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5 Personal Effects of Not Preaching

I preach almost every Sunday. That is a big part of my job. Most of the time I have been at my current church, I have tried to be out of the pulpit 8-12 times per year. There are varying reasons for this. Some Sundays away would be to attend a conference, while other times I would speak at one of our campuses. I also have scheduled time away for vacations with my family.

When the pandemic began, I found myself at church every Sunday. When we were online-only, I alternated each Sunday preaching with one of our campus pastors, but I was still in the building and engaged. When we started back in person, I thought it best to be present and preach as people began coming back to the building. 

More recently, I have started to step away a little more frequently. I am a firm believer that the local church needs to hear voices different from mine. We also need to give opportunities to young pastors on staff. That is how they grow and improve.

Recently I did not preach two Sundays in a row. I was away for one, and the other Sunday, we had an opportunity to have a guest speaker. My wife asked me if I enjoyed not having to preach. I told her I love preaching but notice certain things happen when I take a break. My 5 Thursday thoughts are about the things I notice when I take a break from preaching.

My Brain Rests

When Sunday morning services are over, I go to lunch, and then I go home and take a nap. After waking up, one of the first things I do is read the text and points for the following week. It sets my brain in motion to think about the text and outline as the week progresses. 

Our sermon series are planned months in advance, so I know what is coming. Thinking about the sermon over the week takes up an enormous amount of my brain capacity. What will I say? What stories will illustrate the point? What other texts support the topic? What needs to be said, and what can I eliminate? Every day, all through the day, I think about what I am going to preach.

When I do not have to preach, it allows my brain to rest. I do not have to think about a sermon, so I am free to think about other things, leading to the next two effects of not preaching.

My Creativity Goes Up

Taking the need to think about a sermon away opens up space for me to be creative in some other areas. I use most of my creativity for sermon stories and delivery. When I do not have to focus there, I can use my creativity for other things. Not preaching the last two weeks have allowed me to think about other things. I have added about 150 different ideas and items in the last two weeks to my notes. Things that I want to accomplish or new ways of doing things that I had not seen before. Creativity can get clogged when we have to concentrate on one specific area for long periods. 

I Can Get Some Other Things Out

When I have a break from preaching, one thing that empties out of me is new ideas. As I mentioned, I have dropped lots of ideas on paper. I am also able to write more when I am not preaching. I have been able to get some work done on two books that I am writing. I have developed some specifics for a job I want to create and some steps I believe God wants me to take in a specific direction. The ideas, the writing, the steps were all there the entire time. But a little mental freedom allowed them to come out and get on paper. 

I Can Listen and Visit

Rarely am I away on a Sunday and do not attend church somewhere else. This past trip, I was able to visit Gateway Church in Southlake, TX. I listen to Pastor Robert Morris almost every week, but this was the first time I attended his church in person. I walked around the building and observed how they do things. I paid attention to their order of service and how people interacted with one another. I walked away with several things that will help improve the church I pastor and how we do things. If I were preaching at one place every single week, I would miss the opportunity to see how others are making the local church better. 

I See Things I Couldn’t See Otherwise

This concept applies mostly to the local church I pastor. When I preach, I have a routine when I get to the building until I leave. When I don’t preach, my routine changes. I end up in different parts of the building at different times. This freedom allows me to see things I would not otherwise see or see in ways I had not seen before. On a recent Sunday, when we had a guest speaker, I noticed several things that I think would be wise to improve. If I had been preaching, I would have missed them.

Maybe you have these same experiences when you take a few days away from your particular job. If you are a pastor, don’t be overprotective of your pulpit. Allow some other voices to speak. It will benefit you and your congregation. If you are not a pastor, taking a little time for perspective from your job will benefit you and your organization. 

5 Places I Am Seeing The Most Personal Change

I have committed my life to personal growth. There have been seasons when it has been easier than others. There were times I regressed. There were other times when growth seemed so easy.

We should always be growing. We are changing whether we like it or not. We are either progressing or regressing, but things are never static. Too often, we do not recognize the change until it has caused us problems.

Recently I was reflecting on some places that were changing in my life. Some of them I have given intentional thought and action. Others seem to be an outgrowth of other places where I am changing. For my 5 Thursday Thoughts this week, I want to share some places I see myself changing the most.

I Am Less Combative

This change point is one I have pursued with intention. Two years ago, my reading introduced me to the enneagram. It is a personality profile. I have taken many over the years, but this one just resonated with me for some reason. I saw some things that explained my personality in ways I had not seen before.

You may have heard me say that arguing was a sport in my family. We still do it for fun. We take opposite sides of a debate and go at it. It doesn’t change how we feel about one another. In meetings, I thought the best way to hash things out was to throw the ideas on the table, have a scrum and see what was left. The problem was that most people do not function very well in that environment.

I also found sport in taking the opposite side of someone’s idea. When others did this to me, they forced me to think more clearly to articulate my point. Most people do not operate like this either.

What I felt was a good way to hash out ideas others found combative and argumentative. I have worked hard on this for the last couple of years. I am not there yet, but I have made a lot of progress.

I Don’t Need As Much Flash

The place I have seen this the most is in my preaching. I used to want catchy titles and fancy sermon series names. Sometimes that is still good. But today, if I am preaching on sanctification, which I am right now, I just want to be straightforward and say this is what we will study. 

I also see this playing a role in two other “F” words: first and famous. I do not need to be first all of the time, and I don’t care to be famous. There have been times when winning was everything. Now another “F” word is more important: faithful. I will talk about that in a moment.

I Have A Dog

I have never been an animal person. I still do not consider myself to be an animal person. But the stars aligned for me to get a dog, and I am glad I did. He is a chocolate lab, and his name is Sam. I am his human. I am learning just like he is. I still don’t want him in my bed, on my furniture, or licking my face. But I love Sam, and he is a great addition to our home.

I Am Conscious of the End

I recently celebrated another trip around the sun. Statistically, I have more years behind me than I have ahead of me. I see the need to be extremely intentional every day with what I am doing and where I am going. I am committed to finishing well. That means faithfulness is more important than first, or famous, or flash. Some days are easier than others, but I am thankful that God sustains me every day.

Our Marriage Is In A Good Season

Marriage has been a journey for Barbara and me. We have been intentional about a lot of things. Some of that intentionality is paying off in this season of our lives. We enjoy one another more than we ever have. We are communicating better than ever. We appreciate our family more. Our home is tested just like yours. That will never end. But our unwavering commitment to one another and to growing in our relationship is a beautiful thing. It is such a blessing that we are investing in helping other couples on their journey.

Where are you changing right now? Is it growth, or is it regression? You get to choose most of the time. Don’t let life simply pass by you. Make daily growth a part of your life. You will be glad you did. 

5 Limiting Lids We Have All Experienced

Barbara and I use stainless steel water bottles every day. We have filtered water at our home, and we refill them multiple times per day. A few weeks back, I went to refill my bottle like I have done hundreds of times. I turned the water on and put my bottle under to fill, and water went everywhere. I had forgotten and left the lid on my bottle. Water was wasted. Things were a little messy. I had to take time to clean it up. Then I finally could take the lid off and fill the bottle.

We are constantly bumping up against lids in our lives. Sometimes it comes from not being prepared or not paying attention. Other times it is a little more nuanced than that. Limiting lids in our lives can create messes that we have to clean up and can cause us to waste valuable resources in the process. 

The question to answer is what are you going to do about your lids. There are usually options. Some people choose to continue to bump against the list over and over again. Others work to remove their lid so they can accomplish what they want.

In my 5 Thursday thoughts today, I want to share some common lids in people’s lives that we can address with a little effort or planning.

Aptitude

Some things come naturally to us. Other things do not. One of the places where we limit ourselves is an unwillingness to learn a new skill or improve on something we lack. There is no excuse not to learn what we need to learn in the world we live in. YouTube is a great resource. You can learn how to do almost anything with a quick search of this video website. If that is not sufficient, there are inexpensive courses on almost every subject. Don’t allow what you don’t know to keep you from what you want to do.

Attitude

There are very few things in this world we have complete control over. The one thing we all have control over is our attitude. A negative attitude, or stinking thinking, has been the limiter to more people in the world than almost anything else. A poor attitude can keep you from enjoying moments of success. It stops us from enjoying the people around us or meeting the new people we need to move forward. Our attitude can shut things down before they ever get started. You have control of your attitude. Don’t let it be your lid.

Time

We are all given the same number of hours in a day. We do not always use them the same way. Time is an excuse and a lid. Part of our problem is we do not arrange our time to achieve the thing we want most. We spend it and waste it instead of investing it. Time is much like money. It goes very fast if you do not pay attention closely. We all have things we are responsible for every day. Rearrange your day to make sure the important things get your time. Recently, I was listening to a book, and the author said his dad used to tell him, “you have nothing to do at 4 AM. Do it then.” Time is a tool. Use it. 

Money

There is an old saying that “it takes money to make money.” To a certain degree, this is true. But this saying also makes us lazy. We use it as an excuse to do nothing until everything falls into place. One of the times I saw this first hand was when I first started leading leadership conferences in Venezuela. This would have been around 2010, and our church had been using some video technology in our services. We talked about how much the equipment cost and the challenges we faced. When I went to Venezuela, they were making better videos than we were, and they were doing it with equipment that was so old I am surprised it was still working. They were using old handheld camcorders and editing on a Windows XP desktop computer with a bubble monitor. They did not have the money for state-of-the-art equipment, but it did not stop them from getting started and doing what they needed. Use what you have to the fullest capacity. This example does not even address that you may need to shift your financial priorities to match your goals. Money can be a lid that is difficult to address. Most of the time, it is an excuse.

Opportunity 

The opportunity of a lifetime is only as good as the lifetime of the opportunity. Sometimes it feels like everyone else gets all of the breaks, and we cannot get the opportunity we need. Many times, we have just not placed ourselves in the position to get the opportunity. We haven’t met the right people and gone to the right places. We have not gotten the training we need or had important conversations. You would be surprised by the doors that would open for you if you just start. Take advantage of what you have and move forward. It is arrogant of us to expect more opportunities when we haven’t maximized the ones we have. 

What lid is holding you back right now? What thing do you want that you could achieve with just a little effort? Don’t fall prey to limiting lids. 

5 Things About Travel Right Now

Travel is my hobby. I don’t hunt or fish and only play golf about twice a year. Almost all of my free time and money goes to travel. I am fortunate that I can do a lot of my work from anywhere in the world.

Over the last 18 months, my travel plans had to change some, but I never stopped traveling. Many people did stop traveling. Barbara and I have been on airplanes with as few as nine people. Vandin and I took a subway in January in New York City from Manhattan to Brooklyn, and we were the only ones in the car for 45 minutes. We have stayed in hotels where we saw no other guests the entire stay. 

But in the last few months, things have changed drastically. I recently read that leisure travel is already surpassing 2019 levels. But that has created a lot of headaches. Here are my 5 Thursday Thoughts about travel right now. 

Everywhere Is Full

Everything is not open yet, but the things that are are full. Restaurants, hotels, theme parks, and beaches are packed. Airlines are adding more routes to outdoor leisure destinations weekly. Last week in San Diego, the restaurants in one shopping area all had two-hour-plus waits or were no longer taking names. I went to San Diego twice during the height of Covid, and it looks completely different right now with the numbers of people out. 

People Are Irritable

I have previously written about people being more angry post-pandemic (link here: https://stephenmizell.com/5-things-i-am-seeing-post-pandemic/). There are several causes for this, but when you add other frustrations to people at a breaking point, bad things begin to happen. Long lines. Slow service. Lack of availability. Delays. Higher costs. All of it together is causing problems everywhere. Restaurants are putting up signs asking patrons to be patient and kind. Flight attendants are asking for stiffer penalties for aggressive passengers. We need to check our attitudes and be aware that others are very edgy right now. 

Businesses Are Understaffed

There is a multitude of reasons for businesses being understaffed. Some of it has to do with extended unemployment benefits. But that is not the only culprit. Some people realized how much they hated their jobs and were just not going back or doing something else. Demand is high, so people are taking higher-level positions at other companies. This shifting in job assignments leaves many entry-level jobs that pay closer to minimum wage open. Understaffed businesses are not a problem that is going to be solved quickly. Most businesses are doing the very best they can. 

Experiences Are Different

We went to our first theme park last week. You had to make a reservation in addition to your ticket. There was a long wait at each attraction. Things moved slower than normal. It was just different. Airlines are still requiring masks. Hotels are not offering cleaning services every day. The experience is different almost everywhere you go. Some of it is a new normal for which we just have to get prepare. Some of it is because places are still trying to figure out how things need to work. Your trip is probably going to look different than you planned. 

Delays Are Inevitable

You are going to wait. You will wait to get a seat at a restaurant. You will be on hold for hours to change an airplane reservation. Airlines are experiencing more delays. And it is not just in travel. Products can’t ship. Manufacturers are behind. Logistics can’t move the items fast enough. Everywhere you turn, there are delays. If you are traveling, this can be extremely frustrating. Our family missed an entire day in Hawaii due to an airline delay. Two young people in the military were on the same flight and were worried about not making their orders in time. Delays happen. They are just happening a lot in the current environment. 

If you like to travel like I do, be prepared for things to look different. But don’t let it scare you. I have found travel to be one of the most life-shaping things I can do. 

5 Takeaways From Serve Day 2021

Recently the church I pastor held a “Serve Day.” Instead of coming together in the building to sing and hear a sermon, we went into our communities and performed service projects.

These projects ranged from preparing bags for first responders to lawn maintenance to removing downed trees to work at the local elementary school. Around 200 people from our two campuses showed up to serve others.

Every time we try larger community-focused projects, I walk away learning new things and am reminded of things that have fallen to the side. Here are my 5 Thursday Thoughts on our recent Serve Day.

The Smallest Acts Are Appreciated

The first project I showed up on only required us to cut one small limb touching the roof of a trailer. A widow lived in the home, and she was worried about it during storms. It took us less than ten minutes to cut the limb and load it into the truck. The effort was very minimal. But the elderly lady who lives in the home was so grateful. She expressed her gratitude over and over on the phone and on social media as well. We did not feel like we had done much. But she was extremely grateful. The smallest acts sometimes bring the biggest smiles. 

It Is A Chance For New People To Get Involved

Most of the people serving gathered at the church first and then split up into groups for different assignments. One of the things I noticed as people came in was the large number of people who serve nowhere else in the church and how many were fairly new to the church. It was an entry point for people to begin to develop the habit of serving and understanding our church culture. Hopefully, it will be the beginning of a long-term commitment to serving. 

You Discover New Talent

Every single person in the church is gifted. The struggle is there are a lot of gifts of which you are not even aware. Some people are unsure of themselves. Sometimes there is not a clear path for them to use their gifts. Other times people just need to be asked clearly. As we prepared for Serve Day, several people offered talents we did not know they had or had not offered a way for them to use them. Hopefully, they will be able to use them going forward. 

New Relationships Are Formed

It is difficult to spend more than ten minutes with anyone in the church building on a Sunday. Usually, my time is even more limited. But as people went to locations together, they had more time to talk and build relationships. Connections were made that will benefit the church for years to come. 

People Are More Receptive To The Gospel

Years ago, I heard Zig Ziglar say, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Jesus would tell us to be salt and light. Make things taste better and help people see better. When we serve, we help people who want to hear the message of Christ. It tastes better when their needs are met. They can see a little better when we have solved a problem for them. Serving others opens doors that nothing else will. 

Serving others should be a mark of every believer and every church. Not only does it make us more like Christ, but the other things that come along with it also have long-term benefits as well. It was a successful day in more ways than one.

5 Things I Am Seeing Post-Pandemic

The last year-plus has challenged everyone in some way. The Covid-19 pandemic has created havoc worldwide. I recall having conversations early in the pandemic about the long-term effects we would suffer. I was not sure what they would be, but I knew there would be lingering consequences following the pandemic.

We are beginning to see what some of those lasting effects are. Time may never bridge the educational gaps created by time missed in the classroom. Commercial office space is in flux as more people now have the option of staying home. Businesses closed and will never reopen. This last one will continue to grow as the smoke continues to clear.

One of the lasting effects I am beginning to notice is the behavior and responses of people. These effects will have long-lasting implications for culture. Some of them can be changed, while awareness and management can only curb others that are still impacting the community. Here are my 5 Thursday Thoughts.

People are more fearful
Anxiety seems to be at an all-time high. Anxiety expresses itself as fear about multiple situations. People are anxious about their health, their family, their finances, their careers, their retirement. The slightest indication of a problem can turn into panic. As I write this, a gas pipeline is down in the southeast. Even though they clearly said there was enough gas for everyone provided the pipeline was back running within a week, people started panicking and lines formed at gas stations, and they soon were out of gas. This response was born out of fear, not out of fact.

People are more skeptical
Who do you believe? Do you believe the politicians? The scientists? The medical professionals? The media? Over the last 18 months, facts and opinions have evolved at a rapid pace. People we should trust have contradicted themselves multiple times. Exaggerations have been used to get attention. The result is that no one knows who to believe, and thus they start to believe who is most comfortable. Few things will disintegrate culture like mistrust.

People are angrier
Arguments. Fights. Riots. Rage. It shows up everywhere. From our capital to social media feeds. Anger is becoming the default emotion. There is no more dangerous emotion than anger. The fear, skepticism, and isolation I am addressing here only fuel this fire of rage burning through our land. There have been very few problems solved with anger and outrage, but many were created.

People are more isolated
One of the most evident outcomes is isolation. Isolation did not start with Covid. It was already becoming a problem in society as people lost their personal connections for a more shallow digital connection. The pandemic only accelerated this problem. Leaders forced us to isolate ourselves from one another for our protection. In the meantime, we may have made other problems worse. Isolation affects social skills, learning, and mental illness, just to name a few. Everyone needs to be alone from time to time, but loneliness and isolation are rarely healthy.

People are less hopeful
People who are not religious are speculating about the end of the world. I have to admit, just writing this clouds my ability to see a brighter future. I tend to see the future as more promising and wake each day with expectancy, but there are significant challenges that lie ahead. There have been situations created that a return to “normalcy” will not easily rectify. There are plenty of statistics that show the average person is less hopeful about tomorrow than they were 5 or 10 years ago. Hope is not a strategy. I get that. But it can be buoyant to our attitude until a plan is developed and a solution is found. As a person of faith, hope is one of three things that endures: faith, hope, and love. When hope fades, despair can overwhelm.

Seeing these things as a leader requires me to make adjustments moving forward. I cannot pretend these obstacles are not here. I can acknowledge them and find effective ways to move forward. You cannot pretend there are no lasting effects. What you can do is work to overcome them and find ways to lead your family and your community back to health.

5 Takeaways from “Courage To Be Healed”

Recently I read a book entitled “Courage To The Healed” by Mark Rutland. The book describes how true inner healing happens through the power of the Holy Spirit and Christian counseling. He shares stories from counselors and clients of how people faced things from their past and learned to let go of bitterness to find healing.

Rutland deals with five toxins that affect our lives along with the pathway to deal with each one. Every toxin has a throne that needs specific therapy to reach the goal. Here is a chart that shows this.

 

We have a Wonderful Counselor who wants us healed and whole. Here is my summary of each one of the toxins and how we can recover from each one. 

The Toxin of Shame

Dr. Rutland offers an example of a young boy who was raped when he was fourteen. He had lived a life suppressing his shame, and it was affecting his work and his marriage. Shame leaves unworthiness in its wake. He describes shame as the most destructive of all negative emotional forces. There are two principal reactions in lives wounded by shame. The first is a defeatist attitude; the other response is combativeness. 

Shame lies to us; thus, its throne is deception. As long the sufferer believes the lie, shame is strengthened. What is needed is truth. Truth is what unseats deception and helps heal us from the toxin of shame. Once deception is unseated, the goal is to integrate our lives. Shame causes us to compartmentalize, which fractures our lives in the process. The contents of each compartment are not always consistent. The goal is integration, so we have whole lives, not multiple inconsistent compartments. 

The Toxin of Unforgiveness

Unforgiveness is seated in legalism. He defines legalism as “a worldview that sees all life’s outcomes as a product of cause and effect, of if-then propositions.” You can be legalistic about anything. It is not just rooted in religion. All unforgiveness is seated in the sense of justice, and all justice is seated in law. 

The therapy that is needed is grace. Receiving grace and granting grace destroys legalism. He tells us that grace lets God run the universe His way. Grace wants sinners to be healed, not destroyed. God is more concerned with people than law. Learning that forgiveness happens solely in the offended is a huge step in overcoming this toxin. My forgiveness does nothing for those I forgive. It heals me. 

The Toxin of Rejection

Rejection is seated in doubt. Some doubts are inflicted while others are inborn. Rejection is more than being left out. It becomes a conviction. Rejection is a question, not a statement, and that question is, What is wrong with me? Doubt is the throne of rejection. Doubt gets its power from a lie, and that lie is, “something is wrong with and unlovable about me.

The therapy is trust. Rejection is a slow, long-term wound. Therefore the healing process of trust can take time. The healing is necessary because wounded humanity wounds wounded humanity. The goal is to learn acceptance. Learn to trust the character of God, and He accepts us. We must realize that we are acceptable. No one can reject someone whom God has accepted. 

The Toxin of Condemnation

Rutland states that “Condemnation is a powerful inner wound. Self-loathing, even self-destructive impulses, are rooted in condemnation.” The cycle is reinforced by idolatry. We believe that our wound is bigger than God or bigger than what God can heal. Our wound becomes our idol. Condemnation is a toxic kind of idolatry that puts the way I feel or believe ahead of what God says. 

The therapy for condemnation is worship. Worship restores perspective. By restoring perception, a worshipping life becomes a more balanced life. He mentions three aspects of worship that can be life-changing: gratitude, humility, and other-centered living. Worship is by definition other-centered, or, more precisely, Other-centered. One of the counselors in the book says, “Worship doesn’t rid the world of idiots. It heals the people who need to learn how to live constructively in a world full of idiots.”

The Toxin of Fear

Fear is seated in pain. He says that future pain, dreaded pain, finds its horror in either memory or imagination or both. The interesting thing about pain is that we cannot remember how it felt when it was happening. We cannot forget the hurt. But fear does not always flow out of pain. Sometimes it flows out of our imagination. Many of our fears are nothing more than our imagination leaving us debilitated. 

The therapy is love. Love heals painful memories where fear is anchored. This is not just any love, but perfect love. Fear attaches itself to our lives. Love is what casts it out. When fear is cast out, hope can blossom. Hope is like springtime at the end of winter. Without hope, despair sets in, and we become less resistant to the struggles of life. Rutland reminds us that “the truth that heals our fears is not the end of pain. There is pain in life; it is true. Pain-free living is a false hope. It is not the end of pain that sets me free. What sets me free is love that casts out fear.”

If you are struggling with any of these issues, I highly recommend “Courage To Be Healed” as a part of your healing journey. Don’t fall into the trap of believing that life is good, but God is hard. Life is hard. Sometimes even painful. But God is good, and we can trust Him. 

5 Things That Help Resolve Conflict

All of us experience conflict in our lives. Anywhere we have relationships, conflict is a probability. Conflict is inevitable. Combat is optional. The goal is to find a resolution to conflict before it becomes combat. 

We have all had conflicts we struggled to resolve. More than we will admit, we have been the cause of the conflict and the struggle to fix it. There are some elements to resolving conflict. Today I am going to talk about five of them in my 5 Thursday Thoughts. They do not all have to be present to resolve conflict, but some of them will always be present. Let’s take a look at these five and see if we can gain some insight on how we can better resolve conflict when we have it.

Communication

If we refuse to communicate with the person we conflict with, it is nearly impossible to reach a resolution. When conflict arises, we are tempted to retreat to our corner and have nothing to say. We may even refuse to talk to the other party. If we are in danger, this may be necessary. But most of life’s conflict does not involve physical danger. Usually, the only thing that hurts is our pride or our feelings. No communication will make resolution difficult. It is also a form of unforgiveness which affects you more than the other person involved.

Understanding

To resolve conflict, you have to make an effort to understand where the other person is coming from. Conflict may involve right or wrong, and there may be only one answer, but there is always more than one perspective. Just because people have taken the wrong side does not mean you should not consider their view. When people feel understood, they are much more agreeable.

Forgiveness

In some conflicts, people say hurtful things or act in ways that bring pain to other people. To move past this will require forgiveness. Forgiveness is about the offended, not the offender. Sometimes apologies are never made. That does not mean you cannot extend forgiveness. Apologies are helpful, but forgiveness is necessary.

Patience

Some resolutions take time. Some people need a little space to think things through and for emotions to calm. You do not have to overlook it forever, but patience can allow everyone to get to the place they need to be for a resolution to happen. Conflict can arise instantaneously. Resolutions can take time.

Humility

The need to be right and win are two of the greatest hindrances to conflict resolution. Sometimes peace is more valuable than being right. Sometimes we have to apologize even when the other party is the one that created the situation. Humility does not mean we have lost or have been run over. Humility doesn’t mean we think less of ourselves. It means we think of ourselves less and put others first at times. 

Conflict can be stressful. Not resolving it can be damaging. Put these things into practice and resolve the conflicts in your life much quicker.

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About Me

I currently serve as Lead Pastor at Open Door Church and I am a certified trainer & coach with the John Maxwell Team. I am also an Associate Trainer with EQUIP training leaders around the world. I currently own two businesses related to the foodservice equipment industry. I am a certified speaker, teacher and coach with the John Maxwell Team. I can offer you workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching, aiding your personal and professional growth through study and practical application of John’s proven leadership methods. Working together, I will move you and/or your team or organization in the desired direction to reach your goals.