Announcing …

Old Road

The time has come – after nearly four years – talkkindnesstome.com is moving.  I will continue to write frequently, but not at this address.

If you still want to read my random thoughts, there are two places to find me.  All my writing is on Facebook.

 

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Developing the Heart of a Servant Leader

Mark Deterding founded Triune Leadership Services to coach and train leaders who want to develop a heart for servant leadership.

“My desire is to build momentum for a movement of servant leadership across the world. I decided to write my first book using a series of daily messages to aid people in stepping up their activity in this area. As I counsel and consult with business leaders, it’s increasingly evident they are looking for ways to lift people up. This book, The Model of Servant Leadership, offers 140 messages arranged around the topic of becoming a leader who pours into people as talented and valued individuals. My prayer is that you read one message a day from this book while working to implement it in your life.  Then share with others what you are working on that day and watch your sphere of influence grow and flourish.”

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This is where to get your own copy of this book.  It comes in 3 formats. Kindle, Soft cover, Hardback http://www.triuneleadershipservices.com/a-model-of-servant-leadership/#more-1855

Faith like a parachute

It’s Monday everyone. A new day. A new week. What will it bring? Every day is new, but isn’t there something about Monday that just seems different? Some of us love Monday and enthusiastically run into the day with the joyful anticipation of a sky diving adventure. Others plod toward it with resistance like wearing a parachute that’s all burden and no adventure. Most of the time, I’m in camp #1. I look forward to Monday, even though it means leaving the freedom of the weekend behind. Other times my anticipation gets a little tarnished and it takes a lot more effort to polish my attitude before I jump into the unknown. Why is that?file0001754310068

If today is one of those days for you and you enter tentatively, even fearfully, remember this word: faith. We don’t have to walk through this day alone and in the dark. I started preparing for this Monday on Saturday and Sunday. It’s like packing my parachute for adventure.  I took a faith walk through some of the Psalms and revisited some promises in Isaiah and gave my mind an overdose of positive thoughts in Philippians 4.  Today has arrived and I’m ready.

God told us not to worry about the future.  We can make the best choices, and do everything right, but still we are promised this moment and the future is out of our control. I’m not making that up. It’s all true. Anticipating the future can be exciting. Ask someone whose hobby is skydiving. They will tell you, you’re up there in a plane with nothing but you and your parachute. You know it will open on the way down; that’s the faith part.  But there’s still that leap into the unknown, the adrenaline rush, the experience. Whether we approach our day with excitement or dread, it’s faith coupled with hope that carries us.   That’s what we need to do with this day. Let our faith carry us into a day that becomes our joy because we have our faith on and our radar tuned to God’s best.

This morning I was reading a devotional and noticed how  many of the references were in Psalm 119. It’s a long Psalm so it shouldn’t surprise me that there is so much encouragement in there, but I chose these to share with you today – Monday – the day after a weekend – the day after a holiday. I hope you don’t mind if I don’t identify the verses. These are from the Voice translation:  I have pursued You with my whole heart; do not let me stray from Your commands. I will chase after Your commandments because You will expand my understanding. Deep within me I have hidden Your word so that I will never sin against You. Guide me to walk in the way You commanded because I take joy in it. The earth is filled with Your unfailing love, O Eternal One; teach me to observe what You require. Help me to learn good judgment and knowledge because I believe Your commandments. Before I had trouble, I strayed from the true path, the path of righteousness, but now I live according to Your word. You are truly good, and Your acts are too; teach me what You require. According to Your unfailing love, spare my life so that I can live according to the decrees of Your mouth. Your word is a lamp for my steps; it lights the path before me. I long for Your salvation, O Eternal One. Meanwhile, Your teaching brings me great joy. Let my soul live on so that I may praise You, and let Your precepts guide me.

No fear OK?  Eyes, ears, heart wide open like a parachute. Take the giant leap of faith – like Francesca Battistelli sings here in – I’m Letting Go.
Ready team? Let’s get out there! Treat yourself to joy every day!

He is risen! Happy Easter!

A few months ago, I took a class where one of the assignments was to think of what qualities we would have if we were fearless and able to accomplish things that, in our own selves, would not be possible. We were told to think of heroes in our lives who already had the qualities we were lacking. I’ve never been a hero worshipper but if it made the assignment easier, I could put my mind to it. My first thought was what would it take to be a hero? I mean from my estimation. Would it be the character who enters a phone booth as a mild mannered young man and bursts forth as Superman, able to leap tall buildings with a single bound? Or would it be a woman who is highly successful and respected around the globe? Or would it be an aging man who has brought millions to hear the gospel, who has written books about being totally sold out to God, and who has lived a quiet life, above reproach? More likely, my hero would be someone I know personally, respect for their wisdom, look up to for guidance, and already seek their counsel.Happy Easter
When we have a hero, what is our ambition? To become like them. We covet their approval. We pursue their advice. We pay attention to their advice and try to emulate their best characteristics. We can’t wait for the time to come when we can get together and have girl talk (or guy talk) And we love them with unconditional love. I have several heroes, people I look up to, respect, would model my life after – at least to some extent, but they are human. While these people have all the characteristics of strong Christian faith and unblemished moral character, they have the vulnerabilities of being human. Today is Easter Sunday. I don’t have to wonder who my super hero is. I can read an entire book about his qualities. As much as I’m able, I want to emulate him.
In my quiet time with the Lord each day, I read a devotional. When scripture is mentioned I read it from the Bible and often write it down. These are just a few of the verses that spoke to me recently about the character I want to emulate.
 
Unconditional love: Jeremiah 31:3 I have loved you with an everlasting love—out of faithfulness I have drawn you close.
Prayer warrior: Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.
Morality: Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, watch over your heart; diligently guard it because from a sincere and pure heart come the good and noble things of life.
Humility: 1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up.
Joy: Psalm 119:2 Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.
Practice the presence of God: Philippians 4:4-9 Rejoice in the Lord! Keep your gentle nature so that all people will know what it looks like to walk in His footsteps. The Lord is ever present with us. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
I went to see Passion of the Christ when it came out a few years ago. “See” is a euphemism for something that didn’t happen. I spent the greater share of the movie looking at the back of the seat in front of me. You might remember that the entire movie was done in subtitles, but I was paralyzed, unable to look at the screen. It was brutal and horrific to see 200 years later, imagine the experience in real life! Isaiah 53 is the story told before it even happened. I won’t copy it all here, but read it for yourself. It’s the tragedy of the cross. No cinematography required.
Jesus is my hero. He lives in heaven, but he also lives in my heart. Jesus said in John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” My prayer is that Jesus is your hero too. He wants everyone to be saved and understand the truth. (1 Timothy 2:4) He is the unchangeable, miraculous, constant companion, we can look up to, emulate, and love. Jesus deserves our ultimate hero worship.
Isaiah 53 Jesus was despised and rejected. it was our suffering he carried,our pain and distress, our sick-to-the-soul-ness. We just figured that God had rejected him, that God was the reason he hurt so badly. But he was hurt because of us; he suffered so. Our wrongdoing wounded and crushed him. He endured the breaking that made us whole. The injuries he suffered became our healing. The Eternal One laid on him, this silent sufferer, the sins of us all. And in the face of such oppression and suffering—silence. Not a word of protest, not a finger raised to stop it. he went—oh so quietly, oh so willingly. Even though he did no wrong by word or deed. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins.
He is risen. Happy Easter!
Worthy, worthy, is the lamb who was slain . . . Kari Jobe – Revelation Song

The super hero of Easter does not wear floppy ears.

There’s a new show in town. Maybe you’ve hear of it. Batman v Superman. I rarely pay attention to titles of movies and I’m selective of those that I see, but this one bothered me. When did the good guys turn their focus from catching the villain and start pouring all their energy into competing with each other? When did the story stray from hunting down the bad guy to a super hero becoming the bad guy? I’m secretly glad the ratings got barely above 1 star. OK well now that I said it, I guess it isn’t all that secret. If you saw the movie and loved it, I’m not going to rain on your parade. I’m just sad that movie producers and screenwriters are so desperate for notoriety that they’ve now turned good guys into competitive, finger pointing, intolerant, fanatics who prey on each other. Forbes magazine says “‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ is a treat for the eyes, but it will hurt your brain and break your heart.” Super hero pitted against super hero is just one more evidence that they are not super at all.

There is one Super Hero who is always good, always righteous, always faithful, and His power is limitless. Jesus Christ competes with no one. I don’t want to trivialize Jesus Christ. In no way do I compare him to a Hollywood movie character, but we all have our heroes, friends we look up to, people we admire. We might even wish to be like a super hero character when we’re tenuously attempting to do something we’ve never done before. We’re human, and that’s what humans do. We have role models and we become role models.Hero - with 2 bible verses

Jesus Christ is my super hero. Jesus Christ is the role model I aspire to. If we are going to aspire to become more like anyone, it should be Jesus Christ. Matthew 5:48 says, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” I know. That’s a pretty scary verse, but don’t let it scare you into inertia. Instead, think of it as motivation for doing good. Let’s face it Jesus was perfect in every way and we will never be that. We will never perform perfectly or be without flaws. Even our super heroes of this life make mistakes. Human heroes commit sin. Human heroes hurt us and let us down. Romans 3:10 lays it out for us. “As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one.”

It’s not looking like a very good day for human Super Heroes, is it? We will make mistakes, choose unwisely, and do dumb things. Whether intentionally or unknowingly we will commit sin. That’s because every human person, regardless of race, color, gender, or any other characteristic that makes them unique, was born with sin in their heart. No matter how perfectly we live now, Romans 3:23 says, “All have sinned.” All is a pretty broad term. That includes me. It includes every person who has human DNA.

Jesus Christ Super Hero, was sent to Earth by his father, God, to cover the sin of every person and wash it away with his own blood. When Jesus was beaten and bloody, nailed to the cross, it wasn’t for sin he had committed, it was for the sin every person on earth was born into. 1 John 1:7 Explains that it was the blood of Jesus Christ that washes away sin. And Revelation 1:5 says “Christ loves us, and by his blood he set us free from our sins.”

I was taught all these truths from the day I was born. “Romans 3:22 Righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile.” Every person, including me could be righteous in God’s eyes. Yet it wasn’t until I was 26 years old that I finally turned my heart over to God and believed in his power to give me a new life in Christ. . “If you believe deep in your heart that God raised Jesus from the pit of death and if you voice your allegiance by confessing the truth that “Jesus is Lord,” then you will be saved! 10 Belief begins in the heart and leads to a life that’s right with God; confession departs from our lips and brings eternal salvation. Romans 10:9-10”  I told God that I was sorry for not believing in Jesus, I confessed my sin and asked the holy spirit to clean me up from the inside out. I’m thankful for 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” Now I could emulate Christ and become a super hero in God’s eyes.

That day in heaven, I became a human super hero – or maybe I was just celebrated as one. At least that’s what it sounds like in Luke 15:7 “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. It’s not the colored eggs, it’s not the fuzzy bunny with floppy ears, it’s not the ham or the family gathered around the dinner table. Easter is the celebration of Resurrection. Easter remembers that Jesus died a horrific, painful, bloody death and he went to the grave for you and for me. Then after three days, just like he promised, he rose from death. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 “ Christ died for our sins, as the Scriptures say;  that he was buried and was raised to life on the third day as the Scriptures say.”

Humanly speaking, I will never be a super hero, and that’s OK. Heavenly speaking, I will always be a super hero to my Father. He looks at me and sees his daughter, a masterpiece, “the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God already planned.”  Ephesians 2:10

This Easter, accept Jesus. There is no competition, just say yes and become his child, his super hero. You are already his masterpiece.

Celebrate Easter – Dallas Holmes sings Rise Again

Just Some Life Lessons I Have Learned

In the world of bloggers, one of the common themes is “What would you tell your 25 year old self?” I considered blogging today, but after reading this meditative and introspective piece from Jessica Caitlin Rushford I couldn’t pass it up and not share it. I have never written anything about what I would tell my 25 year old self. Now I don’t have to, because this is what I am telling myself today at a whole lot older than 25. And it still applies.
Jessica is a senior in college and describes herself this way, “I’m just a pretty boring college girl who thinks a lot.” I’m not sure that boring is even close to the word I would use to describe this talented, sparkling, refreshing, beautiful, wise young woman.
Jessica’s blog is age neutral. It doesn’t matter if you’re 15 or 95 – everything she says is relative in some way. I especially love the ‘be thankful’ and ‘don’t compare’. This will take less than 3 minutes to read, but a lifetime to absorb … if you do life right.
Till next time … enJOY your Friday.

Random Thoughts

I am not a writer. I am not good at the spelling or grammar but sometimes I just have these urges to write. Often times these moments take place while I am trying to fall asleep or taking a shower…. so not the most convenient times what-so-ever! I also get awesome blog topics when I am supposed to be studying and doing homework…like today. I just love procrastination. And so in honor of procrastination I am going to make a little list of life lessons I have learned throughout my past, almost 3, years at college. Most of these I still struggle to live by but it’s important to remind myself of them all the time.

  • Grades do not define you
    • I still struggle with this. Don’t get me wrong, good grades are great, but if there are some classes that you do not do well in it is okay…

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So that’s it then.

So that’s it then. Do you ever feel like that? We all have those pivotal moments when all we can think is, “Well, that’s it then.” A lost job, a long anticipated visit comes to an end, a habit thought to be buried in our history worms its way back into our present, an illness suddenly bears the label ‘terminal’, the devastating death of a loved one. That’s it then.

In those moments, faced with a broken heart or personal devastation, wouldn’t it be perfect if we could turn back time, even for a little while, and have a do-over of the occasions we wish we had done differently? What if we had a survival mechanism like that? I don’t know about you, but there are quite a few occasions I would like to rewind and try again. Remember David? The one with the slingshot, the stones, the harp, the lyre, and king who actually wanted him dead? Yes, that David. He lamented in Psalm 69:2 “I sink in the miry depths, where here is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.” Doesn’t that sound hopeless? Already in the depths and unable to even gain a foothold. Life can dole out some pretty crushing events and circumstances that leave us drained and deeply distressed like David. In those moments don’t we want peace, safety, and to believe that it’s going to be OK? I know what I want. I want my moments back. I want to feel secure, hopeful and to have peace. Encourage one another daily

I’ve learned that human hurt requires the touch of the Master who transcends human hearts. God lets me complain to him, cry on his shoulder, argue my point, and run a marathon through every emotion. He hears me when I rebelliously declare, “Well, that’s it then.” He reminds me that all this is temporary, but his plan is eternal and has no dependency on conditions of this life. The Master gently speaks 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 to softened hearts and opened minds, “As it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— these things God has prepared for those who love him— they are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.”

I wish I had it all together, but I don’t. I hurt sometimes. I want to wave the white flag in front of life and surrender, cry uncle, just give up. But then I hear this gentle whisper “My child, get up! Start again.” And I’m reminded that God breathed his Word for times like these, His ultimate Immunity – my personal Immunity. Proverbs 22:19-21 “So that your trust may be in the Lord, I teach you today, even you. Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge, teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth?”

Do you need immunity from hurts of this world? Start with moments with the Master of Immunity. 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.  We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” Power is from God, not from us.

Lord, I’m crushed under the burdens of this life. I can’t breathe. I confess that I’ve forgotten that I don’t have to do life on my own. Please take this thing that’s holding me back and robbing me of the joy, a gift from you. I have faith that you will fix it in whatever way is best. Even if it doesn’t make sense to me, Lord, I trust your heart. I know this might be unfixable, and if it is, please change my attitude to see new potential instead of impossible obstacles. Thank you for being the sovereign Master of Immunity, the protector, provider, and inimitable source of peace. God, I love you. I give you this day. Let me see the possibilities as you see them.

Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called, “Today”. – Hebrews 3:13

Somehow, writing this brought this song by Michael W. Smith to my mind. – Breathe