What can you do to help during a tragedy, after a shooting, or act of terror? As our nation feels the pain again of senseless shootings and precious lives lost – it’s easy to feel like there’s nothing you can do. Oh, but I challenge you to think again! Let me show you how you can make a difference and we can use this crisis as an opportunity to bring help and hope.

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“The first and last task of a leader is to keep hope alive–the hope that we can finally find our way through to a better world–despite the day’s action, despite our own intertness and shallowness and wavering resolve.” -John W. Gardner, former secretary of health, education, and welfare.

Hope is the foundation of change. If we continue to hold hope high, and we help others do the same, there is always a chance to move forward and succeed.

In times of tragedy and crisis, know this:

1. Crisis holds the opportunity to be reborn.
2. Difficult times can discipline us to become stronger.
3. Conflict can actually renew our chances of building better relationships.

It’s not always easy to remember these things. As leaders, our job is to remind people of the possibilities and to help them succeed.

Get out there and spread hope. Take the lead. Be the change and make our world a better place. This crisis can and will be an opportunity for us to be reborn. But only if we take it.

Will you?

-Dr. Linda Travelute
Leadership & Personal Growth Doctor
Of The John Maxwell Team

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Are you in a tough spot right now? If things aren’t going well, how are you going to push through? If you’re feeling like you’re lost, this idea will keep you going when times are tough.IMG_0934

As hard as this may be, let’s push aside your current state right now so we can look ahead. You need a view from the top that peeks into your future.

That view is called vision.

With vision you can construct a picture of what you want to see in your future. Then you’ll know what to go after. Having a mission, something to pursue, will put some wind back in your sails.

Walt Disney’s vision or picture of the future, for his theme parks was that his guests would have the same smile on their face leaving the park as they had six, eight, or even ten hours ealier when they arrived. His vision was making people happy.

President John F. Kennedy callenged the American people to put a man on the moon and return him home safely by the end of the decade. That mission was accomplished when he accomplished his vision.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a vision that still fuels people today. He passionately described it in his “I have a dream” speech. He painted a picture of a spiritually transformed nation, and more than forty years after his assassination, his vision continues to stir passion and hope.

Ok, great, so these guys had great vision. So what?

Let me ask a question so you see the connection between them and you…

Do you think Walt Disney woke up every morning with a smile on his face?

I’m sure Walt had tough days just like you.

But because he had a vision, he had something to look forward to.

Vision will keep you from looking back.
Vision will keep you from being focused on your present problems.
Vision will keep you hoping for something more.

This is why vision will keep you going when times are tough. 

Jesus spoke of what his vision looked like too. And it’s a good thing he drew that picture for his disciples so they could stay focused during their tough times. He talked about the kingdom of God, its values, teachings, parables, miracles, purpose, and the final outcome.

He gave his followers a clear picture of the future and they joined him in accomplishing his vision.

When the disciples had a tough day, when they felt all alone because their leader had died a criminal’s death, it was the vision that got them out of bed in the morning.

It was the vision that put a bounce in their step.

It was the vision that kept them from being focued on their present problems.

It was the vision – that Jesus would rise again and redeem the earth that kept them hoping for more.

If you don’t already have a vision for what your future could look like, it’s time to paint one.

I’m about to hand you a paint brush.

Pick up the brush and spend some time asking God to help you paint a picture of the vision he wants you to pursue. 

Your vision will keep you going when times are tough.

Making the most of a bad experience
How hard have you been hit? And how much pain are you in? When you feel the pain of bad experiences, creativity gives you the opportunity to turn that pain into gain. Here’s a secret to changing pain into gain.

There’s a story about a chicken farmer whose land was flooded just about every spring. He didn’t want to give up his farm and move. He wasn’t a quitter. Yet.

But when the water backed up onto his land and flooded his chicken coops, it was always a struggle to get his chickens to higher ground. Some years he couldn’t move fast enough and hundreds of chickens drowned. I’d be crying right now, you?

After experiencing the worst spring he’d ever had, and losing his entire flock, he walked into the farmhouse and said to his wife, “I’ve had it. I can’t do this anymore. I can’t afford to buy another place. And I can’t sell this one. I don’t know what to do.

Thinking creatively, his wife said, “Buy ducks.”

Use the energy that comes from either adrenaline or anger and use it to solve problems and learn lessons. 

John Maxwell says, “Creativity begins at the end of your comfort zone.” When you feel the pain of heart-sickening experiences, creativity gives you the opportunity and the fuel to turn that pain into gain.

When you have a tough experience, one that discourages you in a big way, let it prompt your creativity.

Pick one big bad difficult situation in your life. Take some time to think, and write down 3 ways you can think up a creative way to use that situation to your advantage.

One of the challenges my husband and I have faced all of our married life (24 years and counting) is that he can’t hear well. He was born without ear drums. He didn’t even have holes in his ears like most of us do!

After multiple surgeries, learning how to read lips, and now having a super-sonic hearing aid, Ted hears better. But not perfectly. But I tell you what – we’ve had a choice to make regarding his inability to hear well.

We could allow it to annoy us, we could complain that it’s hard to communicate. We could be mad that it’s hard for him to have one-on-one conversations with people. We could even be bitter that he sometimes misses out on important information because he doesn’t hear it right.

OR we could think outside the box and learn other ways to communicate. Over the last 24 years, we’ve developed quite a few tricks in sending and receiving messages.

Just a look, and he knows what I’m thinking. Just a touch and he knows what I am trying to express. Just a nod and he catches my drift.

Our communication has risen to another level than what most people experience – all because we decided to use our angst about a problem or situation and solve it creatively.

How are you going to solve your big problem? How are you going to turn your pain into your gain?

Yes, that one that makes you angry…
That one that disappoints you…
The situation that isn’t fair, but it’s yours…

Use that experience to get your creative juices flowing. You’re backed by the power of God in this situation and he’s at your disposal. Tug on his ear, he’s just a whisper away. He’s ready to dive in and help you figure out a way to make the most of your bad experience with creative ideas.

You can do all things if you believe… (Phil 4:13)

You can turn your pain into gain…if you believe.

Comment below and let us know how you’re making the most of your bad experiences with creativity.

I know you’re tired of waiting for your big break. It’s been a long time coming. You’re wondering if you’ll ever be rewarded for your hard work and loyalty. If this is you, here’s what you can do while you’re waiting – so you don’t go crazy and lose your footing.

Have you heard the story of Joseph in the Bible where Pharaoh looks at him and says, look at all this land in Egypt…It’s all yours Joseph. Then he takes off his signet ring and puts it on Joseph’s hand (Genesis 41:41-46):

41And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.
42And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;
43And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.
44And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.

Wow.

Talk about reward. That ring was the platinum charge card of that day. It was the way the king stamped the invoices, the decrees, or anything else he wanted to validate with his royal seal.

Now that Joseph had the ring on his finger, Joseph was the guy in charge. He spoke for the king. His word carried the authority of Pharaoh. Joseph was the man.

In the blink of an eye Joseph experienced a promotion that was Cinderella-like.

But before promotion came, Joseph was in the pit of prison left alone. Forgotten.

He never saw the promotion coming.

Is this where you are at the moment?

Forgotten.
In a prison you can’t escape.
Feeling like your in a dungeon of despair.

Bankruptcy
Divorce
Betrayal
Dismissed from your job
Demoted
Lied about
Stricken with sickness
Numb with pain

Have I got your number?
What kind of a dungeon have you been living in?

I want you to know this so you can hang on with hope for your days ahead…

When God says the time is right – you will be free – and it will be sweet!!!

You are on the verge of promotion and you don’t even know it, because God doesn’t announce His appointments in advance. 

So what do you do while you wait?

1. Believe His Promises.
While you’re still in the darkness of your dungeon, trust him to open the doors. I know you thought you heard footsteps outside the door, yet they never came for you. You almost gave up wondering if they will ever come and rescue you.

I’m letting you know – they will. God will send the right people at the right time to set you free.

So the next time you hear footsteps, believe they are coming for you. Believe they are about to unlock your prison doors and let you free.

The same God who allowed Joseph to live in the dungeon was the same God who brought him out. It just had to be the right time.

Even though today you have bruises and blows of disappointment… and unfulfilled dreams… doesn’t mean God has left your side.

At the right time he will get you out. Believe.

2. Know You’ll Be Stronger
When Joseph’s prison doors had flung wide open, he was different.

He had been refined and he came forth as gold. He had become a person of greater strength and stability. Deeper quality, nobler character. Talk about a self development chamber. This was character building 101.

God’s promises for Joseph are for you too. He’ll take what the enemy meant for evil and use it for your good.

When people forget you, and they will…
When people break their promises to you, and they will…
When you’re tired and tempted to give up, and you might…
Know you’re getting stronger.

While you’re waiting for your reward:
1. Believe his promises. He’s working on getting you out.
2. Know you’ll be stronger. You’re prison has benefits that the enemy can’t touch.

I’m pulling for ya. Hang in there. Your big break is on the way, if you’ll wait for it.

 

You’ve been there. God speaks. You hide. He nudges you a little harder. You come up with an excuse. He gets a little louder, so does the voice in your head that says… “You can’t pull that off!”

  • Have you ever felt God prompting you to do something, yet you resist because you don’t think you can do it?
  • Do you get sick at the thought of doing what God told you to do?
  • When he says jump, would you rather stay put because you’re afraid of what might happen?

If so, on today’s “Christianity Made Easy” podcast we’re going to discuss how you can get enough guts to give God glory!

I’ll share 2 stories about failing royally when God asked me to do something for him. I’ll reveal my feelings of insecurity, where they came from, and how I tackled them – or not! (Yes, I’ve told God “NO!” more than once.)

And you’ll be surprised to know that even if you refuse to do what God’s asked you to do the first time, He always has a plan B for you! 

IMG_0003Dive into this podcast and discover 2 keys to overcoming your insecurities so you can reach your destiny and do the very thing God has told you to do…regardless of how stubborn you’ve been in the past.

Like Moses, you can jump over your insecurities and grab your God given purpose. Listen to the podcast by clicking here or head over to iTunes if you have an Apple device. Let’s pop those insecurities in the mouth and jump that hurdle!

 

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Are you disappointed with who won the election or tempted to believe God doesn’t care or that he’s lost control? Or that he is allowing the nation to fall apart? Maybe you’re upset about who’s in control of the house or senate. Does it looks like the wrong people are in office and your nation and community are in a downward spiral? Not true. Whether you voted for President Obama or Mitt Romney, let me show you that regardless of who won the election – it’s going to be ok for you.

Here’s a promise from the Bible that you can count on when everything looks like it’s falling apart:

Romans 8:28 says, And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (NLT)

Let me clarify a few things about this promise that all things work together for good:

  1. The Bible doesn’t say that EVERYTHING that happens is good. It says God can work it into something good.
  2. The Bible doesn’t promise that we will ALWAYS see the good right away. It may take time.
  3. God can bring a good that we don’t recognize.
  4. God doesn’t say he will bring good out of bad FOR EVERYBODY – only for those “who love God and are called according to his purpose” (For Christians who are genuinely walking with God.)

Here’s an example from God: God had tough things happen to him too. God’s son died. Tough right? In fact, God’s son was murdered.

And let’s not forget Jesus, God’s son, was tortured, then killed. It didn’t look good when it all went down. But hold on…

It ALL happened for YOUR GOOD!

Let’s recap. Situation – Jesus was killed.

What good was in it for you? It gave you the way to be forgiven and saved from hell.

Hebrews 4:14-16 says, Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. (Message)

God and Jesus Identify With What You’re Going Through

Whether we’re talking about the election or anything else in your life, know Jesus is in touch with your reality. God knows about tough stuff, and will make all things work together for you and this nation. So if your disappointed, don’t worry, God has everything under control and he will make even the election results work together for your good.