My legacy is formed by my values. Generosity, for example, is a core value in my life. I want to be remembered as someone who gives with a generous heart. When I am gone, I want people to say, “he gave.” I also believe that if you really think about it, generosity is important to you as well. No one wants to be remembered as someone who was selfish. We don’t want to look back on our lives and realize that we lived with our fists clenched so tightly on money or possessions that we missed opportunities to bless others. Generosity isn’t an inherent trait for many of us, but it is something that can be cultivated. We can all be givers. (more…)
Can you guess one of the key aspects of rest a lot of people steer clear from?
Fun and family should serve a huge role in your times of rest. If you’re skeptical about that statement, I encourage you to hear me out on this one.
First, fun and family mean different things to different people. One person’s “fun” is not everybody’s sense of the word. What’s considered fun to you and the people you call family? (more…)
What do you say about yourself? As pastors, we spend a lot of time encouraging and leading those entrusted to our care. We speak life over the people around us, but what do we say about ourselves? Are we negative or do we dwell on the positive? Is every day a struggle or do we rejoice in the God-given opportunities to grow?
Craig Groeschel says that our lives move in the direction of our strongest thoughts. What we think and say has power! But this is more than a spiritual truth, it is also psychologically proven. Research shows that what you say about yourself has a direct relationship with your ability to perform. Positive affirmations have the ability to shift your perspective and remind you that you have the ability to succeed. (more…)
8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. Exodus 20:8-11
For some reason or another, pastors really struggle with having a Sabbath. I’d go as far as saying many leaders who are believers have tension with finding true Sabbath.
What is true Sabbath? And why do people avoid it so much?
In the verses above, you see that God set an example for us. He rested after six days of labor. And we’re expected to do the same. Yet, why do we fight this holy day of rest? (more…)
Where do you go to find calm?
Imagine: Life is coming at you at every angle. Everyone wants something from you. You feel like you can’t even hear yourself think—or maybe you can’t stop thinking long enough to get some sleep.
Where will you go?
In those times of stress, it’s important to find your safe place. The place that helps you refocus, recenter, and destress.
This “place” doesn’t have to be a physical space. Maybe, like me, your safe place is your family. Or, maybe it is a certain room in your home.
How do you build that place? I think these three questions will help you get started: (more…)
How does a leader rest?
Sometimes, it feels like the question is: How can a leader rest?
How can a leader rest when there’s so much to do? When there are so many people counting on them? When their home-life is in a state of chaos?
Rest is essential in leadership for a lot of reasons: (more…)
What makes you happy? Truly happy.
I’m involved in a Mastermind Group for fellow entrepreneurs. One of the members in my group, Robert Mallon — co-founder of The Lion’s Pride, shared something powerful during one of our meetings.
Five habits that lead to a happier lifestyle.
First, let’s talk about why happiness is important in leadership. According to the Harvard Business Review, there is a Happiness Advantage. (more…)
As we wrap up our Invisible Leader series, let’s go back to our friend Fred. If you remember, Fred is a mailman that was the basis of Mark Sanborn’s book The Fred Factor.
One important thing to note about Fred the Postman is the quality of work he did in his role. At the end of the day, Fred was expected to deliver everyone’s mail. He could have gotten by with doing the bare minimum. As long as people got the right mail at the right time, Fred would still have a job. But Fred knew his role was more than just a job — it was an opportunity to impact people. According to Mark, Fred invested both his time and his resources in the families he served every day.
As an invisible leader, we should hold ourselves to the same standard. Becoming an invisible leader requires a commitment to excellence. It requires more than just the minimum. (more…)