Cracked Pots #WorldMentalHealthDay

As this day comes to a close I am reminded of my present state of sanity. I am also reminded several times through life experience and through my knowledge of the Bible just how fragile we are as humans. We are created 'good', are amazing and intricate in design, have been blessed with amazing resiliency … Continue reading Cracked Pots #WorldMentalHealthDay

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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Decisions, decisions, decisions…how many have you made already this week? I had to get a new smartphone a few days ago, and it got me thinking about all the decisions we make. Even a decision like that one can get you stuck if you are not careful. If someone would follow us around and track … Continue reading Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Is work a calling?

Is your job a calling or just a job? Have a listen to this episode of "Hidden Brain", then read on: You 2.0: Dream Jobs As a pastor, we used the term all the time, but normally in faith and ministry terms. But what if you thought of your work as a calling? Would it … Continue reading Is work a calling?

How much do you hate?

"I really hate ______________________________!" (Fill in the blank for yourself, and then continue reading.) I had a great conversation with one of my sons recently on the topic of hate. Hate is one of those words of great meaning that has become commonplace and overused. It is not a bad idea to review the words … Continue reading How much do you hate?

Do you schedule time to rest?

"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?

Fear as a Motivator

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

Time is a powerful motivator

If you have ever missed a bus, and watched it drive away just out of reach, you understand the impact of time on all your systems. Time is that one sense and dimension we wrestle with and cannot escape, and that struggle can truly get in the way of so much we intend to do. … Continue reading Time is a powerful motivator

What motivates you?

Some people just see a wall, while others see what used to be a door and a window. We all approach life differently. We can be categorized, put into groups by type, where our similar likes, strengths, and preferences align us, but that is not our total self. How I set out to take on … Continue reading What motivates you?

Good Friday or Easter? Which are you?

Did someone wish you a happy Easter on Friday? Technically, they shouldn't. But it is hard to correct people when they are being so dang nice. For those who do not celebrate it as a religious holiday, they are being respectful, or they enjoy the mysterious happiness surrounding a giant candy grab (and industry for … Continue reading Good Friday or Easter? Which are you?

Necessary Endings

Ah yes, another encouraging title from my long list of books with impact! This one came a little late in my leadership journey, as it presented a message I believe I needed to be convinced of earlier on. In my younger years I spoke of moving on from a situation that was not a fit … Continue reading Necessary Endings

Becoming Human: Jean Vanier

Thank you Mr. Vanier, for this entry in the CBC Massey Lecture Series. It had been on my shelf for a long while, and I skimmed and perused it from time to time. But it was not until my need to step away from leadership that I read it entirely. Becoming Human is what I … Continue reading Becoming Human: Jean Vanier

Let’s Talk…But don’t save it for one day

I love the #BellLetsTalk initiative. It creates awareness to mental health issues, and destroys barriers created by ignorance and stigma. Unfortunately, there is a big push for that day, and then it fades. People shut up, listening is deafened, and awareness pervades. I know for myself, my family, and friends around me, there is much … Continue reading Let’s Talk…But don’t save it for one day