The Difference Between Mediocrity and Excellence

Brandon Leadership

My favorite quote is from Shelton Smith, Editor of The Sword of the Lord, who said, The difference between mediocrity and excellence is midnight oil, elbow grease, and the power of God. When I was still in school, I developed the terrible habit of settling for mediocrity. I was a B- student with a GPA of 2.8. While I usually earned …

Live Life With a Sword and a Trowel

Brandon Living

I the part of Nehemiah, in chapter four, when Nehemiah commands the families who are rebuilding the walls to grab both a sword and a trowel, and to rotate between who works and who stands guard. It’s a wonderful picture of the Christian life – one that Charles Spurgeon captured well in his classic publication, The Sword and the …

Jumping Squirrel

Today, We Take a Little Leap

Brandon Living

I’m writing this brief note just a couple of hours before my wife gets home… from work… for the last time (at least for a really, really long time). We’ve never done this before. She’s going to stay at home. She’s a little excited and a little nervous. I’m pretty happy about the whole experiment. We have other leaps coming …

I Owe, I Owe, It’s Off to Work I Go

Brandon Living

I remember seeing that phrase on a license plate once and laughing. But sadly, that’s how many of us live our lives. We work because we have to do so. I think it’s one of the reasons get-rich-quick programs are so successful at recruiting people. We have a dream, for some reason, of being rewarded for being less productive. …