>Food for Followship, part 2

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Food for Followship, part 2

Cont’ing w/ my food for followship thoughts, God got my wheels spinning about something.
Do you remember, in the NT, when Paul & Barnabas had a fight? (Acts 15,
biblegateway )
Two great apostles!
Two great leaders!
Do you think this messed w/ their followers when this all went down?
Like “torn between two lovers…” or what?
Sometimes, we follow one leader.
Sometimes, we follow more than one.
What do we do? Esp. if something weird or negative goes down?
I’ll tell you what I’d do….after you tell me what you’d do, K?

Let’s talk about it, and maybe, collectively, we can resolve this quandary!

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>Food-For-Followship, part 1, take 2

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Food-For-Followship, part 1, take 2

I’m the oldest of 4 kids, so alot of my instinct is about being bossy & leading. 
It’s been part of my “job” since I started pushing around my first bro, Jason, 31 years ago. 
And a lot of times this butts up against my non-instinct to follow. 
That being said, I’d like to compare two bosses:My current boss, troygramling atflamingoroadchurch and a former boss, we’ll call her “Loca” at XYZ Company.
These bosses were TOTALLY different. I am their common denominator.
They both led me, I followed both of them.
I have been working for Troy for 5 months, I worked for “Loca” for one month.
Troy hasn’t fired me yet. “Loca” fired me after 30 days.
What I didn’t do well under “Loca’s” leadership (even though it sucked) was follow well.
I didn’t trust her, I didn’t give her the chance to be trusted, I didn’t pray for her, I didn’t pray for our work-relationship. 
I didn’t give her the benefit of the doubt. I didn’t just let her get the “win.” 
I didn’t keep silent about her to my peers. 
And the list goes on.
I just wonder, at times, when it comes to the bad working scenario… is it really their bad leadership, or is it…our bad followship*
(thanks for the word, Fuller)
Have a great day, & let me know if you’re feelin’ it w/ this Food-For-Followship post!

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>Leading? Let’s talk about FOLLOWING

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Leading? Let’s talk about FOLLOWING!

  1. OK, so I realized something….who am I to sit here everyday and blog about leading?
  2. I mean, seriously, c’mon… isn’t the bulk of what I do way more about following??
  3. So for the next 5 blogs, I’m gonna spill my guts & glory about following.
  4. See you there.

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>Weekly Refresher: The Parable of the Dolphin

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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…”
-Jesus

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.

This is the picture Jesus paints for us regarding heaven.
In the bible, Jesus doesn’t speculate on heaven, He testifies to it because He’s been there. And He only wants to see us there.
He came so we could have heaven; He died so we could have heaven; He resurrected so we could have Heaven.
And He only wants to see us there.
On this globe, I have intentionally and unintentionally found myself outside of God’s cove. Either way, I desperately wanted to find my way back in. Outside of God’s cove? It was hell.
The neat thing about being up in Heaven is we’ll never end up on the outside of it.
But the question that longs to be answered is: are you getting yourself ready, down here? Oh, sure, you may be a grrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat Christian, but what area of your life are you swimming to close to the outside of His cove?
And for some of us, we gotta be certain we’re in God’s cove on Earth. ‘Cause this is what we need to eternally swim in Heaven.
Let’s talk about it, pray about it, and let me know how I can pray for you.

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>A Fantastic LeadHership Sentence…

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A Fantastic LeadHership Sentence…

“I am convinced that no servant leader should stand to lead until he kneels to pray with those he serves.”
-C. Gene Wilkes, “Jesus on Leadership”

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>Leaders – Evan Almighty

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Here’s this Evan-guy, who Morgan Freeman raises up to be a leader, to lead something that is way bigger than he is.

Tonight, for two hours, it was entertainment;
4000 years ago, it was reality.
After I left the theater, I was able to come home, open up my bible to Genesis 6 and see for myself that this wasn’t just a manuscript or a screenwriting.
This was the truth.
God really raised up a leader named Noah.
God really did use Noah to lead something way bigger than Noah was.
And Noah did it.
How about you?
Where are you being Noah?
And what ark has God led you to build?
Seems like God did this often, eh?
He raises up leaders and gives them a mission way beyond themselves.
(Moses, Noah, Mary, Paul)
And before they were biblical, timeless heroes,
they were straight-up, real people, like you, reading this.
If they could accomplish the mission God led them to lead,


SO


CAN


YOU!

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>Leaders – Lets Talk About Your Body!

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Leaders – Lets Talk About Your Body!

In the bible, Paul wrote, But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.”
As leaders, let’s just get on the same page, right now: FACT – Leaders attend meetings. 
Can I hear an “amen?” Pound your chest,right now, if you agree that as leaders we will always have meetings.
OK, now, get a load of this…
Today, in an 8-hr planning meeting with 12 leaders, I witnessed theloudest manifestation of that verse up there.
Around our boardroom table, there wasn’t just 12 feet, or just 12 noses, or just 12 elbows. 
Today, what God did was put together a bunch of motley parts and HE created one cool body
As a result? 
Great things were accomplished. 
I’m not gonna give the names of the people around the table, but I do have one-word descriptor for each of them. Look at this list of those in attendance:

  1. The Thinking One
  2. The Creative One
  3. The Inquisitive One
  4. The Trendsetting One
  5. The Rational One
  6. The Lighthearted One
  7. The Wise One
  8. The Practical One
  9. The Challenging One
  10. The Visionary One
  11. The Dreaming One
  12. The Sensitive One

And now, tell me, is that not a cool body, made up of cool parts, by one totally cool God? Wherever you lead, look for lots of parts, and watch how God moves mountains thru them.

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>Leaders – Lets Talk About Your Body!

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Leaders – Lets Talk About Your Body!

In the bible, Paul wrote, But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.”
As leaders, let’s just get on the same page, right now: FACT – Leaders attend meetings. 
Can I hear an “amen?” Pound your chest,right now, if you agree that as leaders we will always have meetings.
OK, now, get a load of this…
Today, in an 8-hr planning meeting with 12 leaders, I witnessed theloudest manifestation of that verse up there.
Around our boardroom table, there wasn’t just 12 feet, or just 12 noses, or just 12 elbows. 
Today, what God did was put together a bunch of motley parts and HE created one cool body
As a result? 
Great things were accomplished. 
I’m not gonna give the names of the people around the table, but I do have one-word descriptor for each of them. Look at this list of those in attendance:

  1. The Thinking One
  2. The Creative One
  3. The Inquisitive One
  4. The Trendsetting One
  5. The Rational One
  6. The Lighthearted One
  7. The Wise One
  8. The Practical One
  9. The Challenging One
  10. The Visionary One
  11. The Dreaming One
  12. The Sensitive One

And now, tell me, is that not a cool body, made up of cool parts, by one totally cool God? Wherever you lead, look for lots of parts, and watch how God moves mountains thru them.

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>LeadHership – “Nothing’s On”

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LeadHership – “Nothing’s On”

Easily, 5 days out of the week, our kids are in bed by 7:30pm. This leaves approx. 195 minutes for Raul and I to have selfish-time. And easily, I’d say 5 out of those 5 days, we stare at the TV and offer each other the same utterance, “Nothings on.”

Let’s press pause here: Do you ever say that?
OK, press play: Why is it that if “nothings” on…we don’t turn “nothing” off?

Though I’ve only done 2 food-fasts in my life…I’m telling ya, I think (for me anyway) a TV-fast could possibly be more challenging!

As leaders – Troy always reminds us that we need to be relentless thinkers, dreamers, and learners, and when we stop this, we stop leading.

Wouldn’t the primetime hours of TV actually be primetime hours of dreaming, thinking, and learning?
To shut-out the idiot-box and sponge-in things like books? journals? blogs? the Bible?

Is anybody with me on this? 
Post a comment, let me know your thoughts on, “Nothings On.”

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>Names! Names!

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Since Jan. I have been on staff at the GREATEST place of employment. Here is a picture. Is that a hot-looking staff or what?! Well, tonight Raul (my better whole) gave me some blogging-advice. He said that if I’m not myself when I blog then nobody’s gonna read it. Hummmm, OK, well, then…. this post is gonna be some of the nicknames endearingly given to some of our team. See if you can guess who I’m talking about, send me a response, the person who guesses the most wins a prize!

  1. Flipper
  2. “Dah Dweamer”
  3. Speedo-Baptizer
  4. The Metrosexual
  5. “hell-O”
  6. A boullabaisee of useless information & trivia
  7. The Grinch
  8. “Rock on!”
  9. The Swedish Chef
  10. “Pastor Gadget”
  11. The Big-Word User

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