When we don’t take time to reflect on our previous season, we miss opportunities to grow into new seasons that life affords us.
Nowhere in the Bible do we see that following God is easy. World changing is hard work. Restoring hope is not for the faint of heart. Rebuilding lives from the rubble of sin is no easy task.
This New Year, get comfortable with your own skin. Stop trying to be someone else. No one else can be you. Only you can.
1. By God’s grace I am what I am.
2. I’m not finished growing, I keep moving forward.
3. I’m not a victim. I’m privileged to glorify Christ through suffering.
4. I refuse to make excuses for my failure.
5. I own my mistakes, learn from them, and become wiser.
6. I can’t make everyone happy, but I can please ONE.
7. I am a giver. I give life, hope, and empowerment to others.
8. I’m content being me. Therefore, I don’t compare myself with others.
9. I have everything I need to do what God has called me to do.
10. I’m not running aimlessly. There’s purpose even in uncertainty.
11. The Gospel is still changing my life. That’s Good News!
12. I will love the journey. Even when there are no shortcuts.
13. If I err, I will err on the side of faith… never doubt.
14. God never calls us to a fair fight. Otherwise we wouldn’t need to trust Him.
15. My calling is my burden. I will accept that.
Theologian Frederick Buechner noted that, “vocation is where our greatest passion meets the world’s greatest need.” I believe all of us have the capacity to live out our passion in a manner that serves others – and ultimately changes the world in our own small way. The same God who created our lives for serving others is the same God who gives us the passion to serve.
I’ve been reading The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership by James Kouzes and Barry Posner. They collected stories from ordinary people — the experiences they recalled when asked to think of a peak leadership experience. Despite differences in culture, gender, age, and other variables, these “Personal Best” stories revealed similar patterns of behavior. They found that when leaders are at their personal best there are five core practices common to all:
Our gifts mean very little to God without real commitments to people.
Wow! Please let that sink in for a moment.
We all want to feel unique and gifted… and we are. We all want to feel like we have something special to offer God and the world… and we do. But the truth is, our gifts and talents, without the basis of deep commitments and sincere devotion to relationships and community, have very little usefulness to God.
Mike McCarthy had a great leadership moment this week. The Green Bay Packers’ head coach often says that among his highest priorities is setting an optimal mind-set in the locker room. So on the heels of the team’s bitter and controversial loss to Seattle on Monday night, the coach’s charge when his players returned to work Wednesday was to rid them of any vestiges of victimhood.
Coca-Cola is the most recognizable brand on the planet. The soft drink empire has survived two World Wars, one Cold War, one Great Depression, “Cola Wars,” and a marketing blunder of the century.
“One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.” ~E. M. Forster
Experts spend a lot of time trying to figure out what makes people successful. In his book The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, John Maxwell asserts that passion is what makes the difference, pointing out four truths about passion and what it can do for you as a leader: