Articles | Heart

  • Start with Your Heart: A Gift for Your Spouse This Valentine’s Day

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | February 11, 2016

    In September 2015, a few dozen leaders gathered in Atlanta, Georgia and talked about their hearts. No, they weren’t talking about the muscle in their chest that pumps blood. They spent a half-day together experiencing Lead Like Jesus' new The Heart of the Leader workshop, exploring what a healthy spiritual heart feels and looks like.

  • Learning to Rest

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | February 09, 2016

    So much to do, so little time!

    Each evening, some of us lay our heads on our pillows and attempt to sleep guilt-free as we leave an unfinished to-do list. No wonder we have insomnia! It is most difficult to live from a place of resting in God.

  • The Folly of Self-Confidence

    Devotionals | February 08, 2016

    Self-confidence provides a weak basis for leadership. The truth is that we are all still learning and growing as leaders. We are being transformed, but we are still in process. We are human; therefore, we are prone to make mistakes. The five-letter word for self-confidence is pride. Its opposite is humility, humility that leads to confidence in God. Even Jesus chose not to live in self-confidence. If we want to be like Jesus, we will follow the path of choosing humility and God-confidence in all our ways.

  • No Cause for Pride

    Devotionals | February 03, 2016

    All that we are and all that we have comes from God. From our innate character traits to personal strengths, skillsets, and resources, God is the giver and we are the recipients. The human tendency is to forget that we are not self-made, to edge God out, and to make ourselves the masters of our own existence. The start of leading like Jesus begins with acknowledging that we not our own.

  • Heart is the Hardest Part

    Blog | Owen Phelps | February 02, 2016

    The hardest part about leading like Jesus is getting one’s heart right. Indeed, it’s a daily and lifelong struggle.

    Leading Like Jesus teaches that to master servant leadership, we have to work on our heart, head, hands and habits. All are important:

  • Love and Loyalty

    Devotionals | January 25, 2016

    Among all of the virtues and values, love and loyalty stand the test of time. Who does not long for love? Who among us does not wish for a loyal friend? In Jesus, we have experienced the ultimate love and loyalty. As a result, our lives are being changed day-by-day. Jesus promises that He will never leave us, never abandon us, never forsake us. How are you different as a leader because you know Jesus?

  • A God Who Understands

    Devotionals | January 20, 2016

    God knows us intimately; He knows where we are on this transformational journey, and He knows where we need to be more like Jesus. As our Creator, He knows how we are formed; as our Father, He loves us and works on our behalf. Trust Him to deal with you compassionately and according to how He made you; and set your eyes on the goal of being more like Jesus each day.

    The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From his throne he observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do.—Psalm 33:13-  15 NLT

  • Fresh Starts

    Devotionals | January 11, 2016

    The weight of past failure can cling to us, muddying our thinking, obscuring the future, and sapping our motivation and confidence. God does not intend for the past to hinder us. The forgiveness He provides in Jesus dispels the past and opens the way for us to walk into the future. He offers us a fresh start with renewed energy and hope. Where do you need a fresh start today?

  • Phyllis

    A Greater View

    Blog | Phyllis Hendry Halverson | January 06, 2016

    When my granddaughter, Abbey, was about two years old, she already loved going to the beach. My daughter and her husband would take her, and Abbey would be saying, “beach, beach” as soon as she saw the water. As they all three began to walk toward the ocean, Abbey would sit down with her sand bucket at the first tide pool, where the ocean had filled a small hole in the sand, content that she had arrived. She stopped short, seeing only the small pool when the entire ocean was available.

  • Well-Placed Trust

    Devotionals | January 04, 2016

    The first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with everything in us—heart, soul, mind, and strength. As we focus on our relationship with Him, we are able to accept the changing circumstances of life with confidence and trust. He frees us to love others, and we find true community and contentment in knowing that our lives are in His hands.

    I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart.—Ps. 34:1-2 NLT