Monthly Archives: April 2013

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    Why Leaders Fail…Part 2 Why Leaders Fail…Part 2

    Why Leaders Fail…Part 2

Why Leaders Fail…Part 2

I recently posted part 1 of Why Leaders Fail.  Below you will find the final five reasons many leaders experience failure. They fail to prioritize– This is one I have seen destroy leaders from all walks of life.  When I say they fail to prioritize I am speaking of a failure with their families.  Many leaders both inside and outside the church lead at the expense of their children and spouses.  They miss sporting events, cut vacations short, leave before breakfast, and arrive home after dinner.  Failing on the home front leads to more than just leadership failure, it can lead to the collapse of your family as well. Every leader’s family will suffer in some ways, but no family should have to sacrifice their father, mother, or loving spouse for the sake of leadership. Learn to say no to things, so you can say yes to those who love and need you the most.  Make your family a top priority or face the fate of many failed leaders. They fail to communicate– After you have been a leader for some time, it is easy to start to think that everyone knows what you think.  This is especially true when you lead a single organization, company, or department for an extended period of time.  When a leader assumes everyone understands, they tend to start cutting corners when it comes to communication.  The results of poor communication in this scenario are very slow to mature into real problems, but they always do. Eventually things start to breakdown.  People become frustrated, ill informed, and unaware of the leaders expectations.  Clear, constant, communication is essential for any leader who desires to avoid failure. They fail to acknowledge– When […]

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    Why Leaders Fail…Part 1 Why Leaders Fail…Part 1

    Why Leaders Fail…Part 1

Why Leaders Fail…Part 1

Failure is a part of life and certainly a part of being a leader.  I don’t know of a single leader that has never been forced to admit failure.  Before I outline some of the most common reasons I believe leaders fail let me cover a few things.  First like all leaders I fail.  In fact some of the things I will discuss in this post come from my own personal experiences with failure.  Second my leadership roles in life have been vast, and diverse.  In high school I was a student leader in many roles, in college I lead Bible studies, student organizations, and mission trips. In my early twenty’s I was a manager for a major retailer for a short time, as well as at another secular institution.  The majority of my leadership roles however have been inside of the Church and economy of God.  Subsequently most of my comments below will relate primarily to those who lead inside the church.  However as you will see many of the things discussed relate to any leader as well.  So why do leaders fail? They fail to listen– Most leaders are generally in positions of authority where people listen to them.  Over the years many leaders become poor listeners.  They get so use to being listened to they forget that it is equally import to listen.  When a leader becomes a poor listener, they are certain to fail. They fail to pray– Many leaders become overwhelmed by the distractions of leadership.  There are endless meetings, obligations, sermons and speeches to prepare, administrative demands, counseling sessions, and the list goes on.  While attempting to accomplish all the necessary tasks many forsake their time of prayer.  When […]

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    Tragedy In Boston Tragedy In Boston

    Tragedy In Boston

Tragedy In Boston

Yesterday while on vacation I learned of the massive tragedy at the Boston Marathon.  Immediately I began, like many Americans, to do they only thing I could which was pray.  Late last night I was finally able to watch some news reports from various networks covering the Boston tragedy.  While most of what I initially heard from word of mouth proved to be untrue, the scope of the devastation and loss of life was still heartbreaking.  How should we respond in times like this?  What should we do? As I prayed over this issue and these kinds of questions this morning, I was reminded of several posts on this blog that might prove useful.  Below are the titles and short explanation for each post.  Feel free to click the links and read more.  May God bless those who have been affected by this tragedy! 10 Great Things About God– I wrote this post and scheduled it to be published over two weeks ago.  I had no idea that Monday, April 15th would bring such devastation.  However nothing catches God by surprise and all 10 of the things mentioned in this post about God’s greatness remain true despite any hardship or tragedy we might face. I Will Trust– When tragedy strikes, many ask God “why” and we naturally lose some trust in our Creator. This post addresses such feelings and issues. It’s Good To Know– This short post talks about how wonderful it is that God hears our prayers.  If you are praying for those affected, God will answer and honor those prayers.  Don’t stop praying, it’s not the only thing you can do, but it is the most powerful thing you can do! Help Me […]

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    Great Things About God Great Things About God

    Great Things About God

Great Things About God

These great things about God are not in any particular order, they are just ten of the most wonderful things I have discovered about my creator over the years. His Unsearchable Wisdom– Romans 11:33–36 (NET) —33Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how fathomless his ways! 34For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? 35Or who has first given to God, that God needs to repay him? 36For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever! Amen. His Unsurpassed Peace– Philippians 4:7 (NET) —7And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. His Unfathomable Love– Ephesians 3:16–19 (NET) —16I pray that according to the wealth of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner person, 17that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, 18you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,19and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. His Unspeakable Gift-2 Corinthians 9:15 (NET) —15Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! His Uncomprehendable Ways– Isaiah 55:8–9 (NET) —8“Indeed, my plans are not like your plans, and my deeds are not like your deeds, 9for just as the sky is higher than the earth, so my deeds are superior to your deeds and my plans superior to your plans. His Unending Faithfulness-Hebrews […]

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    Surviving the Drought Surviving the Drought

    Surviving the Drought

Surviving the Drought

It’s dry again!  It seems like it’s always dry here in South Texas.  Dry times bring about many hardships for those who depend on the rain for their livelihood.  When the rain fails to fall from the sky it seems like everyone suffers.  For some the struggle is keeping the animals feed or crops alive.  While others deal with water restrictions that effect business, and personal comfort.  The bottom line is when its dry things are harder. Many have experienced what we might call a spiritual drought as well.  Maybe you are even in one of those times right now.  These times are marked by our difficulty to hear and understand God.  They may be marked by personal, financial, or moral failures we bring on ourselves. Sometimes we simply lose step with God and as a result we find ourselves in a dry place spiritually, longing once again to live in the oasis of God’s grace.  If you are not in a spiritual drought today, you will likely experience a time like this before you life is over.  I don’t think I have ever known a single honest Christian that had never been through a rough, dry, hard time spiritually.  But the good news is you can survive a spiritual drought.  I have been there, and while in the spiritual desert I learned some valuable lessons that perhaps will help you during your own dry time.  Here are a few of the lessons I learned, when it come to surviving a spiritual drought. Seek the right source– When things get hard spiritually it is critical that you continue to seek Christ.  Resist the temptation to allow your flesh to rule.  When we become spiritually dry […]

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