Archive - January, 2011

“No Limits!”

The longer I live, the more I realize that the only limits we have in life are the ones that we place on ourselves. I’m saying this from the perspective of being a realist.  I don’t believe that everyone can do everything; however I do believe that everyone can be great at many things.

As I was watching the Oklahoma City Thunder, play the Miami Heat yesterday, they played a brief interview with Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant.  KD talked about how his mom used to make him do push-ups, and more push-ups and more push-ups.  She even made him run hills at midnight in the middle of the hot summer.  She always encouraged him with the fact that, “Yo have to work, if you want to achieve your dreams.”

Kevin could have decided to give up and not work hard because he was probably going to be too skinny and lanky to ever play in the NBA.  Nope, he kept working with a “No Limits” type of attitude and has led the NBA in scoring the last 2 years and he’s barely over 20 years old.

“No Limits” is not about basketball, it’s about life.  If you want it, work hard and go get it.  There is a blessing around the corner with your name on it…  Go Get It!

When we honestly survey the limits of life, 9 times out of 10 we will come to the conclusion that most limitations were self-imposed.

“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.” ~Mahammad Ali

“No Limits!”

~dream BIG. think BIGGER.

Top Books For Christian Leaders

I’m wanting to compile this list of the top books for Christian Leaders to read in 2011.  It is understood that the Bible should always be the #1 book.  What I’d like to compile is a list thought leader, leadership and inspirational books that Christian Leaders need to read in 2011.   Recently published books are encouraged and oldies but goodies are welcome. We can update this list as the year goes on.

Please understand that “secular” leadership and business books are part of this list.  Seth Godin books are always great reads and are highly recommended by me.

The process is process is simple.  Simply leave a comment with the Author or Authors name and the Book Title. Feel free to share multiple books to the list.  Not required, but feel free to leave any brief commentary about the books that you or others share.

Ready, Set, Go!

How To Be Effective on Twitter

The crazy world of Twitter has many, many tips and tools on how to be effective.  Obviously everyone has their personal thoughts and opinions on the topic of Twitter Effectiveness.  Below are 5 easy ways that will help people have a positive and effective Twitter experience.
How To Be Effective on Twitter

  • Be Real- Be yourself, don’t try to act like some fake guru, internet expert, coach or millionaire.  You can simply talk about your day, share links, talk about your family, your whereabouts, be funny, inspire others, share business deals, tips & tools, be silly, engaged in the dialogue, observe…  Whatever it is, just Be Real. Remember there are 10 Different Types of People on Twitter. The beauty of Twitter and social media is that you can just be yourself and people can take it or leave it. No Pressure. of Twitter.  “Do You!  It’s A Statement… Not A Question.”
  • Be Revealed- Share a real picture of yourself as your profile pic and not some weird avatar or some models pic that you swiped off of the Internet.  If you have a catchy, professional, branded logo… they can be used as well.  There are 30 Types of Twitter Profile Pics. and 6 Ways to Make Your Twitter Profile Work… it starts with revealing yourself!
  • Be Responsive- If someone is @replying  or DM’ing you with something that requires a response, take a few moments at some point in your day to respond.  Remember all DM’s and @replies  don’t require a response; don’t get caught up in the unnecessary back-and-forth 2-way conversations.
  • Be Respectful- Don’t use twitter as a vehicle to have arguments, spew expletives, disrespect other Twitterers… and take some of those extra, extra long 2-way conversations to DM.  Be respectful in what you tweet and how you tweet it.  Give credit to others, show some RT love.
  • Be Relevant- Have an understanding of the Twitter culture… In other-words: learn the difference between an @reply  and a DM,  learn the processes and the systems, familiarize yourself with some of the 111 Twitter Tools & Apps. Make Twitter relevant to your life, your business, your purpose, your vision, your desire, your need…

Share your thoughts on this list or other ways to be effective on Twitter.

The Best Apple Commercial Ever

This “Think Different” commercial is simply the best Apple commercial ever and it was created back in the late 1990’s. The “Think Different” campaign was a huge success and this commercial won an Emmy in 1998 for best commercial.

This epitomizes dream BIG. think BIGGER.

This is Seth Godin LinchPin kind of stuff and should inspire you to “Think Different.”

Go Change The World!

Share your thoughts!

Link Me & I’ll Link You Back

Do you ever click through the links on your blogroll from time to time and realize that some of the links have changed or no longer exist.  I have decided to start my blogroll over and re-populate it with those of you that have in your blogroll or in some kind of linkroll on your blog.

So here is the deal.  If you have linked fill out your blog information by commenting below and I will add you to my new blogroll, once I delete the existing one.  Thanks for reading and thanks for linking.

Leave a comment below with the name of your blog and the full site address, so that I can just copy and paste.

Example: or Scott Williams (however you would prefer to be listed)

You Can Be Whatever You Want To Be

There is inside you 
all of the potential to be whatever 
you want to be 
all of the energy to do whatever 
you want to do.

Imagine yourself 
as you would like to be, 
doing what you want to do, 
and each day, take one step 
towards your dream.

And though at times it may seem too 
difficult to continue, 
hold on to your dream.

One morning you will awake to find 
that you are the person 
you dreamed of 
doing what you wanted to do 
simply because you had the courage 
to believe in your potential 
and to hold on to your dream.

~Donna Levine

dream BIG. think BIGGER.

Be A Part Of #ChurchDiversity The Book

As some of you may know, I have a book scheduled to release in April.  My prayer is that it will help initiate the long overdue conversations about the lack of ethnic diversity in the church.  The Title is “Church Diversity – Sunday The Most Segregated Day Of The Week.” The premise is based on a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from over 40 years ago when he said, “We must face the sad fact that at the eleven o’ clock hour on Sunday morning when we stand to sing, we stand in the most segregated hour in America.”

I pray this will be more than a book; but rather a movement. I would love for you to be a part of this movement that will literally change the face and heart of the church.  We are allowing people just like you to upload a simple profile pic. (head-shot) to be included in the book.  It’s an opportunity for readers to take a snapshot reminder of all of the unique faces that make up God’s Church.  We all represent Church Diversity.

  • Diversity Matters To God
  • The Local Church Is The Hope Of The World
  • We Are Church Diversity

Hundreds of people have already uploaded their pic., please take 2 minutes to jump over to this site and upload your pic.  I hope to see your face in the book.  Together, we will ensure that Dr. King’s quote won’t ring true 40 years from now.

Would you like to maybe have your words in the book, maybe in the introduction.  Leave a comment below and fill in this sentence:  Church Diversity is [__fill_in_the_blank__].  Example: Church Diversity is a reflection of what Heaven will look like. Try to keep your thoughts between 1 and 5 sentences long.  Be creative and heartfelt.  Who knows, you may see your words in a bookstore near you.

I want to thank to Tim and the crew at New Leaf Publishing Group for believing in this project.  I also want to thank you for your willingness to be a part of this “We Are Church Diversity movement.  Share the pic. site and this post with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

dream BIG. think BIGGER.

Diversity In Design

GUEST BLOGGER: Today’s guest post comes from @ErikaGordon.  Erika is the print and web designer for Manna Church in Fayetteville, NC  Her website is If you would like to be a guest blogger for, click here.

Have you ever looked at a movie poster and immediately knew what type of movie it was without reading one line of text?  The design instantly revealed whether that movie was a horror flick, comedy or sappy love story.  Well believe it or not, the same holds true when reflecting diversity in church design.  Design is a language and just one look can speak of what type of church you are – a predominately white church, black church or one that is truly seeking a multi-cultural experience.

Diversity in design goes much deeper than just including stock images of a happy white woman, black family, or Latino couple.  It’s about incorporating the individual styles and feelings one gets when looking at something that is designed and created specifically for them.  The twist is to include these different styles while maintaining your church’s identity and culture.  So the million dollar question is: “How do I speak to other cultures through my design while remaining true to my church’s identity?”

I really wish there were a formula for this question but unfortunately there isn’t.  The good news is that this means the sky is the limit!  I mean, isn’t that why we were hired in the first place, to be creative and figure it out?  There were, however, a few things that helped me to balance my urban design background with the multi-cultural identity of Manna Church (

  • 1. Study design styles that are popular in other cultures. I make it a point to grab print materials, watch videos and browse websites that target a specific culture and study the differences in each of them.
  • 2. Push yourself to design outside of your comfort zone. This is one of the hardest things to do because as designers, we have our own style and often there’s a measure of pride that doesn’t want to compromise that.  However, we must remember what sets us apart from the mainstream industry is that we are called to use our gifts to reach people.  It’s not about us and “our style.”
  • 3. Remember the big picture and don’t give up. I constantly remind myself of this because it’s very easy to slip back into our comfort zone or fool ourselves into thinking that intentional diversity in design is not effective or worth the effort.
  • 4. Utilize the people around you.  Ideally, a multi-cultural church has a multi-cultural staff, so ask your co-workers from different backgrounds their opinion of the design and if it speaks to them.
  • 5. Know that you’re not going to please everybody. It’s impossible to create designs that speak to everyone and quite frankly, there will be times when you must target a specific demographic and that’s okay.

Hopefully this helps you to embrace the fact that we designers play an important role in church diversity and even though we are often behind-the-scenes, our work is always on the frontlines.

What do you think about Diversity In Design?

Finding Inspiration

I always enjoy having conversations with creative arts type of people.  I love the way they process things, how they see things and their constant desire to find inspiration.  Poets may find inspiration from nature, the world and current issues around them.  Photographers may find inspiration from the work of other photographers, current style, trends and anything they can see.  Musicians may find inspiration from something burning deep down inside, telling a life story or being sensitive to the world around them.

You don’t have to be the creative type to always be looking for and finding inspiration.  Inspiration is around us every day.  You have to open your eyes and look for inspiration in all of the interactions that life brings you.

I call those little moments of inspiration “God Moments.”  If I look for those God moments in everything, I will find them.  Often times those moments reveal themselves when I’m spending time with family, friends and God.

Finding Inspiration

How do you find inspiration?

7 Deadly Sins Of Twitter

Although Twitter is an amazing tool to: network, develop relationships, find information, share information, promote your business, promote your brand, make the world smaller, minister to people… It’s not all good!

What I mean by Twitter is not all good is the fact that the tool itself is great; however the element of humans using the tool can create problems. Twitter can actually ruin your life if you don’t guard yourself and become aware of the fact that if you choose to drive down the Twitter Highway there are some potholes and deadly sins to avoid.

Here are the 7 Deadly Sins Of Twitter and These 7 Things Can Ruin Your Life!

  • 1. Porn- If you find yourself being intrigued by the revealing Twitter profile pics. or dating sites and start clicking to learn a little bit more, this is a sign of trouble.   The next thing you know, that click will lead to another click, that will lead to you clicking a link of a tweet that looks something like this “Check out this video of me all alone.” This my friends is the first pothole to a road that will ruin your life.
  • 2. Secret DM’s– If you are married and find yourself having secret DM conversations with someone of the opposite sex, That can be trouble. What I mean my secret, are those seemingly innocent conversations that your spouse doesn’t know about.  Always leave your Twitter account accessible to your spouse.  I recommend universal passwords for both you and your spouse for all Twitter, Facebook, e-mail and Social Media accounts; in other-words all log-in and passwords are the same.  (My entire family uses the same password for everything.)  If you find yourself remotely questioning the potential of one of your Twitter conversations or relationships; share the conversation with your spouse and block that person immediately.
  • 3. It’s All About Me- Twitter can be a very competitive form of Social Media, as a matter of fact there man of the new apps. or infomercial DM’s are relative to ways to increase your followers. Many people are guilty of checking their number of followers and having a desire to increase our number of followers. It’s important that the desire to increase our numbers or influence doesn’t turn into the “It’s All About Me” syndrome. Don’t be so consumed with your numbers that you get big headed and think you’re the Big Man or Big Woman on campus. Value and respect your followers and appreciate the numbers that you have, because in Twitter World it’s not all about you, it’s all about the people that follow you. An easy way to check yourself is to daily recognize that your account, followers and entire Twitter Profile can be deleted with one bug, virus or error.
  • 4. Time- It can be easy to get sucked into the Twitter time consuming capsule. Ask yourself this question “Do I find my time on Twitter interrupting my productivity time at work or becoming a hindrance to my time with friends, family, spouse… In case you are in denial, naive or oblivious to your time problem; ask the people closest to you, do they see your time on Twitter as a problem?   There are many tools to help you with your productivity and potentially help you avoid this deadly sin.   Here is a list of the Top 111 Twitter Tools.
  • 5. Multiple Personality Disorder– Often times people develop a Twitter Personality that is different from their normal personality. This is a hard road to travel because you can find yourself expending energy and fueling the Twitter Personality that’s not the real you. These personalities begin to compete with one another and trouble is on the way. Ask yourself this question “Is my Twitter Personality the real me?” Be yourself and don’t get caught up in the fake Multiple Personality Disorder Game… It will ruin the real you!
  • 6. Envy- If you find yourself full of Envy, as it relates to the influence that other Twitterers have then you are traveling down the road of bitterness. Many times it’s the subtle statements, thoughts or comments that communicate your heart is beginning to fill with Envy. Comments like “I Can’t believe so and so has that many followers” or “Why do people follow them and they tweet the stupidest things” or “There is no way they should have that much influence” or you start referring to @guykawasaki as @girlkawasaki. You should encourage and celebrate others in the TwitterWorld who have been blessed with influence. Envy is the tribute that mediocrity pays to genius, hard-work and success.
  • 7. CopyCat- Don’t simply copy what others in the TwitterWorld are doing, Be Yourself. Do You! It’s A Statement… Not A Question!

Share your thoughts on any of the 7 Deadly Sins of Twitter or add some additional to the list.

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