Anticipation…anticipation

Today’s Worship set:

Majestic – Lincoln Brewster

You Are Good – Israel Houghton

Majesty – Stu Garrard and Martin Smith

Glorious One – Steve Fee

The anticipation was great today for worship.  The congregation was excited and involved.  Jesus was exalted, no doubt.  I had a couple of miscues personally, but it was so good to watch and be a part.  I will work to be excellent as always though.  I am so proud to be a part of our worship team.  They are unbelievable.

On The Fly

Worship set for today:

 Mighty is Our God – Greco, Gustafson, Moen

Better is One Day – Matt Redman

Here I Am to Worship – Tim Hughes

Everything Glorious –

What Can I Do – Eric Barnes

Come To Me – Eric Barnes

Good day at ZBC.  It’s always a great atmosphere the day after a snow, people are buzzing.  The point of the message was “Are we available for God.”  Well, that’s the point I got anyway.  I wrote a chorus right before the invitation and I told a couple of guys in our band that I was going to do it (acapella).  They had strange eyes for me, but I did it anyway and then we did “Come To Me.”  All in all, it was an inspirational day for me and I hope many others.

O Praise Him

Worship set for today:

Because of Your Love – Paul Baloche

Step by Step/You Are Holy – Michael W. Smith

Everlasting God – Brenton Brown

O Praise Him – David Crowder

The worship for the last two weeks has been inspiring for me and I am proud to lead with our musicians and singers.

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The Dip

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A great read.  I read it last night.  It’s only 80 pages long.  Hey that’s pretty good for a country boy from Dacula, Georgia.

The cover reads, “A Little Book That Teaches You When To Quit (And When To Stick)” authored by Seth Godin.  It’s a very interesting book and has a ton of heart shaking points and in your face challenges.  I recommend it.

Basically, the author refers to the dip as the opportunity that you have and the cycle that one must go through to be GREAT (Reminds me of something a friend said a couple of weeks ago.) 

Sorry… back to the dip.  We all start a new idea, job or opportunity with freshness and excitement.  Then, the dip happens.  It’s hard and the infatuation has rubbed off.  The question is, should we quit before we’ve invested more than we should or see it through?  

The author uses another term called, the Cul-de-Sac, french for dead end. 

I quote:

 “It’s a situation where you work and you work and you work and nothing much changes.  It doesn’t get a lot better, it doesn’t get a lot worse.  It just is.  That’s why they call those jobs dead-end jobs.

There’s not a lot to say about the Cul-de-sac except to realize that it exists and to embrace the fact that when you find one, you need to get off it, fast.  That’s because the dead end is keeping you from doing something else.  The opportunity cost of investing your life in something that’s not going to get better is just too high.”

On the other hand, if the opportunity is a dip then you must know when and how to stick it out.  The dip according to Seth Godin is “the long slog between starting and mastery.”  So, find the dip and invest.  If you are in a Cul-de-Sac, get out fast and start investing and working through the thing that you are willing to do to be the best and strive for it like crazy.

Good tips for us all from Seth Godin.

Be GREAT for 2008!

My wife read this in her devotion book and passed along the encouragement to me and I’m passing it on to anyone else who is looking to be GREAT in 2008.  This is solid and challenging.  Written by Dr. Don Wilton, pastor of First Baptist Church of Spartanburg.  Check it out!!

“God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well……”  Romans 12:6

FOCUS ON YOUR STRENGTHS

Work where you’re strongest 80% of the time.  Work where you’re learning 15% of the time.  Work where you’re weakest 5% of the time.  Is that wise?  Absolutely!!  “God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well.”   What happens to a team when its members play ‘out of position?’  First, morale weakens because the team isn’t playing up to its capacity.  Those working in an area of weakness resent that their skills are untapped.  Soon they become unwilling to work as a team, everyone’s confidence erodes and the situation gets worse.  Then the competition takes advantage of their weaknesses, and they never win.  When people aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do, things don’t run well.
Do you know what your greatest strengths are?  If not, follow these guidelines:  (1) Be secure:  If you allow your insecurities to get the better of you, you’ll become inflexible and resistant to change.  And if you don’t change you won’t grow!  (2) Get to know yourself:  Spend time exploring your gifts.  Ask for feedback.  Acknowledge your blind spots.  (3)  Trust your leader:  If you can’t, look for one you can trust, or get on another team.  (4)  See the big picture:  Your place on any team only makes sense in the context of the big picture.  If your only reason for finding your niche is personal gain, your wrong motives will rob you of the very joy, fulfillment and success you desire.  (5) Rely on your experience:  There’s only one way to know you’ve discovered your niche.  Try things.  Take risks.  Learn f rom your failure and your successes.  Discover what God made you for!

Praying Big

I was reminded and challenged by a good friend of mine to pray BIG this week and I have been for a while and continue to do so.  This week God answered some prayers that I have been waiting on an answer for some time.  He has opened some new thoughts, ideas and opportunities for me this year and I’m going for them.  Look out!  It might just be something BIG. 

What are we praying for?  We shouldn’t just pray that the corn on our big toe will heal.  That’s important, but one day that corn won’t matter much in the long run.  How do we work on a LEGACY?  Maybe this is a better question for God.  “God, please use me for something BIG for Your kingdom that lasts forever.  Will you do that for me God?”  If we have accepted God’s gift of forgiveness and eternal life, we shouldn’t forget that we are CHILDREN (heirs) to the almighty God.  Let’s not be afraid to pray BIG and then do something BIG with Him.  He wants to include us in His plans. 

Jeremiah 29:11-13 – check it out!

A Day To Remember

Yesterday was a great day.  I spent the day with my family.  I got to sleep late for once.  The Georgia Bulldogs won big in their bowl game and bless Hawaii’s hearts, they didn’t have a chance.

But, January 1st means so much more to me.  It’s the day of new beginnings every year.  Yesterday God gave me a new vision and passion for something that I have been piddling with for some time.  My excitement is great!  It’s something that I will get to give to others and potentially have great influence for Jesus Christ.  I will give more details later, but for now just know that I have been given an opportunity to win big or lose and I am going after it with God’s help.  No matter the outcome I will give God the credit.

By the way, January 1st, 1985, was the day I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ.  Now, that I am a Christ follower I look forward to the new year every year and I look forward to change in 2008.