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Steve Brown, a popular radio bible teacher, says that one morning after a Church service a lady came up to him and said, "I wanted to meet you because I have listened to your sermons on the radio and they have turned my life around. I didnít know the Lord, and my whole life has been changed because of your messages. I just wanted to meet you," she continued and I also wanted you to meet a friend of mine too." And then she turned back from her friend and said to Steve, "Iím sorry, what was your name again?" She had forgotten his name! And we might say, "If those sermons had changed her life how could she had forgotten who gave them?" The point is of course that she hadnít forgotten where they had come from. And Steve Brown said, "I was thrilled! She was simply remembering the message and not the human messenger. It was the Word of God that was being honored!" And that is a humble servant.
From a leadership seminar given by Dale Galloway:
A bunch of fleas were hanging out on a blanket, just jumping up & down having a blast. And then someone came up and put a jar over them… Not knowing what happened they still keep jumping BUT after hitting their heads a few times – they got the message and stopped jumping so high. Though they still jumped they stopped an inch from the top of the jar… After an hour the person removed the jar lid…BUT the fleas never knew the difference, because they had fixed into their minds an imaginary ceiling… Though they could now jump higher they never did because of the imaginary barrier that they had placed in their own minds…
Listen - We need to remember that as a church of Christ the lid is off… we need to think big!
The importance of really living the Christian life is illustrated in the life of the famous author Mark Twain. Church leaders were largely to blame for his becoming hostile to the Bible and the Christian faith. As he grew up, he knew elders and deacons who owned slaves and abused them. He heard men using foul language and saw them practice dishonesty during the week after speaking piously in church on Sunday. He listened to ministers use the Bible to justify slavery. Although he saw genuine love for the Lord Jesus in some people, including his mother and his wife, he was so disturbed by the bad teaching and poor example of church leaders, that he became bitter toward the things of God.
In Bill Gatesí new book Business @ The Speed of Thought, he lays out 11 rules that students do not learn in high school or college, but should.
He argues that our feel-good, politically correct teachings have created a generation of kids with no concept of reality who are set up for failure in the real world.
RULE 1 - Life is not fair; get used to it.
RULE 2 - The world wonít care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
RULE 3 - You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school. You wonít be a vice-president with a car phone, until you earn both a high school and college degree.
RULE 4 - If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He doesnít have tenure.
RULE 5- Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping, they called it opportunity.
RULE 6 - If you mess up, itís not your parentsí fault, so donít whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
RULE 7 - Before you were born, your parents werenít as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills; cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parentsí generation, try "delousing"
the clothes in your own room.
RULE 8 - Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades; they wil...
"A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he knows something."
"Nobody ever got into any trouble listening. That's about the safest thing that one can do in life. If you listen to people and you pay attention to them, then you're bound to learn."
Sainthood emerges when you can listen to someone's tale of woe and not respond with a description of your own.
Traits characteristic of the stress-prone:
1. Plans day unrealistically
2. First to arrive, last to leave
3. Always in a hurry
4. Makes no plan for relaxation
5. Feels guilty about doing anything other than work
6. Sees unforeseen problem as a setback or disaster
7. Is always thinking about several other things when working
8. Feels need to be recognized and overextends because of this
What to do:
1. Recognize aggravating aspects of your job and accept them rather than fight them. Wisdom to discern what can and cannot be changed, attempt to change the first and accept the second.
2. Identify your emotional needs and find ways to meet them.
"No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while, youll see why."
Formula for handling people: 1) Listen to the other persons story; 2) Listen to the other persons full story; 3) Listen to the other persons full story first.