Archives For Spiritual Growth

bucket“Hurry is the great enemy of souls in our day.” ~ paraphrase of Dallas Willard

Have you taken the time to become less hurried recently? I actually did this a few weeks ago.

I had planned a weekend to reconnect with my reading – I have several books going at any given time – and it quickly filled up with projects that needed done around the house. But instead of getting frustrated at myself for not carving out the time I needed for the re-connecting, I was able to spend one great morning of that weekend in an extended reading session. As I took the time to re-connect also with God on a deeper level my soul felt refreshed and revived – almost like I knew I could face the challenges of the coming week because I took the time to recharge the batteries of my soul.

I once heard pastor Wayne Cordeiro, teach on this by using the illustration of a bucket that contains the energy we need to sustain ourselves. There are things we do that drain that bucket and things we do that refill that same bucket. The key is recognizing what drains your bucket as well as what fills your bucket and maintaining a healthy level in that bucket. And there is no shame if you discover that one of things that drains your bucket is the work you do.

So when you know you are about to embark on a potentially draining week or weeks, take the time, either before or quickly thereafter, to do those things that fill your bucket. If you don’t, you’ll find yourself attempting to do life with a depleted bucket! And that can cause more problems for you and those around you.

Take a few moments today and think about those things that really drain you. Write them down on a legal pad or your iPad in one column. Then think about and jot down those things that really fill your bucket.

Now try to look at your next week or two. Are they going to be draining or filling or a bit of both? What can you do to ensure that you can refill or prefill your bucket so that you’re not depleted? Will you do that?

 

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core-values2Recently, on a coaching call with one of my coaches, he asked me to define my core values. I quickly started to run off a list that I had prepared since I knew he was going to ask on my next call with him. After our coaching session was through and I had a bit of time to reflect on what we had just talked about, I began to rethink the whole idea of my own set of core values.

We all have them. Our organizations have them. Businesses have them. Whether we know them or not, there are just some things at our very core that we are not willing to give up. Nor are we willing to sacrifice them just to add to the bottom line.

So take some time – individually, as a family, as a non-profit, as a business – and think about, define. and discuss those non-negotiables that drive you. You might be surprised, as I was. You might discover that they are such an integral part of you that there’s no surprise at all.

Once you know your core values, those things you’d rather lose the business or your relationships over than compromise, you’ll know how best to move forward. You’ll know what you believe, what’s valuable to you, and you’ll have a solid foundation on which to take those next steps.

So take some time today and think about your personal set of core values.

Smile Wednesday

April 16, 2014 — Leave a comment

smile“Start thinking smiles until you become a smile millionaire.” ~ Ken Blanchard, Mission Possible

How many smiles can you give away today?

How can you make your smile contagious?

How can that change your organization?

apologize“If you, as a leader, can give up being right and learn to apologize for your mistakes, your organization will be a lot better place to work.” ~ Ken Blanchard, The Fourth Secret

Can you imagine working at a place where the leaders actually give up their right to be right and apologize when they make mistakes? What would that place look like? How would the employees handle the change?

How can you help make that happen where you work?

How can you ensure that you’re that type of employee? Or business owner? Or stock holder?

Did you ever think that little changes like this could make a huge impact on business as usual?

Why not try it? How about every Wednesday?

What are you going to do with fewer disgruntled employees?

What will you do with the increase in business?

committed“When you are interested in doing something, you only do it when it’s convenient, but when you are committed, you follow through no matter what – no excuses!” ~ Ken Blanchard, The Heart of a Leader

Billy Graham“The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.” ~ Billy Graham

Share your faith, your life, or your lunch with someone today.

When Bad Things Happen

February 18, 2014 — Leave a comment

troublesHow do you handle it when bad things happen to people you know for no apparent reason?

As a child of around 12, I was not prepared for the day when I returned home from attending a birthday party to learn that my favorite uncle had been involved in a hunting accident and did not survive. Years later I stood by the hospital bedside of a 12-year-old while his family went out of the room to meet with the doctors and receive the news that their son was diagnosed with leukemia. Just a few years later I took part in his funeral.

Several years later I helped the police department in our town work a scene that looked like it was right out of an old Western movie and had to notify families that there was one less place to set at the dinner table.

Let’s face it – bad things happen all the time. They have for centuries. The key is how you react – how you handle the bad stuff when it happens. I must confess, I don’t react well. It’s only as I take the time to look back on the event that I eventually gain a proper perspective.

You see, you probably cannot prevent the bad from happening, but you can choose how you will respond to it. And though that doesn’t seem like much at the time, it is very powerful.

Jesus was once talking to his companions when he told them, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV) Did you catch that? “You will have trouble.” When you’re in the middle of it, it seems as though you’re the only one who has ever gone through troubles like those you are experiencing. But you are not alone. “Take heart!”

So before the troubles come, “take heart,” learn to react well.

I’m getting better just so you know.

How do you react?