Find A Pain Partner

August 7, 2015 — 2 Comments

In my interview with former pastor Sam Chand, we talked about finding a pain partner to walk through life with.

Ever since this interview, this idea has really intrigued me.

What Is A Pain Partner?

You’ve got to settle on your own definition of what a pain partner is. It’s unique to every person and how they want to live out their lives.

For me, my pain partner will:

Be willing to listen to me when I hurt

Be someone I can open up to about difficult situations in life

Be a person I can call day or night

Be understanding that we all fail at one point or another

Be able to listen without judgement

Your pain partner needs to be someone you can trust and someone you can contact at any time.

Was it only me or did July fly by? Between the fourth of July holiday, birthdays for my wife and my dad, and the daily grind, July seemed over in a blink.

That’s the way the world works, though. If we’re not careful, we can let our time fly by, never able to reclaim it.

Even though time flew by, I can’t complain about it. Pam and I got in a vacation, I was able to spend lots of time with family, and we were able to enjoy a great variety of music.

Make time for your priorities. It’s worth it.

July 2015

With that, we’re now running headlong into August. Summer is cooling down and Christmas is just around the corner.

The beginning of August also means it’s time for a bit of introspection. It’s time to review the month of July and see where things on the blog ended.

Dun dun dada. Dun dun dada. Dun dun dada. Dun dun dada. Dun dun dada. Dun dun dada doo de doo doo de doo doo de doo doo do.

Almost instantly when you hear the Dun dun dada of the Mission Impossible theme song, you know what’s coming…

Action. Intrigue. Thrills.

Mission: Impossible Rogue nation leadership lessons and quotes

Mission Impossible 5: Rogue Nation released this past weekend. Starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, and more, the movie looked promising.

The big name actors in MI:5 tend to deliver. And, once again, they did.

The new Mission Impossible movie delivered in every way possible, including leadership lessons.

WARNING: Mission Impossible 5 spoilers ahead

Leadership Lessons From Mission Impossible 5: Rogue Nation

1. Record Shop Girl/IMF Agent

I’ve heard the stories. They can’t all be true.

We are inundated with stories that are meant to create fear in our lives.

From the nightly news telling us stories of all the evil happenings to the water cooler gossip about who did what, we know this earth can be a scary place.

A few months ago, my wife and I went to Frosty Oasis, a local ice cream parlor in Muskegon. Normally we will walk to get ice cream but this night we decided to drive over.

While in line, we saw multiple police cars fly down the road and turn just past where we were standing.

Come to find out, there was a shooting across the street. A young man had been shot.

Fear Creeps In

Reading online, I saw many people were now scared to let their children go to the skate park where the shooting occurred. These parents feared their children may be the next victim of a shooting.

Leading others will take you to places you never knew you’d go.

Those places may be to the highest of highs or the lowest of lows. I’ve experienced both in my time in youth ministry.

You’ve probably experienced similar, whether it was in church leadership or business leadership.

And through these ups and down, leaders must have faith.

Leaders must have faith that there will be better days ahead

Leaders must have faith that they will see others grow

Leaders must have faith that others can take over

Leaders must have faith that they can make a difference

Leaders must have faith that when they fail they can be redeemed

Leaders must have faith that there is good in the world

Leaders must have faith that the new generation has better ideas than the past generations