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Leadership

Leadership is never about doing what is popular or easy.

In the midst of the tragedy that took place in Newtown, CT yesterday, I’m confident a leader will step forward and champion the causes that need to be championed.  Serious discussion and legislation needs to move forward regarding guns and mental health in the United States of America. With freedom comes responsibility.

Things that sadden me about the deaths yesterday include the fact that there are 20 children who will never grow up to graduate, marry or have children of their own.  The fact that countless lives are changed forever and I can only imagine the heartache that will come in the  future families from children who were unwillingly forced to be a part of the events.

At some point we have to agree that enough is enough. And at some point we have to take action instead of just continue to talk.

 

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Random Thoughts 11/30

Random thoughts that have consumed me this week:

1. Thankful for a wife who keeps me grounded!

2. Don’t know why I continue to be surprised at God’s timing.  It’s always perfect. Even when I don’t understand it.

3. Amazed that 3 years ago we dreamed of living at Mexico Beach and today it’s a reality.

4. I like listening to The Dixie Chicks. And Fine Young Cannibals.

5. We moved into our new place and still have 3 large storage units of stuff!

6. Glad there are moving companies to haul our stuff up to the third floor – no elevators.

7. When your expectations of your favorite athletic teams aren’t high, you don’t experience frustration when they lose.

8. I miss the homeless friends we fed and hung out with in Hernando. Need to find a way to plug-in here.

9. Grateful for friends willing to take a chance on me employment wise! Will be forever thankful.

10. Excited for one of our biggest opportunities at City Church Tallahassee – Christmas at the Moon!  People will come to this nightclub with their friends when they would never go to church with them.

11. Curious to see how far All Tide Up will go!

12. Encouraged by leaders I’m around every day – people who truely care about other people!

13. Life in the South is just funny sometimes!  People, things, food – all of it – but I don’t know what I would trade it for!

14. The idea of spending less and giving more. And not just giving what’s left over.

 

 


Some Wednesday Thoughts

Cyndi and I are headed to Mexico Beach, Florida tomorrow afternoon.  This view is what we’re hoping our evenings will be like for a few days!

Some random thoughts:

1.  We’ve been walking for 12 straight days!  Three miles in the morning and three miles in the evening!  Great time to spend with my wife!

2.  I calculated this week that we have spent about 25 days (24 hour days) commuting from Inverness to Tallahassee the past 18 months.  Knowing that this was what God intended for us in this season of life has helped with the fatigue and stress that creeps in.  Knowing He has a plan for our future keeps us going!  Waiting for Him to reveal that plan!

3.  Leadership is/can be hard.  If it was easy, everyone would be a leader.  Leaders who won’t do the hard things really aren’t leaders.

4.  Laughter is good!  We celebrated our end of semester community group this week with a “cook out”.  Great food and so much laughter with some of our best friends.  I can’t remember when I have laughed so hard or so loud!

5.  Good friends are valuable.  If you have a good friendship, work to keep it.  If you don’t have a good friend, work to find one.


Recent Thoughts

Without making this post too long, here are a few thoughts that are bouncing around inside my head the past few days:

Responsibility doesn’t equal influence.  Had a really good conversation with a friend this week about this statement.  He was spot on  in saying it.  Too often we confuse the two or even try to equate the two.  Both are important but they can be independent of each other.  Organizations need both.  Sometimes I think I would rather be an influencer.

God answers prayers.  I have been praying for a number of years that God would allow me to be a part of a big movement of His.  Easter He answered my prayers!  Cyndi and I have been volunteering and attending at City Church Tallahassee since January 2011.  We have witnessed God grow the attendance at worship services to over 800 on a weekly basis.  Anticipating a really bit crowd on Easter, City Church rented the Tallahassee Civic Center.  Approximately 4,000 people showed up for the service!  Hundreds of people indicated they decided to become a Christ follower that day!  Check out the music and the message here http://t.co/3ipubZdG

Here’s a view of that day:

Seasons of Life.  We have been in one of the most unusual seasons of life ever the past 16 months!  Literally pouring our life, our time, our resources, ourselves into new friends and City Church Tallahassee.  It has been a great journey!  Is it just beginning?  Is it over?  Waiting on answers can be a hard thing.  One thing we both know – 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11.

 


Leadership Post

This is a repost of Perry Noble in its entirety – none of it is mine!

What Every Leader Needs To Know March 14, 2012

People will not follow you long term if they do not like you.

Seriously, it doesn’t really matter how much you pay someone…you just can’t pay people enough to like you!!! Eventually, if you are not a leader who actually likes people they will leave (for a lesser salary) to go and work for someone who they do like.

However, your main obsession as a church leader should not be to be LIKED but rather to be LOYAL to the One who has called, chosen and equipped you for ministry.

The good news is that one does not have to be sacrificed for the other…

You do not have to become a people pleaser and turn your back on God.

And you do not have to be a ruthless, manipulative dictator because you are “honoring God’s call on your life!”

One of the things I’m personally discovering as a leader is…

The closer I walk with Jesus the more I love and care about people…and the more people understand that I care WAY MORE about WHO THEY ARE BECOMING than what they are actually doing then they are way more likely to buy into me as a leader–which is important because people buy into a leader WAY before they buy into what he/she is leading.

(Leaders, don’t FREAK OUT when you read this!!! If a person is becoming more like Jesus they will naturally do their best work…but if they are so immersed in doing work that they aren’t becoming more like Christ then you are in trouble. Most likely you are driving them out of fear and insecurity rather than leading them out of love and genuine concern!)

So, saying all of this–what is it that every leader needs to know?

Simple: Loving Jesus = loving people NOT using them!

Leaders that have positive long term impact are the ones who care way more about others than they do themselves.

I cannot be a leader who honors God and His call on my life if I do not love the people who He has called and equipped to work with me.


Friday Thoughts

Lots of thoughts running through my mind today and this week that deal with life, leadership and faith!

1.  We listed our house a few months ago and had an offer to purchase it about a week ago.  For a variety of reasons, I think the deal fell apart today – not entirely about price, although we were still several thousand dollars apart.  While I know this is a tough housing market for sellers, I don’t want to just give my house away!  Life can be difficult to understand at times!  Is that bad?

2.  I’ve been reading a lot about high performance teams and what makes them that way.  Every group of people is not a team and certainly can’t be automatically labled as a high performing one!  I’m convinced that Leaders are the deciding factor in allowing teams to understand their mission and purpose and resourcing them to fulfill their roles and meet established goals.  Most times leaders get in the way or simply don’t allow their teams to do what they are capable or accomplishing.

3.  Cyndi and I had a good discussion this morning about our Faith.  Convinced that God has used us over the past 14 months to impact lives, to be a living example for others and to encourage friends.  Our circumstances don’t determine our belief in God or whether or not He is a good and gracious God!  There are good examples of men of faith in the Bible but often times we don’t want to compare our life situations with them – mainly out of fear that our lives could always be worse!  While I still don’t understand this faith journey we are on completely, I do continue to believe that God is in complete control and He knows what is best for us and wants us to be satisfied in Him!  Our wait, while significant to us, pales in comparison to that of others!

Each of these could be blog entries on their own – disappointed that I don’t have time today to do just that.  And I’ll be away from internet activity for a few days, so checking in will be sporadic!


Another Friday!

Random thoughts today!

1.  It’s always good to talk to a friend you haven’t connected with in a while.  Talk don’t text, email, Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, etc. – actually talk to them so they can hear your voice and you their voice!  I love social media and the opportunities that it opens for us but there is nothing like a person’s voice.  Communication is becoming a lost art…..

2.  You don’t need a title to lead.  If you are waiting on one, you should just move on to following and supporting a leader.  Leadership is more about doing that saying!

3.  Sunshine can make you feel better.  Physically and emotionally.  Fortunate to live in Florida where we get a lot of it year round!