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Follow Friday

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It’s Friday, which means it’s time to share the great things that you have found and are enjoying this week.  Here are a few things that I have been finding helpful.

Blog:  Ron Edmondson

Ron has been blogging for quite a while and has a massive amount of really helpful content for leaders.  I love reading his insights each day.  Ron is the pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church.  I watched this interview with him and got really interested in following him.  I’d recommend that you check out his blog!

Ron Edmondson Blog

Twitter: Paul Tripp

Not only does this guy have an EPIC mustache but he has some incredible insights too!  Paul wrote a great book called Dangerous Calling.  If you are in ministry, this is a must read!  Check out Paul on Twitter.

Paul Tripp

Podcast: The Moth

The Moth is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the art of telling stories.  The Moth has presented thousands of true stories.  “The storyteller and the audience embark on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating.”  Check out this podcast.

The Moth Podcast

Don’t be stingy, share the things that you’ve found to be fun, challenging, or helpful!  I’d love to hear what you’re reading!

~Peter

 

Be Careful Little Eyes What You See


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Do you want to know what I can’t stand?  Flyers.  Ads.  Circulars.  And those little postcards that fall out of the center of a magazine.  Those little cards are super annoying!  I have a love hate relationship with all of those glossy inserts.  They look sexy and even feel sexy to the touch–right?  They are silky smooth and the colors are popping off the page.  It draws your eye into the ‘biggest sale ever’…

When I was in high school I would come home from church on a Sunday afternoon, plunk down on the floor in front of our fire place, pull the Sunday paper apart in order to get the ad’s out.  Not to throw them out, but to study them.  Every week, I would do this.  I loved to look at the Best Buy ads, the Circuit City ads, and whatever other big box retailer that is no longer around had to offer.  I would drool over the different TV’s and computers.  Could you believe it, they even had a Sony Playstation on sale…

It all started out very innocent for me.  The newspaper was a big collection of writing, and I just wanted to read the picture books in it.  This habit continued on into adulthood.  For many years I would pull out the ads and set them aside so that I could methodically look over each page, and each image.  It became unhealthy.

Focusing on what I don’t have always causes me to enjoy what I do have less.

That’s exactly what was happening.  I wrote about my struggle with materialism the other day (check it out here) but I can pinpoint the start of that issue back to the days of ‘reading’ the ads.  I had to stop looking.  I had to start enjoying what I did have rather than focus on how great my life would be if I had the latest and the greatest.

The other day I walked in to the living room and found Noah and Grace sitting on the couch carefully studying the Walmart ad, and the Toys R Us ad.  I watched as their eyes methodically scanned the paper.  It was amazing to watch.  All of a sudden they started to say, I want this… I want that… I don’t have a microscope…

Everything inside of me started to cringe.  It was happening.  My kids are being sucked into the machine we know as marketing.  I hate it.  It was as if I caught my son looking at porn, that’s how it felt for me.  The lyrics to the old song are running through my head as I write this…

Oh be careful little eyes what you see, Oh be careful little eyes what you see, for the Father up above, He is looking down with love, Oh be careful little eyes what you see.

The materialism virus doesn’t care how young or old you are.  It just wants to grab a hold of you and infect your outlook on life.  Those ads don’t last long here in our house anymore.  I don’t want my kids growing up focusing on all that they don’t have, but focusing on all the gifts and blessings they do have.

~Peter

Follow Friday

 

followfridayHere it is… It is Friday again people!  We have reached the weekend.  So, likely this week you found a few quality items out there on the internet!  Do us a favor and share them with us here.  There are two ways you can do this, write your own “Follow Friday” post on your blog and drop your link in the tool at the bottom of this post, or leave a comment down below…

Here’s what I’ve found to be super helpful this week.


Blog: 22words.com

This is a fun little blog (not so little at all actually).  They do a great job of pulling together some really funny videos, and pictures.  This is a great site to check out after a long hard day at work.  So go check it out and enjoy a few good laughs!

22words blog


Twitter: Bill Hybels

Bill Hybels has easily been one of the men who has influenced me and my leadership.  I am so grateful for this man.  I have attended the Global Leadership Summit for many years now and have found that to be amazing.  However, my favorite speaker each and every year without a doubt is Bill.  I love the way that Bill is compassionate and real.  He oozes with practical wisdom.  And now you can get that hand delivered to your twitter feed… FOLLOW Bill Hybels.

Bill Hybels Twitter


Book: Let Hope In

Pete Wilson is another one of my favorites.  I love the way that this dude loves his wife, his kids, and the church.  The thing I love about Pete is that he does it in that order.  Pete is not only a great pastor, but he is also an incredible writer.  Pete has written a few books, but his most recent book Let Hope In has already proven to be incredible in my life.  I am only 50 pages in and I can’t wait to read more!  This is a must read…  You can be certain that there will be a few posts here that are centered around some quotes out of this book!

Pete Wilson, Book, Let Hope In


Website: PerfectPotluck.com

I found this website from a co-worker the other day.  It is so simple and so easy to use.  I love it.  I am planning a potluck style dinner at my house for our Nutley staff team. And because I don’t particularly care for everyone’s favorite-Aunt-Millie’s Casserole, I turned to perfect potluck.  Perfect Potluck lets me set the menu and those who are invited are able to ‘sign-up’ to bring something to contribute towards the meal.  Hence, no more Sunday After Church basement church potluck’s comprised of all side dishes.

perfectpotluck.com


Resource: iTunes Radio

Wow, do I love this!  I have subscribed to iTunes match and this made my life even better.  As you know I have been trying to become more self-disciplined (read about it here, and here).  Well, iTunes radio has helped me get through the running portion of that self-discipline.  If you listen to music when you exercise I highly recommend this.  They have some great stations that play a variety of music.  I love it!  Some of my favorite channels right now are “Rev it Up” (exercise), “Chill Out: Ambient”, (writing) and my create your own collection: “Zion radio” (made up of stuff like Hillsong United), and “Fix You radio” (Made up of stuff like Coldplay).

iTunes Match


Your turn!  Who are you following, reading, listening to, discussing, or being impacted by?  Or, what tools are you using to help you be more productive?

~Peter

God is bigger than your history and more concerned with your destiny.

Self Discipline: Part 2

Teddy Roosevelt Quote

Yesterday I started a conversation on self discipline.  Click over here to read it.  Today I wanted to pick up with 2 more areas of life that need to be disciplined…

Spiritual:  

Everyone has a spiritual life.  Not everyone has a disciplined spiritual life.  Even people who do not believe in the God of the Bible, or any god for that matter have a spiritual life.  God created us that way.  He created us to long for Him and to live our lives in a way that pleases Him.  Along the way we have stripped down our spiritual life.  We have hijacked things that rightly belong to God and we have taken them for our own.  A spiritually disciplined life is ruthlessly committed to restoring what rightly belongs to God.  This happens in so many different areas.  To many to list out in this one post. Continue reading

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