Category Archives: Leadership Nuggets

Ignore the Crows

 

Anyone moving forward in life has them.

 

All who seek to grow spiritually will see them.

 

Anyone desiring to become more and more like Jesus, to step into the fullness of God’s call on their life will hear them.

 

The voices of the crows.

 

The dissenters, detractors, accusers and condemners.

 

The more you step forward, the louder they scream. The higher you choose to fly, the more vehement their accusations. The bolder your stand in faith, the more violent their condemnation. The deeper your heart breaks for what matters to the Cross, the more venomous their descriptions of just why you are the last one whom God could use.

 

Ignore the crows.

 

As with the eagle, so too with your flight.  Crows operate as a primary detractor to the flight of an eagle. Nipping at its tail feathers, cawing with an unpleasant, unholy litany of verbal complaint, flying around as a distraction.

 

The eagle’s response? Fly higher and higher, away from the crow, until it reaches the higher, thinner air where crows cannot survive.

 

Let them nip, complain, distract, discredit, reject. You are called to something higher, by Someone higher..

 

Eagles never turn to address the crow  –  they simply fly on, focused on a higher goal.

 

Fly on, my friend.

 

Mount up on wings as an eagle, run and not grow weary, walk and do not faint.

 

Ignore the crows, follow your King.

 

 

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Grace For The Broken

 

He was in a position of authority, of power and influence.

 

He abused that authority to receive sexual gratification from an innocent woman.

 

He tried to cover up his sin, first swearing others to silence. Later, after being confronted face-to-face with his error, he chose repentance.

 

Many didn’t understand his season of brokenness, nor how quickly he chose to go ‘back to work’ after another season of prayer.  God, however, knew his heart….and considered him a man after His own heart.

 

He was David. Shepherd boy, adulterer, murderer, King.

 

A radical religious extremist spent much of his adult life persecuting, torturing, killing followers of Jesus. A terrorist to lead all terrorists, religious radical to lead all radicals. Feared so much that even the strongest men of faith in his town dared not confront him. Then Jesus pierced his heart and soul with Holy Truth, righteous fire, divine inspiration.

 

He was Saul, turned Paul, who became one of history’s strongest teachers of doctrine, life, and faith. By his own admission, he continued to have a ‘thorn in the flesh’ that was a messenger of satan sent to torment him greatly, even while he taught on living a holy life. He knew full well how much he depended on God’s great grace to continue serving his Lord.

 

And there’s the impulsive, hot-headed one who was so full of himself, he had the audacity to rebuke Jesus, prompting Jesus to say his actions were offensive and the work of satan. (Matthew 16:21-23) He made vows to be faithful even unto death, yet cowered in fear less than 24 hours later, denying his faith and his Lord with the language of a lost and angry man.

 

Yet God, in His great mercy, restored Peter and commissioned him to a critical position in the ministry of the early Church. (John 21:15-19)

 

Scripture is filled with stories of broken, sinful people whom God chose to love, restore, and use greatly for His Kingdom. History records hundreds of flawed vessels who were given Holy Spirit power to teach, inspire, and spark revivals.

 

What if we took the most vehement, angry, sin-filled moment of your life, and published it on the internet? Had it covered by national news services? Allowed those whom you have hurt the most, write what you had done to them…..so everyone could see? How many of you, of us, would still be in our ministry positions? Or how many of us would be removed because we were now a liability to the organizations where we serve?

 

We must have high standards of accountability.

We must enforce boundaries, guidelines, safeguards of life & behavior.

We must speak up for those who have been hurt, violated, victimized so they can find healing.

 

We must also refuse to use phrases like “they should never do ministry again”.   If they refuse to repent, refuse to receive discipline, refuse to change their ways, then yes….they disqualify themselves from being used by God for ministry.

 

As ministry leaders, we must pave the way for repentance, reconciliation, and restoration. It’s the Scriptural way.

 

It’s the Jesus way.

 

Because Jesus uses the broken to accomplish His Holy work.

 

Broken people like me.

 

And like you.

 

 

Christ followers, don’t forget the grace needed to rescue you.

 

It’s that same grace that is available to absolutely every single person on the face of the earth.

 

Our God has grace for the broken, pours out forgiveness on the fallen, restores the repentant to positions of power and influence in His Kingdom.

 

Let it be said of us as well.

 

 


His Name, Not Ours

Perfect harmony, flawless technology.

Emotions touched deeply, satisfied briefly.

Was it successful?

Our measures of ‘a good church service’ need to be kept in check with what He considers fulfilling His mission in our world.

All show, with no fruit –  no real food  –  leads to no life change.

Dangerously close to being all about us, so little about Him.

 

We’re perfecting our craft.

He wants to break our hearts.

For the lost, hurting, broken, abandoned.

If we refuse to be broken, we cannot identify with the hurting in their pain.

 

What if we stop judging our services by how well we performed, how effectively the technology worked.

Consider judging it by how much the Name of Jesus was lifted up.

The Cross was clearly communicated as the pathway to redemption.

How equipped the hearers were to impact their world, their day-to-day living.

The neighborhood.

The school.

The grocery store, shopping mall, traffic jam…

 

Did Jesus change you?

Did you change your environment as a result?

 

Use the best gifts you have, refine them often.

Take advantage of the best technology you have available to you.

Just, don’t let them be the measuring tool of success.

 

If the message on Sunday doesn’t change how we act on Monday, we’ve missed it.

 

An emotional high for a day, with no life change, is like a fig tree full of beautiful leaves that has no fruit, no food for the spiritually hungry.

 

It’s not about us, it’s about Him.

Lift up His Name, not ours.


It’s all His money

 

 

We lament that the homeless man may spend our gift to him on whiskey, seeking false comfort for his soul. Christ follower, how much of Jesus’ money have you spent on things of no eternal value?


Find your god

 

Follow your thoughts when they wander.

Track your ‘non essential’ cash when it is spent.

Identify the subject of what you do most often in your spare time.

There you will find the true god of your heart.

 

 


Mission Conscious

You cannot be both mission conscious, and career conscious at the same time.

Mission conscious always has an ear and eye to what God may be doing at any point in time and willingly steps in that direction, trusting God with all the results.

Career conscious always has an ear and eye toward what I want to achieve, and makes decisions based on what benefits me both now and in the future.

 


Volume Control

 

If I speak with grace of the things I believe,

 

If the words I deliver are from a spirit of peace-filled conviction,

 

If my tone and volume of voice reflect respect for you, and the topic,

 

And yet the words spoken produce violent responses from you, and others who disagree with what they hear,

 

Is it really ‘hate speech’ we need to address, or hate-filled ears that build the wall between us?

 

As strongly as it is my responsibility to speak with grace, and control the volume and vehemence of my words, it is also your responsibility to listen with grace, and control the  peace  –  or wrath  –  with which you respond to what you hear.

 

Volume control goes both ways.