Unfortunately, we tend to devalue our success by looking at the success of others. I don’t like to think that there are “levels” to success, but instead, people experience different types of success. If we don’t use this idea and model for measuring success, it can become a dangerous game, that no one wins, when we begin to compare. Success will always be celebrated, studied, and modeled, but there are key factors we tend to overlook:
We are officially over the hump in the latter have of January. The first quarter of the year can fly by if you let it, but I would like to offer 5 things every leader can do to ensure a strong start to the organizational year: (more…)
The three words I have often uttered to describe where I am in my ministerial career: “ministry is hard”. Lately, I’m coming to learn that these words may actually be “full of it”. While it is true, for me at least, the ministry was not a career move. I never chose ministry: ministry chose me. I do it because I am truly compelled to, and I feel it is my God-given calling to mainly teach, then preach, and lead. Yes, I feel an obligation to God to fulfill this purpose, and some have made me feel as if the simple presence of purpose should make the process painlessly easy. And I don’t ever want to negate the hard work that goes into studying, planning, and executing ministry, while performing some of the mundane tasks of pastoring. All this may be true, but these aren’t the reasons ministry is hard. (more…)
TV. Movies. Advertisements. Shoot … even Facebook and Instagram. In order for the public to see any finished product, there is a lot that happens behind the scenes.
Beyonce has had a team working behind the scenes since
she was 10 years old, maybe even before that. There have been people on here team, who invested time, talents, energy, and yes, even money into every level of her career. Of course, the people she started with in 1992 aren’t the same people today, but there have always been people behind the scenes that give us “THE” Queen Bey.
The work that happens behind the scenes is just as, if not more impressive than the things we see. I remember doing the photo shoot for my official head shots, taking about 2 hours to produce only about 6 usable shots. The photographer gave me so much direction, that at the time, made no sense, but his attention to details, made my pictures look effortless. Even the simplest things, take a lot to get done right.
People only tend to want to be the one on the stage, or the one in the audience. Hardly ever do people want to put in the work that produces what we see. From creating, to planning, to prepping, to producing, to directing, to editing, to packaging, to promoting ; for every thing we enjoy, there is more than meets the eye.
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I have been watching a new show entitled, Designated Survivor. The premise is as follows: the federal government designates someone from the president’s cabinet to sit out from the state of the union, in an undisclosed location, on the chance of a catastrophe wiping out the line of presidential succession. This person is the designated survivor, who would assume the office, keep the federal government rolling. Throughout the years, this has been a mere formality, until the unthinkable happens; and the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Tom Kirkman is thrutsed into leading the country and the free world, after the Capital Building is bombed, killing almost everyone in every branch of the government. (more…)
Driving down a main street in my town, I noticed a real life junk man. He had his spread there on the side of the road, in true Fred G. Sanford style, arranged in what seemed to me to be no particular order. Everything from old street signs to rusted antique farm equipment was right there on the side of the road, and I was truly amazed. I was amazed, first because I had never actually seen anything like this before. I really didn’t know that junk men, like Sanford and son actually existed. I also marveled at the fact that he actually had customers; several people browsing around the lot, one can only assume, trying to find treasure in the midst of trash. Who knew that all this was actually a real thing?! But it goes to show you that what others deem insignificant, and easily discarded, can be very valuable to someone else. (more…)
I am an introvert; true blue. While I’m a very social person; I enjoy being around and interacting with people, it is simultaneously draining for me. So this causes me to be more reserved, and not very outgoing. While I may have some dynamic qualities, I don’t feel like I’m very charismatic at all. So when God called me into ministry 17 years ago it really took me aback. My father is a preacher, pastor, and very influential spiritual leader, who has an infectious charisma that few aren’t instantly drawn to. His example set the bar really high for me, especially when I’m nothing like him (in that manner). (more…)
The entire world paused to honor Muhammad Ali, this weekend, after his passing. He was undoubtedly one of THE most single influential athlete ever, and quite possibly one of the most iconic figures, in 20th century history. He was a person of such high honor, and wide-spread appeal, that everyone had something kind to say about the G.O.A.T. However, journalist, Nick Wright, made a very interesting (and in my opinion, extremely accurate) observation. He said, “If there was a 25-yr old Muhammad Ali today, (people) would hate him.” (more…)
The church world is full of different types of people. The diversity in the Lord’s church is a testament of God’s love and power, that misses no one. Regardless of the state we’re in, God’s love and power is never out of our reach. Just like there is diversity among God’s people, there is also diversity among local churches. As a pastor, and particularly the pastor of a very small church, I have found myself on the discouraged end of the stick. Seeing larger churches across my city, the nation, and even the world, in person or on TV, I often find myself in the trap of comparison, wanting God to use me in a great way, like I see Him doing for others. But along the way, I have picked up a few encouraging things to remember when I find myself discouraged: