Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Don't Underestimate God

I'm studying through Ephesians this week. As I was reading a few minutes ago, this powerful scripture jumped off the page and I thought about how we sometimes underestimate God's ability.

Ephesians 3:20 (NLT) "Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think"

God is able to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. He wants to accomplish this work through us. By our lack of faith, we limit what God can do. We underestimate what He can accomplish through us. So, ask for greater things....think/dream bigger dreams.....God can accomplish His work through you.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Freedom To Serve

I have been reading Galatians this week in my devotional time. This scripture jumped off the page and I've been meditating on it this week.

Galatians 5:13 (NLT) "For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don't use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love."

We are called to a life of serving one another. Think about it!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Growing or Dying

My friend, Dennis Land, used to say you are either "growing or dying." In the last couple of weeks, I have been challenged by several different things that I have either seen, read or heard regarding personal growth. As followers of Christ, we are either growing or we are dying. As leaders, we are either growing or we are dying.

So, I've recommitted myself to the personal growth process.

Scott Wilson challenged leaders to personal growth during the Nines Conference. He tells how that he challenged his staff to read 35 books and listen to 102 leadership lessons in a period of a year. The video of Scott's talk is below.

I personally have committed myself to doing that in the next year. I'm already ahead by having sat through 8 different leadership lessons since making that commitment. Currently, I am reading Jeanne Mayo's Book Thriving Youth Groups and rereading John C. Maxwell's 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Also, for my personal Bible Study time, I am reading and studying Galatians.

What Books are you reading? Whose leadership teaching are you listening to?

Monday, September 21, 2009

Open Mouth....Insert Foot

O.K., I'm writing this only because I feel extremely guilty. Last night, during a leadership meeting, I unmercifully gave a Steelers fan a hard time about the loss to "Da Bears."

Unfortunately, Romo did not back up my trash talk with a win. Instead, I am going to have to choke down some crow. :/

The moral of the story......

Proverbs 16:18 (NLT) "Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall."