A Dozen Things I Learned Last Year

two elementary school students looking at globe

I strive to be a continual learner. I learned a few things last year.

Here are 12 of them:

Small things matter most in making change.

Shower gel, shampoo and conditioner in one. Who knew? Changed my gym shower life. (Apparently my wife and boys did but they never let me in on the fun!)

A conference room table can also be used as an ironing board.

Certain neckties interfere with our television broadcasts. (This year we are looking to upgrade our system.) For now, it is a good excuse not to wear a tie, right?

Some people aren’t upset with you. They are upset with their life…or others…and you just happen to be in the way of expressing their frustration and discontent.

Transitioning to a new city happens faster when you’re intentional. And one way to do that is to learn all the hamburger joints. Another is to intentionally network with people…especially people who will connect you to other people.

Resistance to change is relative. Everyone struggles with it at some level. It’s just a matter of how we react to it and how it impacts us that determines our response.

Having done both, I have to say, church planting, in many ways, is easier than church revitalization…and more difficult in other ways. But both are needed.

Losing a beloved pet as an adult may be harder even than as a child.

Lexington, KY is one of the friendliest cities we’ve ever experienced. It would make a great, inexpensive, family weekend vacation spot.

Trust doesn’t come with position or title. It comes with time and experience. Yet gaining trust may be one of the most important aspects of being an effective leader.

People transfer emotional baggage and injury to other people and other situations, who had nothing to do with creating the emotional pain. It is unfair to the innocent recipients, but very true.

What did you learn last year?

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Add video comment

Have you Subscribed via RSS yet? Don't miss a post!

6 thoughts on “A Dozen Things I Learned Last Year

  1. This is the article really worth reading. About a dozen things I learned last year whatever shared seems to me quite educative and I think I'm gonna share such educative info with others. Thanks.

  2. Certain things I learnt last year:

    ~ It is wise not to look for quick fixes in life. It is important to develop long term perspective to make well informed and mature decisions.
    ~ Jogging brings more refreshment than becoming tired.
    ~ It is important to balance office and personal life.
    ~ It is always to good to have a plan; But as believers, we should also be ready to embrace plan B (when the unexpected happen).

  3. I can think of a lot of reasons for not wearing a tie…none of them are excuses. :) Glad to hear your transition has gone well. I have always been in established churches-some lots older than others. This one was only a year with no real foundation when I came. I didn't plant the church but in some ways feel as though I did. While there have been challenges, it hasn't been the entrenched kind. Thanks for the good thoughts Ron. Also, I plan to be at Catalyst OneDay in March. Maybe get a chance to say hi to you?