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Beauty in the Broken

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Last week, my husband and I were getting ready for work when he pulled out a stick of chapstick. “Oh, this is broken,” he said. “I’ll throw it away.” And immediately, God spoke to my heart. He reminded me that His view of brokenness differs so much from our limited, human perspective. We view things that are broken as being worthless, no longer valuable, and ready to toss out. But He exceeds our human expectations and finite ways of thinking. When God sees broken, He sees potential for  beauty. He sees an opportunity for something beautiful to grow. I love nature, and the beauty of trees and flowers. In the life cycle of a flower, growth is impossible without the brokenness of a seed. It’s surely uncomfortable to be broken…
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A Mentor: A Gift For Every Season Of Life

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If you want to live intentionally and make a difference in people's lives, you start with one. Take in perspective from Halle Hershberger, a young adult who has been there.  Let’s be honest, the high school years can be a time of growth, but also provide for many awkward and challenging experiences for a student. When I was heading into my senior year of high school, I remember feeling overwhelmed by the craziness that comes with being a senior. There were sporting events, dances, academics, relationships, and then the most important thing… deciding on which college to attend and then what to major in. It all seemed daunting, and my parents were great at giving advice, but I just felt like something was missing. I remember listening to my youth…
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What Is Peace?

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Google defines the word peace as the “freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.” If you were to ask a random person, or even a random follower of Jesus what they think defines the word peace, then you would probably receive a very similar statement to the one above. It seems like all we really want in life is the peace of mind where we are free from worries, anxieties, and anything that disturbs our well-being. However, what if we have misinterpreted what the word peace really means in light of Jesus? What if peace doesn’t come because of something we feel, but because of Someone we know? John 16:33 says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have…
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T-I-M-E: The Currency of Mentoring

Mentoring, Speaking Topics
Upon hearing the word "mentoring," it's easy to misinterpret the meaning behind it all. From a mentor’s perspective, there’s the temptation to put pressure on ourselves to have all the answers. We may feel the need to slip into counselor-mode or to “fix” problems, even to be a flawless example to those we mentor. Students may view it as a subtle implication that they need “help,” or may feel like someone is setting out to change them. Parents may view it as a critique of their parenting or the assumption that their child needs another adult figure, as if they weren’t doing their job well enough. On the other hand, some may hope the mentor slides into a parental or counseling role for their child, giving them a free pass.…
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TTG Leadership Huddle Takeaways

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[caption id="attachment_536" align="alignleft" width="225"] Zach Coblentz, leader at Hartville Hardware, shares on what it means to lead by coaching.[/caption] We just finished up our second Leadership Huddle at Keim Lumber, and we are excited about the fruit that will be produced by the efforts of the leaders who attended! Bruce Hamsher, founder of TTG and Director of Leadership Development at Provia, started off the day by talking about how leadership is a great thing to pursue, but not always what it may seem. As John Maxwell says, when we have increased leadership responsibilities, our rights naturally decrease. As leaders, we must be willing to serve and be okay with not getting all of the credit. True servant leadership causes leaders to become “hidden” in the success of their followers. As…
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Why?

Life Coaching, Speaking Topics
When we think of getting out of bed in the morning and going about our business, do we ask the question why am I doing this?  What are the reasons your feet hit the floor—the alarm clock? bills? the kids?  I would encourage you to take a look at yourself in the mirror and ask the question why?  Why am I here? What does God have planned for me today? I found that often I had plans that I wanted to fulfill, deadlines I wanted to meet, and people to meet.  While these are all important in their own right, I would overlook what God had for me that day. I want to encourage you to take a journey of discovery and ask God to show you what your why…
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“So that” or “Because?”

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Am I doing “so that” or “because?” This is a question that recently jolted me. I’ve been working through Louie Giglio’s study, Goliath Must Fall, and the chapter on facing rejection proved to be challenging. The study focuses on the story of David as he faces Goliath, but with a twist: we are not David in the story—Jesus is David; only through the Spirit of God is David able to take down Goliath. Because we have the same Spirit in us, we too can take down the giants we face in our lives. This giant, particularly, is rejection. We’ve all faced rejection. But many of us respond to this giant in different ways. We may let it shape us, control us, determine what we do or don’t do. It may…
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The Secret Ingredient to Success

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So what' s that secret ingredient that makes that steak go from good to great? What's that extra something that makes that chocolate cake taste extraordinary? There's just something about that taste.... And so it is with our lives. There's a secret ingredient that perhaps we have never thought much about but when it's there, people notice it. It tends to be different and make a difference all at the same time. It's the "ingredient" we see in Jesus -- a quality which we can learn from Him and grow in. It's the character quality found in Paul's words, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves." The secret ingredient of a successful life is humility. Humility means "to put under…
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