• Follow Me

    “Follow Me.” – Jesus “Make disciples.” – Jesus As a Christian Educator, I have learned the value of teaching for cognitive (head), affective (heart), and psychomotor (hands) learning. In the next two weeks, I want to share how Jesus’ command not only captures each of those three learning domains, but also how the two quotes above encapsulate Jesus’ plan and model for discipleship, while connecting both quotes to the 4L’s, and thus the SYSTEM, I have been writing about for months. This week, I begin with Jesus’ words to “Follow Me.” These words are found in Matthew 4.19. Some will consider them an invitation. Others will hear them as a…

  • The System – A Final Review

    Redeem the time. Those words were written by Paul nearly 2000 years ago to the church at Ephesus (Ephesians 5.16). Those words ring true today as well. The rest of that verse is true as well – because the days are evil. The days will distract us from our purpose. The days are not the distraction, but the events within each day will. Just think of 2020. The year began with the fires in Australia and an impeachment in America. But since then, the major events have hit with wave after wave, with each wave at least as strong as the previous one. These waves have names like COVID, Stock…

  • Stepping Up

    What goes up, must come down. Well, that is what the prevailing wisdom tells us. Why? Because of gravity. Let me turn the idea upside down. What goes down, must come up. Ok, the logic isn’t quite scientific, but for the purposes of this series of blog posts, that statement is true. How so? Well, we have started with VISION, moved down to MISSION, and then to STRATEGY. Now, as we look at the STEPS, we do so with the intent to move back up the SYSTEM. As I have written previously, the STEPS allow us to execute the STRATEGY which helps us fulfill (complete) our MISSION and ultimately allows…

  • L Is For Learn…

    What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Ok, that answer may be pretty simple. But what is the second? What about the third? The tenth? Sure, some people are flexible and the specific items may change day to day. Or, at least, they might change from a weekday to a weekend. And, the order of items in February of 2020 may be very different than they are now because of COVID. But the point is that if you have some sort of agenda for the day, you likely have some sort of routine. Perhaps the routine is getting ready for work or getting…

  • The Process

    “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Peter Drucker made that statement many years ago. And it is true. You can have a great STRATEGY, but if the culture is not considered, the STRATEGY may be impotent. So, a part of the STRATEGY, or perhaps an initial STRATEGY, may be to simply change the culture (or the effects of it). (This SYSTEM approach can work for an initial STRATEGY to be executed in order to then prepare a new SYSTEM for the longer-term.) While Drucker’s quote is meant for organizations, it is true for the individual as well. We have probably all heard someone say, “I can’t stand this any longer. I…

  • Avoiding Limitations

    We all face limitations. Some are self-imposed. Others are not. Some limitations are mental, some emotional, some physical. Regardless we all face limitations. What we do not want to do is limit our ability to maximize our lives. Of course, we do this in a variety of ways. For instance, we waste a lot of time on unimportant matters and miss opportunities on things of significance. I am guilty too. But in a series on developing a SYSTEM that is designed to help us make decisions to achieve our ultimate goals (whether the period of time is short, or over a lifetime), we should not start with an approach which…

  • More than Words

    Are you a talker or a walker? Ok, so that isn’t quite the lingo. You have likely heard it said, “S/he can talk the talk, but can they walk the walk.” So, are you a talker or a walker? To this point in this blog series, we have created a VISION statement and a MISSION statement. But if you are going to live out your MISSION, you need a STRATEGY. The STRATEGY is the difference between talking and walking. The MISSION is the WHAT, and the STRATEGY is the HOW. (Check last week’s post here for more information.) As I mentioned last week, my STRATEGY is based upon an acrostic.…

  • The Game Plan

    How will you do what you will do? That sentence needs context, but if you have been tracking with this blog over the past several weeks, then the question above should make sense. Last week, the question was about knowing what you WILL do. The answer to that question can only be answered when you know what your ultimate goal is and what you need to do to accomplish it. Once that information has been considered, then you must consider what you will do in order to complete the goal. But once you know what you will do, then the question is “How will I get that done?” In other…

  • Being Intentional

    Do you know yet what you will do? I tell my congregation all the time that a major difference exists between good intentions and being intentional. Every good intention that does not get acted upon ends up in the grave rotting with the rest of the corpse. Now not all of our intentional acts work the way we want them to work. But how can we know if we are not intentional to try? Of course, being intentional and being willing does not mean that we will always rise to the challenge. As I share how the I will statements fit within my MISSION, please do not think that I…

  • I will…

    I will… How do you finish that sentence? How would you like to finish that sentence? The difference between those two questions can be extraordinary. Consider what you will do. Apart from death or something unimaginable, you will breathe. You will eat. You will age. You will do many things, some of which you do not even consider as you do them (such as breathing). But most everyone has goals and ideas they would like to accomplish. These goals cannot be accomplished without some intentionality, some effort, or something else (e.g. money, time, etc.). (Please understand that the entirety of this series is under the umbrella statement of “Lord willing”…