Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Life changing!

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. (Psalm 37:8 NIV)

I love how God has changed me throughout my life. I'm no where near perfect, but I enjoy looking back at my attitudes and actions to see how far I've come. One of those areas is dealing with anger. With Gods wonderful grace and love I have conquered this area of my life. It is very rare for me to let my anger boil over. It I very rare or me to "lose my temper". As a young boy and through my early adult years, I had a real problem. Praise God his presence in my life has changed me.

Devoting your life to Jesus is life changing. When you invite God to fill your heart, you can expect changes. These miraculous changes cn occur instantly. Most of the time the changes are throughout your lifetime. I think the Lord he is patient with me. He knows my imperfections and never gives up on making me into his likeness. Thank you lord for your amazing love!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Standing watch!

I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint. (Habakkuk 2:1 NIV)

As Christian leaders we have a great responsibility to pray earnestly. We need to be vigilant in searching for people and issues to take to the Lord in prayer. We do this by building deep relationships with our family, friends, and coworkers. We need to go beyond cordial greetings. We need to really get to know them so we can pray for them and the daily issues they face. We may be the only one who will take those concerns to the Lord. We need to stand watch and position ourselves to know the needs and concerns of others. 

We also need to be willing to share our own concerns and needs with our brothers and sisters. I always find it difficult to do this. But, the power of prayer is no small matter. It's not just our prayers the Lord wants to hear. 

Praise God for his willingness to hear our prayers. Praise God for his amazing love!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bold Leadership

And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this? (1 Corinthians 5:2 NIV)

Sometimes leadership requires bold moves. It's not always easy. Sometimes the decisions will not be popular and many will challenge those choices. It may be that your decisions will reflect the minority, not the majority. So, what do you do? 

As a Christian we are called to make decisions that are right, but not popular. After prayer and petition or the guidance of the Holy Spirit, be bold in making the right choice. God will honor your faith and guide your paths. Praise God for that love and wisdom. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Being vs Doing

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. (Acts 20:24 NIV)

I have read that we need to focus on BEING a Christian than DOING Chrisitan things. We get so busy doing things for Christ that we don't be the Christian God has called us to be. This is not to say we are not supposed to serve. Christian are called to serve! But, we really need to focus on our own development as a Christian. Being the best we can be, will help us be a brewer servant as well. 

My year is a roller coaster between doing and being. Now that the ride season is winding down, I am looking more inward than outward. What can I do to improve my own faith? Prayer has been my starting point this past couple of weeks. I have gone back to a prayer journal. I will spend more time in study and bible reading. But the thing I am looking for the most is some quiet time, listening to God, hearing his voice and letting the spirit move inside me.

Thank you Lord for the seasons in my life that drive me closer to you. I pray you will use this time to teach me your ways. Speak to me through your word and embed its message deep into my heart.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Pick a good team!

Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them (Acts 6:3 NIV)

I serve with a couple of great teams. My school leadership team is phenomenal. The school board, district administration, to the building leaders really care for kids. My CMA leadership team is another great group of leaders pledged to serve the Lord. Both of these teams are great examples that you can't lead alone. 

Teamwork is the key to successful home, school, or business. God helps develop those teams if we ask. I have been in constant prayer lately for the upcoming school board elections and the elections of officers for my CMA chapter. I truly believe God's hand will be on these key events in my life. We should always turn to the Lord for his guidance in voting. He was involved heavily in Old Testament leadership changes and that has changed now.

I love you Lord. I ask you to be with school leadership, church leadership, my elected officials, and my CMA leadership locally, state, and nationally. Please guide these men and women in all they do. Use them for your purposes. Help us vote people that serve those purposes and will lead us in your ways. I praise you for your grace and your hand in all areas of my life.