The Right Stuff

Leaders need to combine all kinds of principles in order to be effective, but not all leaders employ the same principles. Looking back through what God has brought me to and thru, these are some of the qualities I have seen God grow in me. These things were already in place, but have grown exponentially since I have been put into roles that affect and impact the lives of others.

Tenacity – You have to be able to hold on when you can’t hold on any more. Develop this in yourself, cultivate it. It will make a difference when you start getting shot at for sticking your head above the rest of the crowd. Stand your ground and don’t back up… God is growing you for something, and you have to want it, want it, to be all He wants you to be.

Vision – Grow your relationship with a mentor, someone that can impart a larger vision, speak life into you. This is invaluable to grow beyond where you are now. Find someone that will help you out of the box you don’t realize you are in. Actively seek this person out. It depends on YOU. Ask God to grow your vision, believe, then hold on, you are in for the ride of your life.

Empathy – In order to lead others, you must be able to feel what those you lead feel. Cry with them, laugh with them. Feel their pain, commiserate with them, and then act aggressively to speak life into them. Those that encourage will themselves be encouraged. Help carry their burdens, and fulfill the law of Christ. That’s in the bible, people.

Curiosity in action – Read a book. Learn something new. The internet is the world’s largest collection of information. Be a sponge and absorb all you can, but don’t stop at the learning part. Put into action what you you learn. Impart to others the wisdom you gain. Life is made to share, and so is knowledge!

These things are not all encompassing, but they sure have helped me grow to be more than I was. Just remember that God has called you to be somebody, something larger than you were yesterday. Live large and enjoy the journey.

When life sucks…

Change your focus. Look to God, not man.

Quit thinking about you and start thinking (and hey, here’s a thought… praying)  about those that will never be as “fortunate” as you.

If you are feeling sorry for yourself, get up, and get over it.  Favor will not follow you if you hold self-pity or a spirit or self-condemnation in your heart. Learn what you really mean to God. It might surprise you. You are after all worth the very blood of Christ.

For your own sake, encourage someone please. Those that encourage others will themselves be encouraged.

Do what you can, when you can, where you can. I don’t mean half heartedly. Do it with everything that you are, and do it with a glad heart. Quit complaining and whining. Really.

QUIT SPEAKING DEATH into your situation and start speaking LIFE. I really can’t put into words how pissed I get when a child of the Living God won’t STAND and live a life worthy of that title.

If life sucks, then make it quit sucking. Attitude is a choice…  Why don’t you come on in? The water is better than fine.

Strange but true

A slightly bizarre  look at some of the amazing things you could see at Cornerstone Community Church, and some links to prove them.

1. The worship leader trying to talk all of the pastors into getting ink.

2. Some of the pastors considering it.

3. Black, White, Mexican, Asian, and Indian cultures, all worshiping together.

4. “Alive” by Pearl Jam as the very last song of a worship set. – http://bit.ly/cGvkWG

5. A family of 5 getting baptized… together. Father, mother, children.

6. An informative video about how to deal with your baby. – http://bit.ly/dsyMnr

7. A plan to help plant 2000 multi-ethnic churches in the bible belt.  –http://pray2k.com/

8. Children that bring their parents to church, and not the other way around. – http://bit.ly/dqt8An

9. Sunday morning newcomers ask “is this a black or white church ?” –http://bit.ly/cPOCKe

10. A youth pastor wearing a ninja suit – ttp://dustinbates.org/?p=36