Monthly Archives: August 2012

The End of an Era

Today I said goodbye to my faithful friend of 15 years! We shared 250,000 miles of memories along the road of life! Traveling the highways, byways and navigating through the seasons of life. I never named her. However, she was a faithful road warrior! I purchased her from Carmichael Honda just days before starting my job with DaySpring Cards back in 1997.

She was a faithful traveling companion. She traversed over 100,000 miles with me from Bakersfield to Eugene, OR and everywhere in between, while with DaySpring Cards. She kept me safe, as I was twice rear ended and once spun out on black ice in OR. In my transition from the road to vocational ministry, she transported me back and forth to seminary several days a week for over two years. She even transported some very important people in her prime, including NY Times bestselling author Henry Cloud and Dove Award Nominee and recording artist, Jason Gray.

With skyrocketing gas prices, she has been our go to car these last couple of years, offering the best miles per gallon, compared to our Dodge Durango! Even with her old age and high mileage, she was like the Energizer bunny, she just kept going and going. Despite the fender benders, and dents courtesy of Zach, I never had anything go wrong with her. And she still rolls pretty good, although she has lost a lot of her get up and go. The good news is that she’s not going to junk yard, instead she’ll be going back to Sacramento, the town she was adopted in, in order to become my nieces primary car.

So, what do you do when you had some a great experience with a Honda vehicle for 15 years? You buy another one! I think this time I will name her!

Tweetable Moments from the Summit

This year I opted to not attend the Global Leadership Summit, sponsored by Willow Creek! It was sort of a bittersweet decision, as I look forward to the spiritual jolt I get from the Summit, especially as I prepare to head into the fall. But after 10 straight years of attending, I decided to take a pass this year.

However, as a huge fan of the Summit, I have been reading the blogs, watching the Twitter feed and even got a live stream of one of the segments online. So while I wasn’t actually in attendance, I did manage to grab a few nuggets from this year’s Summit based on the wonders of modern technology! Here are a few of my notable quotes and take aways…

You are the most difficult person you will ever lead. – Bill Hybels

God didn’t make you a leader to respond to stuff. He made you a leader to move stuff ahead. – Bill Hybels

Leadership is about helping others see their own leadership qualities and potential. – Condoleeza Rice

The most important characteristic in a leader is irrepressible optimism. – Condoleeza Rice

When you’re in a position of authority, you need truth-tellers around you. – Condoleeza Rice

An organization is not truly great if it can’t be great without you. – Jim Collins

Authenticity trumps cool every time. – Craig Groeschel

Respect is earned, honor is given. – Craig Groeschel

Organizational health is the single greatest competitive advantage in business. – Patrick Lencioni

We are the biggest barrier to us experiencing success. – William Ury

Life is not measured in time, but in love, contribution and moments of grace. – Carly Fiorina

Never give yourself permission to avoid doing what is right. – Mario Vega

Leaders are not only responsible for their own actions, but for the influence they have over those they lead. – Mario Vega

It’s one thing to see a vision and another to be seized by one. – Bill Hybels

What was your favorite moment? Biggest take away?

Raising An Olympian

Last night America was inspired by the finesse and joy of Gabby Douglas’ performance that earned her the women’s all-around gymnastics gold medal! It was a moment of glory! However, that moment, wasn’t realized without a lot of sacrifice on Gabby’s part. “I just want people to know it took a lot,” she said. “It took a lot of hard days in the gym and determination, passion and drive. Gold medals are made out of your sweat, blood and tears, and effort in the gym every day.”

After taking gold, Gabby declared on national television, ‎”I give all the glory to God. It’s kind of a win-win situation. The glory goes up to Him & all the blessings fall down on me.”

Oh, and in case you didn’t notice, if you take the letters in her last name, they spell out USA GOLD! Way to represent Gabby! You made your nation proud.

Christian Athleticism & The Olympics

If you are like most American’s right now, you’re probably a little sleep deprived from watching the Olympic coverage! With so many televised options, you can literally watch Olympic coverage 24-hours a day! It’s amazing to see these athletes, some of whom are just teenagers, perform at the highest level of competition! When I was 17, I sure wasn’t preparing to fly to London! I was just hoping that I didn’t wreck my 1967 Volkswagen Bug!

What I’m struck by is the sheer amount of perseverance and dedication these Olympic athletes possess. Countless hours of practice, a myriad of sacrifices and an incredible amount of strength & grit got them to the London games. While they make it look easy, they put in years of hard work, for a single event that will, at best, last for only a few minutes!

The games teach us the value of self-control, discipline, training and adherence to principle. And these athletes make us shake our heads in disbelief at the strength, skill and determination of which human beings are capable.

In 1 Corinthians 9:27, Paul writes, “I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified” (NLT). In considering this verse, I believe that the Apostle Paul knew and understood something that many of us contemporary Christians miss: Success in the Christian life requires training, conditioning and focused effort. There is a spiritual athleticism required. Learning to trust God and live the Christian life requires training, just like gymnastics and swimming.

Watching the Olympics has once again inspired me to give my all for Jesus! After all, lazy Christians, like lazy athletes, don’t win. What’s more, they don’t even have much fun!
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