“That Jesus of Nazareth died upon a cross is mere matter of history; that He who did so die was the Christ the Son of God is entirely a matter of revelation.” ~ Sir Robert Anderson
Major “unthinkable” events have happened throughout history. Tragedies such as the Titanic sinking, the attack on Pearl Harbor, John F. Kennedy being shot, the Challenger Disaster and the 9/11 terrorist attacks represent just a few “unthinkable” events of the past 100 years. In the days before each of these events, no one was thinking such a tragedy could ever touch their life. For many of us, we have experienced our own personal “unthinkable” events. Every detail of those days is forever etched in our memory. The Apostle John late in life reflects back on his days with Jesus just before the crucifixion. Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to a cheering crowd and the idea of him being crucified that Friday was truly unthinkable.
“Storms make oaks take deeper root.” ~ George Herbert
Healthy trees have healthy roots.Water and nutrients are drawn in by the root system in order to properly feed and nurture a tree. There must always be an ample supply of all the right things.The essentials for growing a healthy tree include being in a good location for sunlight and water and having the proper kind of soil that will support the roots. The book of Psalms actually opens with a healthy tree illustration that applies to us as Christian leaders.
“Many of those who once were so passionately in love with Christ now run about pursuing their own interests. They’re burdened down with stress and problems, chasing after riches and the things of this world.” ~ David Wilkerson
Stress is the fruit of complexity. As leaders, we are prone to take on too much because we often fall into the trap of underestimating a challenge and overestimating our margins. All plans seem to work well on paper. The plans we write on paper are two dimensional and usually have well defined margins. The plans we implement are three dimensional with margins that begin to blur. That third dimension is made up of people, budgets, timelines and the unexpected. None of these consider our margins.
“I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
Are you lucky? Both of my parents were born in Ireland and I grew up hearing the phrase: “It’s the luck of the Irish”. I often hear people say things like: “Wish me luck” or they may wish others “good luck” before a sporting event, a sales call or even on the day of their wedding.
Don’t we want all the things that are out of our control to magically line up in our favor? Luck is what a lot of people hope for to resolve circumstances that are beyond their control. If everything goes well, we’ve had “good luck” and if it goes poorly, it was “bad luck”.
Erin KnappWhat’s Luck Got To Do With It? – Summit Life Today
“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
You’ve heard it said that “Two things are certain in life: Death and Taxes.” I think we can add a third item to the list: “Change.”Change is inevitable. If you are trying to grow your organization, there is no way to avoid dealing with change. How you navigate change will in turn change your future one way or the other.
“Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work.” ~ Peter Marshall
The defining difference between someone pursuing their dream and someone just dreaming is evident in the things they do day after day. You know people who are “dreamers”. They love to talk about what they are going to do but never seem to get around to doing anything about it. In order for a dream to come true, you must have a clear vision and a disciplined plan.
Erin KnappPlanning and Patience – Summit Life Today
“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” ~ Sam Walton
People oriented leaders seek to create a positive culture in their organization. They often describe their team as being like “one big happy family”. Unfortunately, these positive cultures can often settle for production levels well below their true potential. Let’s face it, if the work doesn’t get done, the organization won’t be successful. If the organization isn’t successful, it doesn’t matter how friendly everyone is, good people will lose their jobs.
Erin KnappPositive and Productive Cultures – Summit Life Today
“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”~ Albert Einstein
As a leader, you are a problem solver. When plans, equipment, people or systems breakdown, leaders step up to get things moving again. Great leaders train, mentor and empower their team members to solve problems too. Problems should be addressed and resolved as soon as possible, by the team members closest to the situation. Early intervention, and even anticipation, will help contain or avoid a problem before it gets out of hand. Small problems that go unnoticed or unattended can become big problems rather quickly.
“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” ~ Frederick Keonig
It is a good thing to be content. Just the right amount of anything is what satisfies. Too much and it feels like gluttony or indulgence. Too little and you are left hungry and wanting more. Too much or too little of anything can be unhealthy. But how do we know when enough is enough? This is an essential question for every Christian leader to answer on their leadership journey.
“We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
One of the things I love about traveling through the mountains is topping a ridge and seeing a whole new horizon ahead. The vistas are beautiful, especially at sunrise and sundown, when fog fills the valleys. Not only do I love the view, but I also feel inspired to go farther. When I top a ridge, only then can I see the next ridge in the distance and begin to wonder what the view might look like from there. The views are ever changing and there always seems to be something to explore on each new horizon.