Monday, July 15, 2019

The Biggest Loser

God is Eternal

Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it. Luke 17:33

It is rare that we celebrate losing, unless of course it’s unwanted weight. After all, our world is about winning and winning big!

No wonder it’s difficult to grasp God’s logic – that when we let go of the things in this life, we actually gain much more. God instructs that the rewards we strive for -- riches, power, and fame do not last, but our real treasure, found only through Christ, is eternal life with our Creator. Jesus surrendered his life to redeem all mankind. The question is will you surrender your earthly desires and trust God to direct your life for His greater good? Will you allow Jesus to be your Lord and follow Him wholeheartedly?

What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? Luke 9:25

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:19-20


Because God is eternal, I can surrender my will and follow Jesus

Monday, July 1, 2019

The 7th Inning Stretch

God is Ever Present

The LORD replied, "My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."
Exodus 33:14


Just about everybody loves baseball - it's one of America's favorite pastimes...In addition to the hotdogs and peanuts, one of the highlights of the game is the seventh inning stretch -- a time to stand up and stretch your legs, to grab another refreshment, to regain focus on the game and to be re-energized.

Looking at our own lives, we also see the need for a break after a long day, week or series of difficult events. Whether it's the weekend or an extended vacation, rest from daily chores and burdens is necessary. Sometimes our circumstances don't allow for us to get the rest we need. We grow weary and tired. We long for something to renew ourselves.

The bible tells us that Jesus gives us rest. He is always there to lean on, to carry our burdens. And His rest gives more than just sound sleep or relaxation, it gives us complete peace and security. Just as you can count on the 7th inning stretch to be part of a baseball game, so too can you count on God to give you the rest you need.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Matthew 11: 28-30


Because God is ever present, we find complete rest in Christ.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

A Father’s Love

God is Love

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Every Father’s Day we celebrate the important role fathers play in our lives. Yes, dads hold a special place in our hearts, not only as our protectors, providers, and encouragers, but simply because they love us.

And while paternal love is vital to our well-being, it does not match the perfect and complete love that comes from our Heavenly Father. While loved ones can fail us, God never does – He is our rock. Grasping the significance of God’s unconditional love for us can seem beyond reach if God is merely an impersonal spirit. But through Jesus, God has made himself known so that we can know God intimately.

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” Galatians 4:4-6

Because God is Love, through Jesus, we can have a personal relationship with God the Father.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Network for Success

God is All Powerful

Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: “Who am I, Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 2 Samuel 7:18

In business, it’s good to be connected. But for those of us who are building our rolodex, we often find ourselves on a long road, striving to be associated with all the “right people”.

While knowing chairmen and CEO’s can certainly help, who we really need to know is Jesus if we want true success in our lives. It is easy to believe the illusion that comes from our own success, but in reality it’s God who is ultimately in control working in and through us for His glory. For those at the top, that precept should be humbling as it was for David, the King of Israel. And years earlier David's reliance on God serves as encouragement when he, a mere shepherd boy, faced the giant Goliath. So no matter your title or status in life, there isn’t anything that can stop you, outside of your own disbelief, when you put your trust in Jesus.

“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23

Because God is all powerful, we can be confident with Jesus reigning in our hearts

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Far From Home

God is Merciful

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

With our business comes a great deal of travel. Sometimes we can wake up and not even remember what city we are in….But more than physical distance, do you ever feel far from home from an emotional perspective? Do you feel disconnected from relationships that should be easy, or on a path far from what you know is right?

The prophet Jeremiah knew that because the nation of Israel had turned their back on God, God would allow His chosen people to be carried off as slaves to Babylon. But Jeremiah proclaimed to Judah that God will not abandon you – and while an end to an era was imminent, the time would come when the nation of Israel will be restored. Without a doubt it is easy to get off track, but the route back to peace and prosperity is not complicated -- follow God.

My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:1-2, 5-6

Because God is merciful, our lives can be restored when we follow Jesus.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Mayday

God is Omnipresent

From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. He said: “In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry. Jonah 2:1-2

When in trouble, who do you call for help? We all have our go-to person, but some things are harder to fix than others and even worse, some situations despite our best efforts don’t seem fixable…So now what?

In the Old Testament, the prophet Jonah had gotten himself into a real mess. After disobeying God’s instructions, he was tossed overboard into the raging sea and then swallowed by a large fish. As Jonah cried out for the Lord’s help, he learned a valuable lesson about God – that no matter the size or complexity of the problem, God was with Him. God never left Jonah; nor will he leave you – He has promised to be with us until the very end.

Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:24-26

Because God is omnipresent, He is always by our side

Monday, April 15, 2019

Suit of Armor

God is Sovereign

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:10-11

We all wake up in the morning with a plan for our day. And as we head out to work, well dressed and coffee in hand, how long does it take before our plan is hit with unexpected road blocks or difficult detours?

Yes, the best laid plans often go awry, but God has given us a way to battle all of life’s unpleasant surprises with self-control. Even when wronged, we can be kind and gentle in our response. But a humble spirit is not natural to anyone, it is only achieved when we chose to surrender control and rely on the power given to us through Jesus Christ. Will you consider trusting God with all the details?

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:13-17

Because God is sovereign, I can surrender control and allow the power of Christ to work in me.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Loyalty Programs

God is Faithful

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done." Revelation 22:12

When traveling on business or pleasure, the major brands are constantly competing for your loyalty. They use well thought out marketing ploys and reward programs to keep you coming back. But really, is anyone loyal to just one company or brand? Why is it so easy to be persuaded?

If you don’t already know, God wants your loyalty too! He knows He is competing against a slew of worldly rewards that appeal to man’s natural desires and can satisfy in an instant. But God is faithful to His word. His rewards are everlasting and supreme. And while they may not be instantaneous, always tangible or may seem counter intuitive to what the world declares good, they are perfect and complete.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17

Because God is faithful, in Christ we will receive our just rewards.

Friday, March 15, 2019

There’s No Place Like Home

God is Gracious

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, Philippians 3:20

Those of us who spend a large percentage of our work week on the road know that accumulating all those loyalty points comes at a price. And while hotels and restaurants do a great job of providing for our needs, after a while, we all look forward to returning home.

What is it that gives us a desire to go home? The Bible tells us that humans have been wired that way since the beginning. That God the Father created us to live with Him in paradise, but after Adam and Eve sinned, mankind was banished from the Garden. We all long to return to that place of complete security and comfort. Despite the trappings of this world which can produce major detours, God has promised we can be restored in an instant. By simply placing our trust in Jesus Christ, God’s perfect plan for redemption, our eternal destiny is made secure.

And this is what he promised us—eternal life. 1 John 2:25

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:23-24


Because God is gracious, with Christ in our hearts, our future is secure.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Are you Thriving or Merely Surviving?

God is Love

May God give you of heaven’s dew and of earth’s richness— an abundance of grain and new wine. Genesis 27:28

Prosperity is part of the American Dream. But as we all know, what goes up must come down. With threats of a recession looming in the near distance, we are reminded of the last downturn where many struggled to stay afloat. So how do we remain confident for what the future holds?

God has promised us an abundant life, but how we define abundance may not be how God defines it. While we can trust that God will deliver, it’s up to us to see things as He see things and not view our circumstances through the lens of this world. By embracing God’s perspective, that Jesus is our provision for all our needs, we will find hope for the things to come.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 1:3

Because God is love, through Christ, we not only survive but can thrive in every circumstance.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Meet the Boss

God is Love

The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

Meeting the boss can be an intimidating thing, especially if you know very little about him or her. While you may be excited or feel honored to have the opportunity, you won’t know what to expect without having done some homework.

Maybe you have wondered what the day will be like when you meet God the Father face to face. The thought itself can be very unsettling and even more so without knowing anything about God. However, God has made it possible for us to know Him intimately. Yes, through His Son Jesus and His holy word we have been given access to know our Creator so that we can approach that day with confidence. Oh that we may know the Lord -- let us press on to know him!

But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29

Because God is love, through Christ, we can know Him intimately.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Greatness

God is All-Powerful

I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:38

In business, accomplishing greatness requires hard work, sound judgment, vast resources, and even good luck. And whether or not we have been acknowledged for things accomplished, in the end, we’ll all want to look back and see the things we did that made a difference. But what matters? What is it that makes a difference?

Throughout history, God has made a habit of using very regular people to accomplish great things. Size, strength and position did not matter, but rather faith and a humble spirit. Like young Mary who simply believed and obeyed, will you drop your plans and follow God’s instruction? Will you allow yourself to be used by God in extraordinary ways?

Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word. Isaiah 66:2

Because God is all powerful, through Jesus, I can live a life of purpose.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Revenue Management

God is Wisdom

Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Proverbs 3:13-15

Management of well run hotels can spend hours a day making adjustments in rates to maximize profitability. And while there are very sophisticated models that are used, the process requires knowledge and making the right choice. So if we can be that intent on managing hotel profitability, why haven’t we perfected a system to maximize how we spend our limited amount of time, talents, and other resources?

The truth is God has provided a counselor to guide our decisions, actions, and desires -- to help us know our purpose and plan for not only our lives but daily living too. But how often do we seek His wisdom and then actually follow through? It’s one thing to have a profitable business; it’s another to have a profitable life.

This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone. Titus 3:8

Because God is wisdom, we can live profitably through our relationship with Jesus.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!

God is Love

His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of a man; the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. Psalm 147:10-11

What is it about the New Year that gives us hope? Is it the thought of something new – a new opportunity, a new relationship, a new home, or a new job that makes us happy? But the truth is happiness that comes from our possessions earned in our own strength does not last.

The Bible tells us that placing our trust in our abilities and things of this world is fleeting because new things become old things and eventually decay and disappoint. The only thing that lasts and does not fail is a relationship with our Heavenly Father. When we enter into a relationship with God through His Son Jesus, we become a new creation and are given the assurance of being restored and redeemed for eternity. It is in this promise that hope is found -- and nothing else!

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:56-57

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Because God is love, true happiness is found when we place our trust in Jesus