I love the Heath brothers I have read all three of their books. I like their books because they start with a hypothesis then do research and mix in person stories and application. Recently I read a book they wrote called Decisive. In the book Decisive they tackle the idea of how we make decisions in life and work. I found the book very insightful and helpful.
One of the quotes that stood out to me is when they were referring to what they call “Mental tripwire” They said this “We spend 90% of our time driving straight but it’s the turns that determine where we end up.” The basic idea of a mental trip wire is to wake you up from the numbness that routine provides. We do something so much and so often we switch to auto pilot and rather than turning when we need to we fly off the cliff of irrelevance.
Here are three mental trip wires you need to set in life and ministry.
Make appointments trip wires for yourself with alarms on you calendar – Set an appointment with your self to exercise, think, pray, spend time with your wife and kids. If you don’t set aside time on purpose you will give it all away by accident. -
Set feedback trip wires – Email out feedback surveys to those who attend, ask for feedback from those who attend your services, employ secret shoppers.
Set evaluation trip wires – My friend Jim Wideman does this and I think is great either put on your calendar a question or use boomerang to send yourself an email in the future asking yourself questions you forget to ask. Is my passion for The Lord where it should be? Am I dating my wife? Am I leading with clarity or expecting with ambiguity.
Most people say that they are more afraid of speaking in public than they are of death. Which is understandable on one level and crazy on another. I guess when you are dead you can’t read posts on facebook of people comment on how bad you did. I like most people was at one point in my life very afraid to speak in front of other people, but if God has called you to be a pastor and lead others it’s a fear you don’t have the luxury of retaining.
Here is the reality that even though I have preached many messages and spoken at conferences I still need to be nervous at the right time, because when and what makes you nervous tells a lot about you. I still get nervous after years of experience but what makes me most nervous presently is very different from what used to make me nervous.
For those who are new to the Christian faith, young in the Christian faith John Stott’s book Basic Christianity is a must read. I first read Basic Christianity when I was 13 years old. It was a tough read for a 13-year-old but I did it. I read Basic Christianity again in college and found it much more understandable. I am very excited that it is the free download from Christian Audio this month. I am grateful that this book was written and even more thankful that it is free over at Christian Audio. Get it now before it’s Gone.
Recently I was approached by the good people over at Logos. They asked me to provide a review of some of their products. Being a big fan of Tim Keller’s preaching it was easy to decided where to start. I know what some of you may be thinking Logos is a bit pricy. I understand I have four kids and schools coming right around the corner so the Luce household doesn’t have a ton of extra cash lying around either. Here is what is great. Logos has a great iPad and iPhone app that is free. It comes we content loaded on it and they also offer free books each month you can download from their site. If money is an object you can buy some of the books they offer without buying the whole system which is very cool.
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