I had an awesome opportunity to speak to the ROTC Leadership Program at the University of Kentucky this week. As a proud supporter of our military, and loving to invest in young leaders, this was a real honor.
As I waited outside one of the classes, I saw the posters in this picture on the wall. When I inquired about them, I was told these are the Army’s Warrior Ethos, which are “guiding principles of our profession” according to my Lieutenant Colonel host.
If you can’t read them, they are:
I will always place the mission first
I will never accept defeat
I will never quit
I will never leave a fallen comrade
Another banner asked: Are you Army strong?
I couldn’t help but wonder: Could these work for a church also?
What do you think?Should we adopt an Army Warrior Ethos?
What other similarities are there between the military and being a believer?
I saw a news report on this recently. I laughed. No pun intended.
There are clubs like this around the world. Laughing yoga has become somewhat of an institution. In fact, there’s an International Laughing Yoga association. See it HERE. Go to YouTube and you’ll see all kinds of reports on laughing yoga.
Here’s an excerpt CNN did recently:
What do you think?
Do you buy into the benefits of “fake” laughter?
BTW, I’m thinking we may try this at our next staff meeting. We are laughing anyway…may as well call it something! Ha! In fact…Ha! Ha! Ha!
Tonight, regardless of your support or lack of support for the President or the situation we currently face in Libya, our President looked like a president. He was strong in speech, decisive, and took personal responsibility for our country’s actions in Libya.
The line which struck me was, “When our interests and our values are at stake, we have a responsibility to act...” and, “(to not act) would be a betrayal to who we are” and “a failure to act in Libya would carry a far greater cost for America” and “there will be times when our safety is not directly threatened, but our interests and our values are“.
It seems I’ve heard similar lines before in other occasions. I believe I recall days when this same president, prior to serving as president, was critical of similar actions by another president.
I’m not trying to be political…I’m a supporter of the office of presidency…regardless of who serves in that office. I’m not commenting on this activity in Libya directly, but I do think it’s a fitting reminder than when one sits in the seat of leadership, the view is different from when you are simply eyeing the seat and hoping for an opportunity to someday sit there.
I think this is true of other positions of leadership.
Pastoring a church may look “easy”…until you have to do it…
Being a parent may seem to come natural…until you have to do it…
Leading in a business may at times appear to be common sense…until you have to do it…
The view changes when you actually sit in the chair of leadership.
If you’ve been following my blog this week, I’m in Ecuador with a group of pastors on behalf of Compassion International.
We were blown away today as we entered a village in the mountains of Ecuador. It took an hour to drive the curvy dirt road, our bus got stuck, and we walked a short distance to the village. Upon rounding a corner, we saw a crowd waiting for us. Hundreds of children from the village had formed a receiving line where they gave us a rose (Ecuador is famous for their roses) and a homemade card welcoming us to their village. It was slightly overwhelming.
Have you ever received an overwhelming undeserved show of affection?
I was reminded that I receive that kind of love everyday from God!
I can’t help but share this picture. This little boy warmed my heart (as did many others). I’m not sure he knew how cute he is!
This week I’m in Ecuador with a group of pastors and ministry leaders, including our family pastor Michael Bayne, and my good friend Casey Graham.
We are here on behalf of Compassion International seeing the work they do to improve the life of children around the world.
We will see first hand where an individual’s monthly dollars to support Compassion children goes. I look forward to reporting to you what I see. I’ve never been to Ecuador, but so far it looks much like countries I have seen, such as Costa Rica, Brazil, and Mexico. I have learned, however, that there is a rich uniqueness about each people group. We just arrived late last night, so I’m excited to explore this great country and it’s culture and people.