My Life of Faith
Welcome to the BONUS Growth Guide on the subject of faith. I’m delighted that you have chosen to explore and grow in faith during the coming month.
You may not know this, but for more than 25 years, from 1969 to 1995, I led local churches as a pastor. Though I am no longer an employee of a church, I still consider myself to be a minister; I have a strong heart for the local church, and when I have the opportunity, I preach as a guest teacher at the local church that Margaret and I attend.
Whenever I am invited to speak to business audiences, I try to be sensitive to my host and his or her guests about my faith. I’ve never hidden the fact that I’m a Christian, and I am delighted to share my faith, but I don’t try to impose it on anyone either. When people ask, I am glad to tell them, but I’ve never wanted to hit people over the head. As the old saying goes, hitting people over the head isn’t leadership; it’s assault. Since you’ve opted in on this faith module, I’m going to treat that as though you have asked me about my faith, and I will speak freely.
My Christian faith is the single most important thing in my life. I love God, I have accepted Jesus as my Savior, and my faith influences everything I do. My values are built on the Bible, and the growth and leadership principles that I teach are rooted in it. My faith makes up the core of how I treat my family and others. And I truly believe that I couldn’t have done any of the things in my life so far without God’s help.
Because I can’t sit down with you and ask you questions about your faith, I don’t know where you are in the process. You may be a skeptic. You might be a person who’s never before considered faith but who is willing to give it a chance for the first time. You may be a discouraged believer who’s trying to find his way. Or you may be someone who has walked with Jesus for years. No matter what your history may be, I pray that you will have an open heart and mind as you explore faith.
I believe that faith is a critical component for growing and reaching your potential. This month, as we discuss some fundamentals of the Christian faith, I hope you will be encouraged and learn something new. And if you haven’t already taken the step of faith in Jesus Christ, that you will be open to the possibility.
There are a lot of things that we don’t get to choose in life: where we’re born, who our parents are, and the circumstances of our upbringing. But you do get to choose your faith. I hope you find this material informative and that the faith choices you make will change your life.