"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand" (John 10:27-28).

As we enter our sixth week of the ELI journey, I wanted to briefly pause and share a short story with you. While it's geared towards younger audiences, Max Lucado's tale is a powerful reminder of how God brings about Christ-centered transformation! Click here to read the short story.

  • Learning His Song: The third knight was victorious because he knew the King's song. Whose song(s) are you listening to? Your boss, co-worker, our culture? How are you learning God's song? I all too often find myself believing the lie of another tune, one that always over-promises and under-delivers. 

  • The Right Companions: The companions on our journey matter. The prince was the right companion because he knew his father's song, and served to hold the knight accountable to only following the King. Do you have a "prince(s)" in your life?

  • Commitment that Attracts: The knight's commitment to learning the King's song empowered him to survive the forest, attracting all those around to see who he was. Does our commitment to Jesus lead to actions that stir our workplaces to wonder why? In faith, do we engage with the challenges of our work differently and with joy?

ELI's Commitment and Accountability core value states, "Our commitment is defined by action that inspires, attracts, and unites others through an intentional and consistent practice of authenticity." Lives of real commitment and authenticity serve to sharpen, moving us and others closer to our King (Proverbs 27:17).

Studies have shown that it takes a minimum of 21 days to form a new practice. If you're at all like me and find yourself listening to another song, let's commit to starting day one of a new practice today. The journey through the forest is not easy. However, if God has called you to enter the forest, enter it boldly - with Jesus and accountable companions at your side. "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ" (Colossians 3:23-24).