Thursday, February 26, 2015

Leadership And You (Part 26)

If you don't want to learn, years of schooling will teach you very little. But, if you want to be taught, there is no end to what you can learn. This includes being willing to accept discipline and correction and to learn from the wisdom of others. A person who refuses constructive criticism has a problem with pride. Such a person is unlikely to learn very much.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Surrender To Christ

At first, I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. He was out there sort of like a president. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I really didn't know Him.

But later on when I met Christ, it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me pedal.

I didn't know just when it was that He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since.

When I had control, I knew the way. It was rather boring, but predictable. It was the shortest distance between two points.

But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places at breakneck speeds, it was all I could do to hang on! Even though it looked like madness, He said, "Pedal!

I worried and was anxious and asked, "Where are you taking me?" He laughed and didn't answer, and I started to learn to trust.

I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure. And when I'd say, "I'm scared," He'd lean back and touch my hand.

He took me to people with gifts I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance and joy. They gave me gifts to take on my journey, my Lord's and mine.

And we were off again. He said, "Give the gifts away; they're extra baggage, too much weight." So I did, to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received, and still our burden was light.

I did not trust Him at first, in control of my life. I thought He'd wreck it; but He knows bike secrets, knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, knows how to jump to clear high rocks, how to fly  to shorten scary passages.

And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I'm beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ.

And when I'm sure I just can't do it anymore, He just smiles and says, "Pedal!"


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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Be Careful Of Your Wishes!

I wish for a better job. I wish for a new house. I wish for a new relationship. 

Many of us spend a LOT of time wishing things were different. We think that many of these things will IMPROVE our lives.

Many times, our lives are pretty good WITHOUT them. We lose sight of the things that are already making things BETTER. We lose sight of gratitude.

Be careful of your wishes. They actually may lead to a LOSS of personal freedom, privacy or MORE.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Leadership And You (Part 25)

Fear can immobilize you. The size of a job, its risks, or the pressure of the situation can cause us to freeze and do nothing. One remedy for fear is found here -- don't focus on the fear, instead get to work. Getting started is often the most difficult and frightening part of a job.

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Revisiting A New Crop Of Friends

Joel Osteen is a good television preacher and author. I’ve read a number of his books and watch him on t.v. Some Bible thumpers don’t like him. They think he’s fake; too polished, overdone. Personally, I like anyone who can take the complexities of the Bible and explain it in a functional way.

The other day, Joel was talking about how we need to clean house with our friends. (Personally, I’ve done it for years and got my ass chewed out for being cruel and insensitive. That was then. I’m a new person looking to be the best that I can be. If I have to clean house, I’ll do it.) He drew an interesting parallel between Jesus and the 12 apostles. Since Jesus was a very unique man who did miracles etc.; he had to have a select group of friends who understood him and had his back. He knew he was different and needed friends who followed suit. He couldn’t engage with people who weren’t on the same page as he. That would’ve attracted unnecessary attention and ridicule. Joel’s example speaks BOLDLY on how we all have to follow Jesus’ example.

Many of us hold on to people who no longer support us. We no longer have things in common with them; yet we hold on for fear of being alone. In actuality,you are alone.

There is truth in the saying, “People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or longer.

Maybe it’s time for you to follow through as Jesus did.

Question for you: Are you holding on to people who are dead weight?
Focus: Friendship, Spirit