Un-Loved and Un-Important

September 20, 2007

Ever notice how a simple word of encouragement lightens the heart?

People just want to be liked……no matter how much they say that they don’t.

Its in our genes.  We love us.  We are always on our minds.  We wish that everybody thought about us as much as we do.

In fact, we wouldnt worry so much about what people think about us, if we realized how little they do. 

I find it a constant challenge to communicate love and importance to our staff in a way that is genuine and consistent. I dont always do it well, but notice the benefits when Ido.

Make today “encouragement day”!

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Direction Perception

September 14, 2007

In Cub Scouts, I learned how to use a compass.  It wasn’t a very good one.  I had to hold it very still for the needle to stop moving back and forth, finally pointing north.  Even though my cheap compass made true north seem like more of a “concept” than a unchanging fact, once I knew where it was, I could determine which direction I needed to go.

Once we know where we are headed, all we really have to do is get there.

Sounds easy enough.

The problem is, there are many things that distract us along the way.

Trees might block our view, mountains might make us take a temporary detour, and bodies of water cause us to take another vehicle.

The destination never changes…..it remains constant.

At times it appears that we can’t see the goal, are going the wrong direction, or didnt think that we would have to get there…..”this way”.

A good leader not only knows the destination, but realizes that the journey is rarely a straight line, rarely always visible, and never easy.

Can you see your goal?

Are you on course?

Are you in the best vehicle to get you there?

Not Sure?

September 13, 2007

If the answer to my question yesterday was “Umm…..no, I’m not sure that I’m supposed to be here”, then chances are…….you’re not.

James 1:5 says:

5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

6 But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

7 For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord,

8 being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Does your life seem unstable? 

Are you lacking wisdom? 

Did you ask God?  

Did He tell you anything?

A good rule of thumb to go by when you are seeking God’s wisdom, (especially when it has to do with your calling in life) is confirmation in scripture.  God speaks to us through his Word. (That’s why we have it!)

Another is confirmation in circumstances.  He opens and closes doors.

The last is stepping out in faith.  He wants to know that we believe Him.

Do you?

Sure of Your Call

September 12, 2007

Are you sure that you’re where you are supposed to be?

Did God call you to do what you are doing now?

If He didnt, why are you there?

If He did, has He released you from that call?

If not, quit whining and get back to work.

If so, …….Go!

(This is exactly why I don’t counsel on a regular basis)

No Labor Today

September 3, 2007

Monday holidays always fall on my normal day off.  So it doesnt really seem like a holiday, except Skylar is off with us today.  Its always a blast when he is at home.

So happy have a happy holiday and enjoy your families.

Excuses……

August 15, 2007

Excuses……I’ve got a few. 

Too little time, Too much to do.

Tasks and to-do lists

Have my mind in a fog

I just cant seem, to write posts for my blog!

Remodeled the spare room

Went fishing in the Keys

You see, Ive been doing, whatever I please.

So excuse my excuses,

for making this monotonous

You might just be thinking,

That Rod has forgotten-us.

I wish I could say

that I will write with more conviction,

But truthfully, ….probably not!

At least, that’s my prediction!

I Wonder

July 7, 2007

I wonder as I wander, out under the sky
How Jesus the savior, did come for to die
For poor on’ry people like you and like I
I wonder as I wander, out under the sky

You may have never heard this old Appalachian carol, but it certainly still rings true today.  For all our modern conveniences, technology, creature comforts, and financial success, we remain……..on’ry.

You don’t hear that word a lot……but it doesn’t make it any less true,  we are a bunch of on’ry people.

And yet, despite our on’ry-ness, Jesus came and died for us anyway.

I wonder.