is about this...... "Leaders, your God-given job is not merely to preside over something, not to pontificate to your underlings how smart you are, not merely to preserve something from its gradual demise; it's to figure out what God wants to get done in this world, figure out what role you play in that, and then to move something or someone from here to there." Bill Hybels Be clear, be specific and be obedient!
......in reply to my cyberpal supersimbo's invitation, this was some of my Christmas. It involved far too much pace, perhaps not enough quiet and medium amounts of gluttony! More home-making adventures with Julie: and real-tree goodness. The three-meat Christmas roast was particularly good! Just-about recovery from all the pre-Christmas services: overdosing particularly on singing 'Silent Night.' Seeing the joy of my children’s present opening: brilliant although all-too-short times with Noah & Esther. Enjoying the store of dreams: Apple at Covent Garden with Noah! The giving and receiving of slippers: I received high-end quality slippers,….as I am of that age and [...]
Pauls words.... "I am afraid that ..........your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ." 2 Corinthians 11:3 The main thing about following Jesus is to see that the main thing remains the main thing. That is what Paul is saying. The main thing is simple, uncluttered commitment to Christ. I have noticed over a few years of observation that when faith becomes complicated, it is always a sign that it is drifting away from the reality of faith. The world around us is getting evermore complex, and it is because it is drifting farther [...]
"The promise is there. I’m doing a new thing for you, says God. Don’t you see it? Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43 v 18 - 19 God says...... Change your focus, Stop looking behind! Start looking up ahead! Walter Brueggmann writes of this action of God:- “It is remarkable that Israel is told to forget the old exodus narrative in order to notice the new [...]
now is (always) a good time to pause, prioritize, and focus why not make two lists:- List 1: Your Focus List - the road ahead What are you trying to achieve? Where is your joy found? What are those things of greatest importance to you? Design your time around those things. Because time is your one limited resource and no matter how hard you try you can't work 25-hours / 8-days-a-week! List 2: Your Ignore List - the distractions, right now To succeed in your best use of time, using your time wisely, you have to ask the equally important [...]
The central reality for Christians is the personal, unalterable, persevering commitment that God makes to us. Perseverance is not the result of our determination, it is the result of God’s faithfulness. We survive in the way of faith not because we have extraordinary stamina but because God is righteous. Christian discipleship is a process of paying more and more attention to God’s righteousness and less and less attention to our own; finding the meaning of our lives not by probing our moods and motives and morals but by believing in God’s will and purposes; making a map of the faithfulness [...]