October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

n39520409352_465Can I be completely honest with you about something?

I don’t understand cancer. I hate it.

I know all about sin and how this world is corrupt and broken and how everything will one day be redeemed, but there is something mysterious and scary about cancer.

I have so many friends who have been affected. It’s rampant in my own family right now. I hate it.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Perhaps no other cancer has been so prevalent in our church. We have numerous breast cancer survivors at Grace Community Church. These women encourage me with their faith and resolve to not only fight the disease, but to make the world a better place in spite of their sickness. Some of the heroes of faith to me right now are these women.

This month our local Clarksville Family Magazine featured one such woman, Kelly Blevins. Kelly, and fellow Grace girl Lynne Woodson, have decided to use their experience with cancer to launch a local support group for other breast cancer patients. This type ministry fires me up, because it addresses real and practical needs. I want to be their biggest cheerleader!

Have you experienced the devastation of cancer in your life, either personally or with people you love?

Have you marveled at the faith of those with cancer?

Take some time today to pray for a cure, to pray for God’s comfort, and to pray for those families struggling with cancer.

One Contrast Between Leaders and Managers

One contrast between a manager and a leader is that good managers enjoy stability…

The best managers love systems that work…

…While leaders love chaos…

They may not admit it, because it sounds somewhat morbid, but leaders love when things are just a little messy…

The truth is leaders love fixing a problem…

Leaders love leading a charge through adversity…

Leaders love a challenge…

It’s not that leaders don’t want things that work well…

Leaders just thrive on change…on adrenaline…

Since, leaders are heads up more than heads down…

…And tend to see the big picture over the details…

Real leaders thrive best when everyone else is looking for a leader.

He or she loves figuring out solutions to different situations….

Leaders love forming a new strategy…

Leaders love shaping a team through rough waters…

Leaders love attaining those things everyone else said couldn’t be attained…

Leaders love to lead…

In fact, if things get too comfortable…well…I wrote about that concept HERE.

Considering this observation, are you more of a leader or a manager? (Read THIS POST for more on this subject)

Be honest leaders: Do you agree? (Feel free to disagree.)

Eliminating Sin From Your Life

You got to love (or not) the staff I work with at Grace Community Church. They put a lot of effort into their work (nonsense) sometimes.  Now they are in the product design/info commercial phase of ministry.  If we sell enough of these, we are buying a new building!

By the way, the only real way to rid your sin problem is through Jesus Christ. Don’t want to confuse the literal thinkers.

Encouragement To Pursue A Dream

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The most common reasons for not pursuing a dream or goal are the fear of failure or the uncertainty of success.

Ecclesiastes 11:4 says, “He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.”

 

If you wait for perfect conditions, you will most likely never act.

  • When you have a dream or vision
  • When God lays something on your heart
  • When you feel a pull in a certain direction
  • When opportunities prevail

The best time to act on it is NOW!

Are you still nervous about moving forward? Do this simple test:

  • Is it sinful?
  • Does my moral conscience tell me it’s wrong?
  • Does my spouse disagree? (God will not lead a couple in opposite directions.)

If the answers are all “no’s” then quit making excuses for your delays and get going…

The sooner you move towards completion the sooner you will reap the rewards.

What dream do you need to begin pursuing?

The Before And After Picture of Your Story

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What do you think of when you look at this picture?

I know what I am tempted to see:

I see an eyesore…
I see what’s left of someone’s dream…
I see a has been building…
I see a useless piece of rubble…

…But what if this were only the before picture?

What if the AFTER picture was a brand new remodeled, modern building utilizing the front wall of the old building?

Would that make a difference in your perception about this picture?

Sometimes we tend to look at the present and forget about the amazing power in a future.

Your current story may be awful. You may feel your dream is gone. You may wonder if anything good can come of your brokenness.

One thing is sure; you cannot change your story, but you can allow the power of God to work in you to bring about a better story.

Never underestimate the power of God’s intervention in your life. He uses broken, mixed up, hurting, fractured stories to mold and shape some of His greatest work.

Are you ready?  Have you got one of those great stories of God’s power to change a life?  I’d love to hear it.

(For more ideas on how to recover from a painful past, read this POST and this POST and this POST.)

What Happens When A Leader Stops Micro Managing?

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What happens when a leader stops micro managing his or her team?

Either:

  • They fail
  • Nothing changes
  • They shine

What’s the net effect?

  • If they fail, the team starts over and tries again.  Some of the best recoveries come after failures.
  • If nothing changes, no harm, no foul.
  • If they shine, the team rejoices, they are eager to try again, and the leader reaps the lasting rewards.

Which do you choose?

What are your thoughts?

For more thoughts on Innovation, click HERE.

Take a Quick Pride Test

Here is a quick pride test:

Think about the motivation behind what you are currently doing and consider which is most true:

It’s all about me…

OR

It’s all about God or others…

Now, ask yourself these questions:

  • Why is God blessing your efforts?
  • Who should most get the credit?
  • What if no one recognizes your efforts, would you still be glad you did as much as you did?

If you had to take a pride test, how would you do?

Chili Cook-Off at Austin Peay!

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We are so excited to have officially launched our college ministry to Austin Peay State University.

This football season we have been able to participate in tailgate alley. In an attempt to get others involved, we have a fun event coming up at our tent.

We are challenging you to a Chili Cook-off.

Do you have what it takes?

Here are the details:

Date: Saturday, October 24 – APSU vs EKU
Time: 4pm (chili should get there by 3:30)

Location: Parking lot in tailgate alley, between the Dunn center and the football stadium. Look for our black tent that has a red Grace Community Church sign

How to enter: Email HERE.

Voting happens the day of the event.  (I don’t know the judges, but for donations to my favorite charity I will see if I can swing votes. JUST KIDDING!)

This is a great opportunity to see college ministry in action and invest in college students at Austin Peay.  Come join the fun.

Do you have any other ideas of things we can do for our college students?

Stop Avoiding Your Past!

girl pastAre you avoiding your story? Do you often wish you could escape the past?

One famous Bible character never seemed to escape her story.

I have always found it interesting that Rahab continued to be known as a harlot…a prostitute…a hooker… (Sorry for the crude word, but that probably best captures how she must have been viewed at one point in her life.)

In Hebrews 11, the so-called faith chapter, where God chronicles the examples of superior faith, Rahab is still referred to as “Rahab the prostitute”. (Hebrews 11:31) She apparently never fully escaped the title or the memory of her past.

Perhaps the memory of your past gone wrong…all the painful mistakes, the tragedies, the hurts, the failures… remain for a greater purpose…

  • To remind you of who He is and what He has done in your life…
  • To remind you to help others that struggle…
  • To keep you humble or from becoming conceited…

Instead of trying to run from your past, perhaps you should embrace the changes God has brought in your life through that past and the forgiveness He has provided and allow God to use the memory of your sorrow for His glory.

How are you allowing God to use your mistakes, tragedies, heartache and sorrow for a greater good?

If you need some tips on recovering from your past, read this post HERE.