Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

Here are the some things that recently caught my attention from around the web.

The Gospel Centered Discipleship blog had a great post (actually a re-post) on the foundations for spiritual growth.

Tim Elmore over on the Growing Leaders blog had a fantastic post on what’s missing in parenting these days.

Randy Alcorn over on the Eternal Perspectives Ministries blog had a post on how we do and should view ourselves. 

Trevor Lee pointed me in the direction of a great blog post on the “bigness” of family ministry.

Craig Jutila had a great post on his blog about the family and time.

And finally …

Sam Luce continues to ask great questions (and provide insightful answers) over on his blog. This time it was “Questions leaders need to ask after a big event.” This is one I am still working through because of the VBS idea I ran with this summer (future blog post).

If you are reading this and believe I’m missing some great content out on the web, leave a comment and I will check it out.  Thanks!

Here are some things that caught my attention from around the world wide web.

Trevin Wax over at the Gospel Coalition had a great post about the value of stay at home moms. Great encouragement for those who are able.

Gospel Centered Discipleship had a great series of posts on “Kids in the Family of God” by Ben Connelly. Here parts 1, 2, and 3.

Matthew Molesky reminds us all how to fight fear. A needed read and reminder for me.

CJ Mahaney had a great post on the Grace of the Lord Jesus. While I’m still digesting this, it’s good (… and obviously too deep for me).

 

Here are the some things I found around the web, maybe you missed them … maybe not … all are worth a look.

Carey Nieuwhof wrote a post over at Orange Parents about parental influence (how it’s gained and lost). Good stuff.

Brian Croft had a post on Practical Shepherding about how pastors can affirm the priority of the family.  It’s short but didn’t go where I thought it would.

Sam Luce had a post on his blog about protecting kids from materialism.

Dustin Neely had an essential post over at the Gospel Coalition on the importance of leading your family well.  As pastors please read this!

Greg Baird posted on kidmin360 the traps that catch kidmin leaders. Very helpful.

Thom Rainer had about post on his blog about leadership that I found helpful, hopefully you will too.

It’s been  more than a week since I did an edition of “Web Slinging”, sorry last week got away from me with meetings.

Brian Croft over at Practical Shepherding had a post on 10 ways husbands can serve their wives.

Chris Sprad over at Epic Parent has a list that helps parents point their kids towards joy.

Greg Baird blogging at kidmin360.com compiled the newest list of helpful resources for Children’s and Family ministries.

Tim Elmore over one Growing Leaders gives a preview of his new book by asking the question, “Are you seeing artificial maturity?”

Here is the latest batch of things that caught my attention around the web:

Gospel Centered Discipleship had a re-post by Justin Buzzard entitled “How to Disciple a New Believer“.

Epic Parent had a eye-opening post on “Acceptable Child Abuse“.  EVERY parent needs to read this.

Kevin Scott had a great post about “Things a Daughter Needs From Her Father“.

Jeff Bethke posted on “10 Things you have to do if you want the next generation to listen“.

Craig Jutila over at Empowering Leaders had a great post on “Questions to ask before making a change“.

Most of you have probably already seen these, but in case you missed them here’s what I’ve been reading and being challenged by online.

Sam Luce has been “Redefining Ministry”.  Here are parts 1 and 2.

Greg Baird reminded us of “10 Stupid things We Do In Children’s Ministry” (or any ministry for that matter).

Nathan Bingham linked to an blog post by Michael Hyatt entitled “4 Characteristics of Effective Communication“.

Tim Challies had a post on “Why People Backslide“.

Hope these help and encourage you as they have me.

The first post in this series was started a while ago. Things happen, some out of my control, some due to my own laziness and/or lack of discipline (as far as blogging goes). But I need to get this out, if not for me, then for you. Avoid what I did.

So, here we go …

My over night hospital stay back in February, made me re-think the way I was handling my schedule. I was running too hard for too long and my body simply shut down due to fatigue. This forced me to re-evaluate.

Step #1 – stop running. So far, I can honestly say it’s working. Through delegation and a revised schedule, I’m getting the things I have to do done (and doing them better). Now, on to step #2 …

Resting

In Matthew 11:28 – 30, Jesus reminds us:

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (ESV)

I had been running … hard, but not really resting … at all. I felt like I was always “on the clock”. I felt like I couldn’t say, “No.” to tasks or people. This constant running finally caught up to me. I needed to not just read Jesus’ words, but apply them.

“… and learn from me …”

I got very good at going to Jesus when I was in “crisis mode”. I was up against the wall of a self-imposed deadline or an ever growing mountain of tasks and just despair. I would cry (… actually whine) out to Jesus, “Help me!”

I wanted the rest, but I was way too busy to “learn from Him.” What does that even mean anyways? I had to learn (again) that I don’t have the strength in and of myself to accomplish what God has called me to. I needed to learn (again) that I need to rely on God to give me His strength and allow Him the freedom to set my priorities. I needed to learn (again) that my rest is found in Jesus’ finished work, not in my skills or abilities to “get things done”.

Jesus was re-teaching me, rest is found in following His example. Jesus was often up early, alone with God in prayer. He relied on His heavenly Father to provide Him everything He needed to be successful that day. My personal time with God is critical to the success of me as a husband, father, pastor, and person. For a while it became something I did just to check off my list of things to do. I wasn’t resting in His presence, I was rushing to get it done and move on to more important things. In essence I was trying to earn my salvation.

“… my yoke is easy …”

Jesus’ way of doing things is always easier than my way. As I over-think, over/double book myself, I ended up just burning myself out. I needed rest. The kind of rest that only Jesus’ finished work on the cross can provide. The kind of rest that provides for all that I need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). The kind of rest that declares, “It is finished!” (John 19:30).

So, am I doing less? Yes and no. Yes, in the sense of less time running from item to item on my “to-do-list”. No, in the sense that my responsibilities haven’t changed. The difference? I am resting in the hands of my Savior and God, allowing Him to show me what needs to get done and what can wait until later. This yoke is indeed easy and light. Much more easy and much lighter than the one of my own making. Rest where it can truly be found, in Jesus.

To be honest, I’m still working on this one. It resurfaced again at the Together for the Gospel conference as Matt Chandler was speaking. I realized I was more focused on my despair over the item that weren’t getting done on my “to-do” list, and not on the hope that is in the finished work of Christ. The doer in me, still thinks it’s about what I do, and not about what Christ has done. Still learning …