My church has a campus at Sawgrass Mills Mall, in the Regal theater. They participated in a parade today. They had a great spirit, and it was bloody hot outside!
>OK, first things first, only 2 people have entered my contest (see post below). So that’s it…I am up’ing the annie. Instead of a $10 lame-o gift card, I am giving away $50 to the winner of this contest….now will you play?
Here is a thought I had on leadership today….
Lets consider the word, “WITH”
Nehemiah 2:4-5, “The king asked, ‘Well, how can I help you?’ WITH a prayer to the God of heaven, I replied, ‘If it please Your Majesty and if you are pleased with me, your servant, send me to Judah to rebuild the city where my ancestors are buried.'”See the word “WITH” up there?
How many times do we forget “with” in our leadership?
I lead a person to God, but not WITH a prayer to God first.
I lead a fundraiser for the first time, but not WITH a prayer to God first.
I lead a new initiative at work, but not WITH a prayer to God first.
I lead my family to a new church, new ‘hood, new school, but not WITH a prayer to God first.
A BIG key in his leadership was Nehemiah’s “with.”
A new leading should begin WITH prayer & WITH God.
If Jesus leads you, then how can you lead without Jesus?
When we pray BEFORE any leading,
we give Jesus the right order He deserves:
He leads us; us leads others.
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>For the most part, I’ve talked about following, as it pertains to people.
>Well let me be straight up, here…committing to FIVE blogs on followship is a tad challenging.
But right now what I’m feeling, is to share with you some of the peeps I follow.
We all lead and have folks who follow us, but I hope this post will help you get to know who I follow
AND help me keep a healthy perspective.
‘Cause leading can give you a big head, man. Perhaps listing who we follow can offer us a little head-shrinking, eh?
And maybe you bloggers out there can list who you follow too? Or not. Anyway, here we go………………….
1. God -read more about my #1, here: biblegateway
2. Raul – he doesn’t blog, but he loves to read this one: swerve.lifechurch
3. Rob & Rach Funk – they don’t blog either, but my p.’s attend an awesome church,willowcreek
4. Troy & Steph Gramling, get to know them: troygramling & stephaniegramling
5. Allen & Sharon – lot of experience, lot of wisdom, lot of fun
6. DJ & Andy – I know they’re 4 & 2, respectively, but in a way only I can know, I follow them. If I don’t follow where God takes them, I’ll miss priceless opportunities.
7. John Ortberg – he’s mentored me even when I was a drunk-punk. I hope to meet him someday: mppcfamily
8. Nancy Beach -again, mentoring me from afar since I was in h-school. If you are creative & in ministry you should follow her too: nancybeach
9. Larry King – in a roundabout way, I follow him every night: larry.king.live
10. Long-Time Friends: Kim, Christia, Liana, Keri, Shannon, Jeni, Michele – they’ve stuck with me for a long time (no easy task) and I am grateful.
As promised, here’s what I’d do if I was being led by more than one leader….
Let’s talk about it, and maybe, collectively, we can resolve this quandary!
“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you…You know the way to the place where I am going…”
We signed up for a 30-min. private encounter at a dolphin cove. First, we mingled & fed the dolphins; then we had Q & A with the dolphin trainers. During the Q & A, the trainer shared about the dolphin’s daily life, in so many words or less, she said, “the dolphins don’t try to leave the cove, but on the few occasions when they got out, all they wanted to do was get back in…” Based on my observation, I wouldn’t question that for one minute. The adoration between the dolphins and the trainers was unequivocally the same–trust and love went both ways. At the end of the meeting, I understood why the dolphins would inadvertently & passively get out, but would aggressively assert themselves to get back in.