Posts Tagged 'Devotion'

Are you IN the way?

galaxyAnna and I went to a new church today.   We’d visited there once before when we first moved to Bend, but hadn’t returned since.   No reason really, just at that time we knew it wasn’t where we needed to be.  It was a great service and as expected, the teaching was really good.   Antioch Church in Bend.

Pastor Ken shared a story about taking a group of 11-12 year old troubled youth from LA to the mountains for a retreat back when he was in college.    Late one night, he “snuck out” with the kids and they all took their bed rolls out to a hillside and watched the twinkling of the stars well into the night.  For every single kid, it was the first time that they had been able to see the stars.   They were astonished.  The light pollution in LA had been so severe and none of them had ever been above it so they’d never seens stars.  Can you imagine that?   They had no idea the glory of looking into a clear night sky and seeing million of God’s most wonderful creations twinkling down at them.

He was driving towards how religion can many times be the same as light pollution.  It can be a distraction and get between people and God making it actually harder for them to see and find Him, or what He is bringing.  Religion should rather encourage, get behind people, come alongside and encourage, empower and assist them toward God.

I immediately wondered if I do that as a coach.  I believe that coaching, discipling, mentoring takes an enormous amount of humility and submitting to the Holy Spirit as well as a sound foundation of biblical truth.   But it’s still very easy to find ourselves swayed by the current thought or philosophy of the day.  Not all of it is bad of course and there’s nothing wrong with bringing good wisdom and teaching into the life of leaders BUT I (we) need to guard against getting between people and God and rather, stay behind or alongside of them encouraging, cheering them on and assisting them to be and do – who and what  GOD desires.

What do you think?

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Turning Them Over

leaf-on-water1What’s your normal go to response to difficult relationship situations?

Ever think about it?  Count to 10…hide…react…respond?  I’m sure if we think about it we all realize that in most situations we do have a default that is more often than not how we act or behave when faced with a frustrating person or situation.

I was challenged today by the thought that our first reaction should be to give them to the Lord.   Huh?  Give them to the Lord?    That’s certainly not the first thing that comes to my mind when I’m either hurt by someone or frustrated or simply unsure of how to get my point across in a debate.   But it makes sense.

Give them to the Lord.    What does this mean?  To me, it means that the solution is not mine to force.   The individual is not our responsibility, nor do we need to feel the responsibility to bring them over to the “right” side.   There is no side.    There’s certainly a balance with this so please don’t go crazy with this thought.

There are times when as a coach or a leader or an employee or a friend that I find myself frustrated in some way by another person’s behavior or actions.    That frustration is fundamentally my issue not theirs.    Give them to the Lord, love on em, care for em, and ultimately trust God with the outcome.

Simply said but hard to do.

What’s your go to response?

WHAT A PRIVILEGE….

I’m working through reading the Bible in a year. I was challenged by my good friend Roye and so far have kept up with it. Today I read a story in Matthew 20 and wanted to comment on a lesson I saw.

The story is told by Jesus and is about a boss who, early in the day, hires workers to work for him at a set wage.  He then goes out to the town and several times throughout the day hires more workers to work in his fields as well; all the way until the 11th hour, which I’m assuming is late in the day.  Then at the end of the day, he pays the workers who started later the same as he pays the workers who started in the morning.  The workers that worked all day grumble and complain because they see that everyone made the same amount of money even though they all made what they agreed upon.  The boos hearing their grumbling simply responds to one of them,”Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?

Here’s a GUIDEPOST.

We have to guard our hearts against having an “entitlement mentality”; a sense that we somehow deserve unwarranted or unjustified gain simply because. These workers were not grateful, they were ungrateful; yet they had work, they received the wage they’d been told they’d receive, no wrong had been done to them. Their entitlement mentality caused them to take their focus off of what I think it should have been, and that…simple gratitude.

Here are some ways I’m working on this in my life.

  1. Daily try to cultivate a generous heart
  2. Look outside yourself as often as you can
  3. Approach everything as a privilege

What’s your GUIDEPOST from this story?