Monthly Archives: March 2014

Motivation for Service

“If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”

People are fighting all types of causes in this world.  There are the fights against HIV/AIDS, Abortion Rights, Healthcare, Public Education, Gender Equality, Minimum Wage, and Tax Reform.  Advocates for the poor, church missions, and capital campaigns all done by people who have made great names for themselves.  But how many people have done so out of genuine love.

A friend of mine was upset because his name was not called.  Everyone on the committee received recognition but because he was absent his name was not called.  He wanted that praise; he wanted the accolade, but to now avail.  He was so rejected he no longer particpated in that philanthropic endeavor.  Was his heart in the right place?  If you were genuinely concerned about the poor, would lack of recognition cause you to withdraw your efforts?  I think not.

But one thing is certain, if you really want to know a person’s heart, don’t invite them to the celebration.  Exclude them from the applause.  Then, you will see where there heart is and you’ll know the real motive for their efforts.  Worldly praise and accolades are much ado about nothing.  This world is fickle, unkind, and sometimes harsh; but what you do for others when motivated by love trumps all the negativity you may encounter.  Learn to get your motivation from changed lives rather than awards and congratulatory acts by others.  Being a part of someone’s transformation has its own rewards; cherish those!

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

“God is love.. . .There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear.”

I’ve discovered the secret to vanquishing fear.  Love; mature, unconditional, love.  I’ve found it.  I told you i used to be afraid of dying as an unknown entity.  Well, not anymore.  I’ve found unconditional, unbiased, love.  Now I can live in the country on an isolated road. As long as love is present with me; I’m filled with joy.  I’m like a kid in a candy store because love has found me.  I’m at peace because God has given me peace!

The love of God surrounds me whereever I am.  Because of this I can’t die unknown.  In fact my life is eternal because I was eternally created in God.  I’m changing now; I’m growing now.  But I no longer fear not having people at my funeral or dying alone.  In fact I feel no fear; I feel life.  Love does conquer fear; love does motivate us to excellence because of who we are.  Love is everything!

Motivated to Excellence by Fear

For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.” ~ (2 Tim 1:7, HCSB)

For as early as I can remember, I have always had this nagging fear of dying and no one knows me. Thus, I have not wanted a house in the country 2-3 miles from my neighbors. I have not wanted a job locked away in solitude to enjoy my work alone. I have wanted to do spectacular noticeable things to ensure someone would know I had lived.

In 2006, of all the things I could have done, I bought a house in the country.  It was a 3 bedroom 2 bath home on a country road in Greenville, Georgia.  For a time I was happy, but alas it is a place I realize I may never live in again.  My fears beckoned me to leave, to return to a place crowded with people.  I guess you could say, I am a city fellow now.  But I know its not because I like people, its because I fear being unknown, of being insignificant, of dying and no one attend my funeral.  

I was beckoned away from the country by a call to serve in Louisiana by a long-time friend.  The service I would render would increase my knowledge among an even wider audience.  I left without hesitation although I was already known by many people, one never can tell who will forget one.  So off I went to discover another place, I had left over 20 years before. Because of these fears, I have and continue to be motivated to excel. And this impetus keeps me moving forward ensuring others will deem me worthy to be remembered. 

I agree that God has not given us “the spirit of fearfulness” but I also agree that fear is a natural part of the human experience.  Fear motivates us to action.  Fear is an activator of our fight or flight reflex.  Since, God has gifted us with “love, power, and sound judgment” to fight our innate fears and win, I overcome my fear with faith – the courage to do it afraid.  I choose to fight my fears by excellence and trying to make a difference in other peoples’ lives.  I choose to exist as a leader, a person who advocates for others, and a person who ensures he is noticed in the world.  People have commended me on my efforts and told me they have been helped throughout my journey.  Yet, their applause was not what I wanted; it was their friendship.  I most of all want to be remembered because to be remembered is mmortality to me.

30 Seconds on Leadership

Leader’s need to continually exhibit foresight and execute plans to avert crises. Great insight here Enna!

Movers, Shakers, Leadership Makers

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Don’t wait for something to go wrong to make a change! Crisis may force change but leaders should always be looking for ways to improve or enhance service delivery. Engage your team regularly and create an environment where input is encouraged and positive change is welcomed!

Enna B

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A Rare Jewel

A jewel in its natural state appears worthless; its value hidden underneath layers of hard, calloused material. It has to be cultivated with care and appreciation for the hidden value within. The person who cultivates the jewel must have a vision and purpose for the finished product. That person must commit to the time, patience, and passion required to unearth the its value for all to see.

The Bible reads: “Whosoever finds a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.” Proverbs 18:22

The word “finds” is used in the same sense of a person seeking a jewel. A true wife is a rare jewel, cultivated by her husband. When the husband first sees his wife she may not look valuable to others, but that husband sees her through spiritual eyes. He has a vision of her future as related to his own. He has purpose for her related to the vision God has given him.

A man cannot be so shallow as to marry a pretty face, a nice body, or even a cultured woman. External beauty fades and culture is related to the environment. A man should marry the woman whose inner beauty and strength, once cultivated, fits his purpose.

When a man marries “a help meet suitable” for the vision that possesses him, God will favor him and bless the family. That marriage will be strong because it will be based on a God given vision and purpose that is eternal.

Single men pray for God’s vision for your life, pursue that because your wife is along that path. Single women develop your gifts and remain flexible as you serve God in this world. If you want a husband and you’re doing God’s will, he’s coming. Let him find you pleasing the Lord for that is a sure sign you can please him.

Do It One More Day……Until It Clicks

 

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“It’s always too early to quit.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Woke up this morning with quitting on my mind.  Reached for my Samsung Galaxy S4 to do my social media postings and ran across this quote.  Talk about adrenaline rush; I lay there thinking about what Norman Peale meant and concluded a person has to keep pressing on despite those days when it seems useless to keep at it.  Success, wealth, fame, or name recognition are things that come through a person being excellent.  However, what Peale was telling me was that those persons had to go through days where the possibilities seemed hopeless.  Peale was referring to persistence and perserverance role’s in dream fulfillment.

Dale Carnegie tells the story of a man who bought a gold mine; found some gold and convinced relatives and friends to invest in the gold mine.  He drilled and drilled but hit a fault line that made it appear they had obtained all the resources that mine had to offer.  He sold his equipment, the mine and everything associated with it to a poor, common man whose only attribute was vision and common sense.  That common man immediately hired an expert in mining who explained what fault lines were and calculated where the man should begin to dig.  And you guessed it; 3 feet down from where the other man had quit, this man hit a gusher.  Millions more dollars in gold came from that gold mine.  

When you hit a blockage and you don’t know why; ask someone for help who knows what to do.  Always be teachable and invite others to help you with your dream.  Don’t give up on your dreams, your goals because you think it won’t work.  My father used to tell me, “Son, It only costs a nickel more to go first class.”  So, when you wake up with that quitting feeling, “do it one more day, enlist help, and keep doing it one day at a time until it clicks, until you reach your destination.

It’s your time to soar because you deserve the life you dream!  

Don’t You Dare Change Your Mind!

There I was, looking downward, my feet barely clinging to the edge of the cliff.  Earlier that morning my platoon sergeant had announced that our squad would lead the commando repelling exercise.  Before I knew it, I had volunteered to go first, although I hadn’t the slightest idea what commando repelling was.  After all the demonstrations, getting geared up, it was time.  And there I stood looking face first into the space leading to the bottom of the cliff.

My knees buckled, my confidence eroded, and my heart beat rapidly.  For a split second, I decided to turn around,  to wait and go next. But before I could act on that impulse,  I heard my platoon sergeant below.  “Don’t you dare change your mind,” he shouted.

Startled,  I grabbed the rope, and ran down the side of the cliff. I made it;  the adrenaline rush was huge.  My self-confidence level soared. Those soldiers for whom I was squad leader applauded my success and in succession followed my lead. This exercise cemented my role as their leader; they trusted me.

When faced with doing the unfamiliar or uncomfortable, lead. You’re ready for the challenge.  “Don’t You Dare Change Your Mind, ” he said.  He knew what was at stake and I now so do I.

The Value of a Good Coach

“I’m so not hearing that,” Robert told Susan.  Robert was thoroughly H hot. The nerve of Tim to tell him he needed to include others in his assessment. “These people have no idea what I do,” he reasons with Susan. Robert felt insulted that other leaders in different parts of the company would be invited to critique his plans. Robert had been doing this project just fine without sitting around a table subjecting himself to questions. “Who were they to question him?” Robert was so incensed Susan could see the heat rising from his hair.

Robert is not alone. Proverbs 18:17 reads, “He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.” Most leaders have suffered from tunnel vision during their development. Luckily, Robert had a good coach.

Susan through questioning Robert helped him to understand the importance of teamwork. His passion was misdirected; he saw Tim’s insistence that others give him feedback on his plans as a direct reflection of his competence. Susan helped Robert as John Maxwell would say “lift his lid.” She helped Robert see the big picture. His project wasn’t being carried out in a vacuum, his was one of many company projects all aimed at fulfilling the company vision. Teamwork then was an invaluable asset to saving the company money and improving its efficiency.

Each of us can benefit from a good coach; someone who opens our eyes to the bigger picture. Do you have a good coach? Better yet, “Are you open to coaching?”

Making Winning Decisions

“If you put off everything till you’re sure of it, you’ll never get anything done.” – Norman Vincent Peale

Powerful and timely decisions are most often made in the dark.  Faith in your ability to analyze incomplete though detailed information and make a conscious decision to act will often put you ahead of your competition.

It’s 4th down with 60 seconds remaining.  The score is 34 to 28; your team needs a touchdown to win. Your team is on the 20 yard line, poised to strike.  Will you pass or run? Your coach has sent in two plays and told  you to decide based on the look of the defense.  Your ability as the  quarterback to make a risky decision is now being tested. If you were the quarterback who would win the game?

Often people procrastinate because they need all the possibilities and contingencies analyzed before they decide to act.  Dr. Wayne Dyer purports a need for you to develop your skills at making risky decisions.  Risky decisions are faith decisions.   For example divorce,  business contracts, career changes, marriage,  investment strategies, and the like.  Time plays a crucial role in these type of decisions and often the information you use to decide will be incomplete. Dr. Dyer says, “Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.”

Unfortunately, there is only one way to develop your ability to make risky decisions.  You have to practice by acting promptly each time you find yourself in these situations.  By doing so you learn to trust your instincts.

So do it afraid; don’t procrastinate a minute longer.  Make the call; pass or run – you decide.

The Value of Teamwork

A loner is out to get what he wants for himself. He opposes all sound reasoning. A fool does not find joy in understanding but only in expressing his own opinion. (Proverbs 18:1, 2 GWT)

A man set his sights on becoming rich and powerful. He made his plans, gathered his resources, and started on his journey. He met a lawyer who wanted to help him volunteering to be a part of his team. The man thought how much that would cost and refused. Further along he met a doctor who volunteered to be his physician, the man also refused. He then met a CPA who volunteered to keep his financial records organized. But this man saw no need of him either; he was totally capable of handling his own affairs. Finally, this man met a beautiful woman who offered him her unconditional love. He had no time for love at this point in his life.

The man ruthlessly pursued his dream and obtained riches and power. He gloated with pride and bragged on his success though he had offended so many.

One day a letter arrived notifying him of a lawsuit that would reduce him to poverty should he lose the case. He needed a lawyer; but he was without one. He became worried and frustrated leading to a stroke. He had no physician whom he could trust. The lawsuit called for a strict accounting of his financial records; he had a few weeks to respond but no accountant. Hospitalized and alone he needed someone to care; the only woman who had offered was gone.

Lying in bed alone and facing ruin, he who would not listen learned the value of teamwork. Greatness demands having the right members on your team!