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 (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. 🙂 

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.