In every organization there is something young talented people struggle with. In Canadian (and North American) work environments, we all want to be kings. CEOs. The one at the top. Why? So we can do whatever we want to, of course! (All the CEOs can have a chuckle here…) The younger the leadership potential, the more we see this sort of thinking. I purposely … Continue reading Young Eagles. Random Leadership Thoughts
I was talking to a man yesterday with a religious background. He said something along the lines of believing in a more inclusive Christianity than he grew up with. It got me thinking about it, even if I never have another conversation with him to really find out what he meant by it (though I would love to). So don’t take this as an argument … Continue reading Is Christianity Inclusive or Exclusive?
It’s not how you start, but how you finish… So Jesus was trying to have a deep conversation with the crowd and disciples that were following Him, but they kept turning the conversation back to shallow things. (John 6). It’s like trying to talk to a kid about fire safety when he’s playing video games, only these weren’t kids. If I didn’t know … Continue reading The Way of the Warrior 5. Loyalty
I’m a master electrician by trade. When that was my career, I was called to go to a commercial kitchen to troubleshoot why a large soup pot (or kettle) wasn’t working. Now this kitchen was at an old folks home and fed a lot of people. The ladies in charge were not overly pleased that soup was off the menu as … Continue reading The Way of the Warrior 4. Honor
Honestly? Yet respectfully… The trouble in church world is that we don’t like change all that much. When “IT” happened to us, we were so enamoured with Jesus as the weight of our sins rolled away and our spirits were made alive, that everything was new to us. We had to adjust our entire lives around Him! Like when … Continue reading The Way of the Warrior 3. Respect & Honesty
Rome was a cruel master. I suspect that most people don’t really know why Jesus was born. The nation of Israel didn’t. The religious leaders had been on the lookout for the Messiah for many years, and even they missed it. Do you know why? I’ll bet you don’t! Not like a money bet, but just for the sake of curiosity…. … Continue reading The Way of the Warrior 2. Compassion
Have you ever stood up and done the right thing? Did it cost you something? Did you stand alone? We all live by a code. The samurai had an amazing code that their feudal society was based on. Justice was the first law and courage the next. It may sound funny, but for North Americans to understand the concepts of honor, we … Continue reading The Way of the Warrior 1. Justice and Courage
We all get a little lost sometimes. Erin sent me to Ikea to buy a box of utensils once. Hours later (and my 15th trip past the lighting section) Ikea staff approached me and asked if I was doing ok? I responded “I will purchase whatever I have to if you’ll only tell me how to find the exit!” I was a little lost. … Continue reading Lost 4. Come Home.
Our relationships are like teeter totters. Up and down. Up and down. Give and receive. Give and receive. Give and take. Give and take.. You can’t only be a taker in a relationship. You know that and I know that. Sooner or later that relationship will break down. You also can’t just give either. Relationships are a two way street. Sooner or later you’ll … Continue reading Lost 3. God’s No Fun.
If you didn’t grow up in church, I’m going to give you another reason to think church people are crazy… Not only did I grow up in church, but I attended a Christian school for most of my childhood. It sure seemed like we had a lot of rules; sometimes it felt like there were rules for rules. Now I get that you have to … Continue reading Lost 2. Everything Was Sin…