Friday, September 24

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I’ve got a control issue!

Ever wondered why you like to be in control? You may not be a 'control freak' but if you don't have somewhat of a control issue then you are probably not fully human! We have an innate desire to control our environment, our lives, relationships and, well, pretty much everything! In turn we fall in the trap of things controlling us; our money, our performance, habits, desires and, well, pretty much anything! Yet, if we could resist the slightly freakish internal control demand for a moment we might discover some powerful tools that will break this control issue. In the words of Clay Scroggins in his book ‘How to Lead in a World of Distraction’ you need to ‘Turn down the noise long enough to be curious about what’s inside of you.’ As we turn down the distracting white noises ar
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What are people saying about you?

I heard someone say recently ‘A company is no longer what it tells it’s customers it is; a company is what customers tell other customers it is’ This is a challenging consideration for all of us who lead organizations, departments or teams. It is easy for us to determine what we want to be known for and simply tell the world. However it is more nuanced to consider what might others say about us and how can we help influence that to be in line with the desires we have for our organization. It requires me to ask myself : Have I stopped to ask others for their opinion or observation about my company, team or even about my leadership? Have I implemented common feedback threads into my leadership, organizational culture or behavior? If we want our Church or business to grow, we
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HOPE IS FOUND IN COMMUNITY

It is fascinating to see the inter-relationships of the Apostle Paul and a great circle of his close friends and co-workers. Paul was not a man to do things alone. He knew his need of others and he knew his value to them. He knew hope is discovered in Christ but lived out and demonstrated in community. He uses such affectionate words to describe each relationship: Tychicus, “a beloved brother, faithful minister and fellow servant” - someone he felt a tie that went as deep as family, appreciating the work he did and knew him as someone who stood alongside. Onesimus, “a faithful and beloved brother” - the tone you would use toward someone who has consistently acted in a way that was unusually self sacrificial. Aristarchus, “my fellow prisoner”- I can only imagine what
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Still the Storm

I may not be able to control the storm, but I can determine whether it controls me.  I choose peace to fill my mind, not the storm clouds.  So be anxious for nothing! Philippians 4:6,7 NIV Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. How come be anxious for nothing can be tough at times?  A few years ago I was in Margaret River, Western Australia with friends. This coast line is notorious for Great White sharks! Helicopters fly the coast to spot any dangers.  Just the day before sharks had been spotted But today Darren decides it's a good day to do an early morning body surf.  Not l
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The Sticky Invite

Luke 14:16-23 NIV 16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and INVITED many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ 18 “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ 19 “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ 20 “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ 21 “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’ 22 “ ‘Sir,