Dec 20 2007

Creating Memories (In 30 Days or Less)

Christmas is a natural time of the year when families create life-long memories together. But this post by this guy reminds us of the importance of the holiday season.

We’re also launching an new series (and a new campus!) on the first weekend in January entitled, “30 Days to Live.” This could possibly be one of the most important series in the history of Meadow Heights Church. It will not only launch a new year and a new campus, but it could launch a whole new chapter in your life as well. DON’T MISS IT!!

Here’s a sneak peak!

What if you learned you had just 30 days to live? How would your life be different? Is it possible to make the most of every day, right now?

As we begin a brand new year, join us for “30 Days to Live.” Once you hear the stories of some real people facing challenging circumstances, and experience God’s truth, you’ll never look at life the same.

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Dec 17 2007

Amazing Movie? Maybe…maybe not.

I finally had the opportunity to watch the film “Amazing Grace” over the weekend. The film itself was not all that spectacular, but the message that lept from its frames was quite powerful.

William Wilberforce was a man of passion – he fought for something that he believed in from the depths of his soul. He stopped for no one and his endless pursuit of his dreams finally became a reality near the end of his life. His pursuit was not simply for justice in the world, but a fulfillment of an obligation and duty toward God. As Wilberforce puts it, he did not find God…God found him.

Two of the best quotes from the movie come from John Newton, the former slave ship owner now reformed. He was the original author of the words we now know as Amazing Grace.

God sometimes does His work with gentle drizzle, not storms. Drip. Drip. Drip.

Although my memory’s fading, I remember two things very clearly. I’m a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.

It was amazing to watch William Wilberforce pursue life with an unending passion. I think we all start out with this in our hearts, but somewhere along the way someone has told us to stop dreaming. We tend to settle for the status quo and our dreams die along with a small part of us. It’s not always how we live life on the outside, but what is going on in the depths of our soul that really matter. Anyone can live life…dreamers that activate their passions change the world.

What part of your dream have you allowed to die?

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Dec 14 2007

Owning the Moment

I attended an event last weekend that reminded me of two important leadership lessons:

(1) Never apologize for a project, event or group in advance. All you’re doing is making yourself feel better and your project/event/group feel worse. Most of the time your audience can’t tell the difference anyway, but now you’ve brought attention to it and they’ll be focusing on the wrong things.

(2) Never try to build up your project/event/group right after you’ve apologized for them (see #1). Why did you just spend five minutes telling us it wouldn’t be as good as you hoped and now your trying to sell us on the brilliance of your project/event/group? We didn’t buy it before and we sure aren’t going to buy it now.

Confidence breeds confidence. As the leader, proceed with the confidence and surety that this will be the best possible execution of the project/event/group that can happen at this particular moment in time. Own the moment. Afterwards you can spend time celebrating and evaluating. Don’t spoil it for everyone else – work to create a defining moment, even if it’s a small one. Your audience will remember that little defining moment much longer than they will your entire performance.

Finally, evaluate why you felt compelled to use #1 and #2. And remember, people end up where you lead them.

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Dec 12 2007

Gift Cards Are For Chumps

Gift cards are for chumps. I love that line. Seth Godin hits a home run with his thoughts on the holiday season. If you’re like me, you still have some much needed shopping to do. You’ll have great intentions but time will run short and you’ll do the inevitable – purchase a gift card for someone.

I mean after all, then they can get whatever they want with it right? Wrong. Listen to these stats:

Last year, more than $8,000,000,000 was wasted on these cards. Not in the value spent, but in fees and breakage. When you give a card, if it doesn’t get used, someone ends up keeping your money, and it’s not the recipient. People spent more than eight billion dollars for nothing… buying a product that isn’t as good as cash.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re just being thoughtful. It’s a GIFT card. You can’t give them the cash right? That would be “Christmas Taboo” – like there are rules somewhere. Who decided that cash wasn’t a great gift? We get a gift card so it looks like we looked for a gift and we don’t end up the chump. But guess what? Gift cards are for chumps!

So forget about it this year. It’s a scam. It’s a business driven model that has proven to be effective only for the companies, not the consumer. It’s time for cash to be king. Hello Mr. Ben Franklin!

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Dec 12 2007

One Million Witnesses

At Meadow Heights Church we talk a lot about practical ways to share your story. People can argue about religion all they want, but no one can argue with your story. Especially when you are a living example of how Jesus has radically changed you at the core.

ChurchRelevance points us to “One Million Witnesses.” It’s an incredibly creative way to share your story and help those in need as well. Here are the details:

For a minimum donation of $10, you can create a block featuring your testimony. The first 100,000 blocks go to helping Living Water International build about 100 wells. Non-profits to benefit from the remaining 900,000 blocks have not yet been determined.

Stop by the site and check it out – it’s a great way to help!

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