Everyone Can, But Only Some Will


What does that really mean… the title of this blog I mean? It’s really simple actually. If you want something bad enough, you do what it takes. It doesn’t matter if its a job, your marriage, your weight, you just do it. Now, before the harsh words come screaming at the screen – I get it. Easier said than done. Trust me, me of all people get that. I have my own skeletons that I struggle with but I do my best not to. So maybe it takes you a little longer to accomplish it then the person next to you. Is it a competition between you and them? No. Winning is not “strength” it’s “endurance”. When we really accomplish something it is over a long period of time generally speaking. I am almost convinced this is why God created faith the way it is. Faith, the act of believing in something unseen, as the definition given to us. Faith in and of itself is an accomplishment. It’s hard to move forward and “not know” – but it also builds our relationship with God so much more. He wants us to depend on Him. If we can do it all ourselves then why do we need Him?

I don’t care how tough you are or what kind of front you put on for people, all of us, I repeat, ALL of us, have moments of insecurity. ALL of us have moments of not understanding. ALL of us have moments of wanting to give up. And ALL of have moments of wanting to cry. Some hide it more than others, some hide it better than others, but we all share this common thread. Don’t ever think that one person has it all together, because they don’t. And they are lying to themselves if they think they do.

Don’t let pride get in your way of accomplishment. Get out of your own way and begin what needs to be done. Show your children what pushing forward looks like. Show those you work with what it looks like to go after a goal. Be an example for your spouse, friends and associates. Just don’t quit. You are an inspiration to those around you through your own struggles. You are a walking testimony. People are always watching you. If you act ridiculous then you give them the “excuse” they are looking for. I challenge you to live at a higher level than what you are.

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Psalm 78:3-4

Things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.

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4 Temptations Christian Leaders Face


I read this and thought – How Appropriate! It’s a thought I think every leader needs to ask themselves. What is your motive for doing what you do? Where do you fit in within these categories/questions? Adding to this article… I think the sign of a good leader is being able to learn from all ages. I am 28 years old; however, I have learned things from people who are 18 years old, and even 10 years old! A good leader never lets themselves think “they know it all”. The minute you stop listening to others  you forfeit your right to be a leader. (My personal opinion of course). This doesn’t mean every time someone voices an opinion you run with it – because you also have a mind of your own as a leader and there is a reason you were put into that position and not that other person… however… other people still have good ideas. One person’s idea might stir a new thought into your idea! KAPOW! Two heads were better than one 🙂

Original post: FOUR TEMPTATIONS CHRISTIAN LEADERS FACE
By: Michael Hyatt

  1. The temptation of priorities. Weak leaders put themselves last. They mistakenly think this is more spiritual. As I wrote in another post, it is a dangerous temptation that has left many leaders cynicaland burned out.But successful leaders face the opposite temptation. They put themselves first. In fact, some are outright narcissists, putting themselves at the center of their own universe. The correct position, I think, is second. Strong leaders put God first and themselves second. They know that they can’t meet the needs of others unless they attend to themselves.
  2. The temptation of entitlement. Weak leaders become convinced that they deserve something different. They lose any sense of delight or gratitude. They come to believe what others tell them: they are special and thus deserve preferential treatment.Successful leaders are alert to this temptation and war against it. It can sneak up when they least expect it. So they work hard to thank the people closest to them, knowing that their position is a privilege and likely temporary.
  3. The temptation of resentment. Weak leaders take offense at every slight. They are hyper-sensitive, reading into every situation more than is warranted. In the “movie” about them, there has to be drama.The reality is that offenses are inevitable. Jesus Himself said, “offenses must come” (Matthew 18:7). In fact, I would go so far as to say that God often sends offenses—for our good and for our sanctification. Strong leaders thus overlook offenses, knowing that this is the true mark of maturity and character (see Proverbs 19:11).
  4. The temptation of popularity. We live in a world that places a high value on fame and “personal branding.” We seem to have a list for everything, including the top 100 largest churches and the 100 fastest growing churches. It is difficult for me to imagine the early church—the church of the martyrs—compiling these kinds of lists.In reality, Jesus was a publicists’ nightmare. He eschewed fame. He miraculously healed people and then ordered them to keep it to themselves, telling no one about their experience (see, for example, Luke 5:12–14). Strong leaders are quick to give others the credit and avoid the limelight. They would rather be effective, even if they labor in obscurity.

The bottom line is this: Be careful what you pray for. Leadership is a burden—and a privilege. It is best held with an open hand. “The Lord giveth and Lord taketh away” (see Job 1:21).