Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Church is not a Bully!

photo by: www.itsprimalprotection.comI had one bully all through school. And this one guy was responsible for most of my middle school and high school years being less than a pleasant experience. I dreaded going to school. Always asking myself, “How am I going to get hurt today?”

Church is much the same way for many people. There are bound to be some ‘bullies‘ in every church, but don’t allow them to keep you from the maximum benefits of doing life with the rest of the Church family…God’s family.

God does his work through the church…and it is always good! ‘His’ will is always perfect. Unfortunately, sometimes people insist on doing ‘their’ work in the church and call it the Lord’s. Everywhere you go there will be those who are very passionate about their personal agendas. The Church is no exception.

But just like I would have missed out on an education and diploma if I had allowed my bully to keep me from school, you and I often allow unpleasant people or circumstances to keep us from Church. Thus, keeping us distant from much of what God has in store for us.

The church then had peace throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, and it became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord. And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers. (Acts 9:31 NLT)

Did you see that? There is strength and unity in the Church when God”s people are honestly more focused on Him than anything else in life.

Personally, I’ve been hurt as much as the next person by church-related issues. Multiple times, and at multiple churches, I can remember being frightened or anxious arriving to walk in the building, not wanting to come into contact with a particular individual. Even as a staff member, I’ve struggled in these situations.

But not anymore!

The Lord has led me to a place of healing and security in His Church that is almost inexplainable. Let me encourage you today. Don’t give up on God and His people. He longs to bless healthy Church community that keeps Him in clear focus. So find that family of believers to connect with, and prepare an overflow of God’s love.

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3 things when you are sick and tired!

You’ve heard the saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Well, that’s both true and false.

False because there will be times that get so rough that the absolute best thing we can do is take a moment (or two) to simply stop and breathe.

True because after taking that short but very necessary rest, we must stand up and push through the life ‘sludge’ that lies before us.

The irony here is this.  If we never stop and always keep our foot on the gas we will eventually burn out!  Yes…you too!  It’s called being human and not Jesus.  On the flip side, if we stop without ever shifting things back into ‘drive’ things won’t get done.  We will slip into mediocrity and get comfortable.  It’s in this place where we quickly become ineffective in ministry and in life.

Personally, I’m feeling the need to shift into ‘neutral’ for some rest.  Over the past six weeks I’ve been heavily involved in creating a new ministry, leading at a summer camp, taking the riegns on another task-oriented ministry, and now making my way through my oldest son’s Hish School graduation.

Oh…did I mention I’m sick?  Allergies are literally kicking my butt.  So yes….I’m both sick and tired.

Here’s what I’m doing about it, and I’d challenge you to try this as well.

– Recognize that you need rest.  Notice this when you can still determine to sit down on our own will power.  If you don’t take notice of your own fatigue you will instead trip and fall without any amount of grace.  This is usually noticed by those around us whether we like it or not.

– Rest!  Just stop.  Take an hour…a day…or three days to physically and mentally rest from your task lists and worries.  Doing this does not make you a failure, it prevents you from becoming one!

– Resume work.  Stop…..don’t just jump back in head first.  Get back into things with a strategic plan.  After resting, take a fresh look at your task list.  Prioritize emails, phone calls, and projects starting with the most important ones first.  Space them out over the next few days, allowing yourself the freedom to not get everything done instantly.

All this relates back to the old saying that “Leadership is a marathon, not a sprint.”  And this is a matter of self-leadership.

So, are you sufficiently rested?  Are you healthy today?  Do you have any tricks or advice to add?

I’d love to hear your comments or a voicemail.

 

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