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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.

 


More Random Friday Thoughts

Here are some random thoughts from this week:

I love the honesty and real talk that takes place in our community group each week!  As we talked about City Church Tallahassee Vision, Mission and Values this week, one statement stood out more than any other from one of our group members.  As we talked about reaching our community, he said (paraphrase) “Look at the text messages on your phone.  How many of them are from/to people who are not Christ Followers?  Maybe that tells us something about who we really care about.”  His intent was we need to be involved in the lives of others, especially those who don’t know Christ.  I appreciate his straight forward approach to life!

Continued to have good conversations about prayer with my wife, Cyndi this week.  As she reads The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson, it has opened up new dialogue about prayer and specific prayers we both are praying!  Although we have always had a very good line of communication with each other, this has been a fresh approach to something dear to each of our hearts.  Praying specific prayers together is a good thing!  God will honor them I know!

We spent some time doing yard work this week.  With our frequent commute to Tallahassee each weekend, our yard is sometimes not the first to be attended when we get home each week.  As we were in the front, several cars slowly drove by – looking.  Some drove by more than once.  As we came inside our realtor called to see if someone could show our house in an hour.  Talk about some quick straightening on the inside!  I’m convinced this is going to be the answer to a specific prayer of ours!

Watched a leadership lesson play out this week.  One about delegation and being prepared.  While it turned out not so good, it will still be a good lesson for those involved.  Fortunately it was an issue far down on the list of “importance”.  Sometimes you have to let people fail in order for them to lead – it’s all part of learning!

Easter At The Civic Center is going to be a big deal!  Not for City Church Tallahassee but for God!  I’m excited about the thousands of people who will attend and hear the gospel.  Some for the very first time.  It’s going to take hundreds of volunteers to make this worship event work like it should and I’m thankful for the many people who are stepping up to fill a needed spot.  I can’t wait to write some about the neat things that happen that day!

Tomorrow is my wife’s birthday!  I can’t wait to celebrate it with her!  Part of the celebration will be seeing The Hunger Games.  That will be a treat as the family will be watching together!  We both love the time we get to spend with our kids!  Hoping this year will be one of the best my wife has ever experienced!

 


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.


Things I’m Thinking About Today

Being unemployed for over a year has given me a lot of time to think about things.  That can be a good thing or it can be a bad thing!  I’m convinced that if I were to post all of my thoughts, you would stop reading soon!  Makes me wonder if I should put my thoughts in different silos – being more intentional with individual posts…but until then here goes some of this week’s thoughts:

1.  Mowed my lawn today – first time in 2012.  I had really hoped our house would have sold by now and that I never would be mowing this yeard again!  I was so sure of this that when my mower needed major repairs last fall I didn’t repair it.  So, I’m borrowing a mower until our house sells!

2.  Justin Faircloth may be the best person I know who can have difficult conversations with people.  That is a great leadership trait and one all leaders have to master.  Period.  Being unwilling to have the difficult conversations is a serious handicap to leading an organization.

3.  March begins our 15th month of our latest journey in faith!  Despite my personal anxiety and impatience, God continues to be faithful!  That alone may be what He is teaching me!  I really thought I was a quick learner…

4.  Warm weather is good for the soul!  Looking forward to some days like this: