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If I Were The Devil

“If I were the devil” ~ A prophetic essay written and recorded by radio commentator Paul Harvey in 1965.

The Most Important Piece Of A Winning Puzzle

winWhen people talk about success and winning, you often hear them talk about the importance of having a will and a desire to win. Although have a will to win is important, it’s not the most important ingredient in a winning recipe. Winning is more about having a will to prepare, a will to learn, a will to work and then oh yes a will to win. It’s easy to have a will to win; however a will to prepare and work hard getting there is another story.

There are a lot of stories of talented people who had a will to win, that never took the time to prepare, to work, to learn and therefore their winning never reached a level of significance. If you want to win, learn to couple your will to win, with your will to prepare.

“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” ~Paul “Bear” Bryant

The “will to prepare” is the most important piece of a winning puzzle.

The Hypocrite

THE HYPOCRITE from People's Church on Vimeo.

Here is a teaser video for the final week of the LifeSuckers Series @peopleschurchtv. This series was great and this video was hilarious.

Do you know any hypocrites?

The Path Of Success

I like to think and doodle while on airplanes…  here is one of my thoughts.

What do you think about the path?

Craig Groeschel – Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit (Session 5)

Session 5 – The Strongest Link

Bio: Founder and Senior Pastor, LifeChurch.tv

  • A pioneer in multi-campus church, LifeChurch.tv holds 76 weekly worship experiences, ministering to over 40,000 people
  • Known for leveraging technology to reach a new generation, including the development of LifeChurch’s popular YouVersion Bible App
  • A creative and relevant Bible teacher, he’s deeply passionate about leading people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ
  • Author of influential books, including the soon-to-be-released Soul Detox

Session 5 Snippets from my former boss and Pastor Craig Groeschel.  Craig really captivated the audience… Great talk, great information and tons of impactful one-liners.

  • I would not be here if it wasn’t for men and women who went before me and mentored me.
  • If you’re a speaker and u forget where you are… just repeat what you just said and walk back to your notes.
  • Don’t resent, fear or judge the next generation… believe in them.
  • God values maturity… If you’re not dead, you’re not done.
  • If you delegate tasks, you create followers… Delegate authority and you create leaders.
  • Embrace the season that you’re in… don’t try to be something that you’re not.
  • Authenticity trumps cool every time.
  • Younger generation: You need those that have gone before you more than you know.
  • When I was a kid, you actually had to win to get a trophy.
  • Honor publicly results in influence privately.
  • When we learn to honor God for who He is, we will more naturally be able to honor those around us.
  • Respect is earned… honor is given.
  • Create on-going feedback loops from those who are older and younger.
  • Create specific mentoring moments. (plan, not by accident, be intentional)
  • Don’t try to copy what those you are asking to mentor do… learn how they think.
  • Create opportunities for significant leadership development.
  • To those that have gone before me… I honor you with all of my heart.
  • Younger generation, I believe in u – the most cause-driven mission-minded generation in history.
Excellent inspiring talk for church and business leaders.
Share your thoughts on any of the snippets above.

Me, @Shaq, Feed The Children, My Kids, My Staff, Football & Starbucks

This is a video that I shot literally 3 years ago from this week.  It’s amazing how much things have changed in just 3 short years.  I took quick unedited video snippets throughout my day and pieced them altogether.

It’s amazing how much things have changed in 3 years:

  • Feed The Children has gone through some difficult times and a major leadership change
  • @Shaq has changed his twitter name and has retired from the NBA
  • My sons are no longer little boys but rather little young men (kinda-sorta)
  • I no longer have the goofy transitions glasses 😎
  • I’m no Longer at LifeChurch.tv and many of the staff are in new roles inside and outside of LifeChurch.tv

How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. James 4:14 NLT

How much has life changed for you in the last 3 years?

New Season For The Williams’ Family

I am making an announcement about the new Season for The Williams’ Family.  Before I announce what that season is and where we are going, let me rewind almost 8 months ago.  I actually made the “Big Announcement #2” that I was going to be transitioning out of my role at LifeChurch.tv into a new season of ministry for my family.

Fast forward 8 months and I have started a consulting company Nxt Level Solutions LLC.  The short and skinny of what we do is help organizations with both external and internal growth. We do this by helping with Leadership Development, Strategy, Diversity Consulting and New Media. In a short amount of time, God has blessed us with an amazing group of organizations and individuals to work with.  We are growing and at the same time helping others go farther faster. On top of this, more entrepreneurial adventures are around the corner and I’ve been blessed to continue sharing the message of Church Diversity around the country.

As far as the new season for the Williams’ family, we are going to be (give me another paragraph).   I have received many texts, DM’s & calls about what the new season is; let me explain a little further. When we made the decision to start a new season for our family 8 months ago, one of the goals was for us to continue to grow as a family.  As we prayed about what that would look like, LaKendria and I set one of our primary goals as her being able to stay home.  Years ago we thought this would have been important when our boys were young; however we are finding that it’s important really important at their current stage.

So the New Season For The Williams’ Family is not about us going to a new place physically, but rather LaKendria is going to be staying home.  Yep straight up Betty Crocker, Soccer Mom, Family Coordinator, Supporter, Teammate, Mother, Partner, Wife & making us a better family SAHM.  She put her notice in this week and her last day will be sometime in November.

This wasn’t simply a goal for us, but a step of faith and an act of listening to God’s Whispers. God is oh so many steps ahead of us, we are happy to follow his lead.  Ecclesiastes 3:1 NCV say’s it this way, “There is a time for everything, and everything on earth has its special season.”  I’m really looking forward to this special season.

What new seasons does God have for you and your family?   He’s whispering, are you listening?

My Barbershop Ministry

LC Stories | Author of Life from Jonathan Meisner on Vimeo.

For those of you that have been around BigIsTheNewSmall.com or have connected with me on one of my Social Media Channels; you know that I go to the barbershop every Friday.  As a matter of fact I have went to the barbershop every week for as long as I can remember and it’s now a tradition for my boys and I. Every Friday after school we hit Sonic Happy Hour and then hit the Barbershop.

In my world the traditional “Black Barbershop” is one of those great places to debate, to learn, to connect, to develop relationship, to gain wisdom, to talk sports, to talk noise and to minister.  I remember several years ago I began developing a relationship with a guy named Adam who also got his haircut every Friday.  Week after week Adam and I would talk, and I could tell this guy really had some amazing potential.  I would invite him to church all the time, but in the barbershop it would generally take a lot of work to get people to church because in most people’s eyes, I went to “The White Church.”

I kept inviting Adam for probably about a year and one weekend when I was preaching he took me up on my invitation. The cool thing is that he began attending frequently. Next thing I know he was plugged in, serving, giving, attending a small group and growing in his relationship with Christ.  He is one of the guys that I personally mentor and I can’t wait to see what God does through his life and his witness.

I remember talking with Adam one day and he said that before he ever knew that I was a pastor he watched how I carried myself in the barbershop and how I interacted with my boys for a long time.  He said that was more of a reason to check out my church than the fact that I was a Pastor.

The reality is that our lives are our biggest outreach tool.  Who are you inviting, remember people are watching and they are looking for a reason to follow God or an excuse to follow the world.

God uses all stories to shape His story.  The above video is a piece that @Jmeisner14 from Lifechurch.tv put together and it features three stories and reminds of God’s hand on our lives. One of those stories is Adam’s story.  Parts are shot in my barbershop and yes that’s by barber. I keep saying “my” because the title of this post is “My Barbershop Ministry.”  It’s amazing how The Author Of Life uses our story and even weekly conversations in the barbershop to tell his story. It’s awesome to be a part of watching Adam help shape the stories of others and especially the next generation of World Changers.

The barbershop is one of my ministries…  What daily or weekly places are you ministering in that you didn’t even realize that it was a ministry.

King Of Glory (Rockin’ Reggae Style)

I really love our worship team led by Stephen Cole and Kaci Baldwin. The team is a diverse group of genuine worshippers that truly love Jesus and care about those they are leading in worship each and every week. One of the things that I love about their worship is the fact that they have fun and they are all “Worshipping” and not simply singing songs and playing instruments.

This weekend they were jammin’ as usual and broke out into a little reggae funk in the middle of a Rockin’ King Of Glory worship tune. Every service was different as Stephen was just free-styling.  One is the beauties of worship is the fact that it’s a universal language and genuine hearts for diversity will help to break down ethnic and style barriers. People were swayin’, bobbin’, yellin’, shoutin’ and jammin’ in the isles.

The above video is a little sample of today’s worship, shot with an iPhone video camera.

What do you love about your worship team? Share some of your favorite worship songs or unique things that you like to see from your worship team.

Are On-line Church Communities Real?

I’m currently in Memphis, Tennessee leading a Micro-Conference for Executive Ministry Leaders.  There are some amazing leaders here, with some very sharp minds.  I love the fact that anytime I go to speak somewhere, I’m always challenged and always learn.

Last night over dinner there was a nice spirited debate over video teaching and then it moved to the fact that an Internet church or Church Online Service or Experience is not real community.  I emphatically disagreed and we debated on and on and back and forth.  It was a great discussion and I’m the kinda guy that says, “Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.”  I invited them to check out LifeChurch.tv church On-line.

In the past I have always made the below 9 Points About Why On-line Relationships are Real and I would think these same points apply to on-line church.  Especially if the on-line church is set up in the manner that LifeChurch.tv Church Online is set up.  There is a dedication to that community that is very similar to a physical campus and the relationships and life change is real.

9 Reasons Online Community and Relationships are Real

  • 1. When someone visits/comments on your Blog, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter etc., that interaction is as meaningful as you interacting with someone at your office, the coffee shop, the gym…
  • 2. People are sometimes more authentic and vulnerable in Social Media than in person.  Sometimes you will be sitting right next to someone and not even know that they’re having a bad day.  On the other hand, that same person is blogging and twittering about the bad day they’re having.
  • 3. It’s easier to connect with people of similar interests in an online environment than in a offline environment.  Everyone is one click or one search away.
  • 4. A person has the ability to overcome interpersonal struggles, as they can be an online extrovert, even though they may be an offline introvert.
  • 5. You can evaluate individuals daily interaction, lifestream, thoughts, dreams, perceptions, struggles etc. through Social Media in a short amount of time.  It may take twice as much time to capture the same information In Person.
  • 6. Candor is acceptable and encouraged in the Social Media world and that is not always the case In Person.
  • 7. It’s much easier to overcome demographic barriers in the Social Media World.
  • 8. Online Relationships are more convenient, which is a huge benefit in our fast-paced microwave world.
  • 9. You can positively impact the lives of others daily through Social Media without ever knowing you had an impact.  Your posts, tweets, comments, blogs, chats and overall online presence truly make a difference in the lives of others.

Are On-line Church Communities Real?  Why or Why Not?

Maybe I can direct these guys to your thoughts and comments on both sides of the argument.

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