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-I want to share with you the Top 10 motivational tips of the cynic.
1) Motivation – If a pretty poster and a cute saying are all it takes to motivate you, you probably have a very easy job, the kind robots will be doing soon.
2) (Snowflakes). Individuality –Always remember that you are unique, just like everybody else.
3) (Lounging leopard) Indifference –- It takes 43 muscles to frown and 17 to smile, but it doesn’t take any to just sit there with a dumb look on your face.
4) (The Great Pyramids) Achievement –- You can do anything you set your mind to when you have vision, determination, and an endless supply of expendable labor.
5) (Here’s Butch the soccer player with little Cody). Goals –It is best to avoid standing directly between a competitive jerk and his goals.
6) (A football receiver being laid out by a tackler). Success –Some people dream of success, while other people like to crush those dreams.
7) (Taj Mahal in India). Discovery –A company that will go to the end of the earth for its people will find it can hire them for about 10% of the cost of Americans.
8) – (A bear about to catch a salmon). Ambition The journey of a thousand miles sometimes ends very, very badly.
9) (Two runners - a male running behind a female). Persistence –It’s over man. Let her go.
10) (Rowers) Get to work - You aren’t being paid to believe in the power of your dreams.
One of my favorite preachers is Dave Stone from the Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He’s the preacher in a church that has 17,000 people. Dave has written books and is a popular motivational speaker. He was chosen as an influential leader in his community. But Steve Carr, a friend of mine told me that a few years ago at the North American Christian Convention in Kansas City that he was leaving the convention and saw Dave Stone, mega church preacher sitting on a park bench talking with a homeless man. Dave has not become too much of a famous preacher to stop and give his time to one man who needed a friend.
For many years a country church in Iowa set aside one Sunday annually for youth to conduct the entire service. The young people did it all; call to worship, invocation, prayer, special music, announcements, choir, and one young person would deliver the sermon. One year a 16 year old boy was told that it was “his year.” He practiced for days until he could give the sermon with the help of just a few notes written on one side of a three by five index card. Sunday morning arrived. The other youths did their parts exceptionally well. When it was time, the young man walked to the pulpit- and his mind went blank. He looked at the index card, spoke for two minutes, and sat down. As the congregation sang the closing hymn, the young man thought, “I am never going to speak in public again, absolutely, positively not.” As the service ended the young man dashed for the exit, only to be stopped by a man named Dale Bockes. Mr. Bockes said, “Son that was a fine job.” And the lad said, “Fine job? Why I only went about two minutes.” “Yes,” said Mr. Bockes, “but you said it so well. It was so clear. You are a good speaker. I look forward to hearing you again.” And the next year, that young man spoke again. Now, John Kline, that young man, is a motivational speaker who speaks worldwide. Mr. Bockes was a great encourager.
We are created after the likeness of the eternal God. This has both moral and motivational implications. In our morals and motives we are to reflect God’s character. Thus, I am to be not only an extension of his life…I am an expression of his character. If my salvation is working, my life is a fitting expression of what God is like.
Mark Duke was serving as a personnel manager for Spring Telephone. Along with his supervisor, Mark was given the task of helping 300 poorly producing sales persons start producing. They tried all the classic motivational approaches, but nothing worked. Mark and his supervisor were both Christians. They said, “We’ve tried everything, so why don’t we pray?” They prayed and God led them through a process in which they helped the struggling employees with their personal problems. They shared Christ with them sensitively and ethically. That year they exceeded their sales quota.
Pastor Leadership Styles
Shepherding-loving, nurturing, community-driven 55%
Bridge Building-good personality, create consensus, being people together 53%
Directional-seeks next logical move, searches for right path 44%
Team Building, matching people/jobs, expects it done, hands off tasks 38%
Visionary-powerful vision caster, knows what he/she wants 36%
Managing-works behind the scenes, knows systems, is process-oriented 21%
Strategizing-divides vision plans into achievable chunks, project leader 18%
Reengineering-stirs things up, then arranges them, good in crises 13%
Motivational-may not know big picture but reads people well 11%
Entrepreneurial-creates many projects, may later lose interest 11%
(Your Church 1/2-04)
The whole concept of aiming has also become a metaphor for at least a multi-million dollar business about life and business goals and plans. People and companies pay big bucks for help in answering questions such as, ‘What are you aiming at?’ ‘What will give us the most bang for the buck?’
Slogans abound about the importance of correctly aiming one’s life at the right target. ‘If you aim at nothing, you will hit it.’ Then there is the still current, I believe, Air Force slogan, ‘Aim High.’ But in the midst of all the slogans and catch phrases, the issue of character, our character, needs to be addressed. Some motivational speakers address this issue to a very important degree. Others address it but only in a way that enables you to get what you want.
“Do It For Them!” Ephesians 4: 25-32 Key verse(s): 29: “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”
Motivation to do or not do something is a curious thing. There are many factors that influence motivation. We can be motivated by the fear of injury or illness. Motivation can also take the form of pleasure and fulfillment. Some are motivated by greed while others are motivated by selflessness; and so on. Sometimes, therefore, it is difficult not only to find the right motivational idea or emotion, it can also be misunderstood as to which factor actually motivated the action you desired to take place.
“On a Western Airlines flight to San Francisco, fried chicken tycoon Col. Harland Sanders, 89, had made himself agreeable to staff and fellow passengers, then dropped his chin to his narrow black tie and closed his eyes. Somewhere in the back of the plane a child had been shrieking for some time. One stewardess told another helplessly, ‘I’ve tried candy, books and games, but nothing seems to make any difference.’
‘I’ve got to speak to that child,’ said the colonel. He rose to his feet and, with the aid of his cane, made his way back. The staff watched and shrugged, as if to say, ‘What can he do?’
When the colonel came back, not long afterward, his charm had produced a minor miracle. There was only the sound of chatter, newspapers and china. The stewardess came up to him and said, ‘Thank you for helping us, Colonel.’
‘I didn’t do it for you,’ he replied. ‘I did ...
GOD USES PEOPLE LIKE DERRICK
In Dayton, Ohio, attorney Derrick Farmer gave a motivational talk to at-risk teens. Derrick is 48 years old and has been an attorney since 1999. Now, what was unusual about this event was that it was picketed by 30 Dayton police officers. Why? When Derrick was 16 years old, he committed the brutal murder of a civil-rights activist and a Dayton police officer as the trigger man in a jewelry store hold-up. But something happened in Derrick's life. He gave his life to Christ. In the world’s culture, you understand why it would seem absurd that Derrick would be lecturing to teenagers about right living. But we come from an upside-down, countercultural perspective. God uses people just like Derrick.
Understanding The Spiritual Gifts By Dr. Dale A. Robbins
1. The ministry of Spiritual Gifts originates in the New Testament, commissioned by our Lord Jesus Christ. After He established His church on the earth and ascended to Heaven, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to equip His church with power and spiritual gifts (Greek -- charismata) so that His disciples could continue to carry out His ministry objectives. While there are certain gifts of a spectacular nature that are often given greater attention, the New Testament mentions at least 21 that are provided to the church.
2. These gifts are listed in Eph. 4:11, Rom. 12:3-7, and 1 Cor. 12:1-12, 28, and are generally assigned to one of three categories, as listed below:
a. Ministry (office) gifts: Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher.
b. Motivational (practical) gifts: Service, Exhortation, Giving, Leadership, Mercy, Helps and Administration.
c. Charismatic (spiritual) gifts: Wisdom, Knowledge, Discernment, Prophecy, Tongues, Interpretation, Faith, Healing and Miracles.