Sunday, August 31, 2008

What happens after the meeting is over?

Had a hard couple of days last week with late night travel and haven't had time to post this thought.

I was driving home Thursday evening and heard bits and pieces of Barak Obama's acceptance speech. It obviously was well received by the crowd in Denver. Almost immediately, I began to wonder how many would remember what he said the next day? I also thought about how easy it is to be enthusiastic when surrounded by people who think as do I. The real challenge is to maintain the enthusiasm after the crowds are gone and I find myself all alone. This is even more difficult when I am alone and face opposition.

Is is not the same with discipleship? And maintaining a Christian witness? When the service is over, and I'm all alone, and I face opposition, the excitement can wear off quickly. That is the danger of relying on emotions. They can quickly turn against you when your circumstances change.

That's the value of values. Knowing what you believe and why can provide the stability you need and the motivation required to be steadfast in your witness and testimony. That's true of politics. And it's true of discipleship.

But I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed... 2 Tim 1:12 (HCSB)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Carpe Daddy

In the early pre-dawn hours, my eyes fluttered open as I sensed my wife sitting up in bed. "What time is it?" I whispered.

"6:27" she replied.

"Good, you have three minutes to hug me before the alarm goes off," I said.

As she snuggled up to me, she said "Carpe Daddy - seize the daddy."

I laughed. I liked that.

Then, alarm went off....

The movie Dead Poet's Society popularized the phrase carpe diem - seize the day. The challenge is to embrace every day with it's opportunities, challenges and experiences with total abandon. That's a good way to live. Live the moment. Capture every opportunity to serve others and demonstrate God's glory. Sieze the day.

Of course, sieze the daddy is a pretty good start as well. Oh, and a casual glance at a Latin dictionary this morning showed me that "carpe dea" means "sieze the goddess." I can hardly wait to get home!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Connector, Maven or Salesman

This was a neat article from Mary at Stepcase Lifehack. Referring to Malcolm Gladwell's book The Tipping Point, she asks which type might describe you. I'm a maven... And you?

From the original post:
Know Your Strength for More Success: Are you a Connector, a Maven, or a Salesman? - Stepcase Lifehack
The strategy of enhancing our talents means that we should foster the strength we have as a Connector, a Maven, or a Salesman.

* As a Connector we can focus on connecting others with each other, as well as creating groups where people feel at home.

* As a Maven, we can focus on sharing our information with others so that they can benefit from our research.

* As a Salesman, we can focus on making others happy with our good cheer.


I don't know how long it will last, but I'm going to try Twitter. I don't really understand it, so I'll try it. I'm not really a read the instruction kind of person - more of a jump in the middle and figure it out.

If you twitter and are interested in following me, you can go to Twitter, and search for me by name, or username (ncordle). I already see two limits I'll have to set for myself:
  1. Limit posts: otherwise one spends more time telling what they are doing rather than doing it.
  2. Limit how many people I follow (So, don't take it personal if I don't add you immediately.)
I guess that's the extraordinary leadership lesson today. Think in advance about the limits you have to impose when you are embarking on a new endeavor. And don't be afraid to adjust those limits as you gain new information.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Influencing Like Jesus

Finished this little volume last night. It's a good read. Dr. Zigarelli lists 15 principles of persuasion as illustrated through the life and teaching of Christ, including prayer, modeling, service, asking for their opinion, telling stories and others.

One of the things I liked best is his focus on practical application. He suggests that you think of someone whom you would like to influence and what kind of attitude, behavior or circumstance you would like to change. Then, as you read each chapter, you are challenged to apply the principle to that situation.

I am becoming more and more a fan of "short books." Get to the point and let me move on. Influencing Like Jesus fits that category. It is to the point and the point is sharp. You can find it here.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Teaching with the end in mind...

It has been my experience (that's both personal and what I have observed) that too many teachers (did you catch the part about this being personal) both prepare and present with too much focus on what is personally important. The remedy: seeing things from your learner's perspective.
The post at PastorHacks: Teaching with the end in mind... has five great questions for pastors and teachers to help them prepare a lesson that will affect attitudes and behaviors.
Yes, it takes more time to prepare and present lessons in this way. But consider the return on that investment.