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Life is NOT a Solo Sport


“A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach their potential.”

John Maxwell


God never intended for us to be a solo act completely self-sufficient and in need of no one. The words of the great Christian poet, John Donne, are as true today as when he penned them in 1624, “No man is an island unto himself.” We need Godly relationships!

They say, you can know where you will be in five years by looking at the books you’re reading and the friends you spend time with. The really great news is we can control both what we read and whom we chose to spend time with. The trick is to chose wisely.  

As for me, I know I have a true friend when they love me enough to tell me the truth, even when it is not what I want to hear. A so called friend who won’t tell you the honest truth is paramount to the person who won’t tell you the “bridge is out” because they don’t want to hurt your feelings. Proverbs 27:17 encourages us that “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”

From time to time, it is good to do a little self-check. First ask yourself, “Have I surrounded myself with good Godly friends? Second, ask yourself, “Am I a good Godly friend?” Third, ask yourself, “Would I want my conversations with my friends broadcast over the speaker system of Heaven?” If you can’t answer a hearty “Yes” to all these questions, now would be a great time to make some changes. We only have one run at this life, choose wisely those you surround yourself with, make sure they are the ones who will cheer you over the finish line of life.

“The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.” Proverbs 27:9



S. Courtney Lawson Writer and speaker Sandy Lawson recently hit two best-seller lists with the new business book, "Transform," co-authored with best-selling author and speaker Brian Tracy. Sandy Lawson serves as a Care Pastor at Element Church, in Wentzville Missouri, one of the fastest growing churches America. Sandy recently joined noted business development expert, best-selling author and speaker, Brian Tracy, along with a select group of the world's leading experts, to co-author the book titled, Transform: The World's Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Get to the Heart and Soul of Transforming your Life, Business & Health. The book was released on September 18, 2014 by CelebrityPress™ - a leading business book publisher. On the day of release, Transform reached best-seller status in two categories - reaching as high as #6 in the "Direct Marketing" category. The book also reached best-seller status in the "Marketing and Small Business" category. Sandy contributed a chapter titled, "The Relationship Transformation...Taking Relationships From Terminal to Transformed." Sandy Lawson has over 30 years of experience partnering with her husband, Kip, in family ministry and outreach. She's had the privilege of serving on staff at three mega churches prior to Element Church. In addition, she and her husband also had the honor of building the bus ministry of the Oneighty Youth Group at Church on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 400 riders weekly to nearly 1,500 riders each week. Her biggest joy is coaching people in their personal relationships and helping them reach their God-given potential. She and her husband have helped hundreds of couples turn failing marriages into happily-ever-afters, as well as assisting parents in their quest to create healthy thriving families. In their career, Sandy and her husband have been a major influence in the lives of thousands of children, teens, and adults around the world. Sandy is the mother of three, and the grandmother of eight wonderful grandkids. She and her husband have been married over 46 years. She is the author of a parenting book, "Parenting Through the Mirror" which explores the concept that great parenting must begin with personal transformation. She is also the author and illustrator of a children's geology book, "Iggy and the Volcano" that teaches kids the cycle of igneous rocks. Sandy is a freelance writer, speaker, blogger and was a major contributor to an internationally distributed children's curriculum. After such a successful release, Sandy Lawson will once again be recognized by The National Academy of Best-Selling Authors™, an organization that honors authors from many of the leading independent best-seller lists.

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