Digital Digest w.6.2018

I just got done playing a riveting game of Chutes and Ladders with my 4-year-old son.

I hate that game. It’s so frustrating to me.

On the box, Chutes and Ladders is described as an “exciting game of ups and downs” – but really – it’s a game of chance, with no strategy at all – no control over the ups and downs. And that’s why I don’t like it.

Maybe the point of the game is to teach counting, progression, order – I dunno. But it’s also teaching something else: that whatever happens to you is out of your control, whether good or bad, you cannot influence how you progress through the game – it’s all left to chance.

That’s not the way I live my life. I’m strategic. I’m intentional. I’m learning and adapting and overcoming. I’m growing.

This week we celebrated the Eagle’s first Superbowl victory in Philadelphia. Go Birds! (Check out this incredible 360° drone view of the parade celebration.) World Champs. Which didn’t happen by chance. It took practice. And resiliency. And stamina. And guts. And strategy. And skill. And teamwork.

Chutes and Ladders has none of that.

Philadelphia has plenty.

(As Jason Kelce passionately described in what will be remembered as one of the best sports speeches EVER.)

Here’s a practical article all about personal growth, because great leaders keep growing.

“The very best leaders I know are hungry to grow. They are internally motivated to keep reading, learning and practicing toward improvement. They are dedicated to personal development.”

Why Growth is Non-Negotiable for Leaders – Dan Reiland (1m read)

Nick Foles became an instant hero in Philadelphia as he led the Eagles to our first SuperBowl victory. Not only is he a great athlete, but his love for Jesus is legit. And through his performance and talk, he showed his leadership chops.

“Nowadays, too many people are focused on “becoming a leader.” They play office politics in an attempt to win a management position. They hire PR firms or focus on marketing and “branding” to establish a name for themselves, so others will think they’re important and hear what they have to say.

But as Foles so beautifully demonstrated over the past several weeks, true leadership isn’t about position, or trying to get others to follow you.

Rather, true leadership is about action: It’s putting your head down, going to work, and trying to lift up those around you. That’s what inspires others to follow because they want to, not because they have to.”

Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles’s Post-Game Interview Is a Powerful Lesson in Leadership – (4m read)

I spend all of my work energy leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus through building our church.

In the arena of our church, I’m committed to growing. Here is some challenging thinking that we are embracing this year – as we seek to be directed by the Holy Spirit.

5 Specific Ways The Current Approach To Church Seems Badly Outdated – Carey Nieuwhof (9m read)

Speaking of growth – the emoji library is growing! This June, we’ll have 157 more emojis to better express ourselves.


2018’s New Emoji Will End The Neglect Of Redheads – The Verge (2m read)


“If you only do what you can do, you’ll never be better than what you are.”
-Shifu (Kung Fu Panda 3)


“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.”
-1 Corinthians 13:11

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The Digital Digest is a weekly email sharing a few hand-selected articles, videos, or podcasts you may find interesting and helpful, from what I’m learning in my pursuit to follow Jesus fully and lead well in our digital world.