One Moment At A Time

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Today I find myself in the midst of several different projects that are vying for my attention. I have a rather important seminary paper that is due tomorrow night, a church website to comb through and make updates and corrections on, a welcome packet idea to sketch out and update, as well as a number of other lingering ideas that never seem to leave my brain. 

By nature I seem to be a tinkerer and a problem solver, but there are some days it feels like I have started way more projects that I could ever hope to complete. If I’m not careful I can become overwhelmed with all that needs to be completed and finished, and forget to live in the moments that come throughout the day. 

We are each given one moment at a time, and while the others build up in our hearts and minds and fill us with all kinds of thoughts and feelings, we must not forget to live in the one moment we have in front of us right now. This is a lot simpler said than done, as I can attest to, but it is certainly a good reminder.

We each have a lot on our plates, but let us remember that our God will help us and give us the strength to praise Him with the same breath.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6


Fairness Is Overrated by Tim Stevens

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Fairness Is Overrated by Tim StevensTim Steven’s new book, “Fairness Is Overrated”, provides 52 leadership principles in short, readable chapters. The principles and tips are in four parts, and help further refine the focus of each section. The chapters are not long, averaging no more than a few pages each, and you can chose to read a lot or a little, and still glean a great deal from the book.

I have always been a “read all the way through” person, and even with the short chapters I did not find myself getting bogged down. Even though the chapters cover a wide range of topics, the writing was easy to follow and flowed well from chapter to chapter. A few times I had to make myself slow down so that I could absorb more of what Tim was saying, but I wanted to keep reading.

The book is aimed at church and business leaders, but anyone in ministry or responsible for leading people will enjoy this book. Tim Stevens knows what he is talking about and brings many years of experience to the table. “Fairness Is Overrated” is a practical and well thought out volume that gives the reader all the right tools to lead with confidence.

[Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”]

Jesus Prom by Jon Weece

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Jesus Prom by Jon WeeceJesus Prom, by Jon Weece, is a book with a unique title. The message contained inside though, is one that everyone would do well to read. Through stories and personal anecdotes, Weece reminds us that a life lived in the grace and love of Jesus should be known by it’s verbs, not its adverbs. I liked how each chapter focused on a specific verb (i.e. “love”, “be”), and built a framework around that thought in story and some scripture. The book did not come across as too preachy, but more in the vein of someone sharing honestly and personally from their own relationship with Jesus.

I found this book to be both refreshing and challenging. The refreshing part was the reminder that we should focus on our identity as the church, not just a place we visit. We are the church, the bride of Christ, and represent Him here on earth. The reminders Weece offers throughout the book are the challenging parts, reminding us that we should give our time and attention to serve others in need. Being the church means acting like Jesus did when He was in the world, and he spent much of His time with people, listening to their hearts and ministering to their needs. We would do well to follow His example, and “Jesus Prom” reminds us what that looks like.

[Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”]

Do You Struggle

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Do you struggle with feelings that you are not
good enough,
bright enough,
talented enough,
fast enough,
strong enough,
loud enough,
pretty enough?

Have you found yourself among the
outcasts,
picked lasts,
made fun ofs,
taunted,
laughed at,
ridiculed,
Invisible ones?

Do you constantly find yourself dealing with
doubts,
fears,
rejection,
tears,
no self-esteem,
lost dreams,
forgotten treasures?

Have you come to the
end of your rope,
lost all hope,
looking for worth,
searching meaning,
grasping for truth,
thirsting for knowledge,
in need of true love?

Take heart,
You are not alone.

wordsByMattBrady