3 Things To Do In The Middle Of Your Troubles

If you’re anything like me, when I have trouble or stress in my life all I want to do is eat, complain, and remain as inactive as possible. ¬†Hey, I’m just being honest. ¬†Can you relate?

Lately, God has been leading me into a particular season of prayer. ¬†It’s been one of seeking his heart and hearing his voice. ¬† Life hasn’t necessarily been full of trouble or difficulty recently, but it has presented a lot of busyness. ¬†And if you’re like me, busyness has the tendency to distract. ¬†Auto-pilot becomes a natural and sub-conscious state of being.

When we come to realize that we are in this ‘funk,’ three key actions will aid to reset our priorities and improve our spiritual mental capacity.

Romans 12:12 reminds you and I to “Rejoice in hope,¬†be patient in tribulation,¬†be constant in prayer.”

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Here’s what we can take away from this one powerful verse.

  1. Rejoice in hope – That’s right, we have real hope in the promises of God. ¬†His word is reliable. ¬†And whether we can feel him actively involved in our circumstances or not, we can be reassured in the hope that we really do ‘know’ that he is.
  2. Be patient in tribulation – In our pain, misery, and distress we can easily allow ourselves to become anxious. ¬†But God’s word instructs us to be patient. ¬†For me, this is a kind reminder that life comes in seasons. ¬†They all come and go. ¬†Sure, some last longer than others. ¬†But patience allows us to chill out while God is doing his thing. ¬†He’s not oblivious to your current state of life. ¬†Release your stress to him and trust.
  3. Be constant in prayer – ‘Constant’…meditation is what comes to mind here. ¬†Prayer doesn’t always have to be kneeling in a dark closet (I’m not sure I’ve ever even done this). ¬†I would suggest that ‘constant in prayer’ simply means to remain in a state of continual awareness of God’s involvement in our lives throughout the day. ¬†My prayer life totally changed once I learned how to remain mindful of God’s presence around me throughout my entire day…AND once I learned the habit of talking with him in the midst of that presence.

So, try this today.  Write it down.  Ask a friend or spouse to join in this quest with you.  Claim your joy in the hope we have in God, move patiently through the season you are in, and saturate your days in prayer.

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4 Ways To Embrace Failure

How does failure affect you?

Every new venture has the potential to succeed or fail. ..BUT only if you actually take a risk.  This is very true for churches when they launch their first multisite campus as well.  Nine months since our launch and the lessons continue to flood in weekly.

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Recently, our streaming video teaching failed in a BIG way! ¬†So I thought I’d write about it (insert smirk). ¬†What exactly happened and why is less important than actually taking steps to ensure that this virtually does’t¬†happen again. ¬†Our team got together during the week, collaborated, and agreed on a process. ¬†All I can say is that the next campus our church launches should be much better off as a result of the lessons we’ve learned.

So, what are we to do when things go wrong…whether we caused it or not? ¬†The choice is up to you and I.

Here are 4 ways to EMBRACE failure.

1) ¬†Expect it | What we can see coming (to a degree) prepares us to better deal with it mentally when it hits. ¬†It’s like a warning. ¬†And I’m not talking about pessimism either. ¬†Reality and experience teach us that failures are a part of life.

2) ¬†Don’t fear it | Fear can keep us from taking future risks. ¬†Fear screams, “Don’t even try that!” ¬†Here’s the thing, fear of failure crowns complacency as King. ¬†We don’t want that.

3) ¬†Learn from it | Failures not learned from are usually repeated. ¬†If you continue to stub your toe on the same item when you get up in the middle of the night to use the restroom, don’t you eventually move that item? ¬†Learning usually requires some level¬†of adjustment. ¬†Leaders who don’t learn from their failures fail to grow.

4) ¬†Share it | Grab a huge piece of humble pie, own your “Well that didn’t go as I had hoped” moment, and help others to grow their leadership from your experience. ¬†Most of the incredibly helpful leaders I have learned from in the past 20 years of ministry realized that sharing their personal mishaps actually helps further Kingdom work. ¬†It offers hindsight to younger, less experienced leaders.

In a recent interview, Jon Acuff¬†said, “I like the 39 year old me better than the 29 year old me, and I hope the 49 year old me feels the same.”

I think that can apply to leaders too. ¬†Think about it. ¬†Ten years from now don’t you hope to be a stronger leader than you are today?

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