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.

 

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Two Things We Need To Get Things Done

Every Monday we’re given a chance to start the week afresh. What are you thinking of starting? Is it a new project or opportunity at work? Maybe you want to change certain habits in your life.

Most of the time all we need is the push to start. How do we find the motivation? I propose that we need both a reason and a resolve. The why and the what that will keep us pressing on to accomplish our goals this week.

A Reason That Motivates

Find the reason for any task that you need accomplished and it will help you find the motivation to do so. I know of a couple of friends who have successfully given up their unhealthy lifestyle and resolved to eat healthily and exercise. Their reason? More than looking good, they didn’t want to endure the countless times people have commented about their weight anymore. A great reason that benefits themselves more than it does others.

There’s always a reason for us to do something. The reason may be for ourselves or for others and their good. Most of us ask this very same question,“Why are we at this job?”. Perhaps we have a family to feed. That’s a great reason for us to work hard, work smart and do our jobs excellently. Perhaps its for our own growth. That’s an equally valid and important reason.

Occasionally, there will be time a lousy or unreasonable task comes up. That’s okay! That’s when we learn to say “No” to the task and get other more important things done.

If you’re feeling demotivated at whatever you’re seeking to accomplish, reflect on the reason why it needs to be done. Write it down. Remind yourself constantly.

A Resolve That Perseveres

A resolve that you make is a vow you tell yourself and to others of what you want to change to accomplish a goal. It’s a specifically crafted promise that you make with a very specific goal attached to it.

An example of a resolve is “I will complete a 5km run twice a week“.

Very specific and there’s a simple goal.

After you’ve identified your reason, write down your resolve. The only thing stopping you is yourself. It’s the man in the mirror.

I find that in any task we do, if we can know why we are doing it and resolve to do it, we can get (almost) anything done.

Get it done.

Go and Make Disciples.

I have a few books on discipleship that are just waiting on my shelf, ready to be digested and applied. It is Edmund Chan who said,”Truth doesn’t change lives, it is truth applied that changes lives”. To the best of my knowledge, these books give a good starting point, and as I read them I will share my thoughts, comments, ideas – and hopefully you will share yours too.

The blog posts I intend to write are my best attempt at reducing the truth or principles which the author intends to convey into a bite-sized pieces. Should I succeed, God willing, they will be a useful guide to anyone intending to launch little pockets of “intentional disciple-making groups” within your churches and Christian fellowships.

The vision: To obey our Lord who said “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matt 28:19-20, ESV)

Lord Jesus, we come in submission to your command and pray that by your grace we may disciple others into your Kingdom!