How often has this happened to us. We get done with a great dinner with people we enjoy and once we are home we head to our bathroom look in the mirror and see the largest piece of pepper sitting between our front two teeth! We are amazed at how it looks and we are amazed that we did not have a friend tell us. The truly amazing thing is we wouldn’t have seen the pepper if we didn’t have a mirror with a reflection. Reflections from mirrors can help us only if we look at them. They do not do any good if we ignore them. How much is that like our life? Are we too busy today to even sit and reflect?
I hung up the phone and couldn’t believe what I had heard. Crisis had just struck one of our families in the church. Their child was in a horrific accident and it looked really bad. Rushing to the emergency room, I wondered to myself, “What can I do to help besides pray?”
Frustration! Aggravation! Help! These are the common characteristics of working for a bad leader. I have done it and have probably been the bad leader at times. Struggling with these emotions is difficult and often times in the ministry, we justify a bad attitude. This happens when we are at a church and people come and stroke our ego and talk about how much better we would be as a leader. How do you handle these situations? Loyalty is not easy, but it is a test we will all face and must pass to grow. There are some keys to being loyal to a leader and passing the loyalty test.
The weather is starting to get cool where I live and the struggle is real. Getting out of bed in cold weather is one of the hardest battles of winter. Warm beds in a cold room hold onto us like gorilla glue! Sheet’s and blankets hypnotically hold me and fight to keep me in bed.
The feelings wash over you! Dread, stupidity, shame, and the feeling of, “How did I do this again!” What causes these feelings? Double Booking, which means we are not acting like Calendar Ninjas!
Football was my sport of choice as a kid. I was plenty big to play on the outside, but on the inside I was insecure and it hurt me as a player. I was so focused on pleasing people and doing everything perfect, I did not play very well. My insecurity affected me also as I got older and went into the ministry. As a young adult I turned my life over to God and then later felt a call to ministry. Ministry was my natural calling, however I still struggled with my insecurities.
How are those resolutions working out for you? The end of January is when the reality of resolutions often hits us. We start with too many and end up doing none of them. I prefer a goal to a resolution. Resolutions are dreams goals focus on reality.
As a middle schooler I wanted to get stronger so I got a weight set. My excitement was overwhelming and so on the first day, I loaded all the weight on the bar and was going to lift it. I was home alone, yes you are seeing the end already, as soon as I lifted the bar off the holders the weight came down on me and I was pinned to the bench and couldn’t move. Amazingly, I was able to get the weight off me by sliding it onto the floor and I realized I had started off with too much.
Real change is something we all think about in the new year. Many people set goals and try to make a change in their life. Losing weight is probably the number one goal for most people at the beginning of the new year. However, many of us have many different areas we want to bring change to.
The new year can bring one of two feelings:
The second part of my Christmas parable gift to you this year.
Kinge, a young female scorpion, walked out of her family’s hole a little early to be greeted by the desert heat. The sun was going down but there would still be light for a couple of hours. One of her favorite times of day was when the sun was setting. She liked to go to the water and look at the jungle.