Halford E. Luccock once said that no one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.
How profound. How beautiful are these two sentences.
And how applicable to our lives.
Life wasn’t mean to be done alone. We were meant to have friends and family and acquaintances surround us.
Much like Halford Luccock’s quote about the orchestra, we can say the same applies to our lives.
Your Life Deserves A Team
When I think back to elementary, middle, and high school, I remember the teams I had. They weren’t people on a sports team.
Rather, my teams were support teams. And I needed them.
In elementary and middle school, some of those people were Nick, Brian, Phillip, and Greg. They were my bros.
We rode bikes together. We hung out after school. We played Nintendo (the original 8-bit system) until the wee-hours of the night. Read more...
Is there a sadder thing than a man who believes he has die-hard friends only to discover those friends really weren’t his friends?
People believe they have great friendships all the time. These so-called friends lap praise upon praise. They’re told they can do no wrong…
My question: Is that really a friendship? Or is it a recipe for disaster?
Real Friends Do This
Having people who tell you how great you are, feels good. Real good.
Our egos get a boost. We feel like we’re on cloud 9. We might be.
And real friends do give us compliments and encourage us. They tell us when we’re doing good. When we’re rocking it.
Real friends also do something else.
When we have true-blue friends, they know us well enough to call us out on the carpet. Read more...
I always tend to go back to a famous Jim Rohn quote. You know the one.
You are the average of the 5 people you hang around with the most
In the online world, we often associate that with surrounding ourselves with the people we want to be around.
The successful ones. The businessman (or woman). The creator or doer.
Those are great people to be around. They’re going to help propel your success.
What We Forget
While we’re trying to slide into the IN crowd, we forget something. We can easily let our sense of right or wrong slip away.
Or maybe it was never there to begin with.
Years ago, I remember attending a webinar for someone I highly admired. I was stoked to see him succeed.
Then I began to watch the webinar. And I was surprised by the co-presenter. Read more...
There are leaders who lead by title only.
You know the ones. They push forward through threats of intimidation and power grabs.
No one really likes them. Yet they continue to work for them because of fear.
Title Means Nothing
People have had titles bestowed upon them for ages. Sometimes they’re right to give the title. Other times they’re not.
They give a title so someone who’s looking for power or wealth. This person feels entitled and abuses the title.
So much so, others see through the veneer. And they begin to revolt.
These followers might not tell the leader by title only their thoughts. Rather they may:
Stop working hard
Begin talking behind the leadership’s back
Look for new work
Plot to overthrow the current leader
We can all rule by title. We can’t lead by title alone, though. Read more...
One of the things I’ve struggled with as a youth leader has been how we call others to a saving knowledge of Christ. It always seemed so hooky.
The typical way we present Christ is through a message on a Sunday morning or Wednesday night. We share about Christ’s work and then invite people to accept Him into their hearts.
That or we do run-and-gun missionary work. This is where you hit the streets, tell the world they’re sinners, and try to get them to repent.
Now, these methods have worked, or seemed to work, for quite some time. But I’ve always wondered if there was a better way to promote the Gospel and tell of what Christ has done.
My friend, Dave Arnold, recently released his new book titled Building Friendships: The Foundation For Missional Engagement. And his book hit on something that’s been stirring within me. Read more...