This. Really.

I was so upset.

I mean how could she even think that I was to blame. This wasn't my fault, it was totally on her. Seriously, how hard is it to understand. We should have had that conversation with her parents. And just because I say, "We should tell your parents..." doesn't mean that she should actually go tell them.

Time out.

Maybe it only happens to me, but this conversation actually happened. Honestly, IT happens a LOT. What's even more embarrassing is that I'm the guy that has THE saying.

"There is nothing so simple that it can't be misunderstand." - Mister Smarty Pants (a.k.a. me)

Yet again I have NOT listened to the Holy Spirit, and definitely haven't considered that my amazing wife could possibly be speaking the truth. But to often this is exactly what I do.

This time of year is one of the hardest for me...and I know I'm not the only one. The holidays are meant to be about family, love, joy, celebration and so many other things. And I love the holidays. It's just that every year around the holidays I seem to struggle. A LOT.  I pick fights with my wife about the MOST STUPID things. I get upset at my kids more than usual. Anything that can go wrong seems like it does.

The worst part is I know what's causing it AND how to fix it. 

"8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." 1 Peter 5:8 KJV

I mean HELLO! Our enemy Its so obvious. Why is it so easy to forget. Especially during the holidays I am reminded that WE must be ready for his attacks. Satan wants our holidays to be miserable. He wants us to hate the time we are meant to celebrate our greatest treasure. This year during the holidays remember that God is so much bigger than anything that the devil can throw at you.

Celebrate the Real Reason for the Season! Merry Christmas!

Knowledge is Power...or is it?

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. -Theodore Roosevelt

If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God's secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn't love others, I would be nothing. - (emphasis mine) 1 Corinthians 13:2 NLT

As leaders everyday we look to what we know in order to help us accomplish the goals we have set for ourselves. We Google, we YouTube, we Udemy, we take classes, we get mentoring, we blah blah get the picture. We spend so much of our time trying to express how much we know and yet according to the Word and leaders throughout history, our knowledge should actually always be an after thought.

I remember my junior year of college being made Captain of our cheer team. I thought I was hot stuff. I saw how much I had learned in my short 2 years of cheering and thought I was a force to be dealt with. I was going to single-handedly bring our team to the new pinnacle of cheerleading. Don't get me wrong I had put a ton of hard work into where I was; as I still say to this day I got a degree in Ministry but for those four years I studied cheerleading. But all the knowledge that I had acquired meant nothing when I considered it above the people I was leading.

Our challenge as leaders is to love those around us that God has entrusted us with leading. And we all know that at times that is a MAJOR challenge. This week choose to love someone who might benefit from your knowledge, but is desperate need for your love and care. Here are a few ideas of how to love others:

  • Take a fellow coach to lunch and let them know how much they mean to you.
  • Thank the Starbuck's barista and tell them that they matter.
  • Hand write a letter to a friend that shows how your relationship has made you stronger
  • "Catch" an athlete who has been struggling, "succeeding" and use them as a positive example.
  • Give grace to your spouse or loved one when they make a mistake.

Knowledge may be powerful, but knowing and sharing the love of God is most powerful.

by Josh Maggart