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Yesterday was a bad day.

The boys were crazy. Mondays are the day we go out and shop for what we need. And with the Holiday break still being in, all 4 boys were with us.

They were running on less sleep because of the holidays. And I was struggling with internal agitation.

And their energy depleted mine. And finally, on the way home, I snapped.

Thankfully it was in the car, as I was driving. That tempered how it all could go down. But it was not a shining moment.

The day had started well. Joyful. Peaceful. Pretty good.

But man, it didn’t last. Why is it that when I’m agitated on the inside, the boys do the most agitating things? They don’t respond to any type of correction. And then boom…I lose it.

Then through all of that, I set out a challenge for them to clean up all their mess (and they had created a lot of mess!) and they’ll get a reward if they finish by a certain time. And they met it without me having to say another thing. They worked together to accomplish the task. They even helped each other get their chores done (something I hadn’t even asked). And I wondered how that even happened…because on good days, clean up doesn’t go this good!

It all left me last night wondering if I can do this. All of it. Parenting. Leading. Pastoring. Husbanding. It was one of those “just give up the fight” moments.

But God. His mercies are new every morning, right? That means we can blow it. That means we will still wonder, “What was I thinking?”

Have you ever wondered why Jesus included “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors” in the Disciples’ Prayer? Yes, we normally call this the Lord’s Prayer, but really it is the Lord teaching the disciples how to pray. Oh, and Jesus isn’t talking about financial debts. He’s talking about the debt of sin.

If we are already following Jesus, our sin is cleansed, right? So why continuously pray this?

Because he knows that we will need it daily. We will need continued repentance for our own sanity. We will need to pray this to remind us where grace comes from.

And he also taught us to pray, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” He tells us to pray for forgiveness & cleansing, but to not stop there. We must pray that God strengthens us to stand against the temptation in the first place. He wants us to no longer deal with what we deal with.

We’ll never achieve perfection. This is why he taught us to pray this. But he also wants us to grow. Yeah, we’ll take steps backward, but we use those steps backward to continue to step forward with Jesus.

Our culture demands perfection and so that leads us to think that God demands perfection too. He doesn’t. That was Jesus’ job. God demands faith. Faith that his mercies are new every morning. Faith that he will forgive. Faith that he will strengthen.

Nobody is perfect. But everyone can have faith.

When we knock ourselves down, have faith, and let God clean us and strengthen us to keep going.

That moment when you realize encouraging your boy to read the bible could end up revealing the birds & the bees.

Manger Scene

Our oldest (almost 9 years old), was reading the Bible this morning. We bought the second oldest name plated Bible and it reenergized both of them to read.

And the oldest said, “Jesus didn’t have any brothers.”

And I replied, “Well, Mary and Joseph did end up having children after Jesus was born. Jesus was just different…”

And what was going through my mind as I said that?

“Holy crap…how am I going to get out of this one?”

Leadership people talk about what you get done before breakfast determines the productivity of your day. That would set an all time high…or low…of productivity. I told my son about sex because he was reading the Bible…all before breakfast!

So I paused and said, “Because he was God and God put Jesus in Mary’s belly.”

Oldest, “Oh.” And went back to reading.

Crisis averted…for now.

Spiritual point? Not sure. Except that I think that I figured out why people don’t believe in the virgin birth of Jesus.

They don’t want to explain sex to their kids using Jesus as the example.

Finding Joy In Our Kids

Shane —  August 3, 2015 — Leave a comment

We went to Silver Dollar City today.

My wife, myself and all our four boys. And today, just like any other day, someone says, “Those are all 4 boys? God bless you.”

Today was the last real day we could get away this summer and take advantage of the season tickets that my parents gave us for last Christmas. School and soccer start next week! Time is running short soon!

But we had a good day. Anytime we all come home and no blow ups happen is a good day.

This leads me to…I’m trying to find more joy in my boys.

I’m someone who has too much obsession with perfection. If things aren’t just right, it gets me frustrated.

Paul saw Timothy as a son. And in 2 Timothy 1:4 Paul tells Timothy, “I will be filled with joy when we are together again.”

Paul, the spiritual father, found joy in the presence of the son, Timothy.

Sometimes parents, it is hard to find joy. Cause it all gets frustrating.

But maybe the frustrating times will start to melt away if we find more joy in our kids.

This doesn’t mean a discipline free home. When one person’s actions take away the joy of all, the joy of all must be paramount to the joy of one.

Find joy. Laugh. Tickle. Wrestle. Play. Whatever it takes.

And you’ll find a kid who finds joy in you.

My youngest three boys were playing in the front yard while I mowed.

I noticed the youngest (2.5 years old), trying to get on a 2-wheeled bike. I wasn’t too worried about it because there was no way he was getting on there. Maybe he’d fall over, but nothing major would happen.

Until I saw my second oldest (7 years old) picking up the youngest to sit him on the bike. The third boy was also helping. Helping keep the bike upright while the youngest was put on the bike.

They all were just fine with what was transpiring. But the father didn’t want it to happen.

That’s when I stepped in and made sure no one got hurt.

The boys were just trying to help give their younger brother a great experience riding a bike. I know that wasn’t going to end with a great experience.

We have a desire to help others with life. But one thing that we must be doing to help them the most is to tie ourselves to the Father.

At CrossPoint, we call this “Fill my cup. Empty my cup.” A saying borrowed from a guy by the name of Andy Stanley.

We must make sure that we’re tapping into the Father while helping others. There will never be anything to empty if there is nothing being poured into our cup. And we need to make sure what we are helping others with is actually what the Father wants.

Ever hear…or tell…someone, “God will never give you more than you can handle.” Well, that’s not in the bible. In fact, God’s word is chalk full of examples where people are in way over their head. And that’s what God wants. He does that so we will have full dependence upon him.

We’ll never help perfectly; so we need to jump in the game of helping people. But maybe we can help better than a 7 year old helping a 2.5 year old onto a bike by listening to the Father first.

Hope.

Paul believed in the hope the Jews were hoping for. And Paul was persecuted for believing in the hope that the Jews were hoping for.

Yeah. Kinda weird right.

Some people just won’t get the hope you’re selling.

In fact, they may be looking for the hope you’re selling, but they don’t get that you’re selling the hope they’re looking for but don’t get.

Selling hope.

Some may read that and think, “You can’t sell hope. Isn’t that kind of a sham?”

Well, shams come from people who sell hope and overhype said hope and let people down.

I hope you sell hope. Hope that they’re future can be better than their past & present. That you give a good service and a fair price as you sell hope. Cause that all goes into giving away hope.

So really, you could actually say you sell a product or service, but give away hope for free.

Some won’t get it. Many will. Sell. But give away hope as you sell.

How does what you do give away hope to others?

This reading plan series takes us through Acts. Today we are in Acts 25:13-26:32. We will look at leadership principles from the book of Acts and how they can be applied to your leadership today.

Do you find ways to give positional titles to those who already have recognized titles?

One thing that can hold your organization back is the wrong person in the wrong position, especially a leadership position.

God told Moses to put a positional title on guys who already had a recognized title.

These guys were already an elder and leader in Israel. The people recognized this. Moses just recognized what the people had already recognized.

Then came the positional title.

Find ways to watch for recognized leadership beyond positional titles. Use this to promote. Use this to create new positions. Use this to strengthen teams.

Because your organization will be much stronger if you put positional titles on people after they’ve earned a recognized title.

How can you identify the recognized titles in your organization?

This series is called Under Construction based on how the Holy Spirit rebuilds our lives. Today’s reading is based on Numbers 11:16-30.

You are building more than a business.

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The invitation of God is to come.

Come to his mountain.
Come to his city.
Come to his people.
Come to God himself.
Come to Jesus.

That is the greatest invitation on the face of the earth! There is nothing greater than getting the chance to come to God himself!

And Jesus is the reason why we can.

When we are with him, something happens. Building things of this earth cease to be building things here on earth.

What we build is for eternity.

God is building an unshakable Kingdom. And his invitation to himself is an invitation to be a part of the unshakeable Kingdom. It is an invitation to build into the unshakable Kingdom.

What you do with leading people…
What you do with leading a business…
What you do in this world…

It will pass through God’s consuming fire.
What is building on the Kingdom remains for eternity.
What is building outside the Kingdom is burnt up and disappears.

The invitation is to come to God and Hear & Follow him. And when we do, even in a business built here on earth, our impact will be for all eternity.

What can you do today to build into the unshakable Kingdom?

This is to help you recognize a little of what God is trying to say through Hebrews 12:18-29 by sharing what God was revealing to me. You can subscribe to this daily perspective via email or RSS.

Two of the gifts Jesus gives us is perfection and forgiveness.

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And boy do we ever need those.

Perfection is about completeness and wholeness. I’m not complete. I’m lacking so much. I’m broken and not whole. I know you are too. Why? Because you are human.

Forgiveness is about wiping the slate clean when we are not perfect. Because we are human and thus not perfect. Jesus’ sacrifice wipes our slate clean so we can go at this life again…

and again…
and again…
and again.

Jesus’ sacrifice is forever. So his forgiveness is forever. When the perfection God gives doesn’t quite take root, forgiveness is given.

As leaders, are you giving away perfection and forgiveness?

No matter what organization you’re in, you want people to be perfect, complete. You want them to live out the organization completely.

But what happens when they aren’t perfect? Is there forgiveness?

This isn’t about not having accountability. We give forgiveness so that we can give perfection. We wipe their slate clean so we can write back on the slate the culture of the organization.

Does perfection and forgiveness mean we never fire people? While we’re never fired from God’s Kingdom, there are times this just isn’t the case in life. We can forgive, but if they are a bad fit, forgiving doesn’t always mean keeping. The most perfect, complete, whole thing to do for both of you is to let them find their fit.

Perfection and forgiveness is the gift God gave you through Jesus.
And this is the same gift you can give to those you lead.

How can you give perfection and forgiveness to those you lead today?

This is to help you recognize a little of what God is trying to say through Hebrews 10:11-18 by sharing what God was revealing to me. You can subscribe to this daily perspective via email or RSS.

What do you do to help people’s guilty conscience?

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Our dead works produces a guilty conscience.

The good news is that Jesus removes our dead works and cleanses our conscience.

Are we leading them to listen to their guilt and find Jesus?
Or are we leaving them to find other ways to take away their guilt?

A more important question…
Have you taken care of your dead works?

We can’t lead people to find cleansing from their dead works if we are living in dead works.

And the good news is that Jesus cleanses us so that we can serve the living God. Which we can’t do with dead works weighing us down!

Work from a service of life. A service to the living God who rescued us from the slavery of our dead works.

How can you lead people to be cleanses from dead works today?

This is to help you recognize a little of what God is trying to say through Hebrews 9:11-14 by sharing what God was revealing to me. You can subscribe to this daily perspective via email or RSS.

Giving people direct access to God is the greatest gift you can give them.

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In the Old Testament, the system was one guy had direct access to God once a year. But God didn’t want it that way. The Holy Spirit testified that’s the way it would be as long as the Tabernacle was in use.

Or in other words, when the Tabernacle wasn’t in use, the access would change.

And the Tabernacle isn’t in use any more!

Give the people you lead the gift of direct access.

Don’t make it all about you. Coming to you for their “food.”

Anyway, it doesn’t really make sense. Who among us want people to call us in order to have their morning quiet time?

Give them reading plans.
Pull the truths out so they want more.
Teach them to pray.

Oh, it is a struggle. Always is.
Oh, also, don’t give them theology. Don’t just teach them the theology of the Priesthood of the Believer.

Live out theology.

Let your life of having direct access to God reveal to them that they can have the same life. And live it in such a way that makes them want that life.

Because you can give away what you have. Would you want to give others the direct access to God that you live out?

This is to help you recognize a little of what God is trying to say through Hebrews 9:6-10 by sharing what God was revealing to me. You can subscribe to this daily perspective via email or RSS.