Thoughts and Musings for Hope Connection September 2014

09
Sep

Finding Your Place

Growth brings challenge.  Challenge brings opportunity.  Opportunity brings progress or digression.

In two classes this week (Family Builders and Think About It!), one of the core principles of personal responsibility was covered.

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.   Viktor E. Frankl

On September 27 from 9am to noon, I’d like to offer each of you an opportunity in excellence in leadership development.  On that morning, we will have a workshop on Finding Your Place.  You will see yourself in scripture.  You will identify with God’s design for your life.  You will grasp more fully your place among the full house.

As leaders, our ideas, presuppositions, thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and approaches should be under constant pressure.  Yes, they should be under constant pressureThat pressure of leadership is a powerful choice of growth in our ability to lead under varying and changing circumstance.

Jesus calls us to lead in diversity.  To be a professional listener is the first law of leadership.  Seek first to understand before you seek to be understood writes Covey.  He who answers a matter before he fully listens to and understands will bring a shame and a foolishness on himself and others.  Proverbs 18: 12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility. 13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

James 3:17-18 The wisdom that comes from God is first utterly pure, then peace-loving, gentle, approachable, full of tolerant thoughts and kindly actions, with no breath of favouritism or hint of hypocrisy. And the wise are peace-makers who go on quietly sowing for a harvest of righteousness—in other people and in themselves.

Questioning of our decisions is not an assault on us personally.  Maybe someone just needs time to understand.  Maybe we need to lay out our thoughts a little more clearly in a manner more conducive to their perspective.  Maybe we need to relax and enjoy our own growth alongside others.

At Hope Connection, God has knit a diversity of people, understandings, approaches, and engagements in pursuit of being more like Jesus.  Jesus was able to adapt and live with prostitute, gambler, business executive, military leader, tax collector, fisherman, construction worker, religious leader, politician, and just people.  He calls us to do the same with His same patience and persistence to fill each of them with faith, hope, and love.  That is a tall task.  It is one that will bring humility or humiliation according to our choices.  One is not the other.

Humility is an open willingness to absorb the perspective of another on a subject we hold dear.  It means allowing our ideas to be counted as nothing for a moment or a month, while patience allows another assigned to walk beside catches up.  It means giving no personal attachment to an approach, talent, gift, or professional skill so that no hint of hypocritical defensiveness is discernible.  We are FULL of tolerant thoughts and kindly actions and are bent on sowing quietly wise peace so that a harvest will come of right action and inclusion in us and others.  That is tough leadership.  That is servant leadership.

My heart is full, my friends.  God is shaping us into something new.  It is not a church we wish to become but a people molded and merged into the image of Christ.  He calls us like no other group in the Texoma I-35 corridor to be the church not go to church.  He calls us out of our darkness into a fresh light.

To those that have an ear to hear, let them hear.  Let us apply these words to the face in the mirror and be changed more into His eternal image.  To make the next steps in our journey with excellence, I offer this great opportunity.

On September 27 from 9am to noon, I’d like to offer each of you an opportunity in excellence in leadership development.  On that morning, we will have a workshop on Finding Your Place.  You will see yourself in scripture.  You will identify with God’s design for your life.  You will grasp more fully your place among the full house.  You will increase your understanding of God’s commitment to others.

Who may come?  Anyone.  This is an open class.  I do need you to confirm so we will have plenty of workbooks.  For Hope Connection leaders this is a required component of leadership development that each will need to attend in the next two years.  I understand all may not be available that day.  I strongly encourage you to make time so you see more clearly how God is building us.

Can outside people come?  Absolutely.  I pray you get on the phone and call friends and cajole, encourage, promote, provoke or whatever to get them there.

How do I register?  Send an email to phil@hclive.org and say, “I’m coming”.  If you need childcare, give ages and gender of children and we’ll arrange.  I’ll ask that each bring a few dollars to contribute to the kitty for the workers.

For what age is this workshop appropriate?  13 and above.

08
Sep

Thank yous…

This link at hclive has a synopsis of what God has accomplished through so many in the last months and an outlook on the future. But before you go there bear with me a moment.
As I stop for the first time in a 12 hour day, I cannot fully stop until I share my gratefulness for some special saints.
Brad, your gift of a sound system, tireless pursuit of musical excellence, leadership in moving us forward in heartfelt worship… and great bbq… my friend, I love you.
Steven and Jackson, your diligence in music and personal sacrifice in serving in the neighborhoods of Marietta… my friends, I love you.
Emmanuel, your heart for seeking souls, and sensitivity in worship and faithfulness in birthing outreach… my friend, I love you.
Elizabeth, your amazing love for children and attention to details of educating them and outreach… my friend, I love you.
Mike, your passion and purpose in the ministry of the gospel in all you do.. my friend, I love you.
Kerrie, your quiet spirit of wisdom and service in all you do … my friend, I love you.
Taylor, your servant attitude alongside, my friend, I love you.
Ethan, just being you, my friend, I love you.
Greg, your smile and honorable and trustworthy spirit.  My friend, I love you.
Richard, your personal friendship exampled in service.  my friend, I love you.
Donese, your faithfulness and never give up prayerfulness and service, my friend, I love you.
Don, your on the spot rapid repair and smiles, my friend, I love you.
Michelle, your indomitable action orientation and hospitality, my friend, I love you.
Delaney, your get-er-done attack, my friend, I love you.
Doug J.  your excellence and attention to detail and persistence.. my friend, I love you.
Kelvin, your just being there and walking the streets, my friend, I love you.
Ava, your prayer and incredible hospitality, my friend, I love you.
Sonya, your obedience to God, my friend, I love you.
Leonard, your faithfulness, keeping the lights one love for others, my friend, I love you.
Misty, your love for all and being there, my friend, I love you.
Debra, your giving heart and prayers when you don’t think I know it.  my friend, I love you.
TJ, that gentle giant smile … my friend, I love you.
Erika, your boisterous presence… my friend, I love you.
Rodell… your smile and receptive heart, my friend, I love you.

Dominic, your intensity for God, my friend, I love you
Dian, you are the light of my life, my best friend on earth, I love you.
Each of you brings a special gift of service to the body and the community.  There is not enough time or words to tell you how much I appreciate each of you.  I pray I did not overlook someone.  There are so many who are a part, but each of these brings specialness to each week and that means a lot to me.  My friends, I love you.  How blessed I am to have such friends.

Have a Great Day!

Phil 405.388.8037