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33333I’m reading ‘Searching for God Knows What‘ by Donald Miller – loaned to me by my good friend Andre. So far I am loving it. I just thought I’d take a minute and drop a few quotes that are blowing my mind.

…life is complex, and the idea that you can break it down or fix it in a few steps is rather silly. The truth is, there are a million steps, and we don’t even know what the steps are, and what’s worse, at any given moment we may not be willing or even able to take them; and still worse they are different for you and me and they are always changing.

Some would say formulas are how we interact with God, that going through motions and jumping through hoops are how a person acts out his spirituality. This method of interaction, however, seems odd to me, because if I want to hang out with my friend Tuck, I don’t stomp my foot three times, turn around, and say his name over and over like a mantra, lighting candles and getting myself into a certain mood. I just call him.

Those quotes are awesome and speak right to how I feel. Sometimes I just get so fed up with people who ‘have all the answers’ – it’s such a turn off. I want to experience life – the good, the bad, the mysteries, the joys. Don’t tell me to follow these four steps to know God. Show me how he’s changed your life, show me the love, the patience, the wisdom, the compassion… (I’m speaking to myself).

Here’s what John had to say about it…

No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.

1 John 4:12

Needless to say, I’m enjoying this book. And by the way, if you want to follow what I’m reading, check out my Goodreads profile.

Well, I promised that I’d start giving my review of the Shack here. So here goes, but first I’d like to tell you all about a great new Study Bible that you should check out – here’s the details:

The Mark Driscoll R-Rated Study Bible for Dudes. Freak out your reformed Baptist friends with Mark Driscoll’s comedic, rude and radically male centered interpretations of scripture. This is a study Bible that reaches the emerging culture while denouncing the emerging church. A fashion section helps you to see the scriptural mandates for mechanic’s shirts and hemp necklaces. Puzzlingly endorsed by John Piper, an alternative sheet of negative endorsements from various reformed bloggers is available on request. Profanity in red letters. Crude and shocking sexual episodes in blue. Bible doctrine is related to MMA throughout.

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I finished ‘The Shack‘, it only took me a couple weeks – not bad considering. It was a recommendation from a buddy of mine, Bryan Johnston of Tides Church – thanks Bryan! If you could get alone for about 6 hours you could probably knock it out, which I highly recommend. I’m still kind of relishing in the freshness of it all right now, but I’ll share some of my impressions over the next couple weeks. Until then, here’s a little video with the author, William Young.

Did you read it? Are you planning to?

(Blogged on 5.28.08 but lost connection)

From Tiger Cruise

I came aboard the USS Germantown yesterday and spent the day following Chris all over this monster of a ship. I think I was the stairmaster yesterday. Slept like a rock in a coffin of a space – personally, I loved it. Took a famous 1 minute Navy shower this morning, and spent the rest of the morning watching as we left Pearl Harbor. This is a very cool thing to do, I’m truly blessed to have such a great friend, who allowed me to come along!

From Tiger Cruise
From Tiger Cruise

Right now I’m down somewhere in the belly of the ship in some office, hanging out till lunch. I’ve got my macbook pro, and my phone hanging out of a port hole so I can use it as a modem. I know, I must be addicted. Here’s some pictures to give you an idea of what’s going on here, and I’ve taken already about 50 pictures and a lot of video, so I’ll have a ton more when I get back.

about this time I was disconnected from the internet world for the next 5 days – the longest in a while (which was good!). I was actually ichatting with Peter, Kevin, & Rich at the time. I had an incredible time, lot’s of reading, thinking, contemplating, praying, hanging out with Chris, learning about the Navy/Marines, hearing a lot of people’s stories – just taking it all in. It was good. I blogged the whole time and I’ll be releasing posts for the next couple days on the Tiger Cruise, lot’s of info and pictures to come!

andy stanley next generation leader

I don’t think this is plagiarism – these are all quotes from Andy Stanley’s book that are forming me as a leader right now. Seriously, if you have time to read one book and you are involved in leadership (or want to be) this is one book that you should read – it is blowing my mind.

What is success… in your position?
[what is] your giftedness? Your sweet spot?
…enjoy what you do.

You can’t aim for a target until you have identified it.

Striving for balance forces a leader to invest time and energy in aspects of leadership where he will never succeed. It is not realistic to strive for balance within the sphere of our personal leadership abilities.

…discover your zone and stay there. Then delegate everything else.

You are most valuable where you add the most value – John Maxwell
And once we find it it’s even more vital that we stay there.

The secret of concentration is elimination. – Dr. Howard Hendricks

Devoting a little of yourself to everything means committing a great deal of yourself to nothing.

The primary reason we do too much is that we have never taken the time to discover that portion of what we do that makes the biggest difference.

Misalignment is expensive.

Once you step outside of your zone, don’t attempt to lead.

Where there’s no progress, there’s no growth. If there’s no growth, there’s no life. Environments void of change are eventually void of life.

The leader is the one who has the courage to act on what he sees.

My thoughts: What needs to change in our organization / what needs to change in me?

A leader is someone who has the courage to say publicly what everyone else is whispering privately.

Next generation leaders are those who would rather challenge what needs to change and pay the price than remain silent and die on the inside.

…leadership requires the courage to challenge what is for the sake of what could be.

Leaders provide a mental picture of a preferred future and then ask people to follow them there.

Leaders worth following are always careful. They are careful because they genuinely care for those who have chosen to follow.

Don’t be afraid to embrace a problem you cannot afford to solve.

Opportunity does not equal obligation. – Mike Nappa

Most of us lead busy but undisciplined lives. – Jim Collins

When someone refuses to face reality, we call it denial. We say that person is sick. They refuse to face the facts.
[we tend to] put a positive spin on everything imaginable, while ignoring evidence to the contrary.
And while there is a general awareness that things are not going well, the average church attendee is content to show up once a week, do his time, and pretend that all is fine.
Turning an organization around starts with discovering truth.

My thoughts: Do I want to spend my life “facilitating the dreams of others”? What are my dreams? What could be? What should be?

The goal of leadership is not to eradicate uncertainty, but rather to navigate it.

As you gain clarity, you gain influence.

Two things happen when we pretend. First we close ourselves off from the input of others [isolation/pride]. Second, we expose our insecurity to the people we have asked to follow us. Pretending erodes respect much quicker than an admission of uncertainty. Uncertainty exposes a lack of knowledge. Pretending exposes a lack of character.

Pencil you plans. Write you vision in ink.

I believe providing feedback is the most cost-effective strategy for improving performance and instilling satisfaction. -Ken Blanchard

My thoughts: we need consistent, immediate & honest evaluation, feedback & criticism.

We have a tendency to measure ourselves against the people around us. They become our point of reference. A good coach will evaluate your performance against your potential.
…if we are wise enough to listen, they will help us go further, faster.

Every follower is a volunteer.