16. January 2013 11:45
I'm reading a book right now called The Thin Book of Trust. I'm hoping to gain a better understanding of building and maintaining relationships full of two-way trust in my business, my personal relationships, and in my family. The book highlights four key distinctions that are found in relationships built on trust:
1. Sincerity - the assessment that you are honest, that you say what you mean, and that you mean what you say.
2. Reliability - the asessment that you meet the commitments you make, and that you keep your promises.
3. Competence - the assessment that you have the ability to do what you are doing or propose to do.
4. Care - the assessment that you have the other person's interests in mind as well as your own when you make decisions and take actions.
Each of these distinctions is important, and I'm going to use this space to keep track of some highlights I find.
Walk your talk.
Don't sugar coat.
Congruence - being honest with yourself, checki... [More]
31. May 2011 08:52
So I own 800 feet of prime Morgan County pond front. That's how long it is if you walk the edge of my pond all the way across my property.
I set out yesterday to trim the tall grass around the pond. When I do trimming I typically just fill the gas tank and work till it runs out. I can't do all my property in one day anyways - time and energy don't allow it. So I'm getting near the end and wondering if I'm going to run out of gas before I finish... it has been long, hard work. And I ask myself, "What will I do? Will I stop short of my goal, or will I go get more gas and finish the job?"
I get to the end of the pond and am amazingly not out of gas. So I do like I always do and keep trimming, planning to go until I run out of gas. I run out of gas not FIVE FEET after I left the edge of the pond. And of course, what's playing in my ears? A song by Lincoln Brewster about a passage in the book of Isaiah about God giving us strength to walk and not faint, run and not be weary, etc.
10. March 2011 22:45
So here I sit in a hotel in the south-eastern corner of Nebraska tonight. Why am I here? To honor my grandfather's life by remembering him in his death. Yet here I sit, wondering if I'm dodging what God might have for me, even though I know for a fact that I have people praying for God to show me His will while I'm here, to open doors or keep them shut, and to simply obey Him as He guides me in peace. Even though I know without a doubt where the feelings of peace lie. Even though I've asked God, and gotten answers that are clear, in line with what I know from His word, and in line with my heart.
I don't feel that I'm doubting God. He's quite clear. It's more that I'm doubting myself and my trust of God. Like I feel like I'll cave in, that I'll take a step too short or too long, when in fact God is showing me just what he'd like me to do.
I went for a walk today. I found my grandparents' old home. I took a few pictures. I began to remember some things, not specific details really, b... [More]
28. June 2010 08:16
As I push mowed my lawn this weekend, I had a song stuck in my head. It's called "The Voice of Truth" by a group called Casting Crowns. The first verse goes like this:
Oh what I would do to haveThe kind of faith it takesTo climb out of this boat I'm inOnto the crashing wavesTo step out of my comfort zoneInto the realm of the unknown where Jesus isAnd He's holding out His handBut the waves are calling out my nameAnd they laugh at meReminding me of all the timesI've tried before and failedThe waves they keep on telling meTime and time again. "Boy, you'll never win!""You'll never win!"But the voice of truth tells me a different storyThe voice of truth says, "Do not be afraid!"The voice of truth says, "This is for My glory"Out of all the voices calling out to meI will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth.
This song, in case you're wondering, is referring back to the story of Jesus' follower named Peter who was invited to step out of a boat in the middle of a sea and walk on ... [More]
5. November 2009 09:59
This is an extended excerpt from a newsletter I received yesterday from The Noble Heart. It's an excellent picture of walking with God through the dark times.
Night vision. It feels like night vision is required when looking into our own life or the life of another. We can make out the shape of some things that seem to be significant in the discovery of who we are, but they remain fairly dim and undefined or can disappear altogether. I remember several late evenings (actually early mornings) getting up and walking into the kitchen to get a pain reliever for a headache. I would leave the lights off hoping not to wake my wife and avoiding any other reasons for my head to hurt. As I would walk through the dark living room, I would sometimes catch a glimpse of a pair of shoes or the vacuum cleaner with my peripheral vision. As I tried to focus directly on it, it would often disappear. As soon as I looked straight ahead, I would see i... [More]