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Archive for August, 2011

What would happen if your work today was captured on video? I’m talking every minute…all day long. Every conversation. Every decision. Every action. Every reaction. Every thought (are you kidding me?)… all captured on video. Then tomorrow, we sit down together and watch the game film!

Monday night, I attended an incredible event…Raise the Bar Rally in northwest Arkansas. The organizing team, led by ESPN’s Jimmy Dykes, were praying for 700 men to come to a night of hope, challenge and change.

1,400 showed up! Four men shared personal real life stories that were as real and painful and direct as you can imagine. In addition, several current and former University of Arkansas coaches and athletes shared challenges via video.

Of all of the impactful words spoken, Jimmy Dykes shared one that really stuck with me. Watching the game film. He talked about how painful it is to see the mistakes you made and to see how you can get better. But that wasn’t the challenge. The challenge was “what are you going to do about it?” You have to act to get better!

Can you take some time this week to get quiet…and watch your game film? Where do you need to raise the bar? Write it down. Pray about it. Ask God for the wisdom to know what to do…and the courage to do it!

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”   James 1:22

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Are You Wired?

Do you think that God has uniquely wired you? Created you with a special purpose in mind? Did He give you work that you can use to honor Him?

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Listen to what God says about your wiring, your gifting, your skills:

  • “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”  Psalm 139:13
  • “Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work.”            Jeremiah 1:5
  • “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”              Ephesians 2:10
  • “Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.”   Galatians 6:4-5 MSG

But, do you know that most people never really focus on their gifts? One study from an HR firm showed only 1% of their clients made a serious study of their skills.

Is it easy to figure out your gifting? NO!

Do your skills and interests change and evolve, as you have life experiences?  YES!

But, be intentional about it.  Research it. Pray about it. Then, see how God calls you to work!

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Is there a better “feel good” word than encouragement? Have you ever received bad encouragement? Do you receive too much encouragement? Do you give too much encouragement?

This past Monday I participated in a very simple, but incredibly powerful exercise on encouragement. Prior to sharing a devo and our WorkMatters vision with the employees of NorthStar Partnering Group in Fayetteville, AR, they passed out a sheet of paper and a pen to every team member. Each person was asked to write their name at the top of the page and hand it to someone else in the room. They wrote one encouraging statement about that coworker, then passed it on to someone else. After each paper had four comments written, it was folded in half and placed in a bowl to be distributed back to the owner.

As I reviewed the encouraging comments that came back to me, I was struck by the power those words carried. The entire room was uplifted!

In the marketplace, it’s so easy to become critical and judgmental. The pace, the pressure to deliver, demanding bosses, different approaches to solving the same problems, and the list goes on…

Here are three simple suggestions for us all:

  1. Play the “Encouragement game” in your place of work.
  2. Before you criticize or judge, think it through. See if there is a better way to communicate your message.
  3. Be intentional with your encouragement of coworkers, peers, bosses (spouses, children…you get the point).
“Therefore, encourage one another with these words.”  1 Thessalonians 4:18

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