About three weeks ago I was in the desert of Ein Gedi near the Dead Sea. I crossed through and spent a full day in the wilderness south-east of Jerusalem.

Billy Graham and Einstein

Billy Graham is now 94 years-old, and has Parkinson’s disease. In January, leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina, invited their favorite son, Billy Graham, to a luncheon in his honor. Billy

Perseverance and Patience

Mark Patterson, a dear friend of mine, recently read my April 4th blog entry (“Purpose, Perseverance, Patience: Are You an Oak Tree or an Onion?”) and asked me to elaborate

Humility: The Key to Achievement

It is a paradox of sorts. In order to climb higher, we need to embrace humility. Going “downward” so to speak is the way up. Dying to our selfish desires

Three Types of People: Chickens, Ducks, and Swans

My friend and spiritual director, Reverend Lawrence Goshorn, recently reminded me that there are three types of people in this world: chickens, ducks, and swans. We need to remember the

Purpose, Perseverance, Patience: Are You an Oak Tree or an Onion?

An oak tree takes almost 100 years to completely mature. On the other hand, an onion takes about 100 days. But when the storm of life hits, one will stand

The Little Box and a Number

My mentor from afar, the late Jim Rohn, used to share “the little box and a number” story to inspire action. Here is my adaptation of the story. Johnny, a

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words

Guess. Where was this picture taken? Please post your answer in comments.

Promises, Rewards, and the Power of Words

Richard Eppel, a new friend and a sagacious man, recently shared with me: “Andrei, the greater the promise that you can make and keep, the greater the reward.” I reflected

Wisdom, Strategy, and Planning

“It’s better to be wise than strong; intelligence outranks muscle any day. Strategic planning is the key to warfare; to win, you need a lot of good counsel.” (PROVERBS 24:5,