a big outdoors kind of guy, but there's just something so great about sitting outside in my yard, enjoying a BBQ with family and friends. I've come to notice something interesting those in that enjoyment... all winter I'm hiding away in my home... and then come summer I'm hiding away in my back yard.
This week I started reading a book on vegetable gardening. Surprisingly this book taught me something very important that ties into our new sermon series, How to Neighbour. The book actually suggests to move our vegetable gardens from our backyards to the front. The reason: to get back into our communities and talk to our neighbours.
I just loved that simple idea. Instead of hiding in my backyard all summer, I'm not praying that God would give me opportunities to meet and connect more with my neighbourhood. And he has already started answering those prayers as I've been buildin…

What a Difference 25 Years Makes...

Have you ever stopped to think just how much the world has changed in the last 25 years? I was recently reflecting on just this very thing… I was remembering “the olden days” of when I had internet service hooked up into my first apartment.

As a computer geek I was over the moon with the idea that I was going to connect to the internet super highway from my little single room apartment. Most people still really didn’t have any clue what the internet was. I was going to be able to access unlimited data at SUPER SPEED… I could finally download an entire song in just over an hour! I could download transcripts from experts and leaders from around the world. A 30 page document would take about 10-15 minutes to have it on my screen.

Today, that’s almost laughable! Now, just 25 years later, we live in a time when the entire world is available to us at the touch of screen that we keep in our back pocket. Now, I have access to literally every single song ever composed… and it takes millisecon…

Leader Lifter Episode 7: Purpose

In this episode of the Leader Lifter we explore the topic of Purpose Statements... not just for our organizations, but for our lives.

For some great books on learning about purpose check out:

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

Waking the Dead by John Eldridge

Leader Lifter Episode 6: Criticism part 2

In this episode of the Leader Lifter podcast we continue the conversation on how we respond to criticism.

Nothing will reveal our character faster than how we deal with criticism.

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Would love to hear how you handle criticism as a leader in the comments below.