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Approachable By All

Shane —  November 5, 2014 — Leave a comment

Any level of faith works for Jesus.

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This woman who came to him didn’t have a lot of faith. But she had just enough to go to Jesus.

No doctor had helped her. And this was made evident by how she approached Jesus.

She didn’t want to bother him with a request.
She didn’t want to be put to another humiliation if this didn’t work.

How do you treat people with little faith?

How we treat people who are shy or even ashamed to approach us matters. It matters to that one. It matters to everyone watching.

It pays huge dividends to welcome with open arms those who are reserved and ashamed to approach you.

Because when they do approach you, it shows they have faith you can do something.

How can you make yourself approachable by all today?

This series is about leadership lessons we can apply to our everyday lives from the stories of Jesus’ miracles. Today’s reading is from Luke 8:43-48.

Giving a Lifeline

Shane —  October 31, 2014 — Leave a comment

Your organization gives a lifeline to people.

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Jesus gave a woman a lifeline.

Every man in her life was dead.

Her husband.
Her only son.

And because of every man in her life was dead, she had no way of making money.

Jesus, seeing this, had compassion on her. And raised her son from the casket.

Your organization gives people a lifeline. Maybe not life and death lifelines, but a lifeline nonetheless.

And it starts with compassion. An organization full of people who are full of compassion towards people who need the lifeline you offer will do more than sell stuff.

An organization like this will make a difference.

How can you lead with compassion towards people who need the lifeline you offer?

This series is about leadership lessons we can apply to our everyday lives from the stories of Jesus’ miracles. Today’s reading is from Luke 7:11-17.

Using Your Authority

Shane —  October 30, 2014 — Leave a comment

What you do with your authority shows the faith you have in Jesus.

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The Centurion had authority. Many people answered to him. He only answered to a few people.

But he knew Jesus had real authority. The Centurion was “the man” wherever he went. Still, Jesus had him beat.

So he took his authority and placed it at the feet of Jesus.

As a leader, you have authority. You can tell people to do this, that or the other.

God has given you that authority. This isn’t telling you that authority is bad. But rather it is what you do with authority in your relationship with Jesus that matters.

Faith in Jesus isn’t using your authority to tell Jesus what to do. It is pushing your authority to his feet knowing he has way more authority than you do.

Have you placed your authority at the feet of Jesus?

This series is about leadership lessons we can apply to our everyday lives from the stories of Jesus’ miracles. Today’s reading is from Luke 7:1-10.

Rules Or Relationships

Shane —  October 29, 2014 — Leave a comment

Too many rules will leave people frustrated.

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Jesus dealt with the rules of the religious leaders. They got made that he healed someone on the Sabbath!

Instead of being excited, they were ticked. Ticked that Jesus broke the rules.

The rules got in the way of relationships.

Too many rules will mess up relationships.

Relationships with your own people.
Relationships with your customers.

Yes, there needs to be some sort of structure and system in place.

But when the structure and system gets in the way of showing mercy…being human…then you need to get back to the drawing board.

How can you show mercy instead of sticking to the rules today?

This series is about leadership lessons we can apply to our everyday lives from the stories of Jesus’ miracles. Today’s reading is from Matthew 12:1-14.

Challenging People’s Faith

Shane —  October 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

Seeing people’s faith will let you know who to invest in.

4 guys overcame great obstacles to get their buddy to Jesus for a healing. They even destroyed property to do so.

And because of their faith, Jesus met them right where their faith was, but challenged their faith to go deeper.

As you lead people in your organization, watch for people who overcome obstacles. Overcoming obstacles means they have faith.

And, like the 4 guys, maybe they don’t quite get it. But that’s ok. That’s when, like Jesus, you challenge their faith to go farther.

Give them a harder project.
Have them invest in someone new.
Put them with a senior member to collaborate.

Do something to challenge their faith.

And when you do, the investment will pay dividends.

How can you challenge someone’s faith in your organization today?

This series is about leadership lessons we can apply to our everyday lives from the stories of Jesus’ miracles. Today’s reading is from Luke 5:17-26.

Are You Willing?

Shane —  October 24, 2014 — Leave a comment

Willing.

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Not from obligation. But because you’re willing.

Jesus was willing to heal this man. Everyone else saw this man as a bother. Jesus saw this man as someone in need of restoration.

As a leader, do your people see you as willing?

Willing to serve.
Willing to help.
Willing to lead.

Or do your people think you think they are a bother?

How can you be willing today?

This series is about leadership lessons we can apply to our everyday lives from the stories of Jesus’ miracles. Today’s reading is from Matthew 8:1-4.

Humble Authority

Shane —  October 23, 2014 — Leave a comment

Authority is one of the most important commodities you can have as a leader.

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By definition, authority is the ability to give orders and make decisions.

But, if you come in with guns blazing, you will spend all the authority you have quickly.

Jesus impressed others with his authority, without trying to impress them with his authority.

He simply did what he did. And they were impressed. Why?

Because he didn’t need to flaunt it. He knew he had the authority in God’s Word for life. He knew he had the authority over demons and to restore life.

More than giving orders, authority is the confidence that the orders you do give and the decisions you do make will be what’s best.

And when you base your leadership on the authority of Jesus, you can have the confidence to lead in a way that’s best. And to do so with humility.

When you lead like this, you’ll build up authority you can use when you need it.

How can you make sure you are leading with the authority of Jesus today?

This series is about leadership lessons we can apply to our everyday lives from the stories of Jesus’ miracles. Today’s reading is from Mark 1:21-34.

Work That Restores

Shane —  October 22, 2014 — Leave a comment

Jesus restored the work of Peter and his partners.

These guys had already encountered Jesus. Actually, probably several times.

But in this moment, the reality of who Jesus is hit Peter. He bowed, worshiped Jesus and acknowledged his own sinfulness.

Instead of being too good for Peter, Jesus asked Peter to follow him. Jesus would make Peter a fisher of men.

Peter’s work would now be restoring people.

And that is now our work. As a follower of Jesus, he doesn’t ask you to give up your work like he did Peter, he makes your work something that restores peoples’ lives.

You don’t go to work.
You don’t get a paycheck.
You don’t do what someone else says.

You restore peoples’ lives with your work.

Medical.
Food service.
Retail.
Skilled work.
Social services.

All of it restores people.

Find your work’s restorative purpose and your work will be more fulfilling!

What can you do today to make your work restore someone else?

This series is about leadership lessons we can apply to our everyday lives from the stories of Jesus’ miracles. Today’s reading is from Luke 5:1-11.

Building Trust

Shane —  October 21, 2014 — Leave a comment

Leaders must grow the level of belief in those around them.

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The biggest thing is to make sure we are leading them to believe in the right things.

You can lead them to believe in what you do.
Or you can lead them to believe in who you are.

And by “you” I mean the organization, not you as a leader. But the sticky thing is that they can’t believe in the organization until they believe in you.

Jesus wanted people to see him as more than someone who gave them stuff and did things for them.

Jesus wanted them to see that he was Lord of the Kingdom. The Kingdom that brings restoration to people.

The goal for you is to have those around you to believe in the organization. Not just what you do…but who you are as a collective people.

And the best way to do that is to give people reasons to trust you. Not as a means to the end of getting money. But to the means of showing off what your organization can be.

So live what you want your organization to be. Build their trust.

And you’ll see a belief that the organization can be great.
And then they will make the organization great.

How can you build trust today in what you want your organization to be?

This series is about leadership lessons we can apply to our everyday lives from the stories of Jesus’ miracles. Today’s reading is from John 4:46-54.

A culture of entitlement will destroy the work place.

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Jesus, speaking mainly to his disciples, tells us of a parable where some workers felt entitled.

They agreed upon a wage. And when those who came later got paid the same wage, they expected more.

But it wasn’t coming.

Those around first in your organization will feel entitled. Entitled to treat those who came later worse because they’ve been around less.

Instead, the culture must be a culture that says, “We are all in this together; so we will treat others the same.”

Now this doesn’t mean we can’t have pay scales, org charts, etc. What this does mean is that the white collar hazing will destroy your organization. Leave the hazing to high school sports teams (but they’d do better without it too).

Lead in a culture of everyone is in this together. Where everyone is treated like humans on the same team. Then demand those who have been around the longest to treat others the same way.

And you’ll see a safe culture develop where the newest will perform quickly.

How can you build a culture that everyone is the same today?

This series is taking a look at the parables of Jesus and how they apply to our leadership situations. Today’s reading is Matthew 20:1-16.