Purpose and the Apparel Industry

I was fortunate to be able to work for my brother, Jim, for a couple of years in the apparel industry. I loved working with him and to this day, find him to be one of the smartest business guys I know. He’s also just a really great brother. He was quite successful in the apparel business managing large brands like Ocean Pacific (Op). He knew when to be tough and when to give. I not only I loved working

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Caterpillars to Butterflies: A story of your identity

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36 ESV The process of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly is one of the most dramatic natural phenomena that I know.  The poor caterpillar only knows one world….climbing on limbs and stems eating leaves.  Caterpillars are slow and are significantly susceptible to being eaten by other prey, like birds. Yet, at some point, the earth-bound insect dies, dissolves into a glob of enzymes and proteins, and emerges as

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The Crown Must Win

The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all. – Psalm 103:19 (NASB) When the King of England died in 1952, his daughter Elizabeth was thrust onto the world stage as Queen of the United Kingdom.   In the Netflix series “The Crown” the Queen’s grandmother writes Elizabeth a powerful letter as she prepares to become Queen.  In the letter she says: I have seen three great monarchies brought down through their failure to separate

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Where Peace Comes From

I don’t know about you but when I have a little extra money in the bank I experience a certain kind of feeling that is quite unique.  I feel a little lighter, a little bit freer, happier, more generous, safer, stronger, more at peace and more confident. I was thinking about this recently because I had just deposited a large customer check into my bank account.   My feelings were almost euphoric. Maybe this euphoria or rush is part of

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Pant, Thirst and Cleave to You Oh God

As the deer pants for the water brook, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Psalm 42: 1-2 (NASB) ~~~~~ I heard a speaker at a men’s retreat once say that he wakes each morning and runs to the cross of Christ. He wakes up and runs, not walks, to the cross….to Jesus. Wow.  What a stunning visual. That made me stop and ask: Who or what am I running to first each day?

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What legacy will you leave?

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. – 2 Timothy 4: 6-8 (ESV) My

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The Whisper of a Prideful Heart at Work – Part 3

(8) “Now then, listen, you lover of pleasure, lounging in your security and saying to yourself, I am, and there is none besides me. I will never be a widow or suffer the loss of children.’ (10) You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’ – Isaiah 47:8 & 10 (NIV) ~~~~~ Pride at home and work look eerily the same….just moved to another location. It’s

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Watching Over The One You Love

From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth— he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do. Psalm 33:13-15 (emphasis added) A few months ago one of our daughters asked her sister for some help with her new health insurance.  Her sister, who works in a related field, thoughtfully helped her through the details, options and decisions. As they talked back and forth, I was struck at how much my wife and

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Antidotes for the Monday Blues – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a blog series related to how to overcome the Monday blues…to see our work from a new perspective.   God is omni-present – that means He can be found wherever you go….office, car, errands, meetings or lunch.  God is personally inviting each of us to abide intimately with Him all the time, not just when we pray or go to church. In Part 1, we considered what it means to see our work from a spiritual perspective…..doing everything

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Antidotes to the Monday Blues – Part 1

I’m going to guess that the Monday blues have been around forever. I wonder if people in the 8th century rose from their straw mats on Mondays and dreaded the work ahead of them. Planting, hunting for food, getting firewood and fighting off wild beasts. As a modern society, however, we seem even more cynical and disinterested in work. Why are so few people eager to go to work on Mondays? Surely, we need an antidote to the Monday blues. I’ve had many days

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