Without a doubt we live in a fast paced, crazy-busy world today. So how do you slow down from crazy to casual?
The word casual is rarely used to describe life – except for how we dress. Occasionally, my wife will invite me to attend a work-related function with her and I will ask how I should dress; the reply usually comes back, “casual.”
One of the biggest challenges of leadership is implementing change. Truth told, implementing change is a challenge for most people.
More than 600,000 people die each year from heart disease1. And yet, of people diagnosed with heart disease and told by their doctors they must change their lifestyle or die, only 10 percent have changed their lifestyle in the subsequent two-year period.
Change is so difficult that people often chose death over change.
As we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the power that is now available to the believer because of the resurrection, here’s a question to consider: How is the resurrection of our Lord empowering your work as a leader?
I imagine most leaders would say that resurrection power is central to their leadership. But does their life and work as leader bear out this claim? If Christ’s resurrection power is at work in their ministry, why does their life and ministry provide little evidence of that reality?
In Mark 7:21-22 Jesus warns us of what comes from the heart; things such as evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance, and folly. You don’t have to work at these things; they come naturally to the human heart.
Take a child for instance; you don’t have to teach a child to be selfish, say no or throw a tantrum. You do not have to teach the child to hit, scream or get in a fight with another child. Rather, you find parents trying to teach their children how to be nice, caring, sharing and controlling their temper.
I recall too many times of hustling through the airport, bobbing and weaving through the crowd pulling my carry-on baggage behind me.
Every so often I would have to stop and adjust my baggage because the smaller piece on top fell off and was dangling off the side of the larger piece making it difficult to keep moving forward.
When the baggage gets in the way, two things happen.
- It impedes my progress.
- When I stop to fix it, I get in the way of the people around me.
I find this experience similar to what we experience in life.