"And each year, around this time, we need to remind ourselves that as one door closes we have the ability to find other doors that open." (Shankar Vedantam, Hidden Brain, "Loss and Renewal") So the new year has begun, and you have a new list of challenges and wishes before you. Or do you? Of … Continue reading French toast and fresh starts
It is true! In honour of my revamping the 7431 book for group use, I am offering the original at a reduced price for all you late comers. $2 Just click the link above or below, hit the PayPal button on the book site, and pay less money for the download! It is really that … Continue reading The book is on sale!
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
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 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?
"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?
"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
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
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?
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?
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