Never Too Far Gone — Nicole Staples
I can’t believe I just did that. Ugh. My stomach turns just thinking about it. If I could just take back that decision I made. Or even that one. But I can’t. It’s too late. It was a decision that resulted in a sharp turn leading down a road that compromised values at each intersection. Values that I thought were so solid. What was I thinking?
I’ve been there.
Or, I can’t believe I just said that. I wish I could take back my words but . . . it’s too late. Hurtful words that quickly slipped out and slid too far for retrieval. Words so damaging that sugar coating would be adding insult to something already so bitter. What was I thinking?
Three Ways Leaders Must Communicate Vision — Eric Geiger
So how must leaders communicate vision and direction? At least these three ways:
A leader’s life is the leader’s most powerful and important form of communication. A leader who owns and lives the vision, communicates powerfully through behavior. Aristotle articulated that for successful communication, pathos (passion), logos (logic), and ethos (credibility) are all essential. A leader whose life does not match the articulated vision fails the credibility test.
If you are not passionate to live what you are inviting other people to live, the brochure and vision talk are a waste of everyone’s time. For vision to be embraced by the people you are leading, they must see it in your life first.
Fear of Missing Out Isn’t Just a Season — Michelle Van Loon
We humans have always been prone to wonder: What if I’m left behind? What if I’m forgotten? What if I blew my only chance at success? Why is everyone else having such a great life?
Now we have an easy descriptor for this below-the-surface panic that shapes our behavior, thoughts, and prayers. It’s Fear Of Missing Out, or FOMO. Now in my 50s, I’m more inclined than in earlier years to experience the rear-view-mirror corollary, which I’ve dubbed Fear Of Having Missed Out (FOMHO).
We learn FOMO/FOHMO early. “But Mom, everyone else is going!” a fifth-grader wails after a parent says no to a mall trip. My mother’s stock response in these instances was usually, “If everyone else was jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you follow them?” The question was meant to warn us about blindly following the pack, yet I remember thinking to myself, I probably would. I can swim! Jumping seemed far less scary to me than being excluded.
4 Sources of Support for Exhausted Ministers’ Wives — Judy Patrick
Your pastor-husband looks to you for support and encouragement. You are his number one go-to person. When there’s conflict in the church he vents to you. When he feels that God is leading him to minister to another church he uses you as a sounding-board for decision making. When he has been attacked by church members he depends on you to bind his wounds.
There are periods when it seems that your pastor-husband talks for days on end (sometimes months on end) about his discouragement and turmoil. His obsessive talking is indicative of his frustration, depression, entrapment, floundering, and indecisiveness. You begin to think there is no resolve for his inner conflict. You’ve said all you know to say to encourage him, yet it doesn’t seem to help. All of this weighs on you as his wife. You begin to feel hopeless, helpless, and exhausted from encouraging and supporting your husband.
10 Good Prayers of an Effective Leader — Ron Edmondson
Dear Lord, grow my love for you so I will trust in You when I can’t see the path ahead clearly.
Dear Lord, help me not to say yes when no is the right answer.
Dear Lord, never allow my plan to get ahead of — or in the place of — Your plan.
Dear Lord, allow me to forgive easily, hold no grudges or bitterness, and live in and extend to others the grace You have provided to me.
Dear Lord, provide me with courage and conviction to face my fears and critics and lead people to bigger realities of Your will than today.