5 favorite finds this week – here goes:
1) DreamWorks on Classical Guitar – Nathan Mills (Beyond The Guitar) latest classical guitar video is a medley of movie themes by DreamWorks Animation. So beautiful.
All are arranged and performed by classical guitarist Nathan Mills (Beyond The Guitar). Enjoy!
2) Your Future Self – Productivity guru Darius Foroux writes about how we become our future selves. It’s not magic, nor is it rocket science. Our future selves are born out of what we are about today. Photo Credit: Flickr, Mitch Huang
“All I have to do now is look at my actions. I ask myself, “So you want to be independent, huh? What does that take?”
- Are you creating things that people need?
- Are you improving your skills?
- Are adding value to other people’s lives?
- Are you saving at least 10% of your income?
- Are you investing your money?
- Are you exercising enough?
- Are you reading enough books?
- Are you investing in yourself?
I can go on for a while. But you get the point. I’m questioning my habits here. It’s not about what you want — it’s about what you do.
And not in the future. Today.” – Darius Foroux
Foroux hands his readers a mirror and asks these pointed questions and others – regarding habits. Our junk food diet, our propensity for complaining, our couch-potato screen habits, our spending beyond what we make. Pretty much in-your-face. However, he also provides free helps to get us off the couch or office chair and on to the kinds of habits that move us to that future self we hope to be. His free ebook How to Get From Procrastinate Hero to Procrastinate Zero is valuable, worth hopping onto his email list for me.
Couch Potatoes vs. Creators – Oliver Burkeman
Don’t Fall Prey to Couch Potato Syndrome – Susan Mahoney
3) Wisdom of Great Leaders – Mark Crowley, leadership sage himself, posted a piece recently entitled 10 of the World’s Great Sages Share Their Most Important Leadership Advice. He’s taken these quotes from his own interviews with these leaders on his insightful Lead From the Heart podcast. Below are four of my favorite quotes from Crowley’s article. Check out the interviews in full – great stuff!
“When a human being feels as though they are being cared for and nurtured, their physiology works at its best…Leaders who affect the hearts in people get the best results, and your companies will become far more successful once you embrace this.” – Dr. James Doty
“A ‘multiplier’ leader is someone who uses their own intelligence, capabilities, and talents in a way that amplifies the talents and intelligence of others. They’re leaders who we’re best around.” – Liz Wiseman
“There’s a pathological disconnect between the attributes that seduce us when hiring managers and those that are actually needed to be an effective leader. We can see the effects of hyper-masculine leadership; what we need today are managers who are more self-effacing, empathetic and altruistic – other-focused people who are good coaches and mentors.” – Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic
“It’s not the big decisions that differentiate high-performing CEOs, it’s the volume and speed of their decisions. It’s about the speed rather than the precision on the hundreds of decisions they need to make.” – Kim Powell
The Oscar Wilde satirical quote below is NOT among Crowley’s #LeadFromtheHeart counsel above. It does speak to the problem of our leaders being knowers and non-learners. Learners are the best kind of knowers. Excellent leaders never stop learning.
Photo Credit: Flickr, Smita Nair Jain
4) Father’s Day – Celebrating Father’s Day this weekend!
We all have fathers – whether very present or long-time absent. Some of you may be fathers. Some of you may have wanted to be fathers but are not able to be…for whatever reasons. This day of commemoration usually means a good meal and some sort of gifting or pampering for you dads. For all of you, with or without children, you can be influencers…and we need you. My biological father was absent long before my parents divorced. Thankfully I have had a rich heritage of good fathers through the rest of my life – my step-dad, brothers, uncles, husband, father-in-law, son/son-in-law, and loving, empowering male friends and colleagues. Most of these good fathers in my life were spiritual fathers…but fathers nonetheless.
The Father I Never Knew on Father’s Day – Deb Mills Writer
Fathering – Celebrating Men Who Did It Well; Forgiving Men Who Didn’t – Deb Mills Writer
Traveling Man – Somewhere Between Here, There, & Home – Deb Mills Writer
Budweiser’s Father’s Day Ad Is Bringing People to Tears – Lyn Mettler
Photo Credit: B. C. Comics
5) Southern Baptists – My family didn’t start out in church or Christian. Mom was a believer but through a difficult marriage and trying to feed and clothe four children, she left church before I was born. After her divorce, neighbors invited us to church and it was a huge discovery for us…people who loved us even though we came with a lot of baggage as a family…and a God who loved us just as we were. It was a small Southern Baptist church in Georgia, and I’ve been Southern Baptist ever since.
In June every year church representatives of this large denomination meet somewhere in the US to worship together, reflect on the past year and plan for the future, and invariably, deal with some issue that could divide them.
After the fun of catching up with old friends and colleagues from years past, two of the highlights of this convention for me were:
- the Scripture translation project (we could buy verses of the New Testament for $5 each – for a New Testament to be translated for a people group who don’t have it in their language). By the end of the convention, it was funded!
Baptist Global Response panel on mercy ministries was one:
This year two of the dividing issues were the continuing need for racial reconciliation and responding with care to those victimized by clergy in the Southern Baptist Convention. We aren’t where we need to be eventually, but we made progress, thankfully.Photo Credit: Religion News
On racial reconciliation, I loved hearing Dhati Lewis, Missie Branch, and George Yancey.
“Before we can diversify our churches or organizations, we must diversify our dinner tables.” – Dhati Lewis
Diversity at the Dinner Table – Trillia Newbell
“When someone says, ‘I don’t see race’, what I hear is ‘You don’t see me.’” – George Yancey
Notes from the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention – George Yancey
Southern Baptists Give Greater Attention to Diversity But Acknowledge More Needed – Adelle M. Banks
The piece below is where I am after listening to the panel above:
Slowly and surely I began to realize that my problem was not that I was a person of privilege. Jesus was the most privileged being to ever walk this earth. My problem was what I did with my privilege. Would I use it (consciously or unconsciously) for my own gain, or could I let go of my grasp and use it to serve others. Jesus showed me how, “Who did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing”.
How Jesus lived and died would serve as an example for me, and would ultimately allow me to live and die like him. He has taken my shame so that I no longer have to respond defensively about my privilege. I can embrace it, now no longer for myself, but for those for whom Christ died and rose again. Not in a white savior way, He’s the Messiah, I am not. But in an incarnational, self-emptying, for-the-sake-of-others way.
The gospel for the privileged is that Christ took our state of mis-being so that we can live for others. Hallelujah. – Missioeric
Becoming a Church That Cares Well for the Abused – Video Course – Brad Hambrick
That’s it. How about you? Share your favorite finds in Comments below. Have a blessed weekend.
Raising Girls Who Are “Includers” Instead of “Mean Girls” – Lisa McCrohan
How to Help a Depressed Friend Through Their Illness and Recovery – Natalie Morris
Dear Church, Let’s Talk About Mental Health
How Complaining Physically Rewires Your Brain to Be Anxious and Depressed
Enneagrams and Enneagram Cupcakes (YouTube Videos on various types)
A Woman of Influence
Photo Credit: Brainy Quote