Leaning in

There a variety of activities that we do that require us to lean in.

We lean in
     To move something.
     To kiss the one we love.
     To see a photo.
     To hear a story or good news.
     To reach down to help someone up.
     To hug someone in a warm embrace.
     To huddle and discuss plans.
     To ask for help from others.
     To extend help to others.

Leaning in implies trust. We are closing the distance.

Leaning in implies a lowering of defenses and becoming vulnerable.

Leaning in makes contact possible.

Leaning in can give you forward momentum.

Leaning in can change your perspective.

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The New Normal

Most of us are creatures of habit.  We have a routine and rhythm to our activities. Our morning coffee and drive to work are so ingrained into us that we don’t even think about them.

We don’t realize we are in a pattern until someone disrupts us. Then we feel pain. We get grumpy or disoriented.

But change is inevitable. Nothing stays the same forever.

Sometimes we desire change. We get up early to workout to lose weight. We prepare a resume and begin to network.

Sometimes change is forced on us. A heart attack causes us to change our diet and exercise. Our company down-sizes and we have to find a different job. 

Marriage, or the birth of a child, forces us to change. The presence of another individual in the household disrupts our routines. We make adjustments. Soon our adjustments become our new normal. 

Every generation has seen advances in technology that have become the new normal.

Heart transplants, once considered unthinkable, are now routine.

Mobile technology has changed the way we interact and do business. We even date online.

How we deal with change is important. We can resist it or embrace it. But change is still coming and it is bringing the new normal. 

The Hardest Day

Today may be the hardest day you’ve ever faced. And yesterday was unbearable.

You keep thinking that someday it will get easier. But it hasn’t.

No one knows the burden, the shame, and the hidden pain you feel.

No one knows the effort it takes for you to just get out of bed and go to work or school.

No one knows the mask you wear on a daily basis to conceal how you really feel.

Life can be difficult, messy, and unfair. Escape and change can seem impossible.

But as long as there is breath, there is hope. Find someone and tell them what you are going through.

If the people around you won’t listen, find someone who will.

Trust me, you are worth it.

Tomorrow doesn’t have to be harder than today.

Clean

A clean desk at work is a sign that home office is in the building.

A clean home is a sign that the mother-in-law is coming for a visit.

A clean car is a sign that you have no kids.

A clean sense of humor is a sign that you don’t watch much TV. 

A clean kitchen is a sign that you eat out alot. 

A clean bill of health is a blessing from God. 

5 Ways to Fail in Business and Ministry

Despite what some people think,  no one sets out to intentionally fail in business or ministry. 

But there are some practices that will guarantee failure. Here are five ways to fail spectacularly in business or ministry.

1. Do everything yourself.
Jethro, Mose’s father in law, suggested that Moses delegate the work of judging the nation of Israel to others,   saving only the hardest cases for Moses to hear.

I am sure that this was hard for Moses to do. No one had his passion or skillset. But it was an absolute necessity for the nation to grow.

Delegation is hard. It takes time and trust. But it works.
 
2. Work 24/7.
We can work so long that we actually become unproductive and make foolish and costly mistakes.

There is a reason that God rested from his creation. It wasn’t because God was tired. He set an example for us to follow.

We all need time to recharge our batteries.

3. Don’t listen, solicit, and respond to feedback.
There is wisdom to be found from every employee,  customer or church attendee.

Feedback,  good or bad, is not an obstacle but an opportunity. This is especially true in ministry.

4. Don’t invest in your employees or volunteers.
Praise, a fair wage, and personal development enrich the individual but they also add value to your endeavor.

Happy employees equal happy

customers.

Volunteers who are appreciated for their contributions are more likely to serve and recruit others. 

5. Don’t innovate. 
Change is inevitable. Technological and cultural changes are already affecting your business and ministry.

How you respond to a constantly changing culture will determine whether your business or ministry will wither, survive or thrive.