A Very Merry Christmas…to You


Today—I share a simple wish with you. I hope you’ve experienced a fruitful year and are now able to experience a restful holiday season.

I have loved posting blogs for you in 2015 and receiving your comments along the way. So many of you who read them share my same heart to equip students for life and leadership. You care about them. You instruct them. You lead them. You love them. May I just remind you that if you work with students, you are shaping the future of our nation and our world. You shoulder an important responsibility.

Today, I want to introduce you to some heroes you likely don’t know.

What’s Important to Me…

I rarely take opportunities to talk about The Growing Leaders Initiative. It is the philanthropic arm of our work at Growing Leaders. We partner with underfunded schools and organizations that cannot pay for the training or Habitudes® resources we offer. Some are in developing nations, while others are in impoverished contexts very close to home. (We’re helping a school build visionary young leaders who don’t even have a change of clothes at home. These kids literally have a closet at school with two sets of clothing for them to change into). Believe it or not, we’ve translated Habitudes® into Arabic, and they’re being used with students and schools in Egypt and other countries in the Middle East.

Below are links to a few of the projects we’re serving. And right now, a marvelous donor has offered a “matching gift” to help these projects. Any donation you make to The Growing Leaders Initiative will double in size, up to $25,000. Here is a taste of three projects we’ve funded this year:

  1. VisionTrust Liberia
  2. Mentor Me North Georgia 
  3. E.A.D to Legacy

If you’d like to give a gift and double it’s impact through our “Matching Gift Challenge,” you can click here. We’d love to have you join us in equipping kids in the neediest of places. We’re giving them the tools to become life-giving leaders.

I learned an important lesson back in the 80s and 90s while working under Dr. John C. Maxwell’s leadership. He would always remind us as team members:

  • Don’t take yourself too seriously.
  • But always take your mission very seriously.

I think that’s striking a healthy balance.

Have a splendid holiday season, and we’ll connect next week.

A Very Merry Christmas...to You