Saturday, October 12, 2019

God Community



The fellowship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit is our exemplar of loving mutuality. Love is not merely something God does, but is the full expression of His own community.
                                                                                            -Ron Boehme

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Entitled or Grateful?


The opposite of entitled leader is a grateful leader. Grateful leaders continually marvel at all they have received from God. But as a leader's sense of gratitude shrinks, their sense of entitlement grows in equal measure.
                                                                                -Peter Scazzero, The Emotionally Healthy Leader
 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Pseudocommunity


The essential dynamic of pseudocommunity is conflict-avoidance...Genuine communities may experience lovely and sometimes lengthy periods free from conflict. But that is because they have learned how to deal with conflict rather than avoid it. Pseudocommunity is conflict-avoiding; true community is conflict-resolving. 

The basic pretense of pseudocommunity is the denial of individual differences...One of the characteristics of pseudocommunity is that people tend to speak in generalities...To avoid the risk of conflict they keep their feelings to themselves and even nod in agreement.

                                                                             -M Scott Peck, The Different Drum (p88-89)

Monday, August 19, 2019

Usually fault is not singular in relationships


If you are someone who often thinks either it's all my fault or it's all their fault you are wrong most of the time. It is commendable to accept responsibility for your actions, but not when you carry someone else's burden. Likewise, if you're always blaming others, it's time to take responsibility for your part.
                                                                                 -Bradberry & Greaves, Emotional Intelligence 2.0

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Who Am I to lead?


I cannot lead from a center of achievement, or be a leader as a prerequisite for my identity. Yet I want to be known as doctor, teacher, leader. I must come again to God in prayer, in submission, in humble seeking, for God calls me “son.” My heart whines and cries: "this is less!" But God says it is more, much more, infinitely more.