February 24, 2017
A few years ago, Ronny and Jill were seated in my office. Ronny sobbed uncontrollably and confessed to his wife that he was having an affair. Jill was devastated, and they thought their marriage was over. But since I knew they were both Christians, I asked them, “Have you thought about the benefits that can come from this?” They looked at me as if I’d lost my mind. I continued, “The reason God has placed us on earth is to point people to Him.
February 23, 2017
Many people don’t understand what God has placed us here to do. The executive who attains the title of CEO, the worker who accumulates a large retirement plan, the pastor who builds a successful church--all may be surprised when they get to heaven and hear God say, “That’s very good, but that wasn’t the assignment I gave you.” What is the assignment that God has given us?
February 22, 2017
Financial advisers often talk about a person’s “time horizon.” They say if you’re in your 20s, you can afford to make risky investments because if they turn out badly, you have time to recover. But if you’re in your 60s and make a bad investment, it can spell real trouble. That same idea applies to the mistakes we all make in life. Knowing your time horizon can help you place your failures in proper perspective.
February 21, 2017
In 1 Corinthians, the apostle Paul describes the difficulties he and the apostles had endured for their faith: “We have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men” (4:9). In this verse, the word translated “spectacle” is the Greek word “theatron,” from which we derive our English word “theater.” Our lives have become a theater to the world, both to angels and to men.
February 20, 2017
We live in a culture that celebrates the ability to make snap judgments. Commentators on television instantly decide whether a candidate has won or lost a political debate. Journalists scramble to be first to report on a story. Even best-selling business books tell us that effective executives can size up a situation in a few minutes. But our propensity to make quick judgments can lead to the wrong conclusion, especially when it comes to judging the failures in our lives.
February 17, 2017
The final principle for knowing when it is time to begin your second act is this: appreciate the importance of now. David Jeremiah wrote about a scholar who surveyed the most significant words in the Bible, such as the saddest word, the happiest word, and so on. Do you know what the most dangerous word in the Bible is? “Tomorrow.”
February 16, 2017
Another step toward beginning your second act is this: we have to learn how to travel in a fog. I used to live in an area near a lake with thick early morning fog. Since I had to attend a morning class, I needed to learn how to drive in the fog. I went slowly, watched for any traffic, and so forth. I often thought how much faster and easier my commute would be if there were no fog.
February 15, 2017
Mary Crowley founded the Home Interiors Company, which grossed hundreds of millions of dollars. But Mary started that company during the second act of her life. Mary was a recently divorced mother who was desperate to provide for her children. After letting go of the regrets of her marital failure, she sensed God was using these negative circumstances to lead her to do something big. So she started a direct-sales business that not only helped women provide for their own families but also supported Christian organizations around the world.