Do you drive around the store always looking for the closest parking place?
Do you find yourself taking the “short cuts” at your job or school?
It seems as though we are living in a culture where “comfort” and the “easy way” is the norm. There are many people in America who have made a lot of money making others comfortable. Living in the south have you ever heard of “comfort food”? I don’t think “kale” is on the list of comfort foods.
Trinity Point Churchhttp://www.trinitypoint.orgis where I serve as one of the pastors. We started a fall series a couple of weeks ago called “Habits”. This is a focus on developing habits that first move you into more intimacy with Christ. On September 21 we will focus the need to stop bad habits. When I was in college and seminary I was introduced the the concept of “spiritual disciplines”. In preparing this series I have been influenced by many books. This is the top books:
Atomic Habits—James Clear
Spirit of Disciplines—Dallas Willard
The Life You’ve Always Wanted—John Ortberg
Celebration of Disciplines—Richard Foster
Habits of Grace-–David Mathis
Spiritual Disciplinesfor the Christian Life—Donald Whitney
I have also been highly influenced by Craig Groeschel’s writings, podcast and messages on this subject.
At the core of developing good habits is the willingness to choose the hard way over the easy. It is some ways fighting against comfort. The motivation behind all of these is because of what Christ has done on behalf of us. He is the WHY!
When I was in college I did not play sports but because of sports I began to workout in high school. I have continued the regiment of exercise for the past 30 years. Choosing to workout is choosing to make your body uncomfortable to grow and develop. I am reminded of this verse:
1 Timothy 4:8 “for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”
My dad never really workout at a gym. He was always so active on the farm. The man could cut down a tree and cut it up in what seemed like a short time. He chose hard work that taking care of cows and land brings. He did do push ups and he stretched every morning. In fact as he entered his 70’s he would do the amount of push ups as his age every day. On his 75th birthday (Sept.8, 2016) I watched him do 75 push ups without stopping. He inspired me in more ways than I can count. He died just short of his 77th birthday suddenly by accident on the farm. The day after he died my son Stephen said to me. “How bout we do 76 push ups every day as long as we are physically able to do it?” I said “Deal”. That night Stephen text be this message: “Did my 76 push ups #76strong”. Since that day Sept. 27, 2018 I have done 76 push ups and 76 pull ups every day. In a year that would be about 13,000 push ups and pull ups. What motivates me to do that? I feel as though it is way of honoring dad. Oh yeah, I also got a tattoo at age 52.
Who dad was motivates me to action. As 1 Timothy 4:8 states physical exercise does have some benefit. Even more Christ life and sacrifice should motivate me more towards exercising my mind and heart towards seeking Him by reading and listening to God’s Word, prayer and other spiritual disciplines so that His life may live in and through my life more.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)
“The goal of many leaders is to get people to think more highly of the leader. The goal of a great leader is to help people to think more highly of themselves.”
–J. Carla Nortcutt
“Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The purpose of life is not to win. The purpose of life is to grow and to share. When you come to look back on all that you have done in life, you will get more satisfaction from the pleasure you have brought into other people’s lives than you will from the times that you outdid and defeated them.”
–Rabbi Harold Kushner
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Simple Tips To Make You A Better Leader Right Now
Leadership isn’t hard, people make it more difficult than it needs to be.
Yep, that’s right smile more!. When you smile more, you create a more positive atmosphere which will result in a more positive attitude in both yourself and in your teams. When you smile more it builds a stronger connection with your teams and makes you more approachable. Smiling is contagious when you smile at someone they will smile back and when people smile is has a positive impact on their well being.
When you listen more, you show your teams respect, you show that you value them and their opinion. All of which helps build trust and respect for you as a leader. You don’t always have to take the advice or input given, but when you listen you make the teams feel more involved, and when they become involved then they become more committed.
Three of the most important things you can do to engage your team are Communicate, Communicate and Communicate. But don’t just tell your teams what you want them to do, tell them why it’s important. Help them understand the purpose and importance of what they are doing, and if possible why it should be important to them.
Everyone wants to feel like they are doing a good job, that they have contributed to the success of the company, and praise is a simple way to do this. It helps boost peoples self-esteem, which according to Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs is one of our basic needs.
Praise can be as simple as saying well done, good job, thank you.