you say goodbye…. i say Yelo

13 01 2009

This past weekend my brother-in-law came out to Phoenix with a team from Mosaic to host a Yelo conference for our student leaders here at Canyon along with Southwesterns student leaders.  The conference was geared towards our strengths and talents and helped shed some light on who we are and how God has wired us.  It was quite an insightful conference and I am very thankful to have been a part of it.  

I was challenged as a leader to take a look not only at myself but also at how I lead others.  It seems weird but it was the first time that I really stopped to look at how I was actually leading others and questioned myself as to wether or not I was leading people in a way that played to their different talents and strengths.  As we all know that all of us are wired differently and it wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense to try and lead everyone the exact same way.  Grant it I know that I can not cater to everyone but at the same time can set up opportunities to allow people to flourish in their talents.  It was a great “ah-ha” moment I had when it came to leading others.  

So to the team of people that took time out of their busy lives to come out to Phoenix and share with us I thank you.  The students loved you guys and appreciated what you guys had to say.  I just hope now we can each continue to flourish in our talents and strengths and be who WE are wired to be in whichever field we pursue.


one week away…

8 01 2009

So one week from today I have been given an opportunity to speak at our first chapel of the semester here at GCU.  I am really excited but at the same time pretty nervous.  I have been asked to share “my story” with the students.  The students have spoken here at the University and thats what they have enjoyed the most when it comes to what speakers talk about.  

I’m excited to see how God moves through the whole experience.  I have been given a story along with the rest of us and am excited to share about God’s grace that has been given to me throughout my life.  

Last year when our office came up with the theme of Pursue Authenticity, Engage in Community, and Impact the Word, the one that hit home the most was pursue Authenticity.  This is something that I think allows people connect the most with others and something that needs to happen before true community can be built.  People desire to be around people who are authentic.  The hard part is though that true authenticity can sometimes be messy.  Some people aren’t always ready to see the good, bad and the ugly of one’s life.  The reality is though, even in the messy times, it is still a piece of who we are.  It may represent the past, the present or could be apart of our future.  Living a life of true Authenticity though involves surrounding yourself  with people that are willing to journey with you as you sift through it all, the good and the bad.  This is where community is developed and so the process begins.  

So please pray for me next wednesday, the 14th as I speak to our student body at Chapel.  I pray that I would be able to communicate the Grace and Truth that has brought me to the present day.  Life hasn’t always been easy but it has been neat to look back at my life and see how God has been guiding me, even through some of the bad choices.  I pray that God’s provision in my life would be able to encourage others who may be going through some of the same struggles that I have been through in life.  I pray that people would be encouraged to not let bad circumstances be a crutch for them in life but would embrace difficulties and press on to over come the odds and statistics.  So there ya have it…

what makes a blog good….

7 01 2009

photo-16So as I was surfing the blogging world tonight a question came to mind, “What makes a blog, a good blog”?  There are many different styles out there when it comes to the blogging world.  Some write about important things, some people write about stupid things, some people do both.  Some people don’t even blog with words but rather with tons of pictures.  For me, I like to write long blogs that sometimes are way to deep which I don’t even enjoy reading them to proofread because they are just too long.  So what does that mean… I don’t know really.  I know that in today’s society its all about simplicity.  That is why apples ipod and iphone are so amazing… because they are simple and not complex.  That’s also why people like to text rather than actually call people.  For some reason the thought of a having a huge conversation in 160 characters or less is more appealing than actually calling the person.  It’s all about the short and simple these days.  I would say the same goes with the blogging world.  Just cut to the chase and give the people the what they want to hear.  So ya…. until next time!

already the new year…

4 01 2009

So it’s 2009 already…. 2008 came and went pretty fast it seems as I look back.  It is always amazing to see how much can go on in one’s life in just one year.  I am excited to see where God leads Ruth and I this next year.  My prayer is that we would both be obedient to the things that he lays on our hearts.  I pray that we would continue to grow in His grace and trust in the persons that He has created us to be!  That we would not let fear hold us back from living a life wide awake in Him!  It’s about time to exercise our strengths and gifts that has been given to us from Him.  Lets go 2009!