This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...
I can’t say I’m 100% consistent, but I try to make each of these things an ongoing part of my life…
Young is a State of Mind –Dan Reiland
10 lifestyle habits to help you remain young at heart:
1) Keep up with current culture.
2) Connect with young adults.
3) Keep up with the latest technology.
4) Focus on the future.
5) Invest in your health.
6) Meet new people.
7) Remain curious.
8) Stay positive.
9) Adapt to your energy.
10) Increase your faith.
Follow the link to read his explanations of each point.
Excellent, practical advice for helping grieving friends…
Yes, You Should Say Something: Overcoming Awkwardness with Grieving People –Nancy Guthrie
What makes a great friend in the midst of grief is someone willing to overcome the awkwardness to engage. He or she comes alongside and is willing, at least for a while, to agree that this is terrible, unexplainable, the worst. No forced looking on the bright side. At least not yet. No suggesting you should be grateful for anything. At least not yet. To have a friend who, with a shake of the head and a sense of “How can this be?” refuses to rush too quickly past sharing a sense of agonized disappointment at the reality of death—what a gift.
We in leadership often become so distracted with those who are critical or complaining that we forget, or have little time left, to appreciate and encourage the ones who are serving…
All The Sheep Matter (And Have Names) –Jamie Brown
I wonder how many of our volunteers are just hungry for some sort of pastoral connection, however sporadically, by someone in church leadership, that shows that we know their names, we appreciate them, we value their contributions, and we are blessed by their gifts. I think for some people it helps them go from feeling like they’re filling a slot, to actually being a part of a body…
For those of us in any ministry position where it’s up to us to schedule, recruit, or manage volunteers, we have an important lesson from Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who lays down his life for his sheep. The sheep matter to Him, and so they should know that they matter to us too.
As Francis Schaeffer said, “He is there, and He is not silent.“
Only Our God Speaks –Ryan Shelton
Christian worship is unlike any other form of religious exercise because we worship the living God. Since our God is not like lifeless idols, we practice our faith differently than the rest of the world…
Because Christians worship a speaking God, we approach worship differently than any religious sect or worshiping community.