Do you know your target? Are you familiar with who you’re trying to reach? This video will bring you up to speed on the social media revolution that’s going on all around us. By the way, I use Grammarly for proofreading because I graduated from Greer High School. I made it out! And now I see there’s a whole world beyond little ‘ol South Carolina. Watch this video and consider yourself informed of the rapidly changing world we live in.
Today (yes 9/11) is my mom’s birthday. Mom, you have always been a support of my ministry and a prayer warrior for me. You’ve lifted me up to God in prayer countless times and you have encouraged me when I was down. You have always been a strong Christian influence and presence in my life and I thank God for you. Happy Birthday, mom. Your son loves you very much!
I’ve been at my church for two and 1/2 years. After just “winging it” for the first year, I talked to my friend, Nelson Searcy, and he suggested I read his book Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church. Now, mind you, many things are discussed in the Fusion book, including first impressions (which is HUGE – you know how much I’ve written about that in the past). I’m just touching on the area of assimilation today.
I first read the summary of the book by one of my sponsors (seen to the right) called Leaders Book Summaries. After I read the summary, I was hooked and I had our entire Lead Team (our Senior Leadership Team) order and read the book. I then ordered copies for my staff at my campus and we read through it together, too. It’s an amazing read and well worth the investment. I highly encourage you to go get the book (paperback or Kindle) HERE. The leaders summary will give you the basics and highlights. The book will give you the full philosophy, principles and strategy for the Fusion concept.
I don’t know of any college athletes that have had more of a fanatical following and have electrified fans around the country like Tim Tebow (when he was at Florida) and Johnny Manziel (who currently plays for Texas A&M). Tim Tebow in 2007 became the first college sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy. Last year Johnny Manziel became the first college freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. It’s also important to note that Tim Tebow led the Florida Gators to two National Championships. As big as Johhny Football seems to us now, Tebow was even bigger in his day.
Make no mistake, Tim Tebow was a legend in college sports, but the question remains: How did he handle the fame and attention?
We’ll come back to that. I want to acknowledge that both athletes are natural leaders. Both are gifted in athletics. Both know football. Both know what it takes to win. Both are fierce competitors. Both have broken NCAA records. So, the question becomes: What’s the difference between Tebow and Manziel?
I think it comes down to the little c-word: Character. The dictionary defines character as moral or ethical quality. I’m proud to say that through all the hype, all the craziness, all the wins, titles, awards and records, Tebow never waivered in his faith and commitment to Christ. He never fell into sin or brought shame to his school or his family. He stayed strong and pure and was a great role model for young people everywhere.
Happy Labor Day my friends. A while back, my wife and I watched the movie “Chariots of Fire“. Those of you that know me know I’m a movie guy, but I had never seen this classic Academy Award winning movie (it won 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture). I really enjoyed the movie and was moved by Eric Liddell’s convictions and great witness as a Christian. He was a great athlete, but very humble and a true sportsman (we will talk more about this tomorrow).
The scene that moved me the most was his refusal to run on a Sunday (at the Olympics- mind you) due to his conviction and sacred observance of the Sabbath. Now please know that I’m a HUGE believer in grace and a New Testament view of living. I absolutely hate legalism and run from it (I also know that there are many strong Christian football players that play on Sunday and strong Christian coaches that coach on Sunday and I’m okay with that), however, learning of Liddel’s taking a stand and passing up an opportunity to compete in the Olympics due to his desire to honor God was very refreshing.
If you haven’t seen the movie, I encourage you to watch it. If you have, you know that an American runner named Jackson Scholz handed Eric Liddell a note before he raced that said that since he had honored God, God would honor him. I believe that is the principle and take away for us today – that if we honor God and our convictions and commitments to Him, He will honor us.
I also think the principle of the Sabbath – observing a day of rest is desperately needed in our lives today. Far too many pastors and Church leaders struggle with burnout and depression and are in desperate need of rest. Rest from work. Rest from social media and the web. Rest from ambition and drive (I’m talking to myself). Just plain REST.
My encouragement to you, dear friends, on this holiday (and hopefully day off work) is to be sure to honor God and observe a day of rest. Your heart, health, wife, family and ministry will thank you for it. Be healthy my friends!