What Leaders Actually Do to Inspire and Motivate by Marel Schwantes
Have you ever tried to give an inspiring speech as a leader and looked around and realized your team isn’t inspired at all? Marcel provides some practical leadership principles from an experience with his own boss to help you be a motivating leader.
Here are a few things Bruce taught me on my own path to Servant Leadership:
- Don’t take advantage of your title or positional power; instead, inspire others by making them feel like an equal.
- Share the vision and decision-making with others. Make sure followers have a seat at the table in important decisions.
- Provide followers with all the resources they need so they can become better leaders. When you do, you’re providing great leadership.
Our Priorities Are Off When Family Is More Important Than Church by Joseph Hellerman
In our church and family culture today, it’s often easy to question where our priorities should be. If you find yourself prioritizing your family above the church, this will be an interesting read for you.
But following Jesus meant belonging to two families, a natural family and a faith family. Unlike his surrounding culture, what is most important to Jesus is faith family: “Pointing to his disciples, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother’” (Matt. 12:46–50).
Jesus’ call to join a new family generates an unavoidable loyalty conflict. Which family do I now owe my ultimate loyalty?
Let’s Teach Our Kids Beautiful by Bonnie McKernan
How are we encouraging our kids to see the beauty God has created? Bonnie shares five ways to teach them beauty.
Vacations tend to provoke all kinds of ideas about life, work, balance, and everything you want to do differently when you get back. The quietness and loveliness contrasts real life so much it begs for some recalibration. You realize, at some point along the way, you may have started heading the wrong direction.
It hit me as I watched this wandering, distracted kid, mesmerized by a tiny handheld device, oblivious to the glorious beauty stretching in every direction. Are the things I am consistently putting in front of my children helping them see and enjoy God, or are they blocking the view of him? It’s easy to simply focus on what not to put before them, but forget to show them beauty, or forget to teach them about beauty when they’re exposed to it.
Trevin does an excellent job shedding light on how the Gospel doesn’t always fit with today’s pursuit of happiness, but instead it’s a freeing message.
Christianity has a fresh message for an exhausted generation pursuing happiness: salvation doesn’t come from mustering up your willpower and making your mark on the world, but in recognizing your dependence on God and receiving the mark He made on the world in the person of Jesus Christ.
Let’s not trade in that message for the stale and exhausting advice of “finding yourself.”
4 Reasons Why People Fear Finances by Art Rainer
Does managing your finances make you anxious? Art shares why people are fearful about their finances and three things to do about it.
Seventy-six percent of people in the U.S. live paycheck to paycheck.
This is an astounding and scary statistic. It is scary because it means that most Americans are going to run into significant financial turmoil at some point in their life.
The turmoil could happen soon with an unexpected medical bill. Or the turmoil could happen later by not having enough money for retirement.
Yet many avoid addressing the dark, financial cloud that looms above them.