Give People A Break

One thing that just drives me crazy is greed.

If a person has honestly earned enough money to purchase something nice then let them enjoy it.  Who gives a rip if someone has a nice house, car, clothes, etc.? People sometime take a bad rap for living nicely from an honest income.  If you are one of the people who look down on others just because they have something you haven’t been able to earn then repentance is in order.  They may be a generous giver and be enjoying the blessing of God.  Maybe they give away 90 percent of their income and keep 10.  Their 10 percent maybe more than your 90.  Who knows?  If they have earned it dishonestly then God will take care of that too.  All the smirk in your heart won’t change a crying thing.  It will only repel someone away from you who could possibly teach you about finances and wealth.  We could all stand a little more wisdom in that area of life.

On the other hand, there are those who have earned all they will ever possibly be able to spend and yet they still scratch, and claw for more just to hoard it away and brag about a new shade of gold.  I don’t understand that side of greed either.  Why not repent and help the world, your employees, maybe even a distant double cousin who has very little with a timely gift of generosity?  I’m not talking about giving to cons who suck in their stomach every time you walk around them just to look hungry.  I’m talking about reflecting God’s goodness in your life by being truly generous enough to invest and make a difference with people, the community, and the world.

Remember God has blessed us all with what we have and rich or poor, we can make a difference by being as loving and generous as possible.  Let’s start by letting God be the judge and giving people a loving, generous break.

Changing Gears

The only people who like change are the ones who are trying to change you.  No one likes for their world to change if they are enjoying it.  Whether you are talking about a spiritual life or a favorite dish at a restaurant…if they are in love with it they don’t want you messing with it.  We all know that change is necessary for growth but it still makes us uncomfortable.  How many sermons and talks do we have to hear on change before we embrace it?  I have no idea.

We leaders and communicators talk about it like it’s as easy as pie.  We act like those who need to change should do it just because we say it’s the necessary thing…but when it comes to change in our own lives, we find that our feet feel glued to the ground and we are in need of a serious prod as well.  Here are some insights on change…and today my mind is equating organizations, families, churches, etc. with engines or vehicles.

  • Change is NEVER easy.  There is a comfort in a pattern learned, but the lane you are in may be leading to mediocrity.  Just remember that change is only setting another pattern.
  • Wheelies are cool but they can leave you on your backside.  Wholesale quick change isn’t always the answer.  Speed changes made consistently over a period of time can lead to a great result without organizational whiplash.  Another way to look at it is the difference in a corner vs. a curve.  Fast corners can put people in the ditch.  The only exception to this is in the case of an integrity issue.  If someone is stealing from your organization I wouldn’t go to them say, “we are going to taper you off of your slush fund slowly.”
  • Don’t expect too much to quickly…If you start out in 5th gear your people will stall out mentally.  Rather if you change in segments they will stay with you.
  • Communicate personally before changing organizationally.  If followers can hear the engine winding out in a gear, they can be ready for the change.  Surprise change without prior communication is a great way to lose followers.
  • Don’t compromise relationship.  No one wants to hear of change concerning them from six departments down the hall or from the public.  Only toy operators drive with a remote…people are not toys.

I am sure there are many other analogies that can be associated with changing the gears of an organization. I would love to hear your ideas and comments…the track is waiting and my body needs to change gears.

Who Makes Your All Time Worst TV Commercials List? Why Must We Suffer?

November 6, 2010 Leave a comment

These two commercials make (made) me want to cover my ears and gouge my eyes out!  I know, I know, they do stupid commercials because people like me will talk about it.  Any publicity is good publicity they say.  I say they are crazy and I don’t care how flame broiled or low priced they are.

1  Burger King (flute guy)

2  Staples..I think…(Wow!  That’s a low price!)

What are your all time worst t.v. commercials?  🙂

Rythym That Produces Results

November 4, 2010 Leave a comment

I am probably worse than anyone on the planet at staying focused and on task because I am a people person. If I hear a person talking anywhere in the building, restaurant, park bench, etc., my ears seem to automatically tune them in. This helps me many times to stay informed or get to know people very quickly, but it is a curse when work needs to be done.

I find that when I am able to work in an uninterrupted, flowing pattern, work seems to get knocked out. Also, If the time spent flowing between my priorities are distinguishable and planned I feel fulfilled and important work gets done…not just the (knock, knock, knock) urgent.

When I need to get into a rhythm I do the following…

Shut the door   (At the risk of being misunderstood)
Study the Bible
Pray
Review & plan the calendar for the month, week, current day, following day
Time block around priorities to accomplish
Execute the schedule

I do my best to direct the song of the day and not let the tapping of the urgent thought or conversation control me.

What do you do to get into a rhythm and have a productive work day?

Message to the House Republican Majority

November 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Tonight the Republican Party officially took control of the House of Representatives. So what if you are the ones in control? If you can’t lead with integrity we will just spin in a circle and history will repeat itself. I, for one, am sick of seeing the same old stories of dishonesty and self gain spin around to meet me on this merry go round. Get it right this time or we will get someone in your place who will. Quit lying, cheating, compromising, and promising a better future for me and my family if you won’t deliver. Just tell the truth and lead with integrity. I know you can’t fix things over night but you can govern with integrity. I voted for you and I expect integrity!

Can You Go Farther?

November 3, 2010 Leave a comment

My wife and I had the chance to hike in the Rocky Mountain National Forest the past two days.  As we pressed through the thin air of higher elevation it was exhilarating to meet goals that we had set our sights on and higher.  It was also a little disappointing that we couldn’t climb higher because of the lack of energy or time before sunset.  A couple of lessons learned was to start earlier in the day and stay energized with a little food periodically while hiking.

What are some ways that you have been able to go higher in your life as a leader than you anticipated?

How have you dealt with disappointment from goals not met?

Four Students Collectively Give Over $10,000

January 24, 2010 Leave a comment

In 2009, four teens from the same church in Rocky Branch, LA gave $4,300, $2,000, $1,800, and $1,000 for Speed The Light, the student arm of missions giving for the Assemblies of God.  That means four kids from a church that averages less than 25 in their youth group gave incredibly to see that Assemblies of God missionaries all over the world would have transportation and communication equipment to spread Jesus.  Unbelievable!  $10,100 from four kids!!  They are definitely “Can Do” people!  Share a post and tell us how other students are caring and reaching out around the world?