The last couple of years of my life has been filled with fear. It all started with our dog Zane.
He was a great boy but he had a mean streak to him. One that led to a lot of fear in our lives.
Over the course of his short life, Zane would snap. By snapping, I mean he would turn on us and bite us. There were multiple times this happened over the years we owned him.
While we loved him, we also feared he would become violent. One day he did and that was the day we made the decision we would have to put him down.
Then, for the next 3 years, we lived with the fear we would lose our other dog Leviticus to old age. We lost Leviticus almost a year ago. Read more...
A lot of research has been done in the science of strengths and weaknesses. Most research tells us that we need to stay in our strength zones.
And I’m a strong believer that we see the greatest results when we apply our strengths to what we’re doing.
However, I’ve come to believe that we’re doing a disservice when we dismiss our weaknesses.
Why Strengths Are Great
Our strengths are the areas in our lives that we rock at. These are things like being a visionary, including others in what you do, or in a desire to achieve goals.
By focusing on these strengths, we’re able to play to our natural talents. We’re able to do what we were created for.
We also feel great when we are working in our strengths. Read more...
As a man of faith, I believe God can change our lives for the better. Through Him we receive the ability to persevere and have hope for a better tomorrow.
In 2 Chairs: The Secret That Changes Everything, Bob Beaudine’s latest book, Bob shares 3 questions that will disrupt our lives. I believe these 3 questions can also change your leadership.
The 3 Questions That Will Change Everything
The premise behind 2 Chairs is that we need to spend time conversing, not just talking TO, God. By using 2 chairs we will have a visual representation of our conversation with God.
This is an amazing premise. Yet, I love what Bob’s mother shared with him at one point in his life.
What were those questions?
1. Does God know your situation?
2. Is it too hard for Him to handle? Read more...
For those of you who have children, you know there’s a special day every parent anticipates and dreads. It’s a day of great joy. It’s a day of great fear. That day? The day your child takes his or her first small step.
You sit back and cheer him on. You tell him he’s doing great. Just a little bit further. He only needs to take a baby step for you to have your world change.
What if I told you that you need to begin to take baby steps? Would that excite you like seeing your child take her first steps?
Probably not. You’d think tiny steps forward in business are not for you. They’re definitely not exciting.
Yet these small steps are what we need to be doing.
Why Small Steps Rock
You have lofty goals. I know you do. You’re the kind of leader who wants to change the world. Read more...
Leading a church is difficult. There’s pressure from many sources.
You may see agendas pushed by the church denomination, other leaders within the church, church members, and many other sources.
There’s always something someone wants you to be doing and this causes a conflict of direction within the church. Because of this, we see church leaders making mistakes in areas that are deadly to a church.
1. Church growth: While I believe a church that is spreading the good word should grow in size, there’s also the fact some churches can only grow to a certain size.
To place a demand that a church continues to grow and reach certain attendance goals will not help the church.
Rather than focusing on numbers, focus on the spiritual growth of your congregation. This is what truly matters, not the size of the church but the impact that has been made in the lives of the men and women you teach. Read more...