20 Apr

They just don’t get it!

To my millennial friends who are prone to think the older generation just doesn’t get it and to my generation and older who think we know it all and they just don’t get it, let’s pause and give some consideration to the wisdom of King Ahab of old.

It is not that the Boomer and X generations don’t get it or think they know better just because they are older. It is not that the older generations aren’t excited about and don’t want to raise up the next generation of leaders. To the older generation it appears the next generation is unwilling to be apprenticed, mentored or pay their dues and often fail to respect and at least honor what those that have gone before them have sacrificed and accomplished in order for the next generation to take the ball and run with it.

Unfortunately, the older generation gets set in its ways, overlooks its youthful foolishness or outright failures and is unwilling to take the time to unlearn bad advice or change when new ways are better. All too often, the old dog really isn’t willing to learn new tricks. Being a life long learner could very well be the secret to finding the fountain of youth! There might be a reason that fountain has never been found!

Too often, millennials simply assume they know better when in fact they are unconsciously incompetent. They may possess knowledge but they lack the experience to take full advantage of what they may or may not know.

On the other hand, the older generation tends to believe it solved the puzzle long ago but fails to realize they are missing a few critical puzzle pieces as the table has shifted!

Wisdom is needed in order to fully understand and act on the knowledge we have gained. A wise person puts knowledge and understanding to work for good. This applies to ALL generations!

“That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.” Psalm 1:3

The key is to fully understand, in season, as we are firmly planted. You can’t rush wisdom. Otherwise the sapling becomes arrogant, puffed up and proud. And unlike an old oak tree, it is unable to sustain the winds of life that are certain to come unless it is properly pruned from time to time. There are times we need to learn the lesson and then we need to be willing to adapt and unlearn lessons that are no longer relevant.

We need only look to the King Ahab for valuable insight on this issue. It is not a new issue and not one unique to the next generation. It is an age old issue. A generational issue, indeed. “The king of Israel sent back this answer: A warrior putting on his sword for battle should not boast like a warrior who has already won.” 1 Kings 20:11

There is a lot to be learned and some amazing relationships to be built when the old warrior and the young warrior take the time to share war stories as iron sharpens iron. Not to judge, but rather to join forces and focus on the battle to be won. There within is the inspiration to fight new battles together as both generations strive to make the world a better place as they draw from real life experiences and new insights that shape the strategy for victory.  The willingness to listen and the willingness to learn can truly work together for the win!

08 Apr

Something amazing in common

What do Walt Disney, Martin Luther King Jr., Joan of Arc, Michael Jackson, Winston Churchill, Amelia Earhart, George Washington, Mark Twain,  Betsy Ross, Abraham Lincoln, Elvis Presley,  Alexander Graham Bell, Louis Pasteur, Helen Keller, Henry Ford, Steven Jobs, Ludwig van Beethoven, John F. Kennedy, Bill Gates, Dolly Parton, Neal Armstrong, Albert Einstein, Queen Elizabeth and Tom Hanks have in common with you and me?

Are you ready? You might be surprised. Can you imagine what the world might be like if these amazing people, and many more like them, had never been born?

It is fair to say that some songs would have never been sung, some movies would have never been seen, some diseases would have never been cured and some lives would have never been freed.

You get the idea. Some people just make the world a better place. Can we not help but wonder if perhaps the cure for cancer, the leader of world peace or some other amazing life-changing idea may have been developing among one of the millions and millions of babies that have never been given a shot at life?

What if we were brave enough to look past ourselves and consider what might have been if every little egg and every little sperm, that ever met, were given a chance to change the world?

I can’t help but wonder if the world wouldn’t be a better place if we gave life a chance.

Where have all the world changers gone? Maybe they never had a chance. The potential to change the world is truly our choice to make.

 

05 Apr

Find it

Some things should just be obvious to us. The old saying rings true, “If it had been a snake it would have bit you.” 

Proverbs 8 makes it clear that wisdom isn’t hard to find. In fact, it cries out in the streets, raises it voice and begs us to listen.

But somehow, some way, we miss it. Why? How could something so obvious, clear and plain to see fail to grasp our attention?

Perhaps there are at least three possible explanations.

1. We are CARELESS. We tend to look in all the wrong places. We neglect to look based on what we already know. 

2. We are CLUELESS. We are simply not aware that the solution to our problem is right before our very eyes.

3. We CHOOSE our own way. We decide to ignore solid advice in lieu of what we think is best.

When it comes to wisdom, we have to know where to find it. To look in the right places for it. To recognize it. Capture it. Take hold of it. Obey it and cherish it more than valuable rubies. Nothing we can desire can compare to it. 

Those who search for wisdom will surely find it. Those who ask for wisdom will receive it. Happy are those who listen and find it. Whoever finds wisdom, finds life! So says the Proverb!

Don’t miss it!

 

27 Mar

Meet the Simpletons

They are nice enough and go about life their own way but they simply have a way of making less of life than needs to be.  

They have tendencies that tend to get in their way.

1. They don’t listen

2. They fight the facts 

3. They Ignore advice

4. They reject correction

5. They hate knowledge

6. They chose their way

7. They are super complacent 

8. They fail to revere the Lord

Let’s be honest, the Simpletons are fools. It isn’t so much what they do but what they don’t do.

They don’t take the Lord’s advice. They don’t heed His call or let Him lead the way. As a result, they look back over their lives and wonder where all the time went. Where did all the money go? Where are all the relationships they once had? They simply lived to regret the lives they made for themselves. They neglected opportunities, forfeited multiple blessings and as a result, never met their full potential or amounted to much. They simply lived for nothing and no one but themselves. 

Why? It’s simple. They are the Simpletons. They could have simply followed the Lord’s leading but they found a way to make life hard on themselves and difficult for others.  In the end, they got what they lived for.

Wisdom cries out in the streets. The Lord provides the insight we need. We can reject His advice and wonder what happened or we can chose His way and wonder at what a God we serve. 

It’s simple, the choice is yours to make. Don’t become a Simpleton or you will simply live to regret it. Become all you were meant to be. Give your life away as the Lord wisely leads you along life’s way. Become a “Wiseman” not a “Simpleton”.

Read more about the Simpletons at Proverbs 1:20-33

 

20 Mar

Modern day merchants at sea

The marketplace is like a raging sea. It is there where modern day sea merchants make their living and risk it all.

Psalm 107 references what would for today be the leader in the marketplace.

The passage makes reference to a group of adventurous sea merchants who experience the power of the Lord firsthand.

For the casual reader of scripture, they are easily overlooked but in reality they represent one of the hidden gems of scripture.

There are many similarities between these wild-eyed sea merchants and the modern day leader who navigates the high seas of the marketplace.

Note that their ships were tossed to a fro.

They were often at their wits end.

They learned to cry out to God in their trouble.

He saved them time and again from their distress.

He whispered, He didn’t yell, He whispered and He brought calm. They heard His whisper because they were close to Him. There was no need to yell!

The sea merchants are like marketplace leaders today. They face many ups and downs that no man who is land locked will ever experience. They wade into deep waters. They risk it. They step out in faith knowing the Lord is at their side.

Through their challenges they experience the Lord in living color in ways few will ever know. They have learned to depend on the Lord for survival time and time again at sea in the marketplace!

They are warriors of the marketplace. Sent their to exalt Him publicly in order for all to see what God can do through a man sold out to Him.

The challenges that are overcome are trophies that bring glory to the Lord in recognition of what He, not man, but what the Lord will do through a man who sails with him at sea.

Read the story here:

Psalm 107:23-32 NLT

“Some went off to sea in ships, plying the trade routes of the world. They, too, observed the LORD’s power in action, his impressive works on the deepest seas. He spoke, and the winds rose, stirring up the waves. Their ships were tossed to the heavens and plunged again to the depths; the sailors cringed in terror. They reeled and staggered like drunkards and were at their wits’ end. “LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor! Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. Let them exalt him publicly before the congregation and before the leaders of the nation.”

Now read a great companion passage at Psalm 118:5-9 NLT

“In my distress I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and set me free. The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Yes, the LORD is for me; he will help me. I will look in triumph at those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in people. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.”

17 Mar

Servant Leader’s Prayer

The Servant Leader’s Prayer

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”

Psalms 139:23-24 NLT

• SEARCH ME

• KNOW ME

• CORRECT ME

• LEAD ME