Archive - July, 2011

7 Things It Takes Become An All-American

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(Insertion: July 26 2012 – Below is a post from a year ago in regards to my youngest son Jayden becoming a Jr. Olympic All-American. He will be competing in Baltimore over the next two days, to see where he stands this year. This year will be more difficult as he is on the younger end of his age group – he’s 9 and some kids will be 10 and just turning 11. Nonetheless, he earned the right to go and compete, if not this year, it will be next. The same lessons from las year, apply this year) 

Last Year’s Post Below

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I’m typing this post really quick from my iPhone, while in the hot sun at the Jr. Olympics. It’s blazing hot, like 110 degrees. Wichita has has 34 days of 100+ temps.

This is year is the 1st year that my boys both competed on a competitive track club. My 12yo son Wesley had a great season, made it regionals and qualified as an alternate on the relay for the Junior Olympics.

My 8yo son Jayden qualified in a couple of events and actually got 5th place overall in the shot-put, making him a Nike Jr. Olympic All-American. The top 8 athletes in each event, garner the All-American status.

Here is what I saw and learned through Jayden’s journey becoming an All-American. All-American in an event that he knew nothing about 3 months ago. I learned a lot from this season.

7 Things It Takes To Become An All-American:
1. Teachability- Jayden was always eager to learn. He listened, he watched YouTube videos of shot-puters, he embraced new techniques & he learned. Coaches praised his teachable spirit.

2. Practice- Jayden worked hard and gave 110% almost every practice. He always asked to run w/ the sprinters, even during times he was working on the shot-put. He was open to extra practices that my wife and had put him through.

3. Resilience- Jayden always learned from his mistakes. When a kid from his team began throwing farther than him, he simply worked harder and got better and next thing Jayden began throwing farther than that kid. During the regional competition Jayden had gotten beat by a kid from St. Louis… Today, Jayden beat him.
Jayden’s first throw out the gate was out-of-bounds and he got a little shook up. Jayden came back and got better and better.

4. Growth- Throughout the season, Jayden got better and better and better and better. During the Jr. Olympics he threw his personal best for his last throw of the semi-finals and the last three throws of the finals.

5. Heart- Jayden has the heart and desire of a winner. He told us he was going to get on the podium at the Jr. Olympics, and he did. You have to have heart, desire and a will to win.

6. Commitment- Jayden was committed to both track & field events. When I was giggling about the initial possibility of Jayden throwing the shot-put, he focused & stayed committed. His commitment payed off!

7. Performance- Jayden performed when everything was on the line. During the peak of his competition, He performed, he threw his best. (I personally think he has a little more in him. We will see about next year.)

Bonus: Have Fun: Jayden competed, nut he also had fun. He enjoyed himself and acted like an 8yo. If you are not having fun and enjoying what you do, it’s time to do something different.

Share your thoughts on how these lessons play into the successes of life.

Why Do I Fear?

Why Do I Fear?

I was told that HE did not give me the spirit of fear,

But it seems like every time I turn around fear is whispering in my ear,

You can’t do this and you can’t do that.

Having no regard for the affects of these negative meditations,

The reality is they are filling me with more and more hesitation,

Don’t try this and don’t try that.

I was told that I can do all things through HE who strengthens me,

But I seem to be debilitated by those around me telling me what I can’t be,

You won’t be this and you won’t be that.

Why do I fear?

I fear because I don’t believe in me.

I fear because I don’t trust HE!

~SW

What If Rick Warren Had A Leadership Academy?


What if Rick Warren Had A Leadership Academy?
Well He does…  Well maybe not exactly Rick Warren, but even better… the collective sum of The Saddleback Team. There are tons of Ministry Leadership Academy’s, Internship Programs and Lengthy Ministry growth opportunities all around the world.  Of all of the programs that I’m personally aware of, I don’t know that I have ever seen anything as comprehensive and hands-on as Saddleback’s Leadership Academy.  Here are some quick 7 Quick Thoughts About Saddleback’s Leadership Academy:
  • 1. Saddleback is developing ministry leaders. You don’t have to be seminary grads- people from all majors, all schools, and careers are key to building a pool large enough to plant the number of churches the world needs. They aren’t limiting the pool of leaders to only seminary grads.
  • 2. Saddleback prepares leaders by letting them lead.
  • 3. Saddleback is preparing Church planters, multi-site campus pastors, and ministry leaders through 1yr programs.
  • 4. Academy participants learn from Saddleback pastors, staff and learn in the following areas: Adult Ministry, Children’s Ministry, Student Ministry, Student Ministry Worship, Adult Worship Arts & Church Administration.
  • 5. There is always the intangibles of Southern California and Orange County.
  • 6. The resources, scale, pace, credibility, culture, methods, strategies, and effectiveness of Saddleback Church
  • 7. An awesome place to live – “The Ranch.”

I could go on and on with a lengthy post about the Academy; however Saddleback has put together a very detailed and descriptive program for you to read through.  I encourage you to take a look at all of the different areas, it might be an excellent opportunity for you, your friends or family.  Be sure to check out the different type of program areas: LAUNCH, ELEVATE, ACCELERATE, & DISCOVER.

What If Rick Warren Had A Leadership Program? He does, It’s the Saddleback Leadership Academy.  Saddleback Church created the Saddleback Church Leadership Academy to reach out to those with a calling, heart, and potential to lead ministries and churches.  Their goal is to expand the potential pool of leadership talent by creating unique leadership development paths that equip, encourage, and mentor these future leaders. Their method is to provide an opportunity for participants to engage and learn in the context of “doing the work.”
Check out the Saddleback Leadership Academy Website and share this info. with your friends.
Bonus:  You get to learn from the ministry leaders that literally wrote the book on it:
  • Rick Warren– Purpose Driven Church and Purpose Driven Life
  • Kay Warren– Say Yes To God
  • Tom Holladay– The Relationship Principles of Jesus
  • Geoff Surratt– Multi-Site Church Revolution
  • John Baker– Life’s Healing Choices
  • Steve Gladden– Small Groups With Purpose
  • Rick Muchow– The Worship Answer Book
  • Kurt Johnston– Middle School Ministry Made Simple
  • Josh Griffin– 99 Thoughts for Youth Workers

I <3 NY

As I’m sitting here in my hotel room in the middle of Times Square in #NYC, I’m thinking about this theme and these shirts about people people loving or (hearting) NY. As a matter of fact it was one of the more requested souvenir items from my friends and family back in #OKC.

We have been to NYC many times and every time I find myself leaving saying the exact same thing. That is a great city to visit, but there is no way that I could live there. This time my wife and I are actually here with another couple, who happen to be long time great friends. It has been great to take a bite out of the Big Apple together. We walked the streets of #NYC last night and let me tell you this place doesn’t sleep, it doesn’t stop and many people seem to love NY.

It was around midnight last night (Sunday) that we stopped by Starbucks in Times Square and the place was hopping. We asked the barista what time they close and her response was, “We Don’t.” NY doesn’t sleep or at least the persona is that it’s always moving, always happening and it’s the epicenter for those making things happen and those wanting to make things happen.

As I was standing in the middle of this make things happen city, I was reminded of the lyrics of rapper, entrepreneur and mogul Jay-Z’s song “Empire State Of Mind.” A small sampling of the song, the chorus sang by Alicia Keys is below:

“In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made, oh
There’s nothing you can’t do, now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you, let’s hear it for New York
New York, New York…”

I do agree with Jay-Z in the fact that the BIG lights can inspire you. They can inspire you to dream BIG. think BIGGER. This is truly a city of dreams a city of potential.

I love BIG DREAMS!
I love POTENTIAL!

You know what, I might just love NY.

Share your thoughts on the Big City Of Dreams… Who knows you may win an I <3 NY t-shirt.

What Is Google+ (Google Plus) and Why Do I Need It?

What Is Google+ and Why Do I Need It?  This short video will answer that question.

Win 10 Copies Of #ChurchDiversity for Your Staff or Small Group

I’d like to say thanks to the many people who took advantage of the New Leaf Publishing Group offer of Church Diversity: Sunday The Most Segregated Day Of The Week for only $4.99 for 72 hours. This promo went out to those of you who are a part of the BigIsTheNewSmall.com and ChurchDiversity.com communities.  Because of it’s popularity, they have extended the offer for 2 weeks, I’m assuming that was from Monday, July 18th.

Church Diversity will be available for purchase in Kindle, Nook, iBook, Sony Reader or PDF formats for only $4.99 from nlpg.com. Purchasers can also request a complimentary copy be sent to their pastor.  That’s right, from now til’ August 1st, you and your friends can purchase a digital copy of Church Diversity for only $4.99 (right here) and a complimentary copy be sent to your pastor.  That’s like a double deal. 🙂

For those of you that have already dove in and began reading Church Diversity, all you have to do is Tweet, Google+ or Facebook post your favorite quote and you will be entered to win 10 Copies of Church Diversity for your staff, friends, small group or whomever you want to give them to.

If you have not picked up a copy, simply buy one or download a free sample chapter and share your favorite quote from the book. Please use the #ChurchDiversity hashtag when you share your quote and leave a comment below letting me know that you shared your quote.  The comment section is how the winner will be randomly selected. You can share one quote and one comment between now and Sunday (3 total for a better chance of winning).  Winner will be announced on Monday, July 25.

Remember it’s as easy as 1-2-3

  • 1. Tweet or Share quote from book.
  • 2. Leave comment below stating that you did so. (up to 3)
  • 3. Check back on Monday to see if you won.

#FistBump & Thanks for your support…  We are just getting started!

Embrace The Seasons

Life is all about the different seasons, not only is it about the different seasons, it’s about Embracing The Seasons. Often times people find themselves standing around with their winter coat on, in the middle of the summer.  Or it’s the middle of the winter and they are trying their best to put on halter tops and shorts.

Don’t try to force things, force situations or force seasons, but rather be in tune with seasons of life.  When it’s time to go, “Go.”  When it’s time to stay, “Stay.”

Embrace The Seasons.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

What’s your season?

Some Things Transcend Language (Korea’s Got Talent)

This video transcends the need to speak a particular language.  I don’t speak Korean 한국어/조선말, but I do speak the language of this video.  This is powerful!  9.5 million views and counting.

Take the time to watch this audition for Korea’s Got Talent.  Grab your Klennex!

Facebook In Real Life (Video)

Funny video about Facebook, played out (IRL) In Real Life.

Thoughts? What elements caught your attention or would you add to this video?

3 Easy Steps To Avoid Criticism

Criticism is a one of those words that seems to cut most people like a knife.  Although the knife doesn’t seem as sharp when we put the word “constructive” in front of the word criticism; none-the-less the word still seems to pierce.

When I was growing up my mom would always tell me: “Son, you can’t control or worry about what people say… you can only control what you say and what you do.”  Later on in life, as a young leader I had a mentor that would always say “If you’re doing something worthy of people taking shots at you… they will.  I would much rather have a leader that people don’t always understand and who are occasionally criticized, than a “leader” that no one ever talks about.”   I’ve heard my pastor say something like “If you want to find the leader, look for the one with the arrow in their back!”

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes criticism is necessary.  It’s important to have the people closest to you speak candidly into your life and seek wise counsel from those who will shoot you straight.  It’s important to view criticism as neutral… “It Is What It Is!”  This neutral mindset allows you to be comfortable with, “Eating The Meat and Spitting Out The Bones!”  If you don’t want to be criticized, follow these 3 Easy Steps To Avoid Criticism:

  • 1. Say Nothing
  • 2. Do Nothing
  • 3. Be Nothing

If you want to silence the critics, be yourself and do the right thing.

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

I don’t ever want to find myself in the place with those “Cold and Timid Souls.”

Silence The Critics!

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