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“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” George Washington Carver

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You can find other “Market with Meaning” but you definitely want to see “Profit with Purpose”.
I personally “Believe in Kingdom Transformation” because I know there is only ONE “Life for Significant”.

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主題: Success to Significance? Not A Message for Future Generations
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日期: 2010年8月30日,星期一,下午8:47

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Bernard Moon and Inside Work (Click here to read the full article on their website) – Last week I was speaking with someone about the concept of “success to significance” and its associated terms.  I was asked how I defined “success” within this idea.  I thought about it and gave a long pause.  I could only imagine if my wife was there and telling me to just give a simple answer or some of my friends telling me not to overanalyze and not to be a rabble-rouser.

I finally replied, “Sorry, I just don’t think within such a framework.  Maybe I would say it’s more about influence and impact.”

After this afternoon chat, where we touched upon other topics, I came back to the idea of “success to significance” that evening.  It had been several years since I read Bob Buford’s “Half Time.” It really didn’t speak to me back then and I realized even more so today.  I’ve attended some conferences inspired by “Half Time” which primarily targeted very successful businessmen in their 50s and beyond, and gained a great amount of insight and inspiration.  I was one of the thirty-something attendees blessed enough to attend and learn from those with more experience and wisdom from life.

The concept of “success to significance” does speaks well to successful business owners or Fortune 500 executives in their 50s and beyond, especially those who were consumed by their drive towards their goals of success.  But the yearning question for me since that afternoon chat was, “Why is a successful life bifurcated?”

The big picture concept of “Half Time” is that there is the first half of life where people focus on achieving their successes and the second half where you can refocus (or recommit to God) on being significant in your life mission for God. This would typically translate into more time and commitment to church or some ministry. I don’t believe it was intentionally stated, but this transition 

lessens the significance of work.

In rereading “Half Time” this past week, I didn’t understand why these concepts couldn’t be applied to those in the “first half” of their lives… 

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You remain in Church while you’re at work!?

Guest Post by Larry Peabody – Ruts pose two hazards for a bike rider. One, they’re hard to get out of. Two, they take control of the steering. The words “go to church” create similar risks for Christ-followers. First, you can’t escape the words. Everyone uses them. They’ve become part of our language-like “go for a walk.” Second, the phrase “steers” our thinking about church. Saying “go to” makes us think of church as an event. We “go to” meetings and parties and weddings. Events happen at set times and in specific places.

If I say I plan to “go” to a meeting, that means I am not there at the moment. Getting there will take some effort. And when the meeting ends, I will not be in it any longer, unless I “go” to another one.

That’s the problem with our saying that we “go to church.” The words condition us to think that most of the time-including our hours at work-we are not in church. But such an idea is flat-out contrary to what the New Testament teaches us about the church.

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