perseverance

Enjoying the Journey

A story of happy accidents. Do you have something you are passionate about but maybe are not the most talented in that area? For me, that is running. I started running almost by accident. One year, after moving to a new school, I found out I had missed football tryouts. Instead of sitting out of sports completely I decided to…

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perseverance

Unfinished Business

3 Ways to Handle Unmet Expectations Have you ever thought of the perfect comeback except it was too late? Maybe someone put you on the spot and you didn’t think of the right response until the ride home. You left the conversation with unfinished business. Once you realized precisely what you wanted to say the chance to show the world your wit…

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Leadership

Doing too much

Doing less so that you can accomplish more Have you ever seen someone is “doing too much” or being what we used to call a “try hard”? Maybe they are being inauthentic, trying to impress someone, or overcompensating for some reason. On the basketball court, he is the guy with all the new gear but can’t dribble or shoot. At…

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Leadership

Moses CEO Part 2

4 Steps to Lead Your Team Out of Dysfunction Moses returned from his executive retreat to find his organization in total disarray (Exodus 32:9-10). You can see the four decisions that lead to this disaster in my previous post. The results of Aaron’s passive leadership led to the group getting off mission, internal corruption, and dangling on the edge of…

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Leadership

Moses CEO Part 1

Aaron COO: 4 Leadership Mistakes Moses took over a failing corporation that had a brilliant founder, but was plagued by internal discord. After delivering some miraculous results that impacted the world, these people found themselves under dictatorial leadership. Moses comes in to lead them to the Promise Land but not without some resistance and lessons we can all learn from…

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Leadership, Sharing Faith

Crossing the Line

4 Questions that show you have gone from honest to harsh How do we know when sharing truth has needlessly moved from bold compassion to insensitive confrontation? We have to be able to honest without being harsh. In my previous post I talked about sharing our opinion without burning bridges. Today I would like to explore how to know when…

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Leadership, Sharing Faith

Bridges of Opinion

4 ways to share truth without burning bridges I recently read a post on social media that was right but wasn’t very friendly. I wondered if the thought would have gotten more traction if it would have been shared with a smile. When we are right but don’t present our truth in a right way we alienate ourselves. This not…

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Happy Birthday Blog

Fish Out of Church Turns 4 It was on this day four years ago I posted my first blog on fishoutofchurch.com. I now blog on a new domain but my blogging journey would not have been possible without that first post. I have learned so much from this experience and am so happy I decided to venture into the unknown…

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Book Review, Sharing Faith, Spiritual Life

Make Friends Not Points

3 Benefits of Connecting before Correcting In my last post I shared how a battle for an armrest turned into an opportunity to share my faith. While this was happening I was actually reading the book The Daniel Dilemma by my pastor Chris Hodges. After getting off the plane I would later come to the chapter “Connecting before Correcting”. In it Pastor…

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Faith, Sharing Faith

Armrest Battle

A surprising lesson in sharing my faith Awkwardness and Faith Have you ever wrestled for an armrest on a plane? I often have experiences where I feel like a spot in line is a fight to the death. My passive aggressive side or just plain aggressive side comes out when strangers seem to violate these kind of unspoken rules that…

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