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12 Quotes from My Winter 2021 Reading List

My Winter 2021 reading list was made possible by many exciting and diverse people. There were athletes and activists, scholars and entertainers, preachers and businesspeople. Some were a couple of these at once!

I'm grateful for their lessons, stories, and inspiration, which all came at a cost to them. Their marks have made their way into my life and work, and if you follow the Life Calling Institute or other blog posts, you'll see them too. 

We previously shared our Summer 2020 and Fall...

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The Strengths and Abilities of Harriet Tubman

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If you ask me who in history I would like to meet, Harriet Tubman is at the top of my list. I just finished a spectacular book on her called, Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom, by Catherine Clinton. What strikes me most from the book is how well-equipped in abilities, strengths, and qualities she was in order to become the person she became and do the things she did.

Unpredictable Outcomes

You may not predict...

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Faith Blog: What the Fall of a Leader Teaches About Life Calling

faith life calling Feb 15, 2021

I am so grieved and upset about the news reports of sexual misconduct and abuse by a very well-known international Christian leader. I am sorry for his victims, family, ministry supporters, and the damage this will do to the cause of Christ. This isn’t the first time a leader with a prominent life calling has fallen, and it won’t be the last.

But let his fall teach us something about our call. You don’t have to be famous to learn something here.

Depth of character matters...

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Five Traits and Strengths in the Life Calling of William Wilberforce

Today we know William Wilberforce as the great British politician who led the movement to abolish the slave trade in British territories. But did you know that it almost didn’t happen?

It’s easy to look back on a well-lived life that has made a mark in a certain well-known way and think it must have been completely obvious to him or her which way to go. But at the time, it's not that simple.

Discovering life calling takes many things, among them a process, discernment,...

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Faith Blog: Video Conversations on Enneagram, Advent, and Strengths

enneagram faith strengths Dec 21, 2020

Author and Pastor Clare Loughrige invited me to have a conversation with her as part of an Advent Series on unwrapping the presence of Jesus while considering the Enneagram. In addition, we also discussed the connections between Enneagram and Strengths.

Clare is one of the authors of Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram, and is the creator of the Motions of the Soul Enneagram certification program, which I attended and highly recommend. 

In our first video, we talk about Generosity:

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Faith Blog: Why the Gospel Isn’t Just for Unbelievers

faith Sep 29, 2020

I have fallen in love with the Gospel, and I’m not afraid to say it. I’ve been a Christian for more than 30 years, and even more than 30 years later, I feel like I’m starting to understand what the Gospel is about.

Maybe I’m a slow learner or have been busy with other things, probably yes. But maybe also the Gospel isn’t just for unbelievers; maybe believers are meant to fall in love with the Gospel over again.

We are tempted to think that the Gospel...

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10 Impactful Quotes from My Summer Reading

This summer I read a lot of great books on coaching, professional development, strengths, Enneagram, and spiritual growth. There was a lot that moved me. Here are 10 impactful quotes from my reading list. I resisted commenting and instead let them speak for themselves:

“Friends are people you make part of your life just because you feel like it.”

Frederick Buechner, Listening to Your Life


“Sustained success comes only when you take what’s unique about you and figure...

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Faith Blog: 5 Reasons I'm Excited for the Gospel-Centered Enneagram

enneagram faith Aug 06, 2020

As you know, I work with the Enneagram. Why does it excite me so much? Here are five reasons.

Because the Enneagram is a tool that unlocks more.

The real work of the Enneagram isn’t becoming an expert in the Enneagram. That’s like a gardener becoming an expert in the shovel but stopping there. No, expertise in using a shovel helps her garden better, and understanding the Enneagram can help you in whatever ways that matter to you.

So if the Gospel matters to you, you can aim the...

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Faith Blog: This Fourth of July, Celebrate Your Freedom in Christ

faith Jul 04, 2020

Today let’s celebrate freedom in Christ! It’s July 4 in the United States, when we celebrate our country’s independence. I’m grateful for that, but grateful too for freedom in Christ.

Look at some of the freedoms Christ brings:

  • Sins forgiven
  • Place in the family of God
  • Perfect in God’s sight
  • Filled with the Holy Spirit
  • No barriers between us and the Heavenly Father
  • Ushered into the life of Christ
  • Given every spiritual blessing and inheritance
  • Given gifts of the...
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Faith Blog: Wounds, Sin, Gospel, and the Enneagram

enneagram faith Jun 20, 2020

I’ve been wanting to write this blog post for awhile now, but for reasons of time and focus, it has had to wait. I can’t write this topic for the Work blog, but I can write it for the Faith blog.

I can’t write it for the Work blog because it would scare some folks away, and I’d lose the opportunity to speak light into their lives, and our journey together would be over too soon.

For example, the coaching client who read a book on the Enneagram and said it was too...

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