Archives For April 2013

ReFraming

“With every step of our lives we enter into the middle of some story which we are certain to misunderstand.” ~ G.K. Chesterton

We’re in the middle of a worldview shift across the western world ~ or so says Brian Mclaren, and I am inclined to agree. As with the shift from the Medieval to the Modern Era, new data about the nature of the universe and what it means to be human has blown apart current paradigms of who we are and how the world works.

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presence

“Right now” is the only life you really have. Why not be here while it’s happening?

I remember when I was a boy summers seemed to last forever. Each day was like an eternity. My mother would often send me outside after breakfast and I wouldn’t be allowed back in ’till lunch, then out again till the streetlights came on. (It was a different time.) I remember how those hours stretched. A single day could hold a hundred adventures or more, and still leave time for me to linger at the back door for what seemed like years, waiting for my father to come home for dinner.

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man-pray-worship

(based on Psalm 72)

Give me your judgment, O God
As a leader under your authority
Give me your righteous discernment

May I discern your people
With your eyes
And your afflicted ones
With your heart

Let my leadership bring peace to all
Who live under it
And grace to all I serve

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wipedoutIn my coaching work with leaders, you might be surprised to learn that one of the key areas we explore is the leader’s relationship with health & fitness. Though we don’t usually think of developing a fitness regimen as a “spiritual practice,” I’m convinced it is. The reason is simple:

You show me a leader who’s eating poorly, not exercising, and not getting enough rest, and I’ll show you a leader who is more likely to experience overwhelm, battle discouragement, feel disconnected from God, and struggle with self-destructive coping behaviors.

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