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If You Are, You Are

Read this genius thought:

If you are something, that is who you are.

I know, I know…you are amazed at my ability to take such contemplated concepts and break them down into simple to understand language.  You are awestruck by the truth I have just presented to you…truth you have never thought of before.*

Moving on.

Over the years, I have noticed people who like to tell me (or us, or others) who they are.  Things like:

“I’d like you to know that I am an honest person.”

“I’d like you to know that I am a trustworthy person.”

“I’d like you to know that I am a generous person.”‘

I’ve noticed that when people say they are something, they are typically the opposite of what they have stated.

They feel the need to communicate who they are because they are worried people might not believe them.

I have found that when you live a certain way, people will notice it, and you won’t need to say it.

So, if you are trustworthy, then you are!  People will see it.  If you are honest, then you are!  People will believe it.  If you are generous, or caring, or loving, or merciful, or gracious, or …

Then you are.  People will know!

Live by example.  People will notice.

*If you are new to reading my blog, you should know that sometimes I use a healthy dose of sarcasm…today is one of those days.

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Posted by on March 5, 2013 in Business, Leadership, Life, Ministry, Uncategorized

 

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The Dependence Factor

Joshua 11:6 NLT

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them. By this time tomorrow I will hand all of them over to Israel as dead men. Then you must cripple their horses and burn their chariots.”

Joshua was about to face the biggest army he had ever seen. God had already planned his victory.

So, God gives him 3 focuses:

Don’t fear.
You’ll win.
Get rid of their advanced weaponry.

You see, horses and chariots were signs of advanced capabilities in an army. An army with those weapons had a distinct advantage over one without them.

Joshua would have been afraid. God told him not to fear.

Joshua would have expected to lose the battle. God told Joshua he would win.

With a win, Joshua would have recovered the chariots and horses to use for future battles. God told him to get rid of those weapons.

Why?

Why get rid of something that would have made his army stronger?

God wanted to show Joshua that depending on God’s strength would always result in victory.

So many times, we depend on our abilities, our resources, our leadership, our systems, our money, etc.

If you stripped everything away, what would your dependence on God look like?

If God could help Joshua defeat a large army with chariots and horses, then God would be able to help him defeat any enemy through solely relying on God’s strength.

Am I saying you MUST get rid of the other things?

NO!

But, when we depend on those things more than God, we end up losing.

All that you have in your hands are tools, but the source of your victories is God.

Joshua understood this and through his dependence on God he experienced victory after victory.

Let’s do the same!

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Life, Ministry, Uncategorized

 

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My Thoughts on Lance Armstrong

There are a whole lot of opinions surrounding Lance Armstrong’s confession.

Some people believe he confessed for the wrong reasons.

Some people believe he hasn’t told the whole truth.

People do things for different reasons.

Even if Armstrong confessed because of some type of benefit he might receive from it, the truth is…he confessed!

And, that’s a start!

He will suffer many consequences as a result of this, regardless of any benefits he may receive for having confessed right now.

So, to those who would like justice to be served, it will be. He will lose position, titles, trust, possibly money, and respect.

What’s our job?

Grace. Simply grace.

Honesty is the first step towards restoration and reconciliation.

Even if we don’t know everything yet, Armstrong has taken a first step. And, that’s a good thing.

Let’s at least give him that.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in Cultural Commentary, Life, Uncategorized

 

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The Currency of Leadership

Everything we do on earth requires currency.  Transactions are made all of the time.  The most common form of currency is money.  We use it for almost everything: food, gifts, cars, etc.

As I have heard it said many times, “You get what you pay for”.

So, what is the currency of leadership?

If we want people to follow us, listen to us, respond to us, or jump on board with us (and to do all of that willingly), how do we complete that transaction?  What is the currency we need to use in order to have that type of response?

Or, what do we need to pay in order to get something back?

The currency of leadership is TRUST.

In relationships, trust is what is traded on.

Money doesn’t buy willing devotion.  Things can’t cause people to joyfully follow.  Benefits don’t get people excited about a vision.

Sometimes those things are just cover ups, due to our inability to invest in such a way that trust gets built.

When people trust you, they will WILLINGLY follow you.

What have you done to build trust with those you lead?  What are you currently doing to build trust?

Let me know!

 

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Before Obedience

Moses, an author who wrote about God’s work in the lives of the people of Israel, repeated these words of God in the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 5, verse 6: “I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.”

After those words of God, Moses quotes the rest of what God says regarding how he required Israel to act.  God required obedience and commitment.

But, before God gets to commitment, He starts with a pronouncement.

God begins by saying WHO he is: “I am…”

Then, God says WHAT he does: “…who rescued you…”

First, God proves his identity to us, then He proves his commitment to and love for us.

This is what we call “GRACE”.

Before God requires obedience, he offers grace.

How have you been viewing God lately?  Have you imagined him as an angry father requiring action on your part without ever showing you any commitment or love?

If that is your view of God, then you might believe in a different one than the one I follow.

My God offers grace first, then equips us through his grace to live a life of obedience.

Thanks God!

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Life, Love, Religion, Uncategorized

 

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Oh, by the way…THANKS!

Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

This last Sunday, I preached the second of three messages on giving thanks.  The above verses are ones that I have read MANY times.

In fact, I’ve used verse 7 countless times in prayers that I have prayed for people.  For example…

“God, we know that you respond to people’s needs, and we ask you, that in this case you would [input verse 7 in some form at this point in the prayer].  Amen!”

The only problem is that we miss verse 6 so many times!

Let me just focus on the second part of that verse.  It says, “Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”

You see, here’s the problem: So many times, we do the first part of that phrase.

We do a great job of telling God what we need.

The only problem is that we place a “.” (period) instead of a “,” (comma” at the end of that portion of the sentence.

God is big enough to handle all of our needs.  Dump them all on Him!

But, he does ask us to do one more thing: Give thanks for what He has done.

The promise in verse 7 comes AFTER we thank Him for what He has done.

When we are reminded again of what God has done for me, it increases our faith in Him, restores our hope in Him, and builds our trust in Him.  It reminds us that if God has done it in the past, He can also respond in the present and the future!

So, my suggestion is simple.

After you finish all of your requests, petitions, complaints, tirades, etc. with God, place a “,” (comma) at the end of it and do one thing:

Thank Him.

For example, you can say, “Oh, by the way…thanks for _________________”.

Then see what happens.

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2012 in Life, Uncategorized

 

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Must I Wait?

The people of Israel were walking around the desert for forty years.  Because of their disobedience, they knew that none of them would enter into the Promised Land.  So, they were left to walking, stopping, walking, then stopping some more.

Moses (the leader of Israel) had asked Edom to allow them to pass through the land.  Edom rejected their request, so Israel needed to walk around their land to get to their destination.

Here’s what it says in Numbers 21:4: “Then the people of Israel set out from Mount Hor, taking the road to the Red Sea to go around the land of Edom. But the people grew impatient with the long journey,”

Have you ever faced this?  You have a destination in mind, the journey seems long and neverending, and it seems like you will never get to your desired location.

That is normal.

As humans, we are constantly focused on the next goal, the next objective, the next achievement, the next stage, the next ______________.

It is easy to grow impatient along the way.

Israel even started to complain ABOUT God’s provision, saying that they couldn’t stand the food (“manna”) that God was giving to them (found in Numbers 21:5).

As a result of Israel’s attitude and complaints, God sent a plague among them, and they were eventually healed.

Might I make a suggestion?

While the journey may be difficult, tiring, and long…

Choose to:

Trust God, enjoy the view along the way, thank Him for His provision, and learn what He wants to teach you.

It’s better that way.

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Life, Uncategorized

 

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