The mark of a great leader – 24hrs. That’s all it took for for Ittai the Gittite and all of his 600 men to know the type of leader/king that David was.
3 verses. Thats it – that’s all Ittai the Gittite gets in all of scripture. But these three verses give us insight into two very important leadership aspects, one about David and the other about Ittai.
It’s here. The New Year has begun and everyone is figuring what changes they are going to make for 2017. Some are thinking multiple small changes while others are looking for that one huge change. The really motivated are going to do it all! Then the 2nd week of January hits and you find yourself back in the same routines and doing your best to ignore your commitments to 2017 chalking it up to too much food or drink. In fact, take a moment to look at your 2016 resolutions and count up how many of them you achieved?
I think the real problem isn’t the resolutions but more about your commitment. The real challenge is our response to our faltering resolve. The problem is, we don’t have a response. We simply fall back to old habits, tendencies, and vices that keep us from achieving our goals. The best thing you can do for yourself is plan for the challenge and define your responses for each possible scenario. It’s possible to stay committed but here is the disclaimer – it takes work. Real work. Really hard work. If your willing to put in the work, here are a couple things to help you on journey.
A few years ago I had the opportunity to share Logos and speak at the Women of Faith events across the U.S. I was usually introduced by either Lisa Harper or Lysa Terkeurst – Both amazing women of God and incredible Bible teachers. Over the last few years I’ve gotten to know Lysa and her ministry Proverbs 31 through teaching at their event She Speaks and training their ministry teams on Logos. Throughout the years Lysa shared her vision to eradicate Biblical poverty. Helping people have access to scripture and take hold of it. Teaching them how to study so that they weren’t constantly looking to others to unpack the depth and beauty of the Bible. As I heard this vision I realized this simple statement – “Eradicating Biblical Poverty” was a defining phrase that captured my own heart beat and desire. I’ve had the opportunity to see how this vision has been put into action through P31’s First 5 app (which is amazing and all of you should download now). The Experience Guides that go with each study, and Lysa’s own books Uninvited and her newest study “Finding I Am” which I had the incredible opportunity to help her in with some research.
After a lot of prayer and asking our mentors for advice and wisdom, Brittany and I have decided to accept an offer from Lysa and P31 to join their team as the Director of Theology and Ministry Products.
I’m excited to help with the future development of First 5, bring support and help around theology development, research and writing, and a couple other really exciting projects that I’ll share with you all in the coming months!
Traveling is hard. When I was younger (it’s scary I even wrote that phrase) I always dreamed of being able to travel and see the world! Well, God gave me my wish and while I appreciate the travel, it has proven to be really challenging. As of writing this post I just crossed 90,000 air miles for the year and I still have six major trips left.
As I consider how I’ve survived this year, I’ve been surprised to find that there are seasons where I feel like I am incredibly productive. Then, there are seasons where I am surprised I can even keep up and remember to jump on a flight. After evaluating my productive seasons, I found the following principles crucial in my ability to accomplish everything I need to with excellence.
It’s hard to believe that I just turned 30. There are so many land mark birthdays, and for me 30 is one of those. Turning 30 is great. It’s hard to believe, but its still great. As I’ve spent some time thinking through the last 30 years I’ve come across the following reflections and important lessons learned, which are not in any particular order.
After a few years working in the marketing space I’ve come to pay close attentions to ad’s, commercials, billboards, and pretty much anything that is trying to sell or communicate something. The common thread in everything that I’ve come across from the print billboard on the highway to the 30 second add on Hulu is the motivational factor that informs and drives the message. What is it you ask?
I hate failing. Seriously, I hate failure. There is a competitive streak inside of me that can turn ugly real quick. I’m the person who won’t play a game with you unless I feel like I have a reasonable chance at winning. If I know I won’t win, I won’t play.
In a recent post I exposed the dark area of my life that showed how ridiculously obsessed I am about winning, and the fact that I hate losing or failing at anything. Something that goes in tandem with this is how often I feel my perspective or opinion is right and the other persons is wrong. I usually see this play out most often in my marriage as my wife and I “passionately dialogue” about our perspective on various matters. The real question to tackle is around dealing with disagreement.
Each year I set out with a task to create and compile a reading list. While the term may be cliche, I really do believe that the best leaders are readers. Prior to seminary, my list was somewhat expansive. However, since starting seminary over a year ago, my reading requirements for school have taken a toll on my reading list. However, I have still been able to get around to some great books and would recommend the following.
Well the new year is here and everyone is jumping on the new resolution band wagon. Like most, I’ve been guilty of having some lofty resolutions only to find my self the following December realizing that I haven’t accomplished much of what I set out to do. However, if there is a resolution that you should keep, it’s to spend more time reading. The benefits are countless! Earlier I posted a quick review of the best books I read in 2015.