Sep

22

2014

never be thirsty again

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Some of the greatest words ever spoken by Jesus were to the women at the well in Samaria. In his conversation with her, he asks her for a drink of water. He also tells her that if she knew what God could do for her she would ask for a drink of living water. She responds telling him that he has nothing to draw water from the well and the well is deep.

Jesus says, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water I will give him will never be thirsty again. For my gift will become a spring in the man himself, welling up into eternal life.”

The woman said, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may stop being thirsty.”

My prayer today. Give me this water Jesus

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Sep

21

2014

september 21, 2014

I was 15 years old when I first hurt my knee. Spring football had caused my knee to really hurt and the doctor recommended surgery, which would end my athletics and leave me 10% disable for the rest of my life. I had the surgery. I refused to hear the disability message and continued to participate in sports even to this day. My knee reached the end and four weeks ago I had my knee replaced. I was very fearful to say the least.

Everything has gone well and my pain is down to a “tooth ache”. My PT is painful but I am making great progress.

My friend and surgeon recommended staying “in front” of the pain as I healed. I took 20 mg Tylenol #3 every four hours for 20 days. I began to realize the toxic nature of Tylenol #3 and stopped taking it. I did not reduce my dose. I stopped!

I can’t begin to tell you the darkness I began to experience. Depression and fear occupied my mind. I developed insomnia. I would cry over nothing. I have rooms in my house that I was scared to go in. I was in this dark hole. Each day off the drugs I would feel a little better. I made myself begin to drive again. I made myself get up and change my environment. I would set outside on our deck instead of being inside our home. I have been a real mess. When I would lay awake at night I would read scripture and pray while I would cry. Jesus would comfort me and give me some rest. Just like Brennan Manning says, “God is enough” I learned that Jesus is enough.

Be careful what you pray! Yesterday I prayed a prayer. “Jesus, heal me but let me keep my tender heart.” I woke this morning and was healed. I am well. I continue to have my tender heart. I am a different person. I feel I used to have an abrasive edge. No more. The only other event that comes close to the feeling I now have is the night 42 years ago when I ask Jesus to save my soul. I feel reborn again.

When you see me crying over something, rejoice with me that Jesus has saved my soul, kept my heart tender and given me a new path.

“In essence, there is only one thing God asks of us-that we be men and women of prayer, people who live close to God,

people for whom God is everything and for whom God is enough.

That is the root of peace.  

We have that peace when the gracious God is all we seek.” 

Brennan Manning

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Sep

21

2014

ragamuffin

I had many chances to meet Brennan Manning.  I was scared of what he would be like.  He was an insightful troubled follower of Jesus.  Drug and alcohol addiction were only two of the scary things about him.

I am meeting him now through one of his books “The Ragamuffin Gospel” I wish I had taken the chance and met him in person.  He is waiting for us.

“In essence, there is only one thing God asks of us-that we be men and women of prayer, people who live close to God,

people for whom God is everything and for whom God is enough.

That is the root of peace.  

We have that peace when the gracious God is all we seek.” 

Brennan Manning

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Sep

08

2014

old friend

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1921-2014

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Aug

25

2014

a good word from my friend

This post originally published on Monday, April 7, 2014 at www.greatleadersserve.org

WHY STORY MATTERS

Yesterday, I completed Robert McKee’s Story Seminar. It’s a story boot camp of sorts – 32 hours of teaching in four days… including a 6 hour, scene by scene screening of Casablanca! The audience consisted of about 200 writers for screen, stage and page, along with several film and TV producers.

As you can imagine, 32 hours of content sparked a lot of ideas. So, you can expect several posts in the coming weeks about story. Today, I want to share a few thoughts on why leaders should care about story.

Story Connects – I don’t pretend to understand this phenomenon completely – it’s almost like magic. Any leader who’s used story well in the past understands this. When you and I share facts, we connect with a fraction of our audience. However, a story, well told, can have vast appeal.

Story Penetrates – Much of the communication we receive in our lives just barely pierces the surface of our consciousness. Stories have the potential to embed themselves in our heart and mind. They can cut to the core of who we are and what we believe.

Story Transports – As leaders, we’re always in the process of creating the future… that’s our job! We’re forever working to convince people they should go with us to that preferred future. Story is the perfect vehicle to take people to the future we’ve imagined. Story is a leader’s time machine!

Story Illustrates – When we have an idea, it’s always clear in our mind. That’s not always true for those who listen to our insight. Concepts can often confuse. A story can turn our ideas into tangible examples others can understand.

Story Personalizes – People look for themselves in our stories. They want to make the story their own. A story can serve as a mirror for the listener. That’s one reason a story resonates with people. It can be a reflection of their hopes, dreams and fears.

Story Illuminates – There are many thoughts, feelings, emotions and experiences in life that are hard to understand. Stories can shine a light on truth and help people make sense of life.

Story Inspires – Stories can be used to call out the best in people. When a story represents ideals and values we aspire to, we can be moved by the characters to continue our pursuit. It’s why we love the hero or heroine – we want to be more like them.

Story Sticks – I’m always amazed when someone says, “Hey, I heard you speak 30 years ago.” That’s a real shocker. Then, even more amazing, they sometimes add, “I remember the story you told about ______________.” They rarely remember my outline, just the story!

Great leaders have always understood the power of story. Go back as far as you’d like in history – whether it was Alexander the Great visiting the tents of the injured so he could learn their stories of bravery to share with the other troops; or Jesus telling the story of the lost sheep. Every leader should be a student of story.

I’ve been trying to master the art of story for years. This week has tempered my expectations a bit. I’m not sure story can be mastered; however, like any art form, it can be pursued. That’s exactly what I plan to do.

How could story help you lead at a higher level?

mark miller

Mark Miller, Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness for Chick-fil-A, believes that leadership is not something that’s exclusive; within the grasp of an elite few, but beyond the reach of everyone else.  In the tenth anniversary edition of The Secret, Miller reminds readers of a seemingly contradictory concept: to lead is to serve. With more than 600,000 books in print, Mark has been surprised by the response and delighted to serve leaders through his writing.

The 10th anniversary edition of The Secret will be released September 2, 2014.

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