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Deep, Enduring Change

October 2, 2014

I am blogging from Atlanta, Georgia at the Catalyst 2014 Conference. I have been asked to serve as a part of the Blogger Team at Catalyst!

Tim Keller, the founder and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City spoke to us on the following topic:

What does it take to change yourself inwardly, deeply, and enduringly?

You won’t change society unless you know how to change yourself. I’ve seen lots of promising young leaders and movements go down due to character flaws.

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4 Things to KNOW about Biblical Teaching:

1. Know the magnitude of your sin problem. Romans 7:19-20. None of us realize how serious our sin is. We make excuses or explain things away. We are blind to the sins which can destroy us.

John Owen wrote On the Mortification of Sin – “Be killing your sin or sin will be killing you.”

“We dedicate this day to all heroes and heroines in this country and the rest of the world who sacrificed in many ways and surrendered their lives so that we could be free.” Nelson Mandela

April 27 1994

This is the date of South Africa’s first democratic national elections following Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.

The world waited with bated breath for the country to descend into chaos, or worse; war.

It did not happen. Grace prevailed.

Apartheid fell and with it the racist, oppressive rule which sought to completely separate the different races.

Mandela forgave his oppressors, even including them in his inner circle as the newly elected President. Forgiveness triumphed over judgment and set this nation on a path towards success.

Mandela became a world-wide figure for his grace and forgiveness. He led a nation off the path of hatred and towards freedom.

Transition

September 3, 2012

Transition.

Change.

We love it when the seasons change or when something bad turns into good.

It’s something we dream of as well as stress over simultaneously. We long for moving to the next thing, but it can keep us up at night when it happens to a team we are in charge of.

Change brings insecurity in people.

Yet it is inevitable.

I suppose we could say death, taxes, and transition are all givens in life.

Be it in our jobs, marriages, or in parenting, just when we think we have things wired, life goes and throws us a curve ball.

It keeps us trusting and depending on a God who is bigger than us.

Today, I am guest posting at Dan Black on Leadership, which is a great site on leadership and personal development.

You’ve cast the visioninstilled the values, spent hours of  time guiding and training your team. You are ready to soar!

Then……

  • A key player falls sick and enters the hospital.
  • The exciting events of marriages and pregnancies are causes for celebration yet create waves of change in a family or organization.
  • In missions it could be the denial of a visa or the lack of finances.

CHANGE.

Change creates instability and insecurity.

Yet it is inevitable.

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Life changes, people and personnel move on; situations happen.

The need to build a team culture and move people towards a goal never ends, it just changes.

Even within the framework of a family, there are seasons. You might have a rallying cry for a short time only to realize the needs of your family are changing. Adjustment then needs to occur.

Here is the interesting part.

I recently did something that hurt and offended my wife.

I know.

No one can relate to this! It is true confession time. I hurt her badly.

Immediately after the confrontation came the apology. My wife spoke out her forgiveness. In her emotions and body language, I knew she was still hurting. In spite of this, the forgiveness was present without strings attached. She did not cop an attitude or make me pay for my sin. The offense was released. She had shown me grace in our marriage.

I should have paid for it. I deserved emotional and physical pain. I was stunned by the depth of my wife’s love for me. It was love and grace which motivated me more than any repercussions ever could.