My Blog. My Thoughts.
// April 9th, 2014
So lately I have been wrestling with various leadership principles. One specific concept I have been thinking about is how the grass is greener on the other side.
The more I think about this, the more I think this concept is directly from our spiritual enemy.
Look at Elimelech in Ruth 1:1-2
“In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. The man’s name was Elimelech… And they went to Moab and lived there.”
There is an obvious famine going on in Judah, so Elimelech decides to move his family to the country of Moab. It seemingly looked better in Moab compared to Judah. Then something unforeseen occurs, in verse 3, Elimelech passes away.
Elimelech obviously thought that the new place would be better, he obviously thought he wouldn’t have to face such drastic adversity, and he probably thought there would be more rewards in Moab. Maybe, just maybe, staying in Judah is what God wanted from him in the first place.
I believe many leaders in the 21st century are just like Elimelech. I know I have been there. I know it seems that if something seemingly more appealing presents itself, we are packed, prepped, and ready to go for a new journey. But then adversity finds us again, and we are stuck wondering what happened.
Well, the grass is NOT always greener on the other side. Whatever you are struggling with today, try not to let this concept seep into your outlook and consume your life. Do not run from adversity; just because it might actually take some difficult work does not mean we need to give up. In the long run, the struggles will be worth it and will make us a much stronger leader.
Remember, THE GRASS IS GREENEST WHERE IT IS WATERED.
// March 17th, 2014
When you realize the creator of the universe has given you purpose, the direction of your life changes course.
// February 27th, 2014
Have you ever just found yourself feeling drained and discouraged? As a leader there are always going to be seasons that we feel discourage, disheartened, and downtrodden. When this happens, we sometimes only pause for a moment so we may give ourselves a pep talk to keep on going.
Instead of the casual pep talk, let’s take a moment and attempt to discover the root of the problem.
Are we overworking ourselves? Do we know how to say “no?” Are we doing more than God ever asked or intended us to do? Because Jesus says, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Mat 11:30). Are we consumed with the “urgencies” of our days so that we are kept from the deeper meaning God has for us? Do we try to fix things with our own plans and designs? Because God says, “lean not on your own understandings, but in all your ways acknowledges Him and He will direct your paths” (Prov. 3:5-6). Or is there a chance we are stagnate and are not seeking knowledge?
No matter if you lead an organization, church, or are a student, take a second today to evaluate what you are doing, not only in its effectiveness and efficiency, but also in its spiritual value. Are we doing the things God truly desires for us to do, or are we building our own goals and dreams and expecting God to bless them?
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// July 30th, 2013
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// July 27th, 2013
The past six weeks have been simultaneously awesome and crazy. I have been traveling all over the U.S. speaking at various summer conferences for junior high and high school students. In the midst of these travels, a youth pastor approached me and expressed how he felt God was calling him to the stage of conferences one day. He wanted to know what advice would I give him to help him reach this goal.
The advice I gave was simple, and yet, I believe it is useful for leaders across the board. The advice is this, God can never give you the later if you do not focus on the now. It echoes the saying, “Be faithful with little and I will make you faithful with much.”
As leaders, we have goals that we passionately desire to attain. There is nothing wrong with goals; goals are great and keep us moving forward! In fact, I would encourage you to dream of how large your impact can be. But I firmly believe that, as leaders, if we are not present in the here and NOW with where God has placed us, we may never attain the LATER blessings God has for us.
In Genesis, the character of Joseph always focused on the here and now in his life. He faithfully served God in the pits and prisons where he was placed FOR YEARS! Yet he still held on to God’s promises, and as a result of both of those actions, he was able to be used in a marvelous way in EVERY season of his life. But if Joseph spent too much of his time worrying about why God was not filling his end of the bargain NOW, he would not have taken hold of the present, he would not have done amazing things in the prison, and he may not have gotten where he needed to go. Because he served God in all circumstances, he became the leader that God used to save his family, and nation.
As leaders, we must focus on the here and NOW so God can grow us into what he will give us LATER. We must embrace the platform that God has given us in each season of life and, in his time, he will grow that platform to what he wants it to become.
// July 27th, 2013
Many people have been asking lately what a “#hashtag” is. Here is a quick definition.
“It is a form of metadata (a set of data that describes and gives information about other data), or short messages used on social media platforms. They are used so you can group such messages, allowing you to search for them.”
They can be used to build momentum for your business, church, or organization on social media platforms. Also, they are often times used as jokes in the midst of peoples social media posts.
// July 13th, 2013
The Word of God is living and powerful. #thankyoujesus