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We need to be intentional about energy management.
Yesterday we talked about some of the reasons and time limitations we face : Be Intentional With Your Time
Tony Schwarz says there are 4 types of energy:
Emotional (Quality) how you feel profound affects how you perform
Spiritual (Purpose) when something has value we bring more energy to it
So, how do we learn to manage our energy more skilfully? How do all 4 of these energy types work together for renewal and balance, and an increase in energy reserves.
In physics, energy is defined simply as the capacity to work. Therefore the more energy you have – or the more energy you renew – the more fuel you have in your tank, and the capacity you have to get things done. Unlike cars, human beings have four distinct energy needs: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. The better and more regularly we meet each of these needs, the healthier, happier, more focused and more effective we become.
OUT OF THE OVERFLOW – I sleep with the Pastor
We must start living our daily lives, and doing ministry out of the overflow of God. People need Jesus more than they need me, or you. We need to start praying for God to root all of us out, so we have more room to fill Him in. I want when people to see me to see Jesus. I want when I leave a place, or a conversation for people to desire more and more of Jesus. I want them to experience Jesus, not Jessica.
May the anointing of God start filling us, and the places we go. We sing these songs to be the lights of this world, or songs to fill us up and send us out. But are we just sleeping and singing corporate karaoke or are we truly awakening to the power of the words of these songs and desiring every cell in our body to be covered by Jesus.
Remember that scene from The Karate Kid in which Mr. Miyagi made Daniel wax his car? (What — you’ve never seen that movie?! Shame on you. Go watch it now. It’s a classic!)
The point of the exercise wasn’t to teach Daniel how to buff. It was to teach him the fundamentals of a craft he didn’t understand.
So Daniel spends weeks doing this repetitive, boring task, without really understanding why. Over and over again, he scrubs that car until it shines like nothing else — until finally he can’t take it anymore.
He didn’t sign up for this. He wanted to learn Karate. He wanted to be awesome. And this felt like a chore, a waste of time. But Miyagi shows him what he’s been doing has been preparation for all the moves he’s going to learn. In fact, he’s already learned them — without realizing it.
Daniel learns an important lesson here. And so do we when we commit ourselves to the work, not just the fruit.
What social research says about the power of vulnerability at work & at home.
Research shows that projecting as if we have it all together is both “dated” and “destructive.”On the contrary, when we’re willing to take off the masks of who we “should” be to admit who we currently are, we create a human connection that is not only necessary for relationship, but critical to inspiring (or leading or helping) others.
Vulnerability is the birthplace of inspiration. Brene Brown, a long-time student of vulnerability and the author of “Daring Greatly,”says it this way:
Our ability to be vulnerable forms the basis for our connection with others, a connection that is critical if we are to inspire others. (Read more)
Vulnerability inspires change. Peter Fuda and Richard Badham spent 5 years studying the effects of vulnerability in a professional workplace. Their conclusion?
When a leader (read: parent, pastor…etc) admits their own weakness, it invites a mutual accountability that creates momentum for change. This act of humility is seen as courageous and inspires others to follow suit. As more members of the team join the process, the snowball becomes more tightly compacted and almost impossible to stop.
Focus, Perspective, and Leading Well – Christine Caine
THE MORE LIFE I LIVE, AND THE MORE CIRCUMSTANCES I FACE, THE MORE CONVINCED I AM THAT IN ORDER TO FULFILL OUR CALLING, WE MUST BE SELECTIVE IN THE THINGS WE LOOK FOR IN LIFE.
If we as leaders truly desire to live out our God given purpose and destiny, we must make the decision to follow God with our whole hearts and maintain a passionate faith walk. I have come to the realization that the perspective we maintain actually determines the purpose in which we walk in.
As leaders it can be easy to become distracted and miss the plans and purposes God has for our lives because our focus is on unimportant, insignificant things (that just happen to be screaming the loudest for our attention!).
4 Places to Encounter Jesus That May Surprise You – Jonathan Merritt
A few years ago, I found myself in a time of profound spiritual emptiness. I’d been working in the church world for many years and my time of service was a period of sweet struggle. Crafting sermons, trying to make much of Jesus. Calling people to faith, and reminding those who found it to keep doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God.
BUT SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY MINISTRY HAD BECOME A JOB. ANOTHER WAYPOINT IN MY EFFORTS TO SAVE THE WORLD. I SPENT MORE TIME TALKING ABOUT GOD THAN TALKING TO HIM. MORE TIME DESCRIBING GOD’S PRESENCE THAN BATHING IN IT.
I had become a travel agent pointing to God like a far-off tourist attraction when I should have been travelling there myself.
I tried to balance my increasing workload with budding writing opportunities, a juggling act that often left both efforts unfinished. I was moving bricks from one stack to another. Worse still, I was moving farther away from the God I wanted so badly to draw near to.
So I decided to take a journey to meet the God of the Bible. What I discovered is that Jesus often shows up in unexpected spaces.
+ this great one:
i love tedtalks.
they’re short, punchy, well spoken, well written, witty, deep, provoking.
an art form.
these are some of the tedtalks i like and also am watching at the moment.
Russell Foster – Why do we sleep?
Brené Brown -The power of vulnerability
Richard St. John – 8 secrets of success
Shawn Achor – The happy secret to better work
Aimee Mullins – The opportunity of adversity
Suzana Herculano-Houzel – What is so special about the human brain?
Angela Lee Duckworth – The key to success? Grit
Matt Cutts – Try something new for 30 days
Richard St. John – Success is a continuous journey
what’s your favourite tedtalk?
Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work (seen and LOVE)
Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability (seen and LOVE)
Jamie Oliver: Teach Every Child About Food (just LOVE him!)
i love evangeline’s ballet class and teacher – for their birthdays they all get a tiara and a special birthday song. makes birthday girls feel very special and loved!
to celebrate both evangeline’s 8th birthday and tony’s 40th we watched star wars IV with our good friends and their kids. their kids are similar ages to ours and we often celebrate milestones together – esp big ones, like being 8. caleb wasn’t allowed to watch star wars until he was 8 and so a few weeks ago evangeline reminded me of the “i can watch star wars when i’m 8 rule”. so we did. of course our children are not innocent in the ways and lore of star wars, as i was when i first watched it. they know who is related to who and all the mystique of luke and leia and their father. i don’t know if that spoils it or not. but they loved it and we loved sharing the moment with our friends, and that is the main thing!
do you have any special family movies that get rolled out as a milestone celebration?
we are addicted to reno shows. not the actual process of renovating though – the thought of the noise and the dust and the mess freaks me and puts me out of my comfort zone! The Block is a family fav… so keen to start watching the 2013 season of The Block NZ which began last night… which is good, because our other family favourite House Rules finished on Sunday… we all get totally into it – the kids have picked favourites already (okay Evangeline likes 4 out of 4 teams and Caleb is going for the boys, and the team with a Caleb in it) and love the whole process of transformation – both in the houses and in the people.
are you addicted to any tv shows?
and as always. i love Jesus with all i am and all my heart and all my soul and all my days. For His glory and the building of His kingdom and the rescue of the lost.
so what are you totally loving this week?
… check out what other peeps are loving whatever day of the week it is over at MNM’s BLOG
According to Brene Brown, who wrote “The Gifts Of Imperfection," the proper way to DIG Deep (when you’re too bone-tired to get up one more time & do ____ ), is to :
- Deliberate in your thoughts and behaviours through prayer, or by simply setting your intentions;
- Inspired to make new and different choices;
- Going. Take action!