"When's your day off?" In my experience, this is a common conversation with pastors. Other leaders experience it as well, but the self-managed world of most pastors makes it unique in their setting. Depending on who you were talking to, the question could be packed with meaning. Many pastors are on call throughout the week, … Continue reading Do you schedule time to rest?
That is a quote from Seth Godin's most recent podcast, and it is definitely worth a listen if you have not already. (Click here to go to Akimbo) Seth highlights how we teach people to juggle and ride a bike. His main point is that fear and shame are often the traditional go-to in our … Continue reading Fear as a Motivator
“It was always said out of love” I inadvertently invited myself to a closed invitation birthday party. It was not my fault, I was just shown the invite and my dad said it was happening. So I went. And there I was looking very much like the youngest person in the building, realizing that every … Continue reading Stories from another generation
Happy 2018! Have you broken all your resolutions yet? I looked at my first post of the new year 2017 and recalled how it was focused on a small light at the end of what seemed like a very long tunnel. I was hopeful, don't get me wrong, but I also felt the pain of … Continue reading New Year…Unstable to Onward?
A few months back I read a lengthy post on LinkedIn challenging the idea of 'expertise' in the area of LinkedIn. People were posting this on their profiles, proclaiming it in their statuses, and providing how-to's on the matter. I agreed with him. It is something that gets in my craw a little when it … Continue reading Experience or Expertise?
Technically, the day is pretty much done, but you're supposed to be thankful all the time, right? Last week I went out West to help my kinfolk with their website and the message of their mission (Mike & Irene Ritskes, check their first blog post here.) Many good conversations came out of our time together, … Continue reading Happy Gratitude Day!
This picture is a slight exaggeration, but as with everything, it is a good expression of the statement 'nothing comes easy'. I had the opportunity to help my some of my family bring clarity to the store front of their mission. (Check them out: Haiti Friendship Centre) I love helping with clarity and how we can … Continue reading Websites, clarity, and Family time
I love this commercial. Occasionally I do watch them, and on occasion, someone gets it right in the marketing department. Marriott did good here. So are you good at being human? We like to blame everyone else for our problems and inabilities throughout the day, but that is largely because we do not like looking … Continue reading Are you good at being human?
Do you take the time to review the impact you have had on the lives of others? In the midst of all the daily habits we take on, we occasionally forget the human element. Not just the tactics or items on the ‘to do’ list that involve select people. I personally lose sight of the … Continue reading So What’s Next?
I had the privilege of joining some of the ministry leaders of Jubilee Church for a day at the cottage this past weekend, and I felt blessed for it! There is nothing quite like being in the beauty of creation with folks who desire to listen for clarity in their vision. For me it is … Continue reading Jubilee Retreat: Creating space to listen
Do you notice them? I'm blessed to have have worked with youth and young leaders for years. I got to see people grow everyday. When I didn't notice this anymore there was a problem with my vision. Your own growth as an everyday leader in your circles depends on seeing the people growing around you. … Continue reading Everyday leaders are growing around you
Crazy, but there is much truth to this changing your outlook. I am an 'optimistic realist', which is another way of saying I easily fall into a pattern of clarifying negative outcomes after the idea process has begun. During burnout and times of intense stress people are easily confused by my withdrawal and slip from … Continue reading What if you were to only think in positive outcomes???