- Great thoughts by Steven Furtick on... Signals
- Craig Groeschel on ... Seasons
- Mark Batterson on... Out of Nowhere
- Guy Kawasaki on... looking for the right person
- Todd Rhoades... The Heavy Metal Monk
March 17, 2009- We had an interesting talk yesterday about influence. Pastor Mark gave us the principle of adding to someone's value. That is huge and we tend to overlook such a dynamic in our leadership because we think we influence by production or giftings. Anyway, I thought about this in length and came up with a cool exercise that I plan to practice. I would encourage you to try it as well.
1. Make a list. List people in your life or ministry that you want to help or disciple. Those people you see something extra in. And by the way, everybody is special. The reason they seem special to you is that God is speaking to you about them.
2. Do something for them. Find unexpected ways to add to their value. Take them out to eat, to a movie. Find out some ways you could help them grow in areas other than the ones you need them in(Hey, You know it's the truth)!
3. Teach them this principle. Look, when someone is hungry, you can give them a fish to eat, but please make sure that you also teach them how to fish!!!
Session 1 (Perry Noble)
1. Am I willing to embrace change?
2. Am I willing to work?
3. Am I serious about reaching the world?
Session 2 (Perry Noble)
1. Who is with me?
2. Am I pleasing you God?
3. Will we see you God?
4. What’s next?
Oh yeah, the book(the monkey and the fish) is written in reference to an old eastern parable about a ... well a monkey and a fish. Duh! Anyway, the monkey and the fish are both caught in this horrible storm which becomes a flood and starts to carry them both down stream. They are having a really tough time, then the monkey sees a limb, grabs it, and climbs out of the water over to dry ground. Seeing that his friend the fish is struggling with swimming upstream, the monkey climbs out to the fish, grabs him and brings him safely up the dry land also. Then the monkey, being happy with himself, goes about his merry way thinking that he has done a great feat of charity. Don't we do that? The moral of the story is that good intentions don't always have good results. To truly help the fish, we must understand the fish's NATURE!
With these 2 principle active in our lives, we will not only make it through these times, but we will see God's hand in ALL of it.