A Week In Pictures (11/8)

Nothing beats Monday like Coffee.

Nothing beats Monday like Coffee.

Taken looking up.

Taken looking up.

One of the songs we sing at cell group on wednesday.

One of the songs we sing at cell group on wednesday.

Ex-colleagues at Tune. Ernie and Janice :)

Ex-colleagues at Tune. Ernie and Janice 🙂

Carom

Playing carom with family.

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The Good Stuff (10/8)

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! 🙂

53 Leadership Quotes from Bill Hybels – Part of my learning process in leadership and intentional living is to try to learn as much good principles from each leadership guru around. That’s not to say that I follow mindlessly, but you do find some good principles that clicks.

7 Key Principles for Interpreting the Bible – Mark Driscoll outlines the 7 principles for interpreting scripture. This will help you do bible study better. The one thing that I learned from this is on reading from the text and not into the text.

9 Marks of Excellence in Church Leadership – Another great gem that you will do well to read.

Focus on “Followership” : The Secret To Great Leadership – “Retired General Colin Powell shook up the WCA Global Leadership Summit today by challenging leaders to focus on a little talked about aspect of leadership – the importance of “followership.””You are nowhere without followers who want to follow you,” were his exact words. General Powell went on to make three quick points to drive home the importance of great leaders focusing on followership as the secret sauce to solid leadership”

Disney’s New iPad App Lets You Browse It’s Animated History – Here are some wonderful screenshots from the magical world of Disney animation. Who didn’t grew up watching disney films? Love it. A video of Disney promoting this app is below.

The Good Stuff (8/8)

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! 🙂

Fittest Man On Earth – The “Fittest Man on Earth” is 26, stands at 5 feet, 9 inches, weighs 195 pounds, and is on fire for Jesus.

Structuring A Ministry Workweek – Useful article not just for pastors for full time Christian workers like me. There is not part time but I’m full time all the time. “If I could choose one word to describe the structure of a common workweek for a pastor, it would be “messy.” Pastoral ministry is less about a vocation, and more about a lifestyle. If you call yourself a pastor, you are likely on duty 24/7/365. Your life is far more like that of a small business owner than a teacher or professor, with set classroom times and office hours.”

Using Your Saturday’s Well – A few good links from Matt Perman on how to maximize your weekends. Article includes a liturgy for Saturdays, having a personal mission statement and recommendations for project management software. Personally, I find Trello to be incredibly useful.

I’m enjoying these few books that I really take turns reading:

By Stephen Covey. I read this for personal development.

By Stephen Covey. I read this for personal development.

By Bill Hybels. I'm learning practical leadership skill here.

By Bill Hybels. I’m learning practical leadership skill here.

A helpful book realigning my focus back on the Gospel and person of Jesus.

A helpful book realigning my focus back on the Gospel and person of Jesus.

By Erik Metaxas. Savoring slowly this biography.

By Erik Metaxas. Savoring slowly this biography.

 

The Good Stuff (6/8)

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! 🙂

The Importance of the Weekly Review – This article is an oldie by Michael Hyatt but something I’ve to constantly go back to to learn and refine my own weekly review routine.

Astronomy Photographer of the year 2013 – Amazing, amazing photos. The work well as great wallpaper on your laptop or gadgets too. A sample below:

Archway to Heaven

Archway to Heaven

Is the Evangelical Liturgy Really An Improvement? – Kevin DeYoung compares the new vs the old noting the differences. Being evangelical and appreciative of orthodoxy in the church, this is a helpful article. “What do I mean by the “old liturgy”? I mean the traditional Protestant order of worship that stretches back to Luther and Calvin (despite their important differences), runs through Westminster, and used to be what churches did when they didn’t know what else to do. Was it rote at times? Sure. Did some churches use it too rigidly? No doubt. But it was also a better default.”

30-Days to Own Your Business – A compilation of articles form finance to customer service for business owners and entrepreneurs. I haven’t read them all, have you found something interesting here?

My attempt at rolling a bay of hale bale of hay.

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.