The Good Stuff (22/8)

Every week I’ll try to share some articles, blogs, images that I’ve found interesting or inspiring – the good stuff! The aim is to learn and promote learning – yet not forgetting the fun in the process!🙂

7 Casualties of Being A People Pleaser – In leadership, one the things that most easily trips us up and causes us to fail is our desire to please people first. The most dangerous of all is it will cause vision to stall.

60 Reasons Leaders Stop Learning– This is a fantastic list to print out and review often. Great insight.

10 Powerful Quotes From The Steve Jobs Movie And What They Teach Us About Leadership – If you haven’t already read the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, then this article gives you a little insight into this man. I especially like to learn from other leaders, no less than from the ex-CEO of Apple. (P.S: I have not watched the movie yet).

Can Christians Be Unitifed If We Don’t Want The Same Thing? – An important question to ask and the author quite simply nailed it. “the key is the fruit of our beliefs. Do our beliefs help us grow in love of God, faith in Christ, and power through the Spirit? Do our beliefs send us out to make disciples, prompting us to tell others that God is reaching out to them too?”

This Nat Geo corespondent does not like durians. There are only 2 types of people in the world, those who love durians and those who can’t stand them. Growing up in Malaysia, we get durians in season and they taste really good.

The Good Stuff (15/8)

Every week I’ll try to share some articles, blogs, images that I’ve found interesting or inspiring – the good stuff! The aim is to learn and promote learning – yet not forgetting the fun in the process!🙂

An Atheists Point of View: Why Christians Aren’t Being Heard – It would do Christians well to learn from fellow atheists and investigate the evidences and reason for belief that lead to the truth, says the president of the secular society. Interesting read, but makes me curious why he has yet to come to faith?

50 Rules For Dads Of Daughters – While no one is prepared for parenting in the real sense, there’s nothing we should not try to do in being good parents. If I had a daughter, I’d probably try some of these.

Should Pastors Try To Be Cool? – Just a interesting article that I’m sure pastors struggle with all the time from hairstyles to whether today is checks or lines.

A House Of Windows – A window-washers nightmare. What I thought that was pretty cool was the whole place was built kinda like in the middle of the forrest. See it below:

Nick Olson. Maker of the house.

 

Check out this video of Steve Jobs talking about the rules for success.

 

Why I’m Writing Daily.

When I started writing again, I made a choice to post daily. So far, I think I’ve skipped only a day. That’s not quite an achievement as it’s been less than a month I’ve started writing.

Some of you might be thinking that it’s about quality not quantity. I truly believe that too! That’s why I try to post things that fit into what I believe to be quality – stuff that people would read and find helpful.

However the consistency of posting daily helps me discipline myself. This is my accountability to myself (and to you!) that I’m constantly checking myself if I’m growing, if I’m keeping to disciplining myself to form new habits and remove bat bad ones.

What I posted earlier about routines and baby steps, I seek to apply in my own life.

Here are some ways I apply them in writing;

  • Make it a routine to post daily.
  • Start small by posting simple articles (without much research).
  • Save links to read and share later (I use Pocket for this. Incredibly useful).
  • Make it a habit to clarify what I’m thinking and reduce it to its irreducible minimum.
  • Remind myself to jot down ideas every time. (I use the Notes app on my Macbook and iPhone for this) 

Small start but it gets the job done so far.

How would you apply routines and baby steps into new habits?

The Good Stuff (13/8)

Every week I’ll try to share some articles, blogs, images that I’ve found interesting or inspiring – the good stuff! The aim is to learn and promote learning – yet not forgetting the fun in the process!🙂

Are You Needed In Your Church? – Very good blog I love reading. This is an especially needed-to-be-written article especially to the next generation. She asks a very pertinent question we should ask ourselves,“I think ultimately it comes down to this: Are we serving for the benefit of the Body, or for our own self-fulfillment?”

3 Steps To Develop A Culture Of Service – MIssional is the buzz word in protestant evangelical churches now a days. Ed Stetzer begins a series of articles addressing the transition into being a missional church and he talks about service. Good read for leaders especially.

Better Discipleship – Are you into discipleship? Then you have to read this. I’m convicted to change how I disciple others. Ed Stetzer shares 5 ways to fix discipleship (if you’re doing it wrong).

10 Secrets Of Highly Successful Couples – I’d recommend this article for single and married people alike. My personal belief is in the biblical complementary roles of husband and wife in marriage, and thru many teachings and courses I’ve attended have come to know some of these principles here as true. Nevertheless, the most important thing is to apply them.

You have probably seen this video around, but if you haven’t and have heard of a man named Steve Jobs, you might like this.

 

Get Inspired!

Every once in a while, every one of us need to be inspired. 

Inspiration makes us do things. 

Inspiration births ideas. 

Inspiration causes change.

I was having lunch the other day with a friend. Our conversation drifted from work to ministry and relationships. I got quite excited and immediately had a few ideas pop into mind about what I could do.

I usually get inspiration from meeting people. Sparring, engaging, discussing and sometimes even debating. All of these experiences with people help mould me and inspire me even more.

Inspire‘ is such a powerful word. It causes us to dream big things and to do great things.

The caveat to finding joy is being inspired even in the mundane and boring things of life. Think about this; Michaelangelo took 4 years to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. From mundane to awesome.

One more thing about inspiration, once you got it you have to pass it on. It’s contagious. Anyhow, you’ll start telling someone about it before you know it.

P.S. : This topic is something I will continue to develop and write on, perhaps in a series of posts. It’s a little hobby horse of mine. :)