Over the next two days, I will have the great privilege of facilitating a leadership development workshop for 60 leaders from across the state of Oklahoma. And I will ask them a very important question - the same question that I will ask you at the end of this post. First, let's talk about trust. … Continue reading Can People Trust You?
"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest'" (Matthew 9:36-38, ESV). … Continue reading A Prayer for Laborers
I continue to be blessed by Jim Martin's writings. Here's a recent story he shared that provides a practical tool for dealing with worry and anxiety... What do you do with your worry? Unfortunately, at times I have given worry a front row seat in my mind. Then, at 3:00 AM, I awaken and rehearse … Continue reading 3 Questions to Help You With Worry
So, what do you want to accomplish this week? What is the one thing - that, if you completed - would make this a productive week? What is the one thing - that, if you checked it off your list - would make you breathe a bit easier? Here's a simple formula to help you … Continue reading What Do You Want to Accomplish This Week?
Tomorrow, I have the great opportunity to stand in front of a roomful of Oklahoma leaders and talk to them about the science of hope. The scientific definition of hope is as follows: "Hope is the belief that your future can be better and brighter than your past, and that you actually have a role … Continue reading Be a Pathway of Hope
I didn't preach this past Sunday, so I stood in the back and greeted people as they entered the building and helped people find seats in the auditorium. A few minutes after the worship service had started, a woman walked in, and we chatted for awhile before she entered the auditorium. But, as soon as … Continue reading You Are Loved
Productivity and leadership guru Michael Hyatt lists five essentials for healthy achievement: Rest. Practice rest by getting adequate sleep every night and avoiding work on your day off.Reflection. Start a habit of pulling away to a quiet place to pause and reflect. Slow down for as little as 5 minutes to center yourself and reflect … Continue reading 5 Habits of High Achievers
About eight months ago, I joined the growing number of ministers who are choosing to take on another job while also serving in congregational ministry. Some choose to do this for financial reasons (their own or their congregation's), while others do so out of a sense of mission. For me, this decision was purely missional, … Continue reading 7 Things I’m Enjoying about Bi-Vocational Ministry
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen … Continue reading Still Grieving, But Not Without Hope
Twenty years ago today a life entered this world. A life that increased love. A life that sparked joy. A life that brought gratitude. A life that made people smile. A life that brought people together. A life that fought hard for life. A life that demonstrated courage. A life that endured with dignity. A … Continue reading 20 Years