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The Rut, the Rat Race, and the Daily Grind

Hit the snooze button. Crawl out of bed after the second alarm. Hit the shower. Choose a shirt. Make the coffee. Start the car. Fight the traffic. Punch the clock. Meet the clients. Please the boss. Grab lunch. Please the boss some more. Punch the clock again. Fight the traffic. Fix dinner. Watch television. Play with the kids. Read the news. Hit the sack. Then… hit the snooze button.

Sound familiar? It’s the “daily grind.” The only difference between a rut and a grave is that ruts don’t have ends. Are you in one?

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I Want To Be A Sharpened Arrow

Straight to the point!!!

Today I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Jimmy Pritchard, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Forney, Texas. He gathered with about a dozen ministers at First Baptist Church of Centerton and shared with us from the depth of his own ministry. Everything he said went straight to my heart and was exactly what I needed to hear. I’m going to share some other thoughts over the next few days, but thought I’d being by relating this thought he shared from the book of Isaiah…

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Sometimes I Wish You Knew

I define myself with clear priorities. I am first and foremost a follower and disciple of Jesus Christ, a born again child of God. I’m also a husband to an awesome wife, and a Dad to a wonderful daughter. Then I’m a Pastor to a great church. Sometimes I’m also a web and graphic designer. I love all of these realms of life and appreciate the people I’ve come to know in each.

As a Pastor, and I’m sure other church leaders will identify with what I’m about to write, I can say that there is tremendous pressure that few people realize. I don’t talk about it much but felt the need to clear my heart this morning. I hope you’ll appreciate the transparency here.

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Fifteen Random, But Inspiring Leadership Thoughts

41I’ve been thinking a lot about leadership this evening, and what a privilege influence is. Rather than carefully craft a lengthy article about a single topic, I thought I’d spill out everything I’ve been pondering and let you sort it out. Here are some random leadership thoughts to get your inner leader’s juices flowing…

  • Everybody leads somebody whether they intend to or not. Somebody’s always watching you.
  • Leadership isn’t about being great, but building great people.
  • You have to lead yourself (discipline) before leading others (discipleship).
  • Failure isn’t final unless it kills you – learn from it and be better.
  • It’s always better to find ten people and equip them for a work than to do the work of ten people.
  • Every leader will answer to God for the responsibility and stewardship of his or her influence.
  • You can’t lead from the rear.
  • People don’t respect what you don’t inspect – check in on those whom you are leading.
  • Inactive leadership gets you nowhere. Reactive leadership gets you in trouble. Overactive leadership gets you lost. But proactive leadership puts you out in front every time!
  • Integrity and character always matter more than skill, talent, and genius.
  • Decision-managing is just as important as decision-making. What you do after the choice has been made is just as important as the choice you’ve made.
  • A leader must be a reader, a learner, and a listener.
  • At some point, research, prayer, and consultation must give way to forward-leaning, risk-taking action!
  • Leading people without loving people is sheer tyranny.
  • Leading is more than reading lists – get out there and lead!

I’d say these might become a book someday, but they would merely be a rehashing of all the reading I’ve been doing for ten years. I’d rather just get busy leading.

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A Good Monday Morning Belly Laugh List

LolMy wife sent this to me – not sure where it came from, but had to share so somebody else might have a good Monday morning belly laugh…

  1. At Lunch Time, Sit In Your Parked Car With Sunglasses on and point a Hair Dryer At Passing Cars. See If They Slow Down.
  2. Page Yourself Over The Intercom. Don’t Disguise Your Voice.
  3. Every Time Someone Asks You To Do Something, Ask If They Want Fries with that.
  4. Put Your Garbage Can On Your Desk And Label It “In-Box.”
  5. Put Decaf In The Coffee Maker For 3 Weeks. Once Everyone has Gotten Over Their Caffeine Addictions, Switch to Espresso.
  6. In The Memo Field Of All Your Checks, Write “For Smuggling Diamonds.”
  7. Finish All Your sentences with “In Accordance With The Prophecy.”
  8. Dont use any punctuation
  9. As Often As Possible, Skip Rather Than Walk.
  10. Order a Diet Water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face.
  11. Specify That Your Drive-through Order Is “To Go.”
  12. Sing Along At The Opera.
  13. Go To A Poetry Recital And Ask Why The Poems Don’t Rhyme.
  14. Put Mosquito Netting Around Your Work Area And Play tropical Sounds All Day.
  15. Five Days In Advance, Tell Your Friends You Can’t Attend Their Party Because You’re Not In The Mood.
  16. Have Your Co-workers Address You By Your Wrestling Name, Rock Bottom.
  17. When The Money Comes Out The ATM, Scream “I Won!, I Won!”
  18. When Leaving The Zoo, Start Running Towards The Parking lot,Yelling “Run For Your Lives, They’re Loose!!”
  19. Tell Your Children Over Dinner. “Due To The Economy, We Are Going To Have To Let One Of You Go.”
  20. And The Final Way To Keep A Healthy Level Of Insanity…

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