Three Podcasts You Might Enjoy

Here are 3 podcasts I think you might enjoy:

  • The RobCast | Rob Bell
    As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t agree with everything Rob says but I do enjoy listening to him.
  • This Is Your Life | Michael Hyatt
    Here is a description of Michael’s podcast, “This Is Your Life™ is a weekly podcast dedicated to intentional leadership. My goal is to help you live with more passion, work with greater focus, and lead with extraordinary influence.” As usual, Michael shares lots of practical knowledge.
  • Newsworthy with Norsworthy | Luke Norsworthy
    This is my new favorite podcast! Luke is a great interviewer who has some fun and insightful conversations with amazing people as he explores a lot of relevant topics (check his archives out).

Your turn… If you know someone who would be blessed by these resources, share them with them today and/or via Social Media.

 

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Three Resources from @DonaldMiller Designed to Help You Be Better at Relationships

As I mentioned in my previous post, Donald Miller has long been one of my favorite writers. Blue Like Jazz introduced me to Don while Searching For God Knows What introduced me to a better way of seeing Jesus. Don’s new book, Scary Close, shows us all how to be better at relationships. I had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of the book a couple of months ago (it resonated with my soul as I’ve always longed for greater intimacy but haven’t always been willing to take the risks to get there; I have the courage to now).

In addition to the new book (which you must read ASAP), Don and his team have created  3 online courses that will help you become better at relationships (2 are available now; the marriage one will be soon):

Pre-Marriage

Pre-Marriage

Marriage Coming Soon

Marriage

Parenting Buy Now

Parenting

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your turn… If you know someone who would be blessed by these resources, share them with them today and/or via Social Media.

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Three Powerful Truths from Scary Close by @DonaldMiller via @MichaelHyatt

A few weeks ago we were blessed to have Donald Miller and Bob Goff at our Men’s Conference. They inspired us to live a better story with our lives. Don has been one of my favorite writers for a number of years (I’ll highlight some of his resources in my next post). Today, I simply want to share 3 powerful truths from his latest book, Scary Close, via Michael Hyatt’s blog (if you don’t already follow Michael’s blog make sure you check it out today; he always shares great resources designed to help leaders leverage their influence).

Here are three powerful truths Scary Close can teach us (you can read the whole post here):

1. Shame Has More Power over Us Than We Realize

Somewhere in our lives we experience enough criticism or social pressure to believe that we don’t measure up. So we create a façade. If we can’t be worthy, we think, then at least our act can be worthy. Then when our act starts getting applause and validation, we learn to pass that off like it’s the real us.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve certainly done this. Don did too. It took a counselor to show him that people cannot connect with an act, even if it’s one as good as his.

Don says shame drives this whole process. We feel as if we have nothing to offer, we’re not good enough, or whatever version of that story we tell ourselves. To overcome that shame and the limits that come with it, we adopt a persona we hope will win approval and help us accomplish our goals.

I’ve seen leaders and bloggers do a lot of this. I’ve also seen that it’s unsustainable. In the case of Don it was crippling. He couldn’t maintain relationships, and his writing stalled.

2. Being Open Is Better Than Being Careful

This act is meant to protect ourselves, but Don discovered when he dropped the act people could finally connect with him and he could connect with them.

Isn’t that risky? Doesn’t that open ourselves up to getting hurt or rejected? Absolutely. But if you know anything about my approach to risk, you know that nothing good comes from staying inside our comfort zones. It’s when we venture outside that we find meaning, joy, and fulfillment.

Scary Close offers several examples of this in action, but one sticks with me. Don opened himself up on his Storyline blog to some significant criticism. Instead of retreating, he leaned into the discomfort and found the honesty liberating.

The new freedom unleashed his productivity. He started writing again—a lot. His blog traffic exploded along with his increased output. He even drafted a new book in just four months. That’s when Don decided it was better to be open than careful.

3. There are More Lifeguards Than Sharks

Criticism can make us afraid. If were a leader with a vision to share or blogger with something to say, it’s very easy to take criticism to heart and dial back our determination. But the real scandal is that we sometimes retreat before the darts start flying.

Sometimes all it takes is anticipating a negative reaction and we torque back our initiatives or soften our words.

I’m guilty of that, but as Don says, “For the most part, others aren’t out to get us.” We just need to step out and jump in the water knowing that their are more lifeguards than sharks. When we “dive into the unknown,” he says, “there [a]re very real dangers, but mostly rewards.”

This is similar to perceived scarcity and outrageous abundance. The world is richer and more welcoming than we know. But to protect ourselves from disappointment, we choose to disbelieve that. It’s hard to have our hopes dashed when we don’t hope for much.

But that’s a debilitating way to look at the world.

Criticism and social pressure are not the only things that matter.

If we were brave, we would say the things that were on our hearts. If we were brave, we would take our organizations the direction we want them to go. If we were brave, we would do many things differently than we do right now.

So why not be brave? I’m grateful to Don for pointing the way in Scary Close.

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Three Forces That Shape Character by @MichaelHyatt

This will be my last post for a few weeks (I plan to resume after the Holidays but probably not until early February as I’ll be tied up with planning a big Men’s Conference with Donald Miller and Bob Goff). So, as I close out this year I thought you would be blessed with some thoughts from a recent Leadership Podcast by Michael Hyatt. This episode focuses on the 3 forces that shape character. I’ll mention them here and encourage you to go and check out the complete episode (by the way, if you don’t already follow Michael Hyatt; do yourself a favor and start today — he consistently provides great resources focusing on Intentional Leadership).

There are three forces that shape who we are at the core of our being:

  1. The input we consume.
  2. The relationships we pursue.
  3. The habits we acquire.

Your turn… You can listen to, watch, or read the transcript from this podcast here. What resonates with you from this podcast?

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Three Touchstones of Prayer by Timothy Keller, Part 4: Where It Takes Us

This post focus on the next 3 Touchstones of Prayer from chapter nine of Timothy Keller’s book, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God.

Part 4, Where It Takes Us:

  • Self-Knowledge: Prayer requires and creates honesty and self-knowledge.
    “Prayer must eventually take us beyond a mere sense of insufficiency into deep honesty with ourselves.”
  • Trust: Prayer requires and creates both restful trust and confident hope.
    “The final thought of every prayer must be for the help we need to accept thankfully from God’s hand whatever he sends in his wisdom.”
  • Surrender: Prayer requires and creates surrender of the whole life in love to God.
    “You should not begin to pray for all you want until you realize that in God you have all you need.”

Your turn… Which one of these  resonates with you the most today?

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Three Touchstones of Prayer by Timothy Keller, Part 3: What It Gives

This post focus on the next 3 Touchstones of Prayer from chapter nine of Timothy Keller’s book, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God.

Part 3, What It Gives:

  • Perspective: Prayer reorients your view toward God.
    “Prayer brings new perspective because it puts God back into the picture.”
  • Strength: Prayer is spiritual union with God.
    “Prayer is the way that all the things we believe in and that Christ has won for us actually become our strength.”
  • Spiritual Reality: Prayer seeks a heart sense of the presence of God.
    “Through prayer our somewhat abstract knowledge of God becomes existentially real to us.”

Your turn… Which one of these  resonates with you the most today?

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Three Touchstones of Prayer by Timothy Keller, Part 2: What It Requires

This post focus on the next 3 Touchstones of Prayer from chapter nine of Timothy Keller’s book, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God.

Part 2, What It Requires:

  • Grace: Prayer is “In Jesus’ name,” based on the gospel.
    “To come to the Father in Jesus’ name, not our own, is to come fully cognizant that we are being heard because of the costly grace in which we stand.”
  • Fear: Prayer is the heart engaged in loving awe.
    “One important sign of an engaged heart is awe before the greatness of God and before the privilege of prayer.”
  • Helplessness: Prayer is accepting one’s weakness and dependence.
    “To pray is to accept that we are, and always will be, wholly dependent on God for everything.”

Your turn… Which one of these  resonates with you the most today?

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Three Touchstones of Prayer by Timothy Keller, Part 1: What It Is

I’m currently reading the latest book by Timothy Keller, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God. It’s a another must read from Keller. Chapter nine focuses on The Touchstones of Prayer. Keller notes they are “not a set of  rules that merit or trigger God’s response in some magical or mechanical way. Rather, they are twelve touchstones by which we can judge the relative strength or weakness of our prayers for honoring and connecting us to God.” He has grouped them into four clusters of three each. The next four posts, beginning with this one, will provide on overview of these touchstones of prayer.

Part 1, What It Is:

  • Work: Prayer is a duty and a discipline.
    “Prayer should be done regularly, persistently, resolutely, and tenaciously at least daily, whether we feel like it or not.”
  • Word: Prayer is conversing with God.
    “To ‘walk with someone’ in the Bible is to have a friendship, because people talk as the walk together.”
  • Balance: Prayer is adoration, confession, thanks, and supplication.
    “All these ways of praying to God should be present, interactive, and balanced when we pray.”

Your turn… Which one of these  resonates with you the most today?

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Three Principles from Rob Bell’s eCourse | Lesson 6, Part 2

Here is another post in a series focusing on this eCourse, Rob Bell’s Practical Guide to Finding Joy and Meaning In Everyday Life:

Here are 3 more powerful principles from lesson 6, Becoming More Alive Than Ever:

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Your turn… Spend some time reflecting on these thoughts as you go through this day. What resonates with you the most?

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Three Principles from Rob Bell’s eCourse | Lesson 6, Part 1

Here is another post in a series focusing on this eCourse, Rob Bell’s Practical Guide to Finding Joy and Meaning In Everyday Life:

Here are 3 powerful principles from lesson 6, Becoming More Alive Than Ever:

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Your turn… Spend some time reflecting on these thoughts as you go through this day. What resonates with you the most?

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