Real Time Connections

I just finished Real Time Connections, by Bob Roberts Jr. One of the things I really like about my Amazon Kindle is that I can download my highlights and notes from the book to my computer once I'm done. This makes finding quotes and significant information a breeze.

If you'd like to see my highlights from the book, and download them yourself, here's a link. It will give you a good idea of what the book's about.

Lessons From the World Cup

Bryan Mowrey sent me a youtube link last week by a guy named Simon Sinek. I would encourage you to view it for yourself as it's very good. Since that time I've familiarized myself with Simon's blog and have found his information to be a helpful leadership resource. Take for example this post titled "The Final Score Doesn't Matter". It's a long post, but stay with it as the final paragraph is the payoff.

The Value of Conflict

In a recent blog post, pastor and author Donald Miller makes the point that, "Most of our addictions bring us extreme pleasure without the cost of conflict. Porn brings us pleasure without the conflict of relationship. Alcoholism brings us a release of stress without having to deal with our issues. Overeating reduces stress and robes us of our dreams, dreams that MUST cost us conflict."

Most of us would agree that our most substantial growth takes place as a result of conflict. But while we know this to be true experientially, it doesn't transfer over into life as evidenced by the fact that many people spend their lives running from conflict of all kinds.

What are the constricting habits you face? What conflict are you avoiding? I encourage you to stop running from conflict and instead embrace it, recognizing that God can use it for a greater purpose (James 1:2-4).

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