11 Very Personal Life Lessons You May Not Be Ready For.

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8bc72ed7There are moments that define you, experiences that make you who you are, and decisions that change the course of your life. I’ve been thinking about that. What about you?

Have you considered your personal story line, your legacy, and your points of impact on your family, friends, and workplace? Are you making every day count? Are you growing, loving, and experiencing joy?

Easy questions to write, but not so easy to answer.

If you’re even a smidge self aware, you should know a good bit about yourself. The good the bad and the ugly. If you don’t know those things, it’s time to do a personal inventory. Do it with a searching heart, not a condemning mindset. Write it out on paper, type it up, and make note of it. It’s ok, you don’t have to tell anyone if you don’t want too. But, be honest with yourself.

I’ll go first.

When I reflect, I see all kinds of junk. Lots of bad and ugly. In fact, I’ve been a lot of undesirable things. A workaholic, a perfectionist, an empire builder, an intimidator, a neglectful husband, and an absent dad just to name a few. I’ve been uncompassionate, unbalanced, and unloving. I’ve been mistreated and hurt in countless ways. I’ve been the target of an alcoholic father, unfair business partners, dishonest co-workers, a sexual predator, an armed robber, and a wide range of haters who attack who I am as a person. I’ve lost businesses, amassed huge debts, endured hurricanes, neglected friends, struggled and lost loved ones.

But that does not, and has not defined me.

And I know you’ve experienced something similar and possibly far worse. But it doesn’t define you either.

All my life I’ve always felt like I could be more, could be better, and while it was counter-intuitive I was certain that the apple could actually fall far far far from the tree. As a result, in all the bad things I’ve been and all the bad things I’ve encountered I somehow refused to accept it as my lot in life nor let it define me as a person. Even as a child I reflected on things, asked what my purpose in life was, and looked for answers.

With a view for the future, I grew and tried to keep a vision for a good life even if I didn’t really know what it was nor how to attain it. And, for most of my life I wondered what I was made to do, who I was supposed to be in this world, and how to “get there”, whatever that means.

As I reflect on my life, thanks to another birthday, I can’t help but see the diamonds in the rough that have come to surface over the years.

Here are some personal gems I’ve discovered along the way that have made serious impact on my life. I hope this can benefit you in someway.

  1. No name calling. Ever. Almost 20 years ago I told my girlfriend (now wife of 15 years) that no matter what – in fun or in anger – we would not do any name calling. And, it has been one of the biggest influences of our marriage and life together. We often point back to this simple decision as one of the best things we could have done for our relationship. We set this precedent in our house as a family with our two boys as well. I’ve applied this to the rest of my life with friends and co-workers. It’s amazing how impactful this is – and how respectful and dignified your approach to relationships can become.

  2. Be a good lover. No, not sexually, but in all of your life, in all that you are. We live in a world where we “love” everything from pro sports teams, to cars, to colors, and everything in between. And beyond the dilution of “love” in such informal ways, media, advertising, and all kinds of things on the web flood us with sexy images of love and attempt to turn love into sensual pleasure. This sort of love (eros love) is not the definition of love. There is a far greater love we must learn for ourselves. Like the Beatles said, all we need is love. This love is the love Jesus spoke of (agape love and philos love). This is the love that sets you free. For me, I had to first learn to love myself before I could love others because I realized a few years ago that I didn’t know what love, true love, really was and I didn’t love myself. I discovered this when I deeply reflected on my life alongside a few characteristics of true love; it’s patient, kind, does not envy, does not boast, is not proud, does not dishonor others, is not self-seeking, is not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs, does not delight in evil, rejoices in truth, always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres. Love never fails. For me, I lived for nearly 30 years without even the most simple awareness of this kind of love. It has become one of the best discoveries for my life – ever – and it continually informs the way I live, learn, grow and of course love.

  3. Give and give some more. Taking is easy, effortless, and perfectly self aligned. Real growth, joy, and success come from giving. And I mean, truly give. Give time, give money, give your skills and talents to something beyond yourself. This eluded me for years and I was such a selfish taker, but I didn’t know any better. I foolishly masked my taking as work ethic, as a “look out for number one, because no one else will” mindset, and as a protection and self-preservation mechanism. And, while I had learned the value of giving in the context of sales and marketing, it was merely a tactic to success, not an outflow of a healthy heart and mind. And then, as I understood more about true love, I understood more about giving. And my cold shielded heart began melting. Turns out giving is a spiritual muscle that, when flexed, has profound impact on the giver and receiver both. Now, instead of taking, I look at giving where ever I can. This can be as simple as actually talking and listening to another person without an self agenda, it can be doing something for someone in kindness, doing the thing you get paid for without accepting payment, giving money to someone in need, covering the tab or going on a mission trip or helping a good cause. Learn to give, it will truly change your life and how you encounter the world around you. You’ll find a surprising amount of abundance where you always thought you were in such short supply.

  4. Decide to do good. And actually do it. When you do an inventory of yourself, you’ll find all kinds of ugliness that needs attention. So do something about it and chip away those things. Forgive yourself and others who have hurt you. If you need more time with your kids, decide to do it in a tangible way, and actually do it. If you want better friends, decide to be a better friend yourself and by all means, get away from unhealthy relationships. Create a new perspective where you look for the good in things rather than the bad. Look for new opportunities to do good things, to curb bad habits, to discipline yourself.

  5. Take criticism. Don’t be so sensitive when you get feedback you don’t like. This is one of the hardest aspects of my life, and always has been. I was dependent on praise, on acknowledgement, on being seen as important and valuable. My defenses were always up, quick to justify and defend at all costs. And this is still something that registers on my radar. But once you accept that you are not perfect, but a work in progress, then you can value what others have to say in critical moments. Trust me, your wife, your boss, your child are not clueless and what they are saying can be extremely helpful and insightful if you are willing to hear it, reflect on it, and do something about it.

  6. Be a lifelong student. Read, learn, chase knowledge and apply it. Do not be distracted and marginalized by a pure consumer life of television, media, and empty distractions. It turns out that we can easily be blocked from the kind of learning and truth that will change our lives for good. All we have to do is… nothing. Just keep doing the same thing over and over again. Yep. It’s so easy to go each day and just “make it” another day. And, if you’re ambitious, it’s easy to only learn within your profession and to only focus on your career. But the best way to flourish in your career, family and life is to constantly grow as a complete person. This includes your passion areas, your communication, your behavior, your lifestyle, and your whole self. If you don’t learn new things, you stagnate and struggle. For me, I discovered leaders were readers back in 2005 and despite hating to read and never owning any books outside of college, I picked up a book, The Richest Man in Babylon, and read it. And I decided I would read other business books. I eventually read a couple hundred books from writing, sales, marketing, psychology, leadership, management, and entrepreneurship. I experienced amazing career growth. But it was lopsided and only focused on my career. I had become a better professional and it had positive impact on my personal life, but there was more to my life than my career. But I didn’t know that for a long time. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I began reading and learning in more personal areas of my life – and this became true gold for me. I started looking for help in all areas of my life – my marriage, my family, my finances, and my spiritual self. The impact of a whole-life diet of books, seminars, and activities beyond my career have been phenomenal catalysts to a far better way of living. I’ve become a better husband, a better dad, and a better person. All because I was willing to be a lifelong student. And you should too.

  7. Be present. Where ever you are, be there. Put the smartphone, ipad and ipod, down. Slow down and be where you are. At dinner, be at dinner and enjoy the company and food rather than multitasking and juggling tasks. When you’re at work, work. Get off Facebook and personal emails and personal chatter and focus on the work at hand. Give full attention to where you are and you’ll discover that every moment is better, more precise, more rich. People will experience your presence and benefit from your full attention and you will too. Especially in the company of loved ones whom treasure your time with them, your eye contact, your conversations and attention. If you struggle here, have time-outs from your phone, laptop, television, and so on. And make the best of those time outs. You’ll find new life and fulfillment will come with relatively no negative impact on all those things you’ve been so distracted by.

  8. Build, create, and Invest. Make something! Give to the world, or your family, or someone you care about investing in them in someway. And, build or create something for yourself, it will bring an amazing sense of satisfaction. This can be anything – write a book or a blog post, design something, plant a garden, start a business, make a tree house, cook a new meal, or draw something. Better yet, meet someone who is doing one of those and work alongside them and help them build or create something! Find new ways to release something new and beautiful into the world around you. This can be simple or complex, but purpose yourself to be a creator and builder – and do it – and don’t stop! We are built to be creative, to create and build, and to leave a mark in the lives we live. And don’t underestimate the value of building and investing in another person. Be a mentor, a coach and an influencer in someone’s life. This can be the most amazing invest you’ll ever make, one that makes you better while also positively shaping the life and future of someone else.

  9. Be a man. A real man. No, not the kind of man that has a beard and chops down trees or the kind that has all the money and nice things in life or the kind of man that attracts women left and right. I mean a real man. You see, being a man isn’t just being a male, hitting a certain age, being able to impregnate a woman, or have a job or own a house or call the shots. Being a man is something else entirely. We live in a world full of adult children masquerading as men but who are still acting like childish teenagers or dependent children – not at all a real man. So, I say, be a real man. One with integrity. One with impact and accountability. One with the ability to love, to honor, to respect, and to stand tall in hard times. The kind of man that surrenders selfish motives, the kind of man that hugs and kisses his children and wife, the kind of man who has accountability and authority but doesn’t throw his weight or position around. Be the kind of man who leads at home just as well as he does at work. Be the kind of man that laughs, cries, and opens his heart. The kind that helps others even if it’s uncomfortable and the kind that doesn’t give up from what is right and true. This is an area that I was slow to learn. I essentially spent most of my twenties figuring out what a real man was. I chased it at work and to some degree at home, but was never really a complete man. It wasn’t until I decided I wanted to be a great husband, a great dad, and a spiritually whole person that I learned to be a man. In fact, so much of my discoveries of true manhood is based on learning to love and deciding to be a student interested in more than just my career. The truth is, I’m not sure I’ve got this all figured out, but I can tell you I’m much more of a real man than I was even five years ago. And none of this would have happened had I not desired to really step into manhood and be a better man for the sake of my family, my marriage and myself.

  10. Continually Invest in your marriage. Your spouse matters – every day – even when you’re having a bad day and especially when they are having a bad day. The marriage is the easiest place to go on auto-pilot and let things ride. It’s so easy to become cohabiting partners rather than life giving lovers and friends. It’s so easy to neglect the other person, heap on expectations, be short and unkind, and dismissive. Its easy to feel entitled and unappreciative and take your spouse for granted. But don’t. Your spouse is the foundation to an amazing life – a long life, and one rich with experience and love. The things you two will do together are amazing. You’ll endure hard times and good times. For me, I’ve been with my wife nearly 20 years and we’ve experienced a lot of seasons. For years we didn’t have kids and it hid how poorly I invested in us. I mean, we did a lot together, but I had a lot of freedom and often took a lot for granted and created a lot of bad situations and hurt feelings. I usually just shrugged and figured it would work out because I loved her. But after about 10 years, we had our first child and suddenly I realized how unprepared I was. My first child was one of the key reasons I began looking for the good life because I was so out of control and I didn’t even know it. All my habits and behaviors were selfish. Over the last 10 years, I’ve been learning how to truly invest in my family and marriage. And to do that, means I spend more time listening, not “being right”, not trying to take for myself, and not being clueless to what’s going on around me at home and in my non-work life. It means I take phone calls I used to send to voicemail, it means I come home even though I still want to work, it means I eat better because its better for us not just me, it means I don’t drink to get drunk, don’t stay out as late, and don’t jump so quickly at any chance to spend time away from home. It means I turn the TV off, I have family dinner, and attend family functions and our kids events. Which has a significant impact on my marriage and my wife’s sense of comfort and security and feeling like I value her and our family and children. And this is where the marriage is more than myself, and to invest in it means to do more than “just be married”, but to be engaged in it daily. To refuse to be on auto-pilot and be mindful of the promises I’ve made to be a good husband and good father. To do this requires awareness and intentionality. I’m still working on all this, and by all means not a master, but I’m much better today than I have ever been. And for me, areas that were hurting in me became better and better the more I invested in my marriage. And I know this investment will always pay dividends and is absolutely part of my journey to the good life I want to live.

  11. Discover your spiritual center. This is the key to your best life, the only way to truly rise above yourself and discover your purpose and what will make you whole. I wasn’t whole for a long time. In fact, I’ve been slow to this party and it blows me away how much I’ve missed out on, how much junk I was mixed up in, and how much pain I could be free of. You see, for me, I think I’m smart, talented, and successful. Even inside my pain, my struggles, and my failures, I looked good to those around me. A great career, people who respected me, and lots of things accomplished – but all the success, all the accomplishments, and all the nice things I wanted didn’t fill me up and make me feel good about myself or others. I was hurting inside, feeling unloved, and generally feeling like I was missing something even though I had all the things I was told mattered – job, money, car, home, wife, children, and my own freedom to do as I pleased. But it wasn’t enough. I was unhappy and it wasn’t anyone’s fault but my own. It wasn’t until I found Jesus and discovered the truth of his teachings and what the Bible has to say about the good life that I began to thrive as a complete person. It was my spiritual self that was starving and hurting and I never knew it or understood it. But, I can honestly tell you that the good life is a product of knowing who we are as a son or daughter of God and living a kingdom life rather than a self-centered life. There is a profound healthiness and wellness that comes from discovering your spiritual center and learning to feed yourself spiritually. And, if you’re like me, it wasn’t the first, second, or ten thousandth place I looked because I thought, no I knew, that I didn’t need God – I could take care of myself. I’m glad I let go of that pride and “intelligence” and began looking to heaven instead of myself. This is the single most profound wisdom in my life and it continues to give me new gems of truth and glimpses of the good life daily. I encourage you to look and learn for yourself. It may not make sense – and it will be counter intuitive, but you’ll be amazed by what you find. There is a God that loves you and counts none of your faults and failures against you who is anxiously waiting for your heart who wants to show you truth, life, and love at levels you’ll never understand on your own. See it for yourself, don’t just take my word for it. Go look at Mathew, Mark, Luke, and (my favorite) John in the Bible.  See what Jesus said about life and living. Amazing stuff.

 

I hope all this speaks to you and there is something (or several things) that help you on your journey to the good life you always wanted. I hope you see that we’ve all got issues, but there is more that we can become and we aren’t defined by all our mistakes and failures.

I hope you’ll reflect and see where you can apply positive direction and change to your life. I know you can.

And, if this is a message that resonates with you or prompts questions let me know in the comments below or email me. I’m happy to hear from you. And share it with a friend if you think it may make a positive impact on them.

Cheers!

Living in Jesus. The Last Teaching of Jesus Christ.

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vineDo you know the big idea that Jesus had to share with his disciples on their last night together? Have you considered what the central message for the twelve disciples was? The big take-away?

As a Christian, this is a huge teaching and one I hope gives you an “aha moment” and deep insight in your life with Christ.

It does not sit on the surface, yet it is very much right in front of you.

To see it, we must read the book of John and dig into his last hours with the disciples – which starts at The Last Supper and ends in the Garden of Gethsemane just prior to his arrest.

By this time, Jesus has already entered Jerusalem on a donkey, been praised as Hosanna the King of Israel, turned over tables in the temple declaring it a house of prayer, healed a blind man and given several teachings with the Parables – all while foretelling of his imminent death and seriously upsetting the Pharisees.

I suspect if ever Jesus worked “overtime” it was at this time. Preaching, teaching, healing, facing the Pharisees, mentoring the disciples, praying all while fully aware of His upcoming betrayal and death on the cross – the fulfillment of His heavenly purpose.

But in all this Jesus wasn’t anxious.

Instead he was instructive, intentional, and loving and we see this clearly through the Gospel of John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved”, whom had firsthand experience of the unconditional love of Jesus. In fact, John is clearly very special to Jesus as he saw things with Jesus that many others did not see -such as the transfiguration, Jesus anguishing in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus on the cross (he was the only disciple present), and John is the one whom Jesus asked to care for his mother, and was the receiver of the revelation as recorded in the book or Revelation.

So it is from John that we get such a complete account of this evening and the message Jesus was so clearly trying to share.

In fact, from John chapter 13 though chapter 17 we get 154 verses, most of which is Jesus speaking, and most of which is focused on His central message, His last lesson.

You could even say that this message burdened Jesus greatly and that he was intent to share it, so much so that he repeated himself frequently, passionately, and directly, he even gave an amazing metaphor to anchor it and a finalized it in prayer to ensure it would last eternal.

The lesson begins in John chapter 13 with Jesus washing the disciple’s feet and ends several hours later in John chapter 17 with a glorious prayer for himself, the disciples, and all believers.

So, here we go. Let’s see what Jesus was intent to teach.

Point 1: Jesus is accessible.

John 13:20
20 Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”

Point 2: Love is of utmost importance and distinguishes committed followers of Christ.

John 13: 34 – 35
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Point 3: Jesus is in the Father, and the Father in Jesus, and through belief in Jesus we will do great things because Jesus will do it for the glory of God.

John 14:11-14
11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Point 4: Love and follow Jesus commands and he will give you the Holy Spirit to help you which will live with you and in you.

John 14:15-17
15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

Point 5: Jesus will reveal himself to those who keep His commands and loves him and they will be loved by God and you’ll see that the Father is in Jesus, and that you are in Jesus and he is in you.

John 14:20-21
20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

Point 6: The Holy Spirit is your guide to truth, which comes directly from Jesus and Jesus wants his truth to be known through you because it brings Him glory.

John 16:12-15
12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

Point 7: You will have peace in Jesus because the world you will have trouble.

John 16: 33
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Point 8: You will be one with the Father just as Jesus is in the Father and He in Jesus, He will be in you – being brought to complete unity.

John 17:20-23
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

Point 9: Jesus will continue to reveal God’s love for you and that His love would be in you, just as it was in Jesus, and that Jesus too would be in you.

John 17:25-26
25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.

Jesus ends his prayer in John 17 with all of us in His prayer – that we would truly know His love, the truth of God, and that Jesus would abide in us just as Jesus abides in God.

Abiding in Jesus is the central message he wanted to teach.

The above scriptures and points are clear indicators of how important it was for the disciples to understand how Jesus operated in the Father, and the Father in Jesus, and that all that would be in you.

Therefore we have the “Abiding in the Vine” message in Chapter 15 of John to really solidify this message as a paint-by-numbers illustration of the life available by abiding in Jesus and the promises for our life that flow from it.

See for yourself by reading John 15:1-17. I have selected key scriptures that further unlock this teaching.

John 15:1- 2
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful.

John 15:4-6

4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.

John 15:7-8
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

John 15:9-14
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command.

John 15:15-17
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

What you can expect from The Abiding Life.

In John 15:4-8 Jesus makes 4 clear promises – each building upon the former:

 

  1. Remain in Jesus and He will remain in you. (John 15:4)
  2. You absolutely will bear good fruit (John 15:5)
  3. (because you abide in the vine) Ask whatever you wish and it will be given to you. (John 15:7)
  4. You will glorify God with your good fruit, being seen as a disciple of Jesus (John 15:8)

Why? Because, as Jesus says, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:8

In the message of the vine, we can unpack so much of the truth Jesus wanted to share with us.  I think this is why Jesus continued to reenforce how he remained in God, and that he would remain in us if we remain in Him.  Because it takes this vine connection to receive the Holy Spirit, love, and greater works and the real fruit of a Christ-centered life.

Lets follow this out further.

What does Jesus want for us?

To Abide in the Vine! What does that mean?

  • Abiding in Christ is to Abide in love – his great command.
  • Abiding in Christ is to be productive – bearing good fruit.
  • Abiding in Christ is to ask and receive – to have prayers answered
  • Abiding in Christ is to grow spiritually, to be pruned by God for good fruit and for His glory!
  • Abiding in Christ is to have Joy – the complete Joy of Jesus!
  • Abiding in Christ is to love Jesus and His children.
  • Abiding in Christ is to be obedient to His commands, His word, and to hear the Holy Spirit in your life.

On the other hand if we are not abiding in the vine…

We will not:

Be loving, growing, flourishing, producing good fruit, receiving the gifts of the spirit indwelling. We will not have love, joy, peace, faith or gentleness.

Galatians 5:21-26
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Indeed, one of the first visible signs of disconnecting from the vine is the loss of joy and peace.

Colossians 3:16
16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

Colossians 4:22
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Through love we abide in the vine by living a practical life with Christ-likeness, His characteristics with love and obedience to His teachings and always in prayer, praise and worship, and thankfulness.

John 15:13
13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

This is one of the keys to Abiding in the Vine!

This is to put aside your goals, desires, and wants and serve someone else – it is service, selflessness and listening to the Holy Spirit. It is acting in love rather than fear, it is living in abundance rather than in lack, it is acting with Christ-like character (gal 5:21-26)

We are friends of Jesus when we do as he commands (love and love your brothers) and that allows us to remain in his love. There is no love without obedience to the teachings of Jesus. To love is to be obedient. To love is to be in the vine and have all of the truth of Jesus be accessible to you, that in His name, you could ask for anything and He would do it.

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2. The Content Marketing Guide

This is essential reading for bloggers, ecommerce sites, and business owners who are looking to drive sales, traffic, and trust using high-value content. This is something Neil is a master at and you’ll find everything from generating good content ideas to planning your content creation and learning how to write like a pro. You’ll learn more about SEO and how to promote the site and solid ways to monetize the traffic. You’ll get a lot of value out of the examples, templates and advice.
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3. The Link Building Guide

For online marketers and anyone trying to generate more traffic to their site, one of the most important skills is link building. This is a “normal” SEO concern, but it’s written for business owners and marketers to get a complete view of why this matters, how it works, and the strategies involved in building great inbound links. You’ll find ideas, advice, tips, and direct instruction to quickly advance your link building strategies and results.
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4. The SEO Guide

This SEO guide gets into advanced topics and proves to be a great next step for those that have mastered SEO Basics and have already moved past the well known SEOMoz Beginner’s Guide. Additionally, this guide is written after the now infamous Penguin and Panda Google updates, so you’ll find it’s extremely relevant and useful for today’s SEO best practices. You’ll like that tactical advice, sound strategies, and helpful examples.
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5. The Online Marketing Guide

This 14 chapter guide pulls you through developing strategy, plans, conversions, email marketing, pr, and more. It’s billed as a beginner’s guide for first-time marketers, small business owners, and experienced entrepreneurs. I found it to be a well organized collection of concept and strategy for online marketing – more than a primer, but less than a definitive end-all guide. I think you’ll find it useful for all the key aspects of your online marketing efforts.
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6. The Copywriting Guide

Great writing is the foundation for all marketing, seo, and useful content. It’s engaging, persuasive, and shareable. If you are interested in selling more online, getting more people to follow you or recommend you as a resource, then this guide is a critical tool. You’ll learn about creating clear and compelling content, headlines, and customer focused messages. Most improtantly, you’ll learn how to focus on the customer and convert more people.
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