The Little Things!

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There are so many “little things” parents can intentionally talk about each day with kids that will help them grow; little reminders to start the day positively and enhance children’s outlook on the world around them.

Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Every day upon awakening, the first thought is “Good Morning Jesus!” This reminds us all that the day belongs to our Creator, Master, King!
  2. List 3 things you’re thankful for everyday. No duplications from day to day. I promise you’ll never run out!
  3. Remind kids to pick one person to perform a kindness for each day. True joy comes through authentic service to others!
  4. Take the time to point out something about God’s beautiful creation around us and talk about how we can take care of His creation!
  5. Pick a song you can all sing in the morning together! It could be a favorite VBS song or a praise song from Sunday worship!

 

I don’t know about you, but I can get caught up in the trials of our world and forget to focus on all the amazing blessings from God. Worshiping him through thanksgiving of all the “little things” around us helps kids to learn that every day belongs to our Savior, Jesus!

Mel

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The Essentiality of Effective Leadership

                                    

Effective leadership is essential to the success of any cause.  It was evident in the Christian revolution during and following the life and death of Christ.  It was indispensable in the American Revolution.  It was an absolute necessity in the winning of both World Wars.

It is as essential today as it was in yesteryears.  It is essential in the success of any and all causes you support and in which you invest, mentally, emotionally, socially and financially.  Effective leadership is essential to the success of any cause.

What cause do you invest in? Your family? Your church? Your employment or entrepreneurial venture? A social or school activity? Whatever the cause, without solid leadership it will be difficult for that cause to experience any success.

Every cause – your favorite cause! – requires the disciplined involvement of people, sometimes a few, sometimes more than many. The investment and energy of many is critical. Very few if any great causes have successfully advanced with the effort of a single person.  “It takes a village” may not be the finest description of people involvement but it does convey a certain truth; cooperation of many in a well orchestrated approach is imperative to the achievement of any cause.

Every orchestra, every cause needs a leader – someone who is competent and compassionate about taking others where they will not go on their own; someone who is able to successfully give direction and motivate others to effectively participate cooperatively to advance the cause.

Nowhere is it more critical than in the success of healthy family life – a cause near and dear to many of us. Our current culture is severely pock-marked with the disease of anemic family leadership, if not the total absence of it.

So, what constitutes effective leadership in the home, or in any cause?

A leader must have a detailed vision of what the home should be. He/she must know how to develop a step-by-step strategy for reaching the perceived goal of a healthy family (it won’t “just happen” because you want it). A leader must know how to draw from others to compensate for his/her personal limitations (we all have them!); this certainly includes prayer and a dependency upon the Lord’s leadership in and through us.

The leader must be a person of genuine character not a character, but possessing n admirable character and sense of authenticity. He/she must be trustworthy, faithful to the cause, absent of personal pride and self-interest. A healthy attitude and the ability to be gentle but firm goes a long way in possessing the ability of motivate others. 

Neither you nor I were born with leadership qualities. Every one of these vital elements mentioned above is acquired through relentless effort and determination. May it be that you will aspire to grow in your leadership so the cause(s) you believe in and support can be enhanced by your developing ability to lead. Make no mistake about it – you are required to lead in some important cause. My prayer and desire is that you will improve in that leadership with each passing month.

Dean Hammond

Say Thank You

parkview_christian_church_mediumThe other day I was going through some old files when I came across my ordination certificate. Confession, I thought I had lost it. The reason it was lost or, shall I say, misplaced in the first place is that it was in my file cabinet because I chose not to hang it on my wall. It’s not that I am not proud to be ordained.  Believe me those words ring out on the certificate that says, “To be set apart to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is hereby cordially commended everywhere as a Minister of Christ”. Those are words I take very seriously, but those are also words that are not easy to live up to. 2 Timothy 2:15 is also on the certificate at the bottom. It says, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workmen, who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the Word of Truth. The words “worthy” and “approved” are always hard to live up to.

 

What I am most proud of when I look at it are the names signed on the certificate.  These men and the values that they uphold have been incredible in my life. They have been men that I am sure many times felt un-worthy of the Gospel or the grace that they have received. No one is perfect, but they were men that took a stand for the Kingdom. They were great mentors for me who supported me through tough times. Not all of them were paid ministers, but they were all ministers for the Gospel in their everyday lives. For that I thank them. Thank you for your example throughout the years of being faithful to your calling and most of all your Lord and Savior.

 

Some of these men have since gone on to be with the Lord.  I never really got a chance or, more correctly, took the time to thank them, and for that I will always have regret. So if you are reading this, my challenge to you would be look at some of the people in your life that made a difference and just take the time to say thank you. So with that said, thank you Blair Pride, Hursel Rose, George Pindell, Robert Turner, Al Ginn, Bob Miller, Thomas Friskney, David Conover, Dan Pence, and even my brother Kenny White who made the certificate (He had to have paid someone). I say with all sincerity that these men have all played a part in mentoring and discipling me. There have been others along the way and too many to list today.

 

The second challenge is for you to do the same for someone else. We must live our lives in such a way that we all become ministers of the Gospel. Present yourself to God as one approved and a workman who is not ashamed, but willing to stand up for the truth and be an example for someone else.

 

Brian