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Doing What You Do Well

Shane —  November 14, 2014 — Leave a comment

The people said Jesus did all things well.

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Is this your goal? To do what you do so well other people notice?

Now, nothing will ever be perfect. There is always something to work on.

But is the tapestry that other people look at done well?

Like cross stitching, the back is a mess. But the front is art.

What people don’t see might be a mess.
What people do see must be done well.

How can you work on making what you do better 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 7:31-37.

Hope Goes Viral

Shane —  November 12, 2014 — Leave a comment

“Going viral” is a touchy thing.

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If you want your organization to go viral because it is good for business, then you may be going viral for the wrong thing.

Jesus went viral. Often. The more he came to an area, the less he could move around freely. People came up to him for teaching, healing and just to get a touch.

Why?

Not because Jesus tried to go viral. In fact, he tried to get people to stop talking.
Not because it was good for business. In fact, it’s what got him killed.

Jesus went viral because he offered hope. Hope that lives could be restored.

God has given you something to restore with your organization.

Give hope to people with what God has given you.
Bring restoration to lives because you are in business…

Not because it is good for business.

Rather give hope just because it is good to give hope.

Then deliver on the hope you give.

How does your organization give hope through restoration?

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 6:53-56.

It is so easy to feel like you’ve lost control.

And when we’ve lost control, it is easy to lose control.

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The disciples found themselves having lost complete control of a situation twice. They were professional fishermen, but the storm they faced overwhelmed them.

But both times, Jesus restored control.

And he did it two different ways.

For Peter, he restored control by allowing his feet to be solid, even though the water he was walking on wasn’t.

For the rest, Jesus restored control by bringing peace to the storm.

Leadership feels like walking on water at times. People want you to do it…but you don’t quite know how.

When we’ve lost all control, we have two options…

1. Try and gain control back.
2. Focus on the One who has all control.

We cannot be in complete control (read: power). So, let’s not lose control (read: composure).

Instead, focus on Jesus. He might not take the storm away.

But he sure knows where to put his feet when walking on water.

How can you focus on Jesus today so he can restore control?

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 6:16-21.

Rewarding Persistence

Shane —  November 7, 2014 — Leave a comment

Persistence must be rewarded.

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Jesus rewarded these blind men for being persistent.

Why?

Because persistence reveals faith.

Is there someone in your organization who just won’t stop?

Maybe their a tad annoying. Like a couple of blind guys following you shouting.

Reward their faith despite the annoyance. Their faith that they can do the job. Their faith that your organization is what they need to be a part of.

Because someone that is persistent will make a difference, if you allow them.

How can you reward someone’s persistence 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 9:27-34.

You Can Be a Laughable Hope

Shane —  November 6, 2014 — Leave a comment

Would you want your organization to give away laughable hope?

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Jesus gave away laughable hope.

“The girl is just sleeping.”

In the middle of all the mourning, people outright laughed at Jesus.

Hope is the certainty the future will be better than the past or present.

And whatever your organization sells, it can sell hope. Hope that you will make their future certainly better.

Not in a slimy, break down trust sort of way.
But in a way that you honestly desire and work for the better future of others.

In a way also, that people just can’t believe it. It’s so unbelievable that they chuckle at the very thought.

How can you give a laughable hope 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 8:40-42; 49-56.

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.