Archive for July, 2012

Conflict

Posted: July 30, 2012 in Work

We all have the opportunity to deal with conflict at work or church at some point. Here is a link to a few steps to help us move forward when conflict arrises.

http://www.perrynoble.com/2012/05/10/eight-things-to-keep-in-mind-in-regards-to-conflict-at-workchurch/

 

Interesting Read…

Posted: July 26, 2012 in Just A Thought

Here is a link to an article recently written by my friend Kenny Luck.  It is an interesting read. Please check it out.

http://www.charismamag.com/life/culture/15448-wild-fires-and-a-wild-man

 

Your Team

Posted: July 24, 2012 in Just A Thought

Remember back when we were kids and it was time to pick teams? The two guys picking the teams were usually the best athletes and one by one they tried to pick a winning team.  As the selection process commenced, the teams would take shape, each captain trying to surround himself with a winning team. With each selection of a team member the remaining levels of skill declined and nobody wanted to be the last player picked.  The bottom line was that you wanted to pick people to be on your team that had some skill at whatever game that being played.

Move that thought process in your adult life. Who are the men that you are surrounding yourself with? Are they the guys that will encourage and equip you to live the life that God has called you to live?

Take a look at Proverbs 13:20  He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. (NIV)

Much like picking the team when we were kids we need to make smart choices as adults about the people who we spend time with, those who are on our team.  If our team mates are not helping us grow and move forward in our walk with Christ then maybe we should trade them, send them to the minors or give them an unconditional release.

Bottom line, walk with the wise and run from the fools.

@ Work…

Posted: July 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

I found this article and thought that I would share it with you today. I hope you enjoy and are challenged by it. It’s not new but is very good. Have a great day.

http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/how-to-glorify-god-at-work

Your Vision

Posted: July 16, 2012 in God's man, Just A Thought

Do you have a vision, a dream of something  you would like to do in God’s kingdom?  Is there something that keeps nagging at you, bothering you about the world that needs to changed?  Is there some situation where you see clearly what could be and what should be? If so, then what’s stopping you?

We all take a certain amount of risks in life, sometimes just driving to work is a risk. We all fear rejection and embarrassment and failure to some degree but, we have to remember that we don’t operate in our own power, we have God’s power, His Spirit with us.

2 Timothy 1:7 tells us, “For God has not given us a spirit  of fearfulness,  but one of power,  love,  and sound judgment”

For that dream or vision that lives inside of you, does it bring the Good News to the poor in spirit, does it set captives free, does it liberate the oppressed? If so, how can you start making your dream a reality? It may be quite likely that there are others around you that share the same vision, the same dream to make a change. Talk to some trusted friends, some of the people around you, ask them what they think about your idea. Ask if they would be interested in coming along with you.

There is one more thing. It’s probably the most important thing. PRAY and pray a lot about how God might direct this dream or vision for His glory. Pray and listen to what He has for you, His will and be ready to be obedient to what He tells you.

Be ready to take a risk, step out in faith and make your dream a reality, turning your vision into action and see what God’s power can do through you!

 

What Is Your Response?

Posted: July 10, 2012 in Just A Thought

If your life is anything like mine, things don’t always work out like we planned. Even the best plans have things that we didn’t see. Maybe our plan was just that, our plan and not God’s plan. The simple plain truth is that things don’t always go our way or how we wanted them to go.

A few years ago a friend of mine gave me some good advice about those frustrating life situations in general. He said that he always tried to do three things when things didn’t quite go his way. Seek the Lord, Seek the lesson and Seek the laughter. I have found when I apply these simple filters, things usually get clearer.

Seeking the Lord in prayer and through scripture allows us to connect with Him and that gives us strength, His strength.

Seek the lesson allows us to see that maybe we were wrong or that God’s plan is bigger than ours and will work in and through our lives. Check Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. God is Large and In Charge, not us.

Seek the laughter helps us to not take ourselves so seriously. The laughter may not be easily seen but in frustrating times laughter can help calm us down.

It’s not if a frustrating circumstance will come your way, it’s when. And when one does come your way next time, maybe these three things can help you get through the day.

 

Have you ever considered all the choices we have? We have so many choices in our lives today that it can get overwhelming. You can make the choice for a gut buster double cheeseburger followed by a bacon sunday or you can have a salad for lunch today. Your car can be almost any color you want it to be and so can your hair, if you still have some. The fact is, we have lots of choices.

Whether it’s a conscious choice or not, you choose where you lead your family. You can lead them in and to the things of the world which is easy or you can lead them to the Lord, which is harder because it takes work. Lots of work and constant work.

Living and modeling a life of faith in Christ is simple but it isn’t easy. Making the choices that help our family to be a part of a life lived following Jesus takes effort and guys it is our job, nobody elses. Each of us will have to decide on what that looks like for our house, again choices.

If you haven’t made the best choices for your family up to this point then make the choice to change. Set a new direction, work out the details and be open and honest with everyone about the changes. Again, that will not be easy to do but well worth it in the long run.