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ISTEP.. is not a cuss word… it can be fruitful

I am sitting in a local community college… day two waiting for my daughter to finish the 3 hours of ISTEP (Indiana local test to see what the student knows compared to what they have been taught).

Is it a hassle? Yes
Is it a time strain and calendar juggling act? Yes and Yes
Will it be over soon? Yes
And will it come next year? Yes…

Well, as usual, it made me start thinking about my life and ministry… How often do we or should we be taking time to review how we are doing with our Christian Walk? God is working in all situations if we are willing to allow Him and let Him guide us in growth.

Allow me to expand this thought with a few questions:

1 Have you been in the Word?
b. Have you settled with just enough time or will you continually increase and challenge yourself with that time?

2. Have you been giving to the widows, poor and homeless?
b. Have you been spending less so you can give more? Have you decreased your stuff to give to others who don’t have the stuff.

3. Have you been kind to others, those strangers or people you occasionally come across?
b. Have you increased your kindness to your family.? Sisters, Brothers, kids, spouse, etc?

4. Have you been spending time in worship on Sunday? regardless of the music style?
b. Have you increased your worship in the week?  listening to worship tunes on the way to work or school?

5. Have you ignored some prompting from the Holy Spirit to take action?
No b… that is a continual struggle

I could add more and more, but this is a good start to check your spiritual gauges…..

Friends we are the light unto a dark world but also we are the hands and feet of Jesus… therefore we are the only light some might see.. Be a bright solid light that is consistent in your glow… don’t grow dull

Good luck with your test….

Is it about you or your students?

I was watching the NBC Show “The Voice” with my daughter (#3) this week and I was reminded of a couple of things from previous years of viewing. The Voice is a show where hopeful singers from various musical slant stand on a stage and sing for four famous in the industry coaches while their backs are turned. While I am a fan of the under dog and seeing people make their dreams come true. The cool factor is the finalist usually come away with a record deal. Okay, back to the show.

While watching the show, the singers were giving their all and we were guessing if they would get a chair to turn or if they would get none. I began to see a pattern within the coaches.

It was as if they were trying to get attention from each other or the audience at times with disregard for the singer trying to make it big. I do admit when no chairs turn they are very sympathetic so that is nice. But when they carry on about themselves in a marketing stance, it rubbed me wrong, which made me think of my ministry.

The question I came up with is…. ¬†Are you building into people for your own gain or for their gain? God can grow them with both mindsets but one produces fruit much faster than the other.

So, let me ask you, Are you investing in people for your gain or theirs? It can’t be both.

If you are investing in them for their gain, awesome.. thank you. But if you are doing it for your gain, I will ask you to adjust,

Why adjust? simply because they will develop life long habits from you.. good or bad they are your disciple (student) and you are their guide. What they see you modeling they will also become and model. This is a cycle that will only end when a leader steps form the model and realizes the way he or she is learning is not the best most productive way.

I know at times I have fallen into a need for identity through who I am connected with but it isn’t fair for those who look to you as their leader and guide into the world of ministry or life for that matter.

Please join me regularly push the hold or pause button and do a quick evaluation of your leading…. a couple of question to prompt you:

1. Am I selfishly investing in this person to help me?
2. Am I helping them be all they can be?
3. How am I growing them to be the best person they can be?
4. Do I come away from meeting or teaching or investing in them with regret?

Good Luck in walking beside future leaders helping them be all they can be.
You Rock for sure.

Really you are a people person

Arriving Thursday to the SYMC in Indy and I Am home with youth workers who I call friend and family. Those people across the country who I respect, appreciate and listen too
But I am still me, an out going pastoral type who is full on encourager and avid people watcher
So I am setting down watching and I find the process fun, Revealing and somewhat disturbing. Please allow me to explain:
Some people share a smile, others are lost in themselves and yet others are out looking to share, connect be.
As a nation 2600 youth workers coming to the conference, I wonder how many will be lost in themselves? How many will be looking to connect? How many will take the time to say thank you to the hotel staff, those selling them a coffee or burger?
You see we need to be ministered to and be a ministering to others but where is the line drawn between all
Me or all You? I think that has to be determined by our season of life and
Prompting from the Holy Spirit The one thing that is required no matter the season or mood or location. We need
to remember we are children of God and His example tithe world all the time

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