How Do You Influence Your Influencer?

Do you ever wonder how you can influence your pastor, or your leader, or your boss? We call this leading up. How do you lead up? How do you influence your influencer, your boss, your manager, your leader, your pastor?

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Your Family Matters

Make sure that you are keeping your own family first. You have heard it said over and over again, don't sacrifice your family on the altar of ministry. Please, please, please, I beg of you, don't do that.

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Open Up To People And See What God Does

Even just being aware of the needs of the people around us, the needs of people that I go to school with; people that I work with; people in my family; people within the church, am I going out of my way to be vulnerable, invite them in, and allow the Lord to work for them? There are four things that keep us from this. You could say they're roadblocks or differences to us for not opening ourselves up to people, and even opening up our homes to people.

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Extraordinary Leaders Never Stop Growing

Effective leaders grow, and I want you to grow personally. I want you to grow professionally. I want you to grow spiritually. I want you to grow academically. You are setting yourself up for success if you will commit and if you have a growth mindset. There's a big difference between average leaders and extraordinary leaders.

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Give Thanks... In Everything?

I love the scripture, and I need to love it more. I know we all do. None of us love the scripture quite like we should, but I find the older I get, the longer I walk with the Lord, that the more I fall in love with His Word.

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Be the Salt!

It is said that you can lead a horse to water, but you can't force him to drink. Here's the thing: you can give him salt and make him thirsty. So let me say it again; I want to make sure you get that. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink, however you can give him salt and make him thirsty.

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The Amazing Effect of Gratefulness

Hey, guys and girls. What's up? Thanks for reading this article. Your attention means the world to me. I just shot some videos here in my studio, and I ended my last video by saying, "I am grateful for you." As I wrapped up the video, I thought, I'm not done yet. I'm going to push record one more time and remind you of something. Because we do need to be reminded again as though it was the first time. That is the extreme weight and value that gratitude brings into your life.

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Little Things Create Big Things

There's a principle in the Kingdom of God when you study the New Testament that teaches this, and it's actually the little things that create big things. Now we all want to make a big impact. We all want to make a big difference in this world. We all want to try to positively impact our family, our community. We want to make a difference with our job, with our career, but we think to make a big impact we have to do big things, but that is a wrong way of thinking. Big impacts always start with little things.

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Grateful or Not… The Choice is Yours

Whether you've had a great month or a bad month, a great week or a bad week, a great day or a bad day, you and I have a choice to make every day. Are we going to be grateful or not? Are we going to live a life full of gratitude or with no gratitude?

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Having the Attitude of a Servant with Your Leadership

We should choose to have the attitude of a servant. I'm telling you, if we could just get this down. Now, Jesus did this. He said, "I didn't come to be served, but to serve.” He then ultimately said, "To give his life a ransom for many.” So Jesus modeled this. I think really in children's ministry, if there's any group, any demographic of people in the church that serve, it's really children's ministry leaders. So much of ministry is really about washing feet like Jesus did.

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Watch Out for the Space Eaters!

When you think about the word space, what do you think of? Space. We're at an online conference, and we're going to tour this space. Maybe you think about outer space? Maybe you think, “I need some space. I need a break from my kids. I need a break from work. I need some space.”

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Encourage Yourself in the Lord

When it comes to encouragement, where do you find your source? You and I have got to make our spiritual life a priority. It has got to be a priority, or else it's going to end up coming back and hurting you and me.

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Develop Your God-Given Gifts

Each of us are so different. Now, the beautiful thing is we understand as followers of Jesus Christ and those with the biblical world view, that God has created us. He's wired us with these gifts and skills, that together, are intended to work together for the furtherance of the Gospel and the Kingdom.

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Task-Oriented vs. People-Oriented

You're either task-oriented or people-oriented. Every person falls in one of these two categories. You either default to being very task-oriented or very social/people-oriented. One of the biggest ways to tell which one you are is by how you are working. If you are working and someone comes in and wants to talk, how do you respond?

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Ministry Multiplication

It is really the only way to sustain yourself in ministry. Ministry can be tough; it can be hard. I don't have to tell you that. When you work with people, and especially in a ministry-church context where you are caring for people's souls and helping them spiritually and emotionally, it can be very demanding. You've got to be developing a team around you. You need to focus on ministry multiplication.

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Keep Learning, Keep Growing, Keep Going

What's the first question that I want to ask somebody when I first meet them? Here it is: what are you learning right now? I ask this because how you answer that question reveals a ton about you. Your eagerness to learn tells me a lot. Your eagerness to learn is directly proportionate to your mindset and the direction/the trajectory of your life.

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Don't Fear Failure

If I was going to give one piece of advice, I would say don't be afraid to fail. I think by nature, we all are a little scared to fail. We're scared of what other people are going to think about me if I fail. What are my friends going to think? What's my wife going to think? What's my kids going to think? Am I going to lose respect of others?

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If God Called You to it, You Are a Giant!

In Yosemite, California, there is the Yosemite National Park. Throughout this whole park are these big giant sequoia trees, and they're absolutely amazing. They're magnificent to look at. As Beth and I were hiking, I thought, "boy, these things are so big. If they fell, think of the impact they would have."

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Are You Firmly Planted on the Rock?

In Yosemite, California, at Yosemite National Park, there are lots of greenery, trees, and rocks. When I was there, I thought about you. I meditated on the journey that we take as parents, as spouses, as ministry leaders, whatever you do day after day after day. What are you standing on?

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