Same Blog…New Focus!

Guys, I’ve been blogging for over 10 years now. I started in the early days with a blog I called ‘Brain Gum, spiritual thoughts to chew on.’ I miss that one. Then after some church leadership experiences, Lead Right was born. This blog had a few posts about scripture and faith, but it largely focused on healthy leadership.

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As my blog needs to adequately reflect my personal season of life, it is now transitioning back to a more ‘devotional-type’ of blog.

My wife, Cailey, and I co-pastor a Missional Community in Yakima, WA. This endeavor has been completely new and invigorating for us. It’s an approach to living and spreading the Gospel, while making disciples, that we’ve never experienced before.

I’m keeping all prior posts on this blog. But as a transitional post, here are a few of the more popular leadership writings I’ve shared.

‚ÄėGodly’ Doesn‚Äôt Always Equate to a Good Leader¬† //¬† Why Churches Should Be In The Habit Of Spilling The Beans¬† //¬† Leadership Burnout: 4 Signs To Watch For¬† //¬† 3 Things To Always And Never Do In Leadership¬† //¬† 6 ‘Easy’ Ways To Begin Leading Your Home Spiritually¬† //¬† 4 Ways To Embrace Failure¬† //¬† The One Commandment Most Church Leaders Break Often¬† //¬† 4 Food Groups of Leadership¬† //¬† Church Health – an Oxymoron?

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And for those of you who are looking forward to future reflections on Scripture and living out our faith, here are a few past posts that readers have liked.

4 Keys to a Successful Devotional Time¬† //¬† 3 Things to Avoid When God Begins to Speak¬† //¬† Why You’re Being Attacked¬† //¬† 3 Ways To Find Real Joy¬† //¬† How To Listen When God Begins To Speak¬† //¬† God Is Working On Your Behalf This Very Moment¬†

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Priorities vs. Distractions

The woman was scrolling through her Facebook feed while driving.

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And she wasn’t just sitting at a red light either. ¬†It was after dark so I could clearly see what was on her oversized smart phone. ¬†¬†It’s not like she was dialing 911 to report an accident, or was using GPS because she was lost. ¬†It was Facebook, people….FACEBOOK.

This isn’t a personal rant against phone use while driving. ¬† This incident did, however, remind me of the dozens of ridiculous distractions we face every day.

For followers of Jesus, distractions can be quite costly.

Let your eyes look forward; fix your gaze straight ahead.  РProverbs 4:25

I’ve experienced this in my own life just this past week. ¬† I love my early morning habit of reading God’s Word and meditating in prayer. ¬†It just creates a solid kickstart to my day. ¬†It frames my thought life. ¬†Well, that didn’t happen for 3 consecutive days this week (insert pouty face).

Why?

I’ll give you one guess. ¬†Distractions! ¬†Gmail…Evernote…social media…my task list…incoming texts and random thoughts. ¬†Why did these things keep me from the most important habit of my day? ¬†Because I allowed them to. ¬†I could have (and usually do) taken measures to guarantee this didn’t happen, but I didn’t. ¬†Call it being lazy or losing focus. ¬†The fact is I didn’t make it a priority on those days.

Where are you losing focus?

  • Your marriage
  • Work
  • Personal goals

Recognize what is distracting you.

  • Screen time (internet and T.V.)
  • Voices around you
  • Unhealthy habits
  • Negative influences
  • Lack of sleep

Once we have figured these things out we can start making appropriate changes.  This might involve better time management, reading a book on a specific subject, or limiting the time we spend around certain people.

What does this look like for you? ¬†Join the discussion below. ¬†I’d love to hear from you.