Trouble (of every kind) is Temporary

Be comforted by this fact: trouble, of every kind, is temporary.  Yet God’s grace is eternal.

And worries, of every kind, are temporary.  But God’s love is everlasting. The troubles that concern you will pass.  God remains.  And for every problem, God has a solution.

Remember that “this, too, will pass,” but whatever “it” is will pass more quickly if you spend more time solving your problems and less time fretting about them.

6 Criteria for Identifying New Leaders

Recruiting leaders requires prayer, care, and wisdom. The first step is to establish criteria. Here are 6:

  1. Calling: They should have prayerfully evaluated their calling to a leadership role. They have to be willing to pay the price of leadership out of love to God. Salvation is free; discipleship will cost.
  2. Character: Those who are called to leadership are called to a higher standard (James 3:1).
  3. Content: They should be grounded in the Bible and know what it means to be a follower of Christ. They should also know their stuff in the area of their expertise.
  4. Competency
  5. Commitment
  6. Chemistry: Does each team member comprehend and embrace the ministry vision and goals? Does each team member commit to support the leader of the team? Will each commit to developing and sustaining meaningful and supportive relationships with others on the team?

An authentic calling, consistent character, informative content, demonstrated competency, true commitment, and productive chemistry are powerful team dynamics.

Our Worship Must Be Creative

Our corporate worship must not get stale, but be creative.  Why?

  1. Because God is creative.  He even continues that.  (Isaiah 65:17; Psalm 51:10).
  2. We are creative.  We are made in God’s image.
  3. God wants us to express our creativity.
  4. Creative praise captures others’ attention.  Ed Young said, “When people hear the same thing over and over in the same way, they stop listening.  Failure is doing the same thing the same way and expecting unique results.”
  5. God is worth it.

The hard part is coming up with creative ideas that aren’t cheesy or trite. We also have to avoid creativity for creativity’s sake, rather than to enhance worship itself. What are some ways we could show more creativity in corporate worship?

Live by Faith, Not Emotions

Human emotions are highly variable, decidedly unpredictable, and often unreliable. Our emotions are like the weather, only far more fickle. So we must learn to live by faith, not by the ups and downs of our own emotional roller coaster.

Sometime during the day, we’ll probably be gripped by a strong negative emotion. Distrust it. Reign it in. Test it. And turn it over to God. Your emotions will inevitably change; God will not. So trust Him completely as you watch your feelings slowly evaporate into thin air–which, of course, they will.

A Proven Way To Build Character

Learn to control the direction of your thoughts.  Thoughts are intensely powerful things.  Thoughts have the power to lift up or drag down; the power to energize or deplete; the power to inspire to greater accomplishment or to make things seem impossible.

Will we obey the words of Philippians 4:8?

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Or will we allow thoughts to be hijacked by the negativity that dominates our troubled world.

More time should be spent thinking about blessings and less time fretting about hardships.

Don’t Pass the Buck

We are masters at passing the buck.  Why? Because passing the buck is easier than fixing; criticizing others is so much easier than improving ourselves.  So instead of solving our problems legitimately (by doing the work required to solve them) we are inclined to blame and criticize while doing precious little else.  When we do, our problems, quite predictably, remain unsolved.

Whether you like it or not, you (and only you!) are accountable for your actions.  But because you are human, you’ll be sorely tempted to pass the blame.  Avoid that temptation at all costs.

 

Daily, not in a Day

Leadership develops daily, not in a day.  The secret of our success is found in our daily agenda or schedule.  Why?  Leadership is complicated.  It involves respect, experience, emotional strength, people skills, discipline, vision, momentum, timing, etc.  It’s not the dream of a lifetime, it’s the dream that takes a lifetime.

All leaders need 3 things to prepare them:

1) Time to mature;

2) Trials to strengthen;

3) God to bless.

Am I willing to pay the price to accomplish my dream?