Have you ever wondered why God gave you your five senses? Why taste, touch, smell, sight and sound were part of the human design? For a long time I think I misunderstood why. Like most people, I tended to think my five senses were about me. Given to me by God for the purposes of avoiding danger, learning, studying and helping me navigate the world around me. However, as I have matured in my faith walk with Jesus, I have come to realize that God has given them to me (like all things) to point back to Himself. To bring glory to His name. I have come to understand that experiencing the smells, tastes, sounds, sights, and textures of this world are simply the [...]
We have so much to be grateful for! Every day is bursting with immeasurable blessing. But the truth is that sometimes we don’t feel real grateful. The demands of life, struggles, and worries often push us towards defeat rather than a heart of thanks. Or we forget, in the midst of busyness and stresses, just to pause and give thanks. If we’re honest, sometimes it’s a sacrifice to offer praise and thanks. We may not feel like it. We’re struggling. We're tired. Or maybe, we feel like God has let us down. He’s distant, far away, or doesn't really care about what's troubling us. In moments like this thankfulness, let alone delight, seems like a faded memory from the past.  With that reality [...]
The power of effective habits is not in the seclusion, the silence, or the journal, but in Whom you find in the habit. As leaders, we must take our activity godward.
I believe God wants you to flourish! As leaders your wholistic health and capacity to flourish is tied to your ability to find ways to delight in the Lord. May God continue to shape each of you as you sing for the Lord and delight in His goodness.
God calls us throughout scripture to delight in Him. Psalm 37:4 states: “Delight yourself in the Lord…” Job 22:26 talks about “delighting yourself in the Almighty and lifting up your face to God.” I want to pause for a moment and ask an obvious and yet essential question: Is your relationship with God best described as full of delight?
“Self-care” is a frequently used term today. While there is a good chance you have heard it, do you have any ideas what it means? Or better yet, do you know why is it significant for you to understand and practice in your life as a ministry leader? I asked an expert (Google) about the practices of self-care and this is what I found. One way to define self-care is: The active and powerful choice to engage in the activities that are required to gain or maintain an optimal level of overall health. Along with a working definition there came thousands of suggested activities like: A leisurely walk in the park Riding a bike for exercise A stress-free activity like putting a puzzle together [...]
Great leaders are great listeners. They listen more than they talk. They recognize knowledge and wisdom are not gained by talking, but by listening. As leaders it is important to accept that good communication is not a one-way street. In fact, the first rule in communication is to seek understanding before seeking to be understood. Studies show that the average person listens with only 25 percent efficiency—meaning there’s a lot we’re letting go in one ear and out the other! Take a moment to reflect on your leadership, how are you doing with listening? What might your co-workers say about your listening capacity? Lessons in good listening The charter text for Christian listening might be James 1:19: “Let every person be quick to hear, slow [...]
Is God calling you to step out in faith? Has He called you to do so in the past? What’s holding you back? If you are like me, your acts of obedience are often more like calculated risks, rather than steps of faith. Before we step out we often want answers to all of our questions. We want to fully know what we are getting ourselves into. We ask for road maps and markers that will assure us of our safety. We seek clarity, affirmation, and confidence so we aren’t caught off guard. We want guarantees and sureties before we take our first step. And while all of those desires and requests aren’t bad—in fact I am always encouraging others to seek them—the question I [...]
Leaders are decision makers whether they want to be or not. Each day, you as a leader are making decisions that will have significant impact on the direction of your ministry or project. Should I take the time to follow up with that networking lead I heard about? How much money should I budget here? What kind of resources should I assign there? How do I approach this struggling employee? What’s the answer to our growth struggles… and on and on. The question is, in your leadership how are those decisions being made? What are your guiding principles? Where are you finding much needed counsel and wisdom? Whose leadership will you follow? The first choice any leader makes in decision-making is whether to [...]
I’ve always struggled with comparing myself to others. As an insecure, skinny kid, I often found myself wishing I was as fast as my classmate Troy or as smooth as Louis. My grades were good, but not as good as Mike and Drew. I loved drama and theatre, but never got the lead role like Zach did. There was always someone bigger, better, or faster, and I typically wished I was them. As I look back now, I realize that I was young and immature. Naïve to the temptations that my identity was somehow wrapped up in the color of the ribbon I received. Certainly as I grew in my relationship with God, married the most beautiful girl in school, and was unleashed into ministry [...]