Simplicty and Sincerity

For many weeks now, I have been meditating on 2 Corinthians 1: 12, "For our boast is this: the testimony of our conscience that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom, but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you."-ESV. (Underlining is mine).

What would it look like for me to live a life in, and with, Jesus that is simple and sincere?

Simple~Life for me easily gets complicated, and overwhelming; so many things to do; so many options, so many voices calling my name; so little time-or at least it seems that way.

How do I de-clutter my life and my schedule? How do I, with His help, keep the main thing the main thing as Steven Covey says. How do I stay true to my calling, purpose and vision and at the same time be open to God's divine interruptions?

Sincere~In Spanish the word sincere is made up of two words, Sin and Cera. Sin means without and Cera is wax; hense without wax. Years ago when a piece of cracked pottery was being sold, a person might  cover the crack with wax to hide the imperfection.  If the pottery was honestly sold it was advertised as "without wax;" what you see is what it really is; no cover-ups, no hiding anything, no playing games or trying to fool anybody. 

When I think of Sincere, I am reminded of 2 Corinthians 4:2 in The Message, "We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don't maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes.  We don't twist God's word to suit ourselves. Rather we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God."

I am praying that the Lord would continue to teach and show me how to live my life simply and sincerely.

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Character or Convenience

It is mind-opening to me how much time I can spend to make things comfortable and convenient for myself.  Jesus, on the other hand, is developing my character and is far more interested in my character than my comfort and convenience. With this in mind it is easy to understand that Jesus and I are in tension with each other and on a collision course.

As a leader, He allows, and even orchestrates, things in my life that intentionally cause discomfort and inconvenience in order to build my Character while I am doing my best to avoid situations that produce discomform and inconvenience.  I live my life, and do certain things, to avoid pain while He leads me into pain and suffering with character-building in mind.

When will I learn to see things from his perspective rather than my own egocentric and selfish perspective? What has been your experience in this?


Two Essential Aspects of Leadership

Under "Leadership From the Heart" at the top of this web site is Psalm 78:72 which is my favorite verse on leadership.  It speaks of two essential aspects of leadership; The heart and the hands. Leading to a visionary destination and taking care of the people as they journey with you.  I Peter 5:2 allludes to the same two aspects, "Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight."

It's like the two pedals of a bicycle. If you just shepherd and don't provide visionary leadership there will be a lack of excitement, adventure and sensing that you life is making a difference that matters. If you lead with skillful hands, but don't insure that people are cared for they may feel manipulated for the leader's agenda and, over time, loose interest.

Personally I am better at exercising oversight than shepherding.  Many leaders I have worked under have been great shepherds but leading people nowhere; no destination, no exciting journey, no adventure, no joy!

All of us need the grace of Jesus to combine the two.  How would you evaluate your leadership with these two aspects in mind?  Is your heart stronger than your  skillful hands? Are your skillful hands stronger than your heart? Are you, with His help, doing both and developing both?




A leadership Snapshot

I love one verse that says alot. Recently in my morning Bible reading, I came across Exodus 32:34, "But now go, lead the people to the place about which I have spoken to you; behold my angel shall go before you."

I journaled as follows:

Jesus, here is a good snapshot of leadership

  • Take responsibility to lead

  • Take them someplace-forward movement, accomplishment

  • Take them to the place You have made clear-vision

  • He will be with me

Application for me:

  1. Don't be afraid to lead

  2. Hear from Jesus re His vision for me

  3. Keep moving; cast vision, set goals, execute well as a team

  4. Be confident He is with me (and us) in this journey forward


On another note, I just posted, "Transformissional Coaching." Check it out under "Book Notes"


Imagination or creativity


Increasingly I am hearing the word creative, or creativity. I am told that I need to be creative; to think creatively, lead creatively. Now I am beginning to suspect that there is a disconnect.  When some people think of being creative they think of coming up with new ideas or concepts.  I am  now understanding that thinking of new ideas is being imaginative, but not necessarily being creative.

When God "Created" in Genesis he didn't simply think of something new, he brought something new into existence that wasn't there before. It is one thing to use your imagination and think of something new, but quite a different thing to make something  new happen. When all is said and done, a lot more is said than done.

Through the years, I have been in numerous so called creative meetings that did not result in anything but a lot of ideas of what might be done. A truly creative person is one who moves from idea to implementation.

Eugene Peterson's comments on 2 Thessalonians 1:11 by saying "I pray that God will make you fit for what He's called you to be; pray he fills your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy that it all amounts to something." Good ideas equal imagination, but acts of faith equal creativity.   Steven Furtick says,  "An idea without implementation is not creativity but imagination."

So, the next time you are asked to be a part of a "Creative Meeting" make sure it results in action, not just ideas that never leave the room or the launching pad.