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Change Your Language; Change Your Perspective

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A few weeks ago, I went out of town to visit a client. On my way to the airport I received a call from a friend who asked where I was going. I said, with a note of resignation in my voice, “Oh, I’m headed to Boise, Idaho. I have to consult with a client.” When I hung up, it hit me. I just said that I have to consult; but really, I get to consult. How many people would gladly do this for free—or even pay for the opportunity? Yet I was getting paid to do it. “I have to” is the language of duty. While there is nothing wrong with that in and of itself; I often say it with a sigh, as if I’m a victim of a terrible crime. Language of Privilege On the other hand, “I get to” applies the language of privilege. Using this phrase acknowledges the gift I’ve been given and helps me recognize the opportunities in the tasks. This subtle shift may seem small. However, it made a significant impact on my attitude. It has impacted me so much that I am choosing the language of privilege every chance I get. I don’t ha ...

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    Putting the passion back into in our ministries! Great message, Randy! Paul summed up our participation...

    -- Will Stevens

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I've spent most of my life helping non-profit organizations pursue their vision. My passion is to help non-profits reach their communities and grow discipleship through development.

My work with Christian universities, Christian academies, missions groups, radio stations and local churches really gets me going. Underneath all the work is a real desire to see leaders grab hold of the opportunity God has given them.

Whether major gift development, annual fund plans or donor strategy, I rely on many of the business disciplines from the corporate workplace at JC Penney and Amway Corporation.

I enjoy working with young men to become strong leaders in their families, workplaces and churches. I started The Timothy Project a few years ago to work with men in my local community.

You can find out more about how I help non-profit organizations and how to contact me here.

Thanks for commenting on my blog,

Randy