Are you in it to win it?

Everyone likes to win, I sure do. In fact I have such a desire to win that if I can’t win something, I don’t do it. I actually have a hard time playing games of chance because it bothers me that I can’t figure out a way to maximize the chances of winning. It drives me crazy. I probably need to see a counselor about that but I think there’s a point to winning.

Look what Paul said about it…

1 Corinthians 9:24-27New Living Translation (NLT)

24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.

What does it take to win according to what Paul is saying here?

  1. Run to win
    1. Paul says that not everyone is in it to win it. Some are just in it to finish. He says the prize comes to those who run to win. What are your wins? Are they attainable? Are they quantifiable?
  2. Discipline
    1. He mentions discipline twice in this passage and training once. What that sounds like to me is that its doing to take some work. To win spiritually, you need spiritual disciplines (Bible, prayer, journaling, etc). To win physically, you need physical disciplines (healthy eating, exercise, rest, etc). To win as a leader, you need leadership disciplines (reading, problem solving, strategy, delegation, etc.) Every area of life requires disciplines to succeed in it.
  3. Purpose
    1. Why are you doing what you are doing? What are your motives? Let that fuel your desire to cross the finish line. Christ needs to be the center of our purpose or we are running the wrong race. Make sure your purpose is God-breathed and God-ordained.

 

Book Review – I Like Giving

The generous life is the only life worth living.

Brad Formsma’s book “I Like Giving” shares various encouraging and everyday stories of living a generous life. The author shares his own story of generosity and in each chapter brings more real-life stories to support his points. He encourages the readers to find there own way of giving.

The book explores more than just giving financial gifts to charity organizations and goes to the very heart of the matter. He shares even the science of giving and tactics for giving. Motives are also discussed and this is not a “here’s how to be a millionaire by giving money” type of book. I’ve read plenty of those.

The stories inside inspired me to rethink my thoughts on generosity. If you would have asked me before if I considered myself generous I would have said yes and pointed to my tithes and offerings. I do know that’s a big part of being generous, but the book explores other ways in which to live the generous life.

If you are looking to be inspired to change the world one person at a time, “Like Giving” shares lots of practical stories that will help you along in your journey. I found myself getting teary eyed and encouraged as I imagined the people in each of the stories. I hope you have a chance to pick up this book and put the generous life into motion.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

I try to not always be…

The most intelligent leader in the room

The least intelligent leader in the room

The youngest leader in the room

The oldest leader in the room

The smallest leader in the room

The largest leader in the room

The most creative leader in the room

The least creative leader in the room

The most successful leader in the room

The least successful leader in the room

Do you know why?

Life Lessons From Ben Franklin

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I’m currently reading Ben Franklin’s Autobiography on my iPad Kindle App. I had forgotten what an accomplished man he was since learning about him in my school days. (100’s of years ago it seems.)

Here’s a few of the many nuggets I picked up.

  • It’s amazing how much you can accomplish when you don’t waste any time.
  • His list of accomplishments and inventions is ridiculous; bifocals, Franklin stove, fire department, fire insurance, library, gulf stream maps and more. I feel like such a time waster looking at his life.

  • He had a disdain for organized Christianity
  • He seemed to believe in God but didn’t attend church. One of the reasons was he found most preachers to be boring. I wonder how many people want to believe today but our methodologies keep them away?

  • He had his own virtue system
  • He came up with 13 virtues he desired to follow in life. He has a system where he would spend a certain time mastering each one. I have adapted this and started to list certain skills I need for being a good children’s pastor. I am organizing my reading and learning around that list of skills.