Monthly Archives: January 2013

Jesus, the Good Shepherd

Jesus is called the Good Shepherd in John 10.
He provides us with the ultimate example for each and every leadership situation we might find ourselves in.

When he has brought his own sheep outside, he walks on before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. (John 10:4 AMP)

We should be following Jesus’ example in all we do.
As a Husband or Wife, Dad or Mom, Church Leader, Sunday School Teacher, the list goes on…

We need to lead from the front, just as Jesus does with us. (Heb 6:20)
He goes before us, blazing the trail.

We need to be vibrant examples to those who are following us. We can’t instruct people to do one thing, while disregarding our own instruction. It just doesn’t work like that.

There is a reason why Jesus didn’t say He was the great cowboy who drives the cows from one place to another.

It’s because a great leader doesn’t say “Go”, a great leader says “Let’s Go!”

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Serrated Words

The question still sears into my mind and heart.

“Would you let another man talk to your wife the way you do?”

It stopped me in my tracks and I instantly felt ashamed for the way I had treated my wife in the past when I first heard it. My mind quickly spun through the reels of memories of times I was upset, mad, or hurt and lashed out with venomous words.

There was no way I would ever let another man talk to my wife that way, so why did I do it?

Me, the one that is supposed to encourage her.
Me, the one who entered a covenant to love her for the rest of my life.
Me, the one who promised in front of family and friends that through sickness, through health, through rich, through poor, that I would love till it hurts (and then some.)

Yet, I find myself tearing her down with words spewed out in anger.

Just like building construction, what takes months or years to build, can be reduced to rubble in a matter of seconds when proper care is not used.

So how do we keep from doing this?

As always, Christ is the ultimate example.
We are to love our wives the way Christ loves the church.
We are to look out for them, and we are to have their best interest in mind. (Think of the sacrifice Christ made on the cross for the church, does watching the kids for an evening, or sitting through that chick flick really seem that bad?)

I don’t see Jesus yelling at the people who came to Him broken, insecure, or hurt. He welcomes them tenderly with open arms. His love is unconditional, indescribable, and all inclusive.

Maybe you’re like me and have said some hurtful things.
Take heart, our God is the redeemer, and His forgiveness is readily available.

It might hurt your pride a bit, but admit your mistakes. Work things out.

Lets make the choice to cherish our wives, and remember, we’re better together.

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Pulpit, Yes. Soapbox, No.

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We each have a pulpit.

We always have.

Whether or not we’ve used if effectively, it exists.

We have been standing on these pulpits for years now.

Living our lives, describing our values, our beliefs, our faith, to the people around us in great detail.

Sometimes we may have even used words to do this.

It’s been said that only 7% of communication is obtained verbally.

That means that 93% of communication is obtained simply by watching someone’s behaviour.

It’s safe to say that the people we surround ourselves with often, have a pretty good idea of what we hold as important. They have seen how we respond to adversity. They know how we handle a set-back. They know where our hope is. They know whether we respect your spouse simply by how you talk about him or her. They can see where our priorities are when we are talking about the weekend.

No two individuals have the exact same pulpit. Each one is a little different.

These pulpits are a chance to speak into other’s lives as well, let’s make a concious choice to not misuse the influence we have in our various environments.

Think of the people around you as your congregation, and your life as the message.

We need to open our eyes and realize who our own personal congregations are.

It’s our co-workers, the guys at the gym, the people on the bus, the waitress in the restaurant, the list goes on. In this day in age we also have a tremendous opportunity to step up to our cyberspace pulpits too!

Facebook friends, followers on Twitter, and our circles on Google+.

Let’s use these connection points to encourage others and speak life and blessing into everyone we cross paths with.

Let’s choose to be intentional in thought, word, and deed. People may not believe what you say, but they will always believe what you do.

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (II Timothy 2:15 NKJV)

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Leaving A Legacy

Around the time that I started this blog, I made it a personal goal to leave an outstanding legacy in this life.

I want to be remembered as a man who loved to be in God’s presence, and serves Him wholeheartedly (because He makes me better and better.) A husband who cared and provided for his wife, who loved her passionately, and didn’t leave his feelings to neglectful assumptions. A Dad that invested quality, and quantity time with his kids doing what they wanted to do, not just involving them in what I am busy with. A friend that you could confide in, that you could laugh and cry with.

But all these goals are only scribbles on a paper if I don’t exercise my willpower and work hard.

“Direction not intention determines my destination.”
Pastor Darryl Harms

Looking at the above list, one would probably think that these are all very noble desires and goals. However, believe it or not it causes me to question my motives.

It makes me wonder if I am I just doing it for the people who will esee me, so I will be remembered as a great man. Or if I am doing it because I know in my heart and soul that Christ has called me to set the bar high in all that I do?

For me , this starts with making the transition from impressionable to influential. I want to be the best I was made to be. I don’t want to be swayed by people’s opinions, simply because they are just that, opinions! I don’t want to change how I act around certain people, I want so much of Christ to be inside of me, that this will be all people see.

I know it won’t all happen at once, and I am grateful we serve a God of many chances and a God of unending wisdom. With His help, I am unstoppable!

What goals have you made for yourself, and what are you doing to complete them for this year, or even this lifetime?

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV)

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