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4 Times Not To Give Up

August 24, 2015 — 9 Comments

I want to give up! This isn’t worth me putting in the time and effort anymore.

These are a few thoughts that have gone through my mind lately.

You don't have to give up

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And while there are times to give up, there are also times we shouldn’t give up. Even those these thoughts have filled my mind, I know it’s not time to give up yet.

There’s so much more to do and so many more lives to impact.

Have you been there? Have you felt like giving up?

I’m sure you have. We all go through periods where our desire to lead feels like it’s misdirected.

We believe we need to give up when:

1. We want to give up when we feel our leadership is not producing results: We’ve been taught that results are the product of our effectiveness.

We’re all trying to get somewhere or become something better.

We purchase programs that promise to make us a better person. We attend seminars that are supposed to improve our self-esteem. We watch videos that promise to show us the way.

What’s The Process?

 

The process is simple. The process is the journey we take from where we’re at to where we belong.

God has a plan for our lives. In the end, we should wind up there.

But we struggle and fight and resist the plans God has for us.

We think we KNOW where we’re headed so we push and pull and trip and fall and mess up.

We want our way in the process.

And when we want our way, we get lost.

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

Why We Need Community

July 3, 2015 — 4 Comments

I’ve always believed that community is important. We must live and interact with others if we want to truly thrive.

The sad truth is, I haven’t lived this well recently.

Over the past year or so, my relationships with others have fallen by the wayside. Replaced with work or my inner thoughts.

It’s a struggle I’ve had and I’m not ashamed to admit.

Why Community?

Community is a powerful thing. Community is there to hold you up. Community is there to hold you accountable. Community is there to back you.

Something truly spectacular happens when we begin entering into relationships with those around us. We begin to experience who we truly are.

Desmond Tutu said:

A person is a person through other persons

Andy Snyder put community this way:

We need others to help us become ourselves

We all proclaim that we have certain values in our lives. We tell ourselves and others that our family matters. We tell others that our friends matter. We tell others that our faith matters.

My question is, does your life line up with what you say?

People Say One Thing

I’ve heard so many people say how important their family is to them. They say how they’d go to the ends of the earth because of what they mean.

I’ve heard people claim their friends are invaluable. They say there’s nothing else they’d rather do.

I’ve heard people claim God and faith is important. They couldn’t live without God.

People say one thing and yet do another.

These same people that claim to value these friends and family and faith values then go and do things that are contradictory to what they’ve just said.