The last should of them all …
This is why …
– The person you work with or your neighbor makes jokes, or is cynical about God.
– The person you go to school with says they are an atheist.
– Your husband, wife, brother or sister, aunt or uncle said “I’m out” and quit going to church.
It’s because at some point in life God did not act like we think He should.
Shoulding on God is not a religious thing.
It’s not a church thing.
It’s not a Christian thing.
It’s a human thing.
Everyone single person on this planet thinks they know how God “should” act.
If I do this … God will do this. It’s like He is required to do this if I do this and then He doesn’t.
And we “should” all over Him.
This message talks about how we can continue to trust God, even when we don’t understand or agree with God.
We have a thousand things we feel like God should do. And when He doesn’t act like He should, things can get crazy in our lives and faith.
In this short clip, I talk about our desire to be God or at least control Him enough to get Him to lean in our direction.
Full message is online at www.parkviewchurch.com
100 years from now the only thing that will matter is what you believe about Jesus.
This 37 minute message will share all sides of the “who was Jesus” question.
Then you can / should / must decide for yourself…
Was Jesus really God?
In part one of this article we realized there’s really no right or wrong way to eat a pancake.
There is not one side that tastes better.
Neither side of a pancake is more important.
Both sides matter.
Likewise, if one side gets burned it affects the taste of the other side.
It’s the same way when it comes to your work.
To experience joy at work there are two equally important sides.
You should make your work a better place,
and your workplace should make you a better person.
In part one of this article we considered how to evaluate if a person is making their workplace better. We looked at this subject from the perspective of the organization.
Today, we are taking a look at the personal side. We are going to discover several ways you can become a better person as you make your work a better place.
Here are three ways you can find value from the personal side of the work relationship:
- Work in teams. This will make your product better.
It doesn’t matter what you are creating, a team will enable you and others to accomplish more with less stress (eventually) and in less time.
- Work in strengths. This will make your potential better.
It doesn’t matter what you are creating or leading, if you create and lead from your strengths (delegating your weaknesses) you will produce better things, in less time and with less stress.
- Work ahead. This will make your process better.
Good things happen in the margin. When you “work ahead” you make your career, calling, family, friendships and personal life taste better.
WorkJoy occurs when you add value to a place and that place adds value to you as a person.
Who you become is more important than what you do.
Decide today to strive for double-sided WorkJoy!
We just had the Clark Cottage painted recently and I learned a lot over the five day period from the painters.
Did you know there are 5 levels of sheen in the world of paint?
– High gloss
When it comes to understanding your life …
Do you know your sheen?
Did you know that you are the most important person you will lead this week?
And you are the most difficult person you will lead this week.
Most leaders who are no longer leading others have found themselves in that spot because they quit leading or couldn’t lead themselves.
Over the years, understanding who I am has been critical to understanding who God is calling me to be and where He is calling me to invest my one and only life.
It has given the the ability to say yes.
And it has given me the ability to say no, with confidence, to great opportunities.
Here are my top four ways to gain insight into your unique sheen.
1. Get a LifePlan. In January of 2017 Rene and I spent four days in the Patterson LifePlan process and it revolutionized our lives. You can find more information here – Paterson Center. And my wife Rene also leads people through 2-day personal and private LifePlan retreats at our cottage in Huntington Beach, CA. More information here – ReneClark.Com
NOTE: A LifePlan is not about you crafting your dream for your life, but unearthing Gods dream for your life.
2. Do the Enneagram. This diagnostic tool not only reveals your sheen that looks beautiful, engaging and everyone wants to see, but it also gives insight into the potential pitfalls and “dark side” of your sheen / personality. The side that often creeps up on you but you don’t know why. This tool, when facilitated by a pro, can help you see the other side of you.
3. Give trusted people permission. Allowing trusted friends and family members to speak openly into your life could surprise you. They stare at your exterior all day long. And though they might not know how you feel on the inside all the time … they will have a pretty accurate appraisal of how shiny or dull you are on the outside.
4. Get alone. Get away with only a blank notebook and ask God to speak to you. If you are feeling stuck and like God is quiet … then write everything you want to say to Him. Then just draw an empty box or circle on your paper … and wait for Him to speak words into your heart. Write down what your heart says. Then meditate on those things.
Are all of our wishes compatible?
Can we accomplish all we wish and dream to do?
The short answer is no.
I have found that many people are plagued and ultimately left feeling tremendously guilty by a pursuit of “incompatible wishes.”
Incompatible Wishes: A series of good and noble dreams that cannot be realized in unison.
Here is an example of my recent incompatible wishes.
I want to be the lead pastor of a mega (giga) church AND I wish to write a book, spend time with my family, build a benevolent photography brand and lead the senior team at Slingshot Group in staffing and coaching.
These are all good wishes.
But they are incompatible when considered in unison.
When I stood at the ledge of leading one of the largest churches in the United States, I realized I could not do that and accomplish the other good things God had placed in my head and heart.
So I had a choice …
Which wish to pursue … because finite amounts of time, energy and resources make these good wishes incompatible.
Look at all of the wishes you have before you right now in your life.
- You may have some giant, good and noble dreams.
- Incredible opportunities.
- Once in a lifetime invitations.
Here is the good news … if Gods calling on your life is simply to “work in His Kingdom” then you have a lot of latitude on how, when and where you do that.
Invest your life in the area that makes your heart beat fast.
And don’t heap guilt on yourself when you can’t “do it all.”
“All” is not possible because many of your great wishes and awesome opportunities are just incompatible.
These good and noble things could possibly be accomplished in a sequence, but not in unison.
Admitting some of your wishes are good, but incompatible, will allow you to live infectiously and curiously.
I wonder if you have jumped into bitcoin / altcoin and crypto this New Year?
I have a small stake in BTC (Bitcoin), XLM (Stellar Lumens), XRP (Ripple), ETH (Ehteruim), TRX (Tronix) and XVG (Verge) as we begin 2018.
It has been a tumultuous 10 days as I watch these coins crash.
Then crash yet again.
Here is what I wrote in my journal this morning as I listened to Bethal Music w/out words on my Apple AirPods.
“Here is what is true … every earth based financial investment I make in this life will eventually fade, disappoint, stress, rust, collect moths and crash.
But my investment in God, His Kingdom and His Holy Word does not ever fade, disappoint, stress, rust or collect moths. It is crash proof.”
This is what I believe.
This is where I must live.
Can you make a buck while you make a life?
But too much focus on a buck will also crash your life.
< = > New Year.
It’s simple …
One push-up never equals just one push-up.
When I make myself get on the floor for “just one” push-up it always becomes 10, 20, 30 or more.
“I’m here now … I may as well do a few more.”
And that is how just one push-up has changed my fitness level.
So, how has it changed my LIFE?
- Just write a few sentences … always becomes a few paragraphs.
- Just walk around the block … always becomes a mile or two.
- Just send one text of encouragement … always becomes three or four.
- Just one minute in the Bible … always becomes 20 minutes.
Just one little anything has the potential to become a whole lot of something and change your life.
Ten hours before the horrific shootings began at Mandalay Bay I was speaking to three Sunday morning services at Verve Church, just off the Las Vegas strip.
I was talking about how we “should on God” when God doesn’t act like He “should.”
Midway through the message God led me to pause and say …
“I am going to share something with you now
that could save your FUTURE FAITH in God.”
At some point in the future, it could be today or tomorrow or next month, God is not going to act like we think He “should.”
And you will have choice to make …
Will you continue to trust God,
even when He does not act like
you think He “should?”
Little did I know that less than 10 hours later I would be inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel watching a band about 10:30pm and in the midst of this surreal event.
Police / SWAT moving by us as we hid inside Mandalay Bay
Police outside Mandalay Bay. Thousands being evacuated an hour after shooting began.
Here is my message from Verve Church this past weekend.
How do we act when God doesn’t act like we think He “should?”
NOTE: This message is from the forthcoming book “Meet The Shoulds” and the teaching series “SHOULD HAPPENS” that will be available at the end of this year.
Generally speaking, in life, would you prefer something to be full or empty?
In most areas of life we would prefer something be full rather than empty. It’s better to have a full can of soda, plate of cookies or gas tank … than an empty one. When it’s your birthday you would rather your Facebook or Instagram timeline be full of birthday wishes … rather than empty. And what about Thanksgiving or Christmas? Would you rather have a house full of friends and family … or a quiet, empty and lonely house?
We tend to prefer fullness over emptiness.
And listen, God is all good with fullness. He wants you to have life and have it to the fullest.
But there are times when God prefers emptiness.
Sometimes emptiness is the only thing God can bless.
In this short message I spend some time talking about the importance and genius of collecting emptiness.