Featuring Special Guest Eric Markle: father, friend and fellow church leader.
Early last year I talked about the rare and unlikely event of having a very tranquil experience in the dentist chair…
I know, like I said, rare and unlikely.
But I wrote about one particular aspect of which: the moment that big, heavy, led blanket is laid across your chest and hips prior to x-rays of course.
So there is our metaphor for God’s love in fact.
God’s love is like a led blanket in at least 3 ways:
- It is the only place you will find real and lasting protection
- It must be made available to every single person and deserving of every single person
- It is used indiscriminately, even with an arch-enemy
Please have a listen!
Here is the MP3
Here is the iTunes link
Gary Chapman book “The Five Love Languages”
1. There is no protection like the Led Blanket of Love
2. You are worthy of a love like the Led Blanket can offer
3. Led blanket love is enemy love
-in all things, choose love
-optimize love by loving others according to how they best receive and experience love
Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman
1. Gift Giving
2. Quality Time
3. Word of Affirmation
4. Acts of Service
5. Physical Touch
What are some examples, in your daily walk with God, of how he shows His love to you?
What is your strategy with your spouse, to express the ethic of love?
What is your strategy with your children, to express the ethic of love?
Ever felt stuck or stagnant in your work or relationships because you’ve lost track of what the point behind it all is…?
You may be in need of a dashboard…
Dashboard, defined as a ‘picture of performance.’ Like the dashboard of a car, everyone needs a crystal clear AND visible dashboard for progress and destinations.
We have all been stuck, unsatisfied or void of purpose in work or life and for many different reasons. One that is cheif among them-I would bet-is a lack of vision for where you’re going AND how you’re doing getting there!
That’s where a dashboard would be helpful for creating clear and visible goals for your relationships, families and organizations.
The beauty of the dashboard is not just focus on the destination, but attention to the ups and downs of the journey.
Here are 3 questions to ask about moving from stuckness and plateau into passion in your work, life or family.
The 3 questions:
1. What’s your fight?
2. What’s your position?
3. Are you competing?
1. Create a dashboard that’s based off of a 1, 3 or 5 year plan (for your Prefered future, desired outcomes or goals)
2. Fill the dashboard with some of the things you want to see movement on
3. Review it early and often (otherwise its not a VISIBLE dashboard at all)
4. Use new numbers (not merely budgets or bottom lines; go beyond numbers to find what you really want to measure along the way)
Here are some Sources for further reading-each one of these guys are giants in this area (compared to me!)
–>Paul David Tripp book on Parenting https://www.amazon.com/Parenting-Gospel-Principles-Radically-Change/dp/1433551934/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1530216267&sr=8-1&keywords=parenting+by+paul+david+tripp
–>Ravi Zacharis https://rzim.org
–>Chris McChesney and people knowing they are playing a winning game; has a book out but also found here: https://www.franklincovey.com/speakers-bureau/chris-mcchesney.html
–>Craig Groeschel on Declarative Statements https://openblog.life.church/the-power-of-personal-declarations/
Another really personal topic for me this month: leadership identity.
The truth is: in the constant swirl of self-doubt, negative self-talk and overall mental negativity bias, we all need to hear the following words early and often:
Who you are as a leader is worth multiplying.
Fresh & passionate leadership lies at the intersection of consistent vision and identity affirmation.
If you have even one person in your life who counts on you, a child, a friend, a co-worker or mentee, then you are a leader. You have tremendous influence. And the “stuff” that’s inside you-all the character and competency and heart and faith-is worth multiplying in the next generation of leaders.
I hope you are encouraged by this month end post.
As always you can have a listen using the following two platforms:
Here are some application questions and links for further support:
1, Who is one person you may have overlooked calling out the best in?
2, What is one thing you can do to begin building the habit of offering consistent vision & affirmation for your people?
I’m really excited about this months first episode featuring a co-host and a topic that is relevant to all!
Inspired by a recent read “Friction” by Rosenblum, we (my co-host and favorite Millenial-Skylar Chaput) take a look at the generations profound impact on the marketing and business practices.
It’s the contention of the book that-as the most researched and largest living generation-Millenials have had a profound influence on the way companies market themselves.
I take that premise one step further and suggest that there are broad sweeping economic and historical implications because not only has the generation forced ethics and social justice matters onto companies, but an entire generation is giving rise to the most moral but least spiritual people of all time.
I’m interested in asking the question: what impact might this have on the Church and American culture rit large!
Here are the respective links for listening:
Do me a favor and rate, review and share this episode!
Are you attempting to reach the next generation why or why not? How might this value impact your investments (of all kinds: time, talent and treasure)?
References from today’s show:
First episode (of 2) this month is devoted to a listener question: how exactly are we able to keep up with 7 kids under the age of 7.
It’s also the first episode with a special guest star-my very own Rylee Applebee.
In this episode we talk about intentional practices, family values as well as the intrinsic strengths that make us who we are!
If you’re not on iTunes please use this link to listen here.
And if you’re an Apple user, please us this one!
Thanks for listening and 2 quick things:
- Let me know what content you’d like to hear more about!
- Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes/podcast app!
Hello my faithful blog subscribers!
I’m super excited to announce this new development in content.
I hoping with the new addition you can take this encouraging content on the go with you!
Yes another podcast. But not really… because if I didn’t think it offered something unique AND if I thought it wouldn’t be worth the time (HELLO! We have 7 kids now; if anyone appreciates the value of time well spent, its me!) I wouldn’t do it!
Do me a favor if you are going to the trouble to actually click on the podcast link (provided below!) please
RATE AND REVIEW!!!
If we all do that it gives the podcast better position for ‘best new podcast’ category (which is really all about reaching and encouraging more people!)
Here’s the run down:
2 posts a month.
No more than 25 mins each.
About family life, leadership and faith.
The point is to better get through stuck and plateau seasons. I GUARANTEE if you listen you’ll be encouraged and inspired.
I would not, will not post content that is worthless! The sound of my voice is not that great! But if you could use useful anecdote from my life and the wisdom of great leaders I’ve come to know, then tune in!
And if enough of you ANDROID folks are interested I’ll put it up on your favorite podcast platform too!
Here is the link for iTunes:
Here is the podcast website link (for those not using Apple products):