Adding Value

Blog - Added ValueIf you’re not adding value to another person’s life, then what are you doing here?

It’s a profound question. And profound questions warrant very thoughtful and deliberate answers.

God could have created each one of us to live in isolation on a deserted island, but He didn’t. Instead, He made us to dwell in community with one another in the context of family, friendships, partnerships, and in varying degrees of relationship. Community undoubtedly involves sharing and depositing, but many times we are not sharing and depositing what matters most. On the contrary, in some cases, we have been making large withdrawals from others with no intention of making larger deposits.

Is that you? Are you draining others of their emotional, mental,  spiritual, and material resources while contributing little in return? Continue reading

The Synchronized Seed

blog-plant-growing1We are known by what we produce! Jesus made this crystal clear when He emphatically declared, “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Therefore by their fruits you will know them” (Matt. 7:18,20). In similar manner, James made mention of how impossible it is to produce a substance from which we have no origin. Rhetorically, he asked, “Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs?”  (James 3:12). Of course, the answer is irrefutably no! The seed is never disconnected from the fruit it bears, and the fruit will always be in partnership with the seed it carries. Continue reading