The three things that determine how far your team will go.

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One of the things that we are addicted to in our culture is speed. Once we taste LTE speeds on our phones 4G no longer seems speedy. Faster is always  better.

1.  speed of trust –

The first thing every team must have is trust. There are few things that slow down efficiency and create redundancy like a lack of trust. If you team spends the lion share of it’s time covering their own tracks and not watching each others backs you will move slow and ineffectively.

2. speed of decisions – 

You can make faster better decisions when you create a decisive culture and not a bureaucracy of decision making. The more you can allow your team to make poor decisions you enable them to make good ones.

3. speed of focus – 

The more you trust each other and the faster you make decisions what results is more opportunity greater capacity. How fast you focus determines how far you go as a team. If you miss focus you erode trust once trust is eroded your decisions grind to a crawl.

If SPEED determines distance LOVE determines the depth.

At the end of the day the thing that means the most is love. You have to love what you do you have to love the team you are a part of and the team you lead. What helps you do that? Speed. Nope. Sacrifice. The faster you die to yourself the faster your teams will trust, the quicker your decisions will come because of the crispness you focus becomes.

Trust, decisiveness and focus are by products of love. When you understand how much you are loved by Christ you are free to love others with a crisp clarity selfishness lacks.

 

Treasuring Christ

This weekend at church my pastor spoke on Love out of 1 Corinthians 13. It was a powerful message talking about what love should look like. As as I sat there listening I began to think as a Child, Husband, father, leader do I treasure Christ? In all that we do as followers of Christ I think this is a question we do not ask enough.

As I sat at my seat listening to my pastor preach I started to think that I treasure lots of things about Christ and I treasure the possibility of what Christ can bring to my life but do I truly treasure Christ. The answer I came to was no. If Christ could do nothing for me would I do anything for him. If I am honest I’m not sure I would. The thing that scared me more than anything was that as much as I have read studied and come to a greater understanding of the Gospel than I have in my entire life I realize that I have yet to scratch the surface of my deep seated idolatry. I realized that my heart creates idols faster than I can chuck them out of the widow of my life.

When you truly treasure Christ you see the beauty in pain, you see the joy in suffering, you understand the bliss that comes from doing what is right and being misunderstood. When you treasure Christ your identity can never be lost because Christ emptied himself and come to earth, you can never be poor because of the richness of knowing him.

At the end of my pastor’s message he showed a powerful video about a couple that married even though one of them was involved in a car accident that affected his ability to function and do many things by himself. At their wedding they read the following quote from John Piper.

Marriage is not mainly about prospering economically; it is mainly about displaying the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his  church. Knowing Christ is more important than making a living. Treasuring Christ is more important than bearing children.

If we make secondary things primary, they cease to be secondary and become idolatrous. They have their place. But they are not first, and they are not guaranteed. Life is precarious, and even if it is long by human standards, it is short. “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (James 4:14). “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring”
(Prov. 27:1).

It may have many bright days, or it may be covered with clouds. If we make secondary things primary, we will be embittered at the sorrows we must face. But if we set our face to make of marriage mainly what God designed it to be, no sorrows and no calamities can stand in our way. Every one of them will be, not an obstacle to success, but a way to succeed. The beauty of the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church shines brightest when nothing but Christ can sustain it.

When he said treasuring Christ is more important than bearing children it hit me. I began to cry because my greatest treasure here on earth is my family. What I failed to understand is that my primary purpose as a parent is not to raise great kids but to raise kids to glorify a great God. That only can happen in home in which the parents leading that home truly treasure Christ. I have come to realize that much of what I do as a parent is out of fear of what my kids might become rather than in faith and gratefulness for what he has already done. When we dedicate our kids to the Lord it’s a religious ceremony not an act of faith. I never want my role as a husband, father and pastor to ever keep me from truly knowing Christ.

When we treasure Christ we obey and submit our lives to him. The beauty of a life that treasures Christ is found when nothing but Christ can sustain it.

Here is the video we showed this weekend.

Love Wins?

If there is anything we know is that Love always wins even if we haven’t read Rob Bell’s groundbreaking book. What we do know is who the 5 people are who win Jim Wideman’s groundbreaking new book #kidmin Leadership.

The winners are:

lrwhitney Lindsey Whitney

BonnieDGCC Bonnie Deroski

pastoralan Alan Phillips

tijuanabecky tijuanabecky

gregferguson gregferguson

If you contact me via email or DM I’ll get your book out to you. Thanks!

YouTube Friday: Run for Love146

Our churches youth pastor is a running fool. He has done many marathons and even a few double marathons for all you non math majors like myself that’s like 50 miles. Crazy. He is a amazing leader and a passionate guy he is actually leaving today to run 146 miles over the next 5 days to raise money for Love146 an organization dedicated to the abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation.

If you can donate toward Pastor Marks Run for Love that would be fantastic here is the link. Click on the donate button at the bottom of the page.

Thanks – Go Pastor Mark and Go Love146!