Category: Ponderings

Are you a first-line manager (or higher)? Or maybe an aspiring individual contributor with eyes on a management role? If so, please take five minutes and see if this could apply to your team or even you.

What attributes often nominate someone to a management position? Unless your organization has a “those who can’t play coach” mindset, it’s probably aspects like initiative, proven success, subject matter expertise, and institutional roots/loyalty. Those are all excellent strengths, but they can also make the transition hard or stunt true success, despite continuing ascension of the career ladder. Let’s drill into why.

At Rubrik, I work among a cadre of MVPs and repeat winners, many of whom are arguably the best in our industry. They are true territory conquerors.

So why would they change?

The ones I admire challenged their personal status quo because they saw raising an army of warriors like themselves to be the true path to global domination. They could only do so much on their own. But if they cultivated strong traits in others, they could be ten-fold more effective and even prepare the next generation of leaders and teachers.

Personal Ponderings

Thank You, Lord, for this day, another completed year of learning, growing, loving, and being. One year ago, I was not yet a father, not yet a homeowner, not yet…

Personal Ponderings

3hh-wsIt brings us great joy to see Will and Sarah embark on this wonderful journey of adoption, and as their friends, we want to help and encourage them along the way. As you and we know, asking for help of any form can be very humbling and often a bit awkward, particularly with finances. Thus, we’ve asked our dear friends to let us write a few words and advocate on their behalf.

For years, Will and Sarah have been dreaming and working towards this end of bringing a child into their home–to be parents. We’ve watched them prepare and yearn and hope. Now they have stepped out and it’s our turn as those who know and love them to cheer and pave parts of the way.

Personal Ponderings

This week of Thanksgiving has been filled with more events, people, and emotions than most in the months preceding. Expectations have been joyfully upended, while others were left wanting. And a myriad words remain to describe it.

In The Valley of Vision moments ago, I read a few of those words that aptly serve as a backdrop. It is titled, “Contentment”:

Heavenly Father,

If I should suffer need, and go unclothed, and be in poverty,
make my heart prize thy love,
know it, be constrained by it,
though I be denied all blessings.

It is thy mercy to afflict and try me with wants,
for by these trials I see my sins,
and desire severance from them.

Let me willingly accept misery, sorrows, temptations,
if I can thereby feel sin as the greatest evil,
and be delivered from it with gratitude to thee,
acknowledging this as the highest testimony of thy love.

When they Son, Jesus, came into my soul instead of sin, he became more dear to me than sin had formerly been;
his kindly rule replaced sin’s tyranny.

Personal Ponderings

Four weeks ago today, I married my bride, and it has been better and harder than I imagined. We’re still settling in–our apartment, our routines, our preferences, and our love.…

Personal Ponderings

Sometimes in life, we ask God to lead us, to speak through others, and we truly want Him to answer. But when He does, and what we hear is different…

Personal Ponderings

The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice…
…His lightnings light up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
~Psalm 97:1a,4

“Wait.” What child likes to hear that? I remember as a child on road trips asking, “Are we there yet??” I would have given anything for the answer to be “Yes!” But nearly every time it was instead, “Not yet. Be patient.”

Twenty years have passed since that time, and as an adult, I’ve learned to suppress the audible expression, but my heart still asks the question. Unlike a child, though, I foolishly think that I can improve upon the answer. Maybe the Lord just needs help. I must have misheard Him. Wait? Surely not…

Personal Ponderings Theological

Eight friends and I returned from the Far East today after more than a week of rich ministry and testifying to the glory and grace of God. I entered the trip in a better place than my last international venture, but I think I was still walking mostly in my own strength. I wrestled with God’s independent, active, passionate movement among the nations, and at the same time, His passionate response to the prayers of His people. How does His sovereignty interface with the prayers of His people, of which He says they avail much when fervent (James 5:16)?

Day by day He broke my heart. Sometimes my Father softened it through the love of the local church shining in such a dark place. At other moments, what worked on the knots in my heart was my teammate who prayed for God to surprise her and believed that He would. Still more, my precious Lord opened my heart as we patiently waited on Him to awaken dead lives with the gospel…and then saw Him do it! I struggled with distractions that I thought would tarnish my memory of the trip, but now see that God was humbling me there, too.

Personal Ponderings Theological

I left off in Part 1 with the immensity of worship and truth that we received in the 50 hours known as Launch Retreat 2011 – Around The World. But that didn’t cover the other half of relationship building and fun that exploded from the times in between.

Personal Ponderings

It’s not often that I become a cheerleader for things, but this year’s Launch Retreat of The Porch at Sky Ranch leaves me no choice but to be that voice. What else can I do when I’ve been filled with three days of worship, service, friends, fun, outdoors, competition, music, and so much more??

Personal Ponderings