Posts Tagged: visionary

Listening Quietly

DSN9118-2-MI was talking to a friend about communication skills.

Part of the discussion centered on listening skills. We discussed how to improve listening skills and how to train others on making such improvements. During the conversation it was mentioned how important it is to listen so that clarifications can be made and a proper response given.

We talked about how this was especially true for leaders. An excellent point was made concerning leadership and listening skills.

An important communication skill for leaders is to be able to listen effectively so as to know when not to make any response.

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Do First, Feel Later

DSN9158-2-LI was asked how God can command us to love, isn’t that something we have to feel?

I thought of an important principle in Genesis 4:7. God tells Cain that if he does what is right he will feel good about it. But if he doesn’t the downward spiral of sin will trap him.

Psychologist William James said that if you want a quality in your life then act as if you already have it.

God says love. How I feel doesn’t matter. But the real truth is that if I act in a loving manner, I will then acquire the feeling. It is easier to act your way into feeling than to feel your way into acting.

Nehemiah puts it this way, the joy of the Lord is my strength. At first a difficult saying, but understand that doing what makes the Lord happy will give you strength.

Clearly, especially in spiritual matters, do as commanded and you will acquire the characteristic.

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Intimate Ministry

DSN9158-2-LIt’s an honor and privilege to be a part of the Prayer Team at the Church we attend. I am humbled by the experience and believe it’s an important responsibility to intercede for those who ask. It takes a certain strength of character to be vulnerable and request prayer and I consider those highly that trust me with their praises and concerns.

This week’s prayer list was interesting. There were 15 different individual requests, but the fascinating thing is that 10 of those were requesting prayer for someone else.

It made me stop and think.

These people have had the experience with God that proves to them that prayer is effective. So effective that they want to share it with friends and relatives that are in need. They want to see God work in the lives of others; they want others to see God at work in their very own lives.

This little group of prayer warriors is changing the world in a not so silent way. It is humbling and exciting. I’m honored to be a part of this group realizing prayer is the intimate touch with a loving Father through the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Idea Starters

“I have a new philosophy. I’m only going to dread one day at a time.”

Charles M. Schulz

There’s no use in ruining the day ahead of time. CSW

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“Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement.”

Ronald Reagan

Honesty with a little humor is the best policy. CSW

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“If at first you don’t succeed, blame your parents.”

Marcelene Cox

From conception to death, it’s someone else’s fault. CSW

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“Instant gratification takes too long.”

Carrie Fisher

We need something faster than a microwave. CSW

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“I never expected to see the day when girls would get sunburned in the places they now do.”

Will Rogers

We wouldn’t let our daughters out of the house in their underwear, but what passes for a swimsuit… CSW

 

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Dad Still Buys Me Coffee

DSN9158-2-LIt’s been almost two years since my dad passed away. The time has passed too quickly; just like the final hours we had together.

After his death we were cleaning out his house and in several drawers we found little container with change in them. Just small coin purses, medicine bottles, watch boxes, etc. that were filled with coins. All totaled it probably wasn’t much, but perhaps a dollar or two in each.

Since then there have been times when I have been leaving the house for a meeting and decide to drive through and pick up a cup of coffee. I reach for one of those containers that I’ve never separated and pull out some change, enough for a cup.

Earlier this week as I drove through I thought about the coins. I smiled as I thought that dad was buying me this cup of coffee. He’s been buying my coffee for the past two years, even in his absence. As I drove away I spent some time thinking of him; appreciating him. I smiled almost as if the aroma of coffee somehow reminded me of his after shave; his presence.

His change has changed me. It’s made me mindful to be thankful. To appreciate him as well as the Father who gave me the wonderful and perfect gift (James 1:17) of a dad who still buys me coffee. I hope I never run out of change.

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