What Do You Do to Get Ready for the New Year?

2017“What do you do to get ready for the New Year?”

I asked this question at a pastor’s lunch I attended the other day. The guy across from me looked at me for a moment, sized me up and responded, “What do you mean?”

We both chuckled a bit and I said, “How do you get ready? What do you do? How do you evaluate your past year and make changes for the coming one?” He asked if I meant personally or pastorally–I said BOTH!

We had a great conversation where he laid out how he personally and pastorally “got ready” for the next year. It was insightful, humorous, encouraging and challenging.

The biggest take away from our conversation was the idea that you have to go back to what matters most. Whether it is in your personal or professional life–the gauge for success is how you have done when it comes down to the most basic things you stand for. Have you stood for those things? Have you strayed from God’s mission? Have you been faithful to the vision?

My conversation over lunch still has me reflecting on 2016. You should reflect on it too.

So, what about you? What do you do to get ready for the New Year?


Turn Scripture Into Prayers

man-praying-bible-bsm-667x476One of the first ways I learned to pray was to turn Scripture into a prayer. Yesterday I wrote about “How to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Say.” Today I thought I would offer a weeks worth of prayer. I want to challenge you to read each scripture and then pray accordingly. Continue reading “Turn Scripture Into Prayers”

How to Pray, When You Don’t Know What to Say!


I was reviewing a book that I had read awhile back in preparation for a lesson I was working on. It is called “How to Pray: When you don’t known what to say.

If you are like me you have been praying for years! Even though it is something I have done my whole life, I always feel like there is something new to learn. Prayer is like any other activity—the more you practice the ‘better’ you become.

Elmer Towns describes it this way:

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Why Are Meetings Important?

board-meeting-2-1280x640I was in a meeting this week where I overheard another attender saying that they “hated” meetings.

I will be the first to say that I am not a fan of meetings. I used to think that they were a big waste of time. After all, why couldn’t we just be doing the things we were talking about and save the time (and boredom) of sitting and talking about the action we were going to take.

However, I now realize that meetings are important. Here’s a few reasons why: Continue reading “Why Are Meetings Important?”

Follow the Leader

m01936I remember playing this game when I was a child. We would get in line and whoever was first would take off. All who were behind the leader had to do whatever the leader did. If he jumped, we all jumped. If he crawled, we all crawled. If they….you get the idea.

We often think back to playing this game and think how foolish it is. The reality is that not much changes as we get older. Even though it is not in a game there are still people we look to to be that example for ourselves. 
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