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Guy Finds Out He’s Black At The Age Of 13

This video is not only hilarious, there are some deep story lines as well.

Watch and share what stands out to you.

11 Signs They Are Not A Good Leader

poor leadershipMost of us have worked for leaders that are for all intents and purposes are not very good. I actually learned a lot in my early days of leadership from some really bad leaders. Not only were they bad leaders, they were oblivious to the negative affects of their poor leadership.  There are many signs that a leader is not a good leader and I have identified 11 Signs below.

The reason I attribute these signs to not being a “Good Leader” is because a leader has to at least reach the mantle of being a “Good Leader” before they can be a “Great Leader”  Here are 11 Signs They Are Not A Good Leader… Remember “They”could be you!

  • 1. they are not willing to fail.
  • 2. they only talk and never listen.
  • 3. they don’t develop and produce other leaders.
  • 4. they micro-manage; that’s management not leadership.
  • 5. they are insecure or threatened by someone that they lead.
  • 6. they are not willing to follow and learn from those that they lead.
  • 7. they are focused on pleasing people and what people think.  Consumed with whether or not they look good to their superiors.
  • 8. they don’t genuinely care about the people they lead and have difficulty getting people to follow.
  • 9. they are willing to make the wrong decision, because of the fear of  fall-out from making the right decision.
  • 10. they only dream about being like so and so, instead of being the best they can be.
  • 11. they don’t embrace the reality that the culture they create trumps all of the little vision talks and rah-rah cheers. Culture eats vision for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

They either “don’t do” or “are not working towards” the 5 Things Next-Level Leaders Alaways Do!

Share your thoughts on any of these “11 Signs” and add to the list!

The Source Of True Joy

Nice 2 minute clip from Pastor Steven Furtick’s message, “The Source Of True Joy!”

The Easiest Way To Success

The easiest way to success is to come to the realization that there is no easy way to success. Success doesn’t come by accident and it’s not easy. Success is a combination of determination, perspiration, preparation and a relentless focus on the proper destination.

If you want to be successful you have to get up and begin walking, jogging and sprinting down the road of success. Opportunities are all around us, God has dropped enough worms of success for every bird. Those worms are not dropped in the nest, you have to get out of the nest, get on the ground and get the worms.

If you want to be successful, get up, get out, go after, take some risks, fail, re-calibrate and repeat.

“The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.”
~Dale Carnegie

The Easiest Way To Succeed is to realize that “easy” and “success” don’t even know one another.

Cutting Down Ministry Trees With Dull Axes

I have worked with and talked with countless ministries, Senior Pastors and staff teams from around the world. Every one of these groups have a desire to grow, a desire to be efficient and a desire to be productive. Every ministry tries different strategies to foster growth, efficiency and productivity. The most over-looked strategy to propel growth, efficiency and productivity is “time off and rest.”

In all seriousness, Sr. Pastors should try to find themselves in the sweet spot of preaching between 35-40 weekends per year (no more.) If they are preaching more than that, they probably aren’t raising up any other leaders/teachers, they probably don’t have adequate relationships with other Sr. Pastors, they are probably stifling the organizational growth culture and they are setting themselves up for burnout and failure. In addition to time off, an appropriate sabbatical policy should also be in the mix as well.

When it comes to the staff, some cultures only allow staff to take off 2 ministry weekends a year. Seriously, that is absolutely ludicrous if the ministry truly desires to grow, while increasing efficiency and productivity. The staff need to rest and there is not a staff member on the planet that is so important that they can’t take more than two weekends off. If they are perceived to be that important, they probably aren’t leading because they should be able to raise other leaders up to keep the ship going in their absence. Staff should take off no less than 4-6 weekends a year and ideally 2 of those weekends should be back to back. You must know your culture and know your rhythms.

The same thing is true for high capacity volunteers, especially those that volunteer multiple services and in multiple ministries. These individuals generally have demanding full-time jobs and need to rest, rejuvenate and recuperate, in order to increase their productivity. It’s up to the staff and ministry leaders to know the various rhythms and be in tune with when to encourage and sometimes demand volunteers take some time-off.

If you want to grow, be productive and efficient, you must schedule time to rest, time to refresh, time to energize and time to do absolutely nothing. Stephen Covey refers to this as sharpening your axe. He tells the story of someone so busy cutting down trees that they don’t take time to stop and sharpen their axe. The person who takes the time to sharpen their axe will cut down more trees. Some ministry staff, Sr. Pastors and volunteers are cutting down ministry trees with dull axes.

Sometimes the most important times to take off and rest is when it’s the craziest and the furious ministry storms are coming at you 100 mph.

23Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” Matthew 8:24-27

What kind of man is this? He is “Jesus” the kind of man that took time to rest. Just as Jesus said to his disciples, I will say to ministry leaders “The reason you and your staff are not taking time off is because you are of little faith, you have so little faith that you don’t think the ship can float with out you or your team guiding the ship.” Get some rest, have some faith and watch how smooth your ministry ship will sail. Sailing to the shores of efficiency, productivity, growth and a bonus island called “health.”

What do you think? Share your thoughts and experiences. 

This Is When God Will Open Doors For You

We have all seen and walked through the automatic motion type doors at various businesses. It’s a simple concept, the heat motion opens the door as you are walking towards the door. The challenge for those doors, is that if you are outside of the motion area the doors won’t open.

In the picture to the left, if you are outside of those yellow barriers, there is a good chance the door won’t open. When it comes to God opening doors, we have to make sure that we are in His motion, in His space, connecting with Him, reading His word, communing with Him, doing what His word says and not denying Him, in order for Him to better feel our motion.

Last night The Bible mini-series dove into the book of Revelation, which made me think of this passage of scripture:

“I see what you’ve done. Now see what I’ve done. I’ve opened a door before you that no one can slam shut. You don’t have much strength, I know that; you used what you had to keep my Word. You didn’t deny me when times were rough.” Revelation 3:8 MSG

God opens the door for the Philadelphians once he was able to feel their motion. It was an after effect. Let God see and feel what you’re doing in His name. He will open doors that you don’t have the strength or ability to open and no one else has the power or ability to close.

Get In God’s Motion! He will open doors for you that no one can slam shut.

15 Life Lessons From Lions, Buffaloes and Crocodiles

If you have not seen this video yet, it’s definitely worth 8 minutes of your day. There are so many powerful story lines in this video…

Below are 15 Life Lessons From Lions, Buffaloes and Crocodiles

  • 1. The importance of family
  • 2. What can happen when mom and dad aren’t around
  • 3. When times get rough haters come out of the woodwork
  • 4. Sin is crouching at your door, small groups and community can help
  • 5. Don’t give up
  • 6. The crocodiles come out at the smell of blood
  • 7. If you believe you can take out a lion you can
  • 8. Do what you can with your armor
  • 9. You may not realize it but people are watching your life story
  • 10. Be careful where you walk
  • 11. A few bites and wounds won’t kill you
  • 12. Stand up and go home
  • 13. Some people are trying to drag you down and they are really dragging you to safety
  • 14. Sometimes you have to go and get your homies to help
  • 15. The King Of The Jungle is a state of mind

Those are some of my story lines… What do you think? Share your observations and story lines.

A New Set Of Footprints In The Sand

A New Set Of Footprints In The Sand

One morning I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
I noticed many pieces of technology along the way.
There were lights, cruise ships and people along the beach engaging with their technology.
Some had laptops, many with smart phones, while a few clicked around on their tablets.

I also noticed footprints and the footprints were intriguing to me.
Some footprints leading here, some leading there and others seeming to lead nowhere.

Suddenly I gazed upon a special set of footprints.
They didn’t lead here nor there, they seemed to lead to off into the air.

These footprints led straight to a MacBook Air.

~Scott Williams

(inspired by “footprints in the sand” by Mary Stevenson while walking on the beach in Hawaii)

Don’t Take Life’s Moments For Granted

I’m sitting on the balcony of my beach front hotel located in Waikiki Beach in Honolulu Hawaii. My family and are enjoying some awesome time together on Spring Break. One thing I love about spending time with my family is the ability to share in special moments and create special memories.

To be honest with you Hawaii is a major blessing to experience with my family, what’s more awesome are Life’s Little Moments. Whether it’s the people watching that we do, the singing on my son’s iPhone via “The Voice” app, the goofy moments, the moments of sibling rivalry, the moments of rest, the moments of over-indulgence in food, the moments of experiencing nature, experiencing God’s goodness… Simple moments of laughing, living & loving.

My wife and I recently had one of those moments when we realized that we only have 4 years left after this year until Wesley graduates. It was surreal, it was awesome, it was sad and exciting all at the same time. It just reinforced the importance of enjoying life’s moments and a reminder of this, “Don’t Take Life’s Moments For Granted.”

Whether you are on the beach, at church, in your backyard, at the piano recital, at school, at the dinner table, driving down the road, cooking breakfast, praying, at sporting events, having the difficult conversations, watching television, or simply participating in the life moments of your day… “Don’t Take Life’s Moments For Granted.”

That’s it for now, my family and I are getting ready to go to the gym. Talking about creating a moment, this will definitely be a moment for me, because uhh “I don’t workout.” 🙂

Avoid The Path Of Least Resistance

If you want to be successful, you must learn to create resistance. Not only do you need to learn to create resistance, but you must develop thick enough skin to weather the storms of resistance.

If you want to make things happen, you must create resistance somewhere along the way. Tomorrow’s successes are planted in today’s soil of resisting, opposing, and withstanding.

If you are not experiencing resistance, chances are you’re playing it too safe.

Some of the greatest success stories are stories of individuals and organizations that embraced and created resistance.  Push through resistance with persistence.

“The path of least resistance is the path of the loser.” ~H.G. Wells

Whether it’s sin, life, leadership, sports or business: Winners and success stories are on the other side of resistance. Avoid the path of least resistance.

Share your thoughts on resistance and the other side.

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