Blind Spots: Deal With Them or Die? -- 5 Ways The Right Kind of Friends Can Save You From a "Life Crash"
- Mon Mar 3, 2014
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The big news in the auto industry surrounds new, required technology that will offer vehicle early warning systems that include 360 degree exterior sensors, vehicle-to-vehicle (V to V) communication, automatic braking and seats that vibrate to help the driver avoid crashes.
Who knows, maybe someday they will come up with an automatic pilot setting for cars too...But wouldn’t it be nice if we had similar detection systems in place to help us avoid a major “life crash?”
Guessing actor Philip Seymour Hoffman would have appreciated such a protection system. How about Tiger, Cory Monteith, Miley, Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan or Justin Beiber, or closer to home, your neighbor, close friend, your pastor or family member?
Troubling times are inevitable for everyone. And sometimes, trouble comes out of nowhere exposing our blind spots. Fortunately, God set up a V to V system for our lives, but it’s more of a B to B -- believer to believer. The difference is that a B to B system requires you take preventative action to surround yourself with men who see you the way you can’t see yourself.
We all need a man in our blind spot. David had Nathan. You need one, and someone needs you. You are that man.
Here are five ways to avoid a life crash:
- Tue Feb 25, 2014
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When comedian Jimmy Fallon took NBC’s “Tonight Show” baton from host Jay Leno, he could have rolled out gray-hair jokes, displayed Jay’s most embarrassing moments, took shots at Jay’s worst jokes and roasted Jay in one way or another.
But instead Jimmy unleashed two weapons of love. With humility, Jimmy honored Jay with heart-felt notes of thanks, appreciation for the many years of laughs, and endearing hopes for his future. Jimmy fed Jay a heaping portion of respect. Jimmy even posed for New York Magazine wearing, literally, big shoes -- symbolizing the greatness of TV’s top-ranked show, hosted by two of the funniest men Johnny Carson and Jay Leno.
Without realizing it, Jimmy taught viewers a lesson, one that is clearly endorsed and prescribed by God in the Bible, but rarely gets the same air time in our lives. Want to be a God’s man? Then we must possess humility and honor others.
Unfortunately, it’s so much easier to dishonor, boast and criticize. It even gets better ratings. News reports, opinion columns, and reality TV embrace critical, adversarial behavior. Our culture is searching for something or someone to criticize in order to advance an agenda or themselves.
That’s why I am giving big kudos to the new Prince of late night. It requires humility to put aside selfish ambition, pride and arrogance to find something to honor in someone else. He couldn’t have kicked off his start better.
The pageantry of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony celebrates the competition that brings the world together for a moment in time. It’s always full of hopes to be realized and hopes that will be ruined. Nevertheless, there is hope.
For many countries, there are no professional sports leagues like in the United States. For them, these world games represent the highest level of competition, the ultimate challenge. To stand with a Gold medal draped around your neck represents the epitome of excellence.
The fact is, we will all get a ceremony -- sooner or later. At the end of our lives, banners will be raised, our names will be called and we will step onto a platform. The question is will you be facing Jesus?
To discover the answer, you have to ask the most important question in life. What race are you running?
Are you running for a meeting with Jesus? Or are you running a race that will lead you to eternity without him? Without light. Without hope.
- Mon Feb 10, 2014
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You may think a pastor’s life is simply breezing in Sundays to teach, shaking some hands, smiling a lot then taking Mondays off before preparing for next week’s sermon. I mean, really, how hard can it be?
Pastors preach from the pulpit, pray for the needy, visit the sick, officiate weddings and funerals, lead-hire-and-fire staff, manage details and resources, strive for growth, create new events, counsel individuals, deepen their own walk while leading their own marriages and families, so most people think pastors don’t ever have problems. I call it the “pedestal effect.” Unfortunately, it places unrealistic expectations on us and creates unwanted loneliness. Both of these dynamics are the Devil’s playground.
While the enemy plots to bring pastors down, men of the church need to provide a hedge of protection and encouragement to their spiritual leader.
After all, they’re God’s hired hands, right?
Here’s what pastors want you to know:
Before you even pack a bag, the enemy is baiting traps to snag you into compromising your moral and ethical standards on the road. When traveling for business men don’t realize that is when the Evil one smells blood in the water. Men can be vulnerable for three main reasons:
1. Isolation -- When we travel, there are extended periods of time when we are alone, despite being surrounded by other travelers. From the moment you arrive at the airport, you venture as a single soldier, often with your guards down. Throughout the trip, you find yourself alone in a car, alone in the hotel and alone waiting. The absence of our spouse, children, friends and parents can open men up to trouble.
2. Anonymity -- Even when the hotel receptionist welcomes you by name, most of the time our identity is anonymous. Upon arriving into a new town, there’s nobody around who will recognize you. You can fly “under the radar” and go wherever you like and do whatever you want without the possibility of bumping into someone you know. Being alone and anonymous put your fate at major risk if you’re not prepared.
3. Fatigue -- Traveling taps the mental, emotional and physical energy resources. Your rhythms can be thrown side-ways, and regular eating, sleeping and exercise routines can suffer. When you’re alone, anonymous, tired and hungry, your impulses can wreak havoc on your spiritual and physical health.
Here’s your ticket and passport to “safe” travel: