Spirituality, Contribution and Leaving a Legacy

Spirituality
Spirituality is one of my nine core values. I have learned that spirituality is not a smooth road. It is full of twist and turns. It is not a straight line from point “A” to point “B”. There is much more movement in real spiritual growth. The important thing is to keep your eyes on Jesus, and when we notice we have taken our eyes off Jesus, refocus them on Jesus.

Contribution
contribution.jpgWinston Churchill said, “You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” I have learned that the more I give the less financial struggles I have. Zig Ziglar says, “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” Then he points out “that is a philosophy, not a tactic.” In other words, our motivation for giving should NOT be because we might receive. Giving is a reward in and of itself. Giving makes me more like Jesus.

Leaving a Legacy
legacyPeter Drucker said, “There is no success without a successor.” This is an area where I want to continue to grow. As I get older I better understand the significance of passing on what spirituality and contribution we have brought to this world. This is something I want to be more intentional about.

All three of these go together. Spirituality, contribution, and leaving a legacy seem to be a part of each other. I believe Jesus was the perfect embodiment of all three.

No one was ever more connected to God than was Jesus. Jesus is the ultimate giver, giving up the comfort of heaven to come to this earth and be mistreated and killed for the sins of the world. The legacy that he left is evidenced by the continued influence of the Christian faith.

My hope is that I will continue to grow in all three of these areas. I have many models to follow in these three areas, but the greatest model is Jesus. If I want to grow spiritually, give generously, and leave a legacy that will live on long after I am dead then Jesus is my perfect example to follow.


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Become Greater Than You Are – 4 Case Studies

david palmerOn May 6th, my friend, David Palmer, will graduate from the University of the Cumberlands. This is how his Facebook post read today, “Only took 6 years. Lol May 6th, finally!” David stayed with it regardless of the many challenges he faced over the years. Just like “The Tortoise and the Hare” it does not always matter how fast we finish, but that we have the perseverance to finish no matter how long it takes.

David’s announcement brought back memories of my own journey. I was never a good student academically. I was a “C” student at best. I always enjoyed school. A matter of fact I enjoyed the 6th grade so well I took it twice.

Tommy LanhamEven in college, I did not do well. Just like David, it took me six years to finish. My story was recently highlighted in my friend Daniel Matthews’ book “Spear Your Fear”. Matthews writes,

      Take my friend, Tommy, in the 1990’s, he was asked to leave college because of his grades. He was given a second chance and after a 6-year struggle, he managed to graduate with a 2.3 GPA.
     Most recently, he graduated with a Master’s Degree that was completed in just over one year and did so with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Today, he spoke at his former high school on “The Success of a 6th Grade Flunky.”
     Tommy knows that if you want to become greater than you are, you not only must be able to recognize the successes within your failures, you must be able to exploit them (p. 117).
daniel matthewsAs Daniel Matthews stated, I did go on to get my Master’s in Life Coaching with a 4.0 GPA. Daniel also struggled academically when he was younger deciding to drop out of high school. Several years later he graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University summa cum laude. (To find out more about Daniel Matthew’s journey read the book “Spear Your Fear” available at http://www.continue2improve.com.)

SorenI used to be somewhat embarrassed that it took me six years to graduate college until I discovered it took Soren Kierkegaard 10 years to get his undergraduate degree and today he is considered one of the top thinkers of the past 200 years. So, hey! I am in good company.

So, whether it is David Palmer, Daniel Matthews, Soren Kierkegaard, myself, or the countless others who have persevered in the face of trial and failure, ignored the naysayers who said it could not be done and realized that this life is not a sprint but a marathon I salute you. I salute us.

Never give up! Continue to press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of you (Philippians 3:12). It does not matter how long it takes it only matters that you complete the race.

Image result for daniel matthews spear your fear imagesThank you, David Palmer, Daniel Matthews, Soren Kierkegaard, and the many others who have inspired me with your perseverance.

God is not done with you…so never settle, live with enthusiasm, and turn the world upside down…Here we go!
Matthews, D. Daniel. (2016). Spear Your Fear: Five Simple Steps to Retrain Your Brain for     Success. Continue2improve. Lexington, KY.


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An Atheist’s Journey to Faith: A Movie Review of “The Case for Christ”

 

case movieLast night I went with my church family to see the movie, “The Case for Christ.” I read the book several years ago and had been greatly anticipating seeing the movie since I heard they were making it. I was not disappointed.

Although it was not as good as the book (movies seldom are), it was well done and brought forth a great message. The movie is based on the life of Lee Strobel.  Lee was an atheist that decided to investigate the Christian faith, and specifically the resurrection of Jesus, after his wife became a Christian.

case for faithWanting desperately to prove his wife wrong, he set out on a journalistic investigation by meeting up with some of the top experts in the fields of science, psychology, medicine, philosophy, and yes, theology. Although the movie does not bring this out, Strobel’s investigation took approximately two years to conclude. As a top notch journalist for the Chicago Tribune who was also an atheist, all he was looking for were the facts to prove the Christian faith wrong.

The movie follows Strobel’s journey through this process to the point of his ultimate conclusion. One important moment in the movie is where Strobel had published a story about a man involved in a shooting before he had acquired all the facts. As a result, the man was convicted of the shooting and later badly beaten in prison. Strobel eventually apologized to the man for reporting on the incident before having all the facts. The man looks at Strobel and says, “You did not want to see all the facts.”

caseStrobel realizes that this man’s statement was not only true about the shooting, it was also true about the resurrection and the Christian faith. After gathering facts and investing for two years to disprove the resurrection and the claims of the Christian faith, Strobel comes to this conclusion; it would take more faith to remain an atheist than it would to become a Christian. (Again, the movie does not bring this out as strongly as the book does.)

If you have questions about the Christian faith and you enjoy movies I would encourage you to see “The Case For Christ”. If you enjoy reading and you have questions about the Christian faith, it would be even better to read the book of the same title.


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Who ARE You Anyway?

Over the course of the last four blogs we have uncovered how people are energized (Extravert or Introverts); how they communicate (Sensing or Intuitive); how they make decisions (Thinking or Feeling); and how they prioritize (Judging or Perceiving). If you
have missed any of those blogs you can find them at the links below:

How Are You Energized? Depends on Your Personality

The Secret Code Behind Remarkable Communication

How Do You Make Decisions?

Are You Scheduled or Spontaneous?

What happens when we put all of these together? How is someone who is an introvert, intuitive, feeler, perceiver; different from someone who is an extrovert, sensing, thinker, judger? The different combinations of these four areas (how we are energized, communicate, make decisions, and prioritize) helps us understand our specific personality style. Throughout the rest of the blog I will use the following letters to refer to the following words:

who areE=Extravert

I=Introvert

S=Sensing

N= Intuitive

T=Thinking

F=Feeling

J=Judging

P=Perceiving

Obviously, there are sixteen different variations we can find out of the different combinations of the eight words mentioned above. However, I want to look at the four dominate personality styles according to the combinations. We will look at the sixteen different combinations in a future blog.

SJ=Sensing + Judging

SJ’s are what I call the HEARTS. They are the security-seeking personality. They make up about 40-50% of the world’s population. Their time focus is on the past. A biblical example is Moses. At work or in ministry they want to develop a connection with other people while being able to measure accomplishment. As leaders they are stabilizers.

SP=Sensing + Perceiving

SP’s are what I call the BODIES. They are the thrill-seeking personality. They make up about 30-40% of the world’s population. Their time focus is on the now. A biblical example is Peter. At work and in ministry they want to have fun and be active. As leaders they are troubleshooters.

NF=Intuitive + Feeler

NF’s are what I call the SOULS. They are the identity-seeking personality. They make up about 10-20% of the world’s population. Their time focus is on the future. A biblical example is Barnabas. At work and in ministry they want harmony and a purpose to fulfill. As leaders they are inspirational.

NT=Intuitive + Thinker

NT’s are what I call the MINDS. They are the knowledge-seeking personality. They make up about 5-10% of the world’s population. Their time focus is on intervals (they associate time less with the clock and more with their projects). A biblical example is Paul. At work and in ministry they want to be an individual and they want things done efficiently. As leaders they are strategic.

Those are the four major personality styles. Look at the combination of the eight areas we have covered over the past four blogs and see if you can determine your personality style.

What is your personality style?


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Are You Scheduled or Spontaneous?

Over the last three blogs, we have looked at how different people energize, communicate, and make decisions. Today we will look at how different people prioritize. Again, we can break this down into two different styles of prioritizing.

judging4Judging
Judging means “preferring to make decisions;” it does not mean “judgmental” in the sense of constantly making negative evaluations about people and events. They like to live in a planned, orderly way. They are scheduled, organized, and try to avoid last-minute stress.

They want to make decisions, come to closure, and move on. Their lives tend to be structured and organized, and they like to have things settled. Sticking to a plan and schedule is very important to them, and they enjoy getting things done.

Perceiving
Perceiving means “preferring to take in information;” it does not mean “perceptive” in the sense of having quick and accurate perceptions about people and events. They like to live in a flexible, spontaneous way. They are flexible, casual, and find last-minute pressures energizing.

Perceivers find detailed plans and final decisions confining. They prefer to stay open to new information and last-minute options. They enjoy being resourceful in adapting to the opportunities and demands of the moment.

This is how different people prioritize. Neither is good or bad. It is how they are lived out that matters. We need both.

judging3When the judging and the perceiving can work together toward a common goal, they can complement each other well. However, if each one thinks they are right and the other is wrong, they will forever be in conflict. I am a firm believer that great minds do NOT think alike. However, great minds do think together!

We do not need people to think alike. We need each person to bring their differences; their different ways energizing, different ways of communicating, different ways of decision making, and their different ways of prioritizing; and use those differences to work together toward a common goal or purpose. That is what great minds do. They do NOT think alike, they simply think together.

judging2

Are you more of a judger or a perceiver?


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How Do You Make Decisions?

 

thinkers-vs-feelers.jpgOver the past two blogs, we have looked at how people are energized and how people best communicate. Today we will look at how different people make decisions. People fall into two different areas of how they best make decisions: Thinkers and Feelers.

Thinker

decision-making-processes1Thinkers are more analytical, reasonable, and tough-minded. Their goal is to find a standard or principle that will apply in all similar situations. They tend to be more impersonal in their approach, they believe they can make the best decisions by removing personal concerns that may lead to biased analysis and decision making.

Thinkers have a technical or scientific orientation. They look for logical explanations or solutions to most everything. They sometimes miss seeing or valuing the “people” part of situations and can be experienced by others as too task-oriented, uncaring, or indifferent.

Feeler

They are more empathetic, compassionate, and tender-hearted. Their goal is to create harmony and treat each person as a unique individual. They tend to be more personal in their approach, they believe they can make the best decisions by weighing what people care about and the points-of-view of each person involved in a situation.

Feelers have a people or communications orientation. They look for what is important to others and express concern for others. They sometimes miss seeing or communicating the “hard truth” of situations and can be experienced by others as too idealistic, mushy, or indirect.

As with the extrovert and introvert; sensing and intuitive; there is no right or wrong when it comes to being a thinker or a feeler. We need both. When they work together, instead of against each other, they both can be more productive, happy, and content.

t vs f

As you read the descriptions of the thinker and the feeler which one fits the way you see yourself? In realizing your own tendencies you can better understand your decision making strengths and weaknesses. If you are a thinker, get some help from a feeler when making important decisions. If you are a feeler, get some help from a thinker when making important decisions.


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The Secret Code Behind Remarkable Communication

 

in-sWe discussed where people get their energy by looking at the differences between extroverts and introverts in the last blog. Today we will look at people’s style of communication, the way they best exchange information, by looking at the difference between those who have a preference for sensing and those who are more intuitive.

Sensors tend to communicate more concretely while intuitors tend to communicate more abstractly. In the book “Please Understand Me II” David Keirsey explains the difference this way, “Abstract words refer to things that cannot be observed but only imagined, while concrete words refer to things that can be observed and therefore need not be imagined” (p. 120).

Sensing

If your tendency is toward sensing, you communicate through what you can see, touch, smell, hear, and taste. You communicate what you can observe. You tend to start with the facts first, then move toward the big picture.

sensing intuitionSensors like to recall events as snapshots of what literally happened. They put experience first and put less trust in words and symbols. Sometimes they will focus so much on the facts of the present or past that they miss new possibilities.

Intuitive

If your tendency is toward intuition, you communicate through what can be imagined. You see beyond just the facts. You tend to start with the big picture first, then move toward the details and facts.

Intuitives like to recall events by what they read “between the lines” at the time. They place great trust in insights, symbols, and metaphors and less in what is literally experienced. Sometimes they focus so much on new possibilities that they miss the practicalities of making that new possibility into reality.

Everyone has some of both sensing and intuition. However, we all have one that is more dominate than the other. This is your preference for how you best and most naturally communicate.

Neither style is good or bad. We need both. When we are aware of what each person’s communication style is, we can better work towards better marriages, healthier churches, and more productive businesses.

S-N

After reading the descriptions of the two different communications styles which one do you feel you are? What about your spouse? Kids? Co-workers? Supervisor? Understanding you’re your communication style and the style of those you interact with on a regular basis can help you be more effective in your communication.


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