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8 Ways to Change the World : Advice from 7 leaders on how to make a difference.

For most of us, it’s our dream from a young age: We want to change the world.

Once you start getting older, that dream starts taking on substance. Maybe you dream of being a musician, touring the world and using your influence to give back. Maybe you plan to start a company that will transform business or a nonprofit that will end poverty. Or maybe you just want to help make a change, whatever that looks like.

They’re all different plans, but they’ve got something in common: They’re not easy. Big ideas never are. Changing the world doesn’t happen by accident.

 

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The Most Trying Part of Living a Good Story  Jeff Goins

Remember these three qualities of a good story

  1. Good stories don’t have predictable endings. Let go of your silly little plans and embrace the journey for what it is.
  2. Heroes don’t feel like heroes when they’re being heroic. Being heroic means doing the hard thing, which often hurts, challenging every selfish bone in your body
  3. Pain is how a character grows. A character doesn’t change without hardship, so if we want to live our own meaningful stories, we need to stop finding ways to avoid discomfort. Instead, we must step into inconvenience.

 

 

Refill Your Passion Bucket #LiveYourList

1. Know your signs of fatigue. Watch the signs your body and personality are giving that will let you know that you need to find balance. If you are pushing yourself so hard that your body fights back…you might need to find balance. If you are acting in a way that goes against your core…you might need to find balance.

2. Say no. Learn to say no to the things you can’t or do not want to do while following your dream. Early on in your chase you may have not had the opportunity to say no…now you might need to say no! 

+ so many more good tips to finding balance

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Three immodestly dressed women walk into a church…

It is my hope that we will come to realize that behind each immodestly dressed woman, is a broken woman. Christian, and non-christian alike.

Why isn’t our first reaction to the immodestly dressed woman one of,

“You are my sister. I love you! I don’t condemn you.” ?

Let’s start praying that the gospel so invades our hearts that we are able to give to others, what we so undeservingly have already received. Only when that happens will we truly be able to demonstrate gospel modesty.

And then… start imagining what it would feel like to throw away our internal lists of all the expectations that we put on ourselves, and others.  That’s a scary kind of freedom that is offered to us. Grace can be dangerous like that.

 

 

Thankfulness: Learning How to Speak a New Language

Wives we are fighting a real enemy who would love to see our marriages destroyed because of the huge affect our relationship with our spouse has on this world, beginning with our children.

Generations are affected by us not choosing the Lord and in this case, choosing to learn the language of thankfulness.

There is an urgency to fight; to wage war not of the flesh but of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:12) because God’s plan is not done yet! He is working in and through us to get us back to His original and beautiful design of marriage.

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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.

 

 

The Mr. Miyagi Guide to Practicing Your Craft Jeff Goins

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.

 

 

Why superheroes don’t inspire us anymoreTyler Ward

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:

If I’ve learned anything about dreaming, it is thisJon Acuff

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Lack Of Sleep Kills Brain Cells, New Study Shows

If you’re burning the midnight oil, you may be burning out brain cells, too, new research shows. A study published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience found that staying awake too long destroys brain cells in mice, and may do the same in humans.

It’s the first study to show (if only in animals) that sleep loss can lead to irreversible brain cell damage.

 

 

 

This Horrifying Infographic Shows The Effects Of Sleep Deprivation

Bloodshot eyes, discolored skin, and an increased risk of diseases is what awaits those who don’t get enough sleep, as this terrifying infographic from The Huffington Post illustrates.

It’s generally recommended that people sleep for seven to nine hours per night, but nearly 40% of Americans get less than that. And the effects of sleep loss can kick in after just one night.

Check out what can happen if you don’t sleep enough… (click the title link)

 

 

 

Rethinking Preaching: Whatever it Takes to Make the Gospel Clear

As a pastor and evangelist, I am often asked about preaching in the 21st century.

The questions usually take one of the following forms:

  • Does preaching need to sound different to reach a more secular culture?
  • How do pastors connect to non-believers from the pulpit?
  • What are some ways to invite people to respond to the gospel during a sermon?

These are not only good questions; they are essential to the future of the church and the eternal destinies of those who have never heard the gospel.

To answer these questions, we need to think like missionaries.

Be creative but don’t compromise

Once he connected with his audience, Paul moved to the person of Jesus, the testimony of the resurrection, a warning about coming judgment and a command to repent of sin. He didn’t compromise the message by contextualizing his delivery and neither should you.

He spoke their language, literally and figuratively. He won a hearing by treating them with honor and respect. He dignified them as humans, spoke to them in their context, and seized the small window of opportunity to preach the gospel. And guess what happened?

Some sneered. Some were curious and wanted more time to think about it. And some believed and were converted, namely Dionysius and Damaris.

 

 

 

Jesus Defeats Paralyzing Fear -  Newspring Church

A well-known quote from President Franklin D. Roosevelt ‘s first inaugural address is “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

81 years later, we all still face these nameless, unreasoning, unjustified fears.

Fear is a powerful weapon. It imagines the worst-case scenarios about our futures. It twists the facts, distorts the truth and compels us to stand frozen or turn back when everything within us begs to move forward. 

What if we faced our fears and believed our great God is a mighty warrior (Exodus 15:3)?

After accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior we are never alone. Through every storm, our great God goes before us and will fight for us. He is on our side every step of the way (Deuteronomy 1:30).

 

 

 

 

3 Things to Know About Finding Your Calling – by Jeff Goins

The Ancient Romans didn’t have a word for vocation. They had what they called a magnum opus, your body of work. To them, a calling meant more than a single task to be checked off a list. It meant your whole life.

Your calling is not just one thing. It’s more than project to be completed; in fact, you will spend your whole life finding it. It may encompass all your skills and passions, uniquely combined in a way that serves the world’s deep need. That is your calling.

What does this mean for you? If you’re trying to find your calling and feel like you might be failing, take heart. You are already on your way. Remember:

A calling isn’t just a job; it’s a life lived well.

A calling is never complete—that is, not until you die. Everything you do matters, even now in the messy middle.

A calling is more than one thing, so be open to using every experience as an opportunity to create your magnum opus.

And when you are done, and the work is complete, hopefully you will hear those wonderful words: "Well done."

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