Olympic dreams inspire countless millions to pursue goals they’ll never achieve. Here’s why that’s a good thing. I still remember how it felt when I first saw it. The year was 1984, and the Olympics were held in Los Angeles. Families around the globe gathered around their glowing televisions as stories of striving and victory flooded into their living rooms. I was eight years old, and enraptured. The torch relay, the opening ceremonies, the extraordinary accomplishments of Carl Lewis and Edwin Moses and Mary Lou Retton, and the succession of medal ceremonies where the American flag unfurled and tear-stricken athletes…

This is the seventeenth lesson in bestselling author and speaker John Maxwell’s Leadership by the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, tell them to sign up to receive John’s free email devotional here. By John C. Maxwell 2 Corinthians 4:7–9 The major difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure. Paul could have seen himself as a failure for numerous reasons: [Sign up to receive the 30-day free email devotional by John Maxwell of biblical teachings to equip and…

Christians and church leaders must listen, address real issues, take action, and bring judgment. The most recent rash of moral failures, accusations, and heartbreak over sin and human frailty is upon us. Ed Stetzer shared some very helpful reflections on this topic recently. Every time this topic hits the church (and world), I find myself examining my heart, dissecting my life, and crying out to God for all of those impacted. After 40 years following Jesus and leading in the local church, I have a growing number of insights I hope are helpful for you in regards to moral failure…

Read: Luke 22:31-34 The disciple Peter was a man of great faith and bold action. But as readers of the New Testament know, his brash style sometimes led him to make humiliating mistakes. More than once, this disciple had to wear the label of “miserable failure” rather than that of “obedient servant.” We can all relate when it comes to falling short of expectations. Obedience to God is a learning process, and failure is a part of our development as humble servants. When we yield to temptation or rebel against God’s authority, we realize that sin has few rewards, and…