Thursday, August 28, 2014

Is God proud?

This summer during our bedtime routine Jackson (my oldest, soon to be 8) asked:

Is God proud or humble?

(That's one of those questions where you open your mouth to talk and then close it again because you realize it's a much harder question than you originally thought.  "Of course God is humble because pride is wrong and God must be the opposite" was the easy answer that came to mind.)  But think about it a little bit...

I eventually stumbled through something like this:

God always perceives himself and knows himself exactly how he truly is.  When WE think or perceive ourselves as better than we actually are, that is pride.  When we think of ourselves truthfully as we are (which is also how God sees and knows us), then we have humility.

So I guess: Yes, God is humble, but not because of any lowliness in him, only because that even in perceiving his awesomeness correctly, he is still displaying the trait of humility.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Burn out or ?

I had the realization this summer that burn may have more than one cause.

Yes, burnout may be caused by by over-working a stressful job or task with no chance to rest and recharge.  But I think that the feeling of "burn out" can also come from working outside of your skills and gifting.

If you are regularly in situations or doing jobs that don't "click" for you or cause you an extra mental burden, you may feel "burn out" regardless of how much actual work you're doing.

Which means: What are you feeling now?  If you're totally good, then you can ignore this post.  If you're burned out, are you truly burned out or just out of sync with you gifts and abilities?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

When is your house finished?

I'm writing this as a warning to myself... as I now live in a house with plenty of projects.

Every house needs fixing up in some respects.  But I've noticed a trend that at some level, we as a society don't know when to say "My house is good enough."

I've seen people make necessary improvements to their house.  But once they've made all those, they seem to be in a rhythm of doing home projects and then make even more improvements to their house, many of which are unnecessary and all of which cost money.

So my recommendation to myself would be this: Upon moving to a new house, write a detailed plan of what the house will look like when it is finished.  Give a detailed description or picture of what each room be like when the house is as you want it.  Then, hold yourself to that plan.  And once you're house has arrived, don't spend the time and money on additional upgrades.

Spend the additional time and money where God would have you do so!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Back to your regularly scheduled programming...

If you're reading this you survived the summer (or at least what I consider to be the summer)...  Congratulations!

I'm going to jump back in to my twice a week posts, aiming for Monday and Thursday mornings.  If you don't get my blog delivered via email, you can sign up on the main page in the left sidebar.  (It's the best way to make sure you don't miss anything!)

I've got a list of blog posts to dive into, but I would also love to hear from you:  What thoughts or topics should I write more about?  What do you want to hear more on?

See you around anyway...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Taking a Sabbatical

A long time ago I read a blog post where one pastor praised another pastor for taking an eight month sabbatical.  Both pastors were people you would recognize and "the man" at their respective churches.

I couldn't help but thinking:  Would he have need a sabbatical if he had taken a weekly Sabbath for the past 20-30 years?  I've never been a pastor and I won't say that a sabbatical is not needed because I don't know anyone's specific life context.

But how many pastors/ministry leaders actually take a Sabbath rest one day of the week?

If you are a pastor or a ministry leader, when's the last time you actually had a day of rest?

Just some thoughts from awhile ago that needed to come out.  I've blogged previously about the Sabbath.  Find those posts here.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Get Feedback

I can't think of a time, place or situation where getting more and better feedback would not be a huge benefit.

It might be as simple as asking your family and close friends some scary but specific questions about your own life.

It might be putting a survey out to your congregation or customers.

It might be asking in a a meeting: What's working?  (and what's not?)

Getting honest feedback regularly is going to benefit you.  How are you going to do it?