Wait for it

The hardest part about asking questions is waiting for answers.

Let me rephrase that.  The hardest part about asking good questions is waiting for answers.

We are used to being rewarded for expediency.  But if you’re trying to learn something, solve an issue or move forward you need time to ask questions.  If you don’t create that time, you don’t really engage people’s creativity or knowledge.  You merely put a question mark at the end of  your statements, opinions or what you want to have happen.  It’s hard to build a trusting, quality relationship within church (or anywhere else) like that.

So, ask good questions.  And then wait for the answers.

You’re going to have be silent.  You’ve managed to ask a good question.  Now, you get to watch it work.

Stay out of the way of a good question.  Wait for the answers.

Stay blessed…john


Dads raise your hand

Would this idea work for protecting our schools?  I don’t know.  But here’s why I love it.  We need divine creativity to help address many of the issues we are facing as families, as a church and as a nation.  It’s obvious we don’t have the solutions.  Lord, forgive us for always assuming we do.

When we lead with divine creativity, we aren’t concerned with politics.  We’re not putting blame on anyone.  Divine creativity isn’t about being right.  I’ts about actually making a God-change.  We’re taking responsibility for what God wants us to accomplish.

We need more divine creativity!  I’m not surprised an idea like this would come from someone who is, obviously, extremely talented and creative.

Stay blessed…john

It fits!

Some people say, “It cannot be done.”

Others say, “There’s no way it can be done.”

Still, more say, “It’s just impossible.”

The true leaders say, “We just haven’t figured out how to do it yet.”

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I can’t tell you how much this video encouraged me.  How many times have people tried to convince us the church can’t do what it knows God has called it to do!  I bet you can guess what my response is.

Stay blessed…john


Are you fed?

Recently, I mentioned in a sermon my uneasiness when people tell me they’re not getting fed in church. To be fair, it doesn’t happen all the time. Enough, though.

My point was that I’m not there to feed the church. We’re there to feast on the word together.

I forgot to make this point:
Everyday you go to work.
Every other week or so you get a paycheck.
You’d never tell your boss that you’re not getting fed at work.
Your boss would be confused.
Your boss gave you what you needed to feed yourself.
Why would you expect your boss to do something for you that you must do for yourself?


Stay blessed…john

Frustrated leaders

How can leaders tell if they’re only frustrated because things aren’t working out their way?


They’re content when things aren’t going their way, but are working out.

Stay blessed…john