Let me share some snippets of advice that are impacting me at the moment.
I attended a two day professional development leadership conference last week, and I was again reminded of how important communication is if you want to enjoy emotionally healthy families, friendships, workplaces and churches. Communication! Conversation. Many years ago the importance of this came home to me when a preacher said; “The hardest part about telling the truth in conversation is the last 10%.” You and I know this is so true don’t we? The hardest part of telling the truth, is the last 10%. It was this same point the seminar stressed about honest, healthy conversation. The speaker used an interesting phrase; “crucial conversations.” Let me encourage us all to reflect on this, and ask if there are “crucial conversations” we need to have in our circles to get things back on track and working better?
Having Christ involved in my daily life
Another speaker at this conference was a Christian businessman who operates 33 car dealerships. This man’s commitment to running his business as a Christ-follower both humbled and encouraged all of us who heard him. He said; “Christians are to always be full of grace and truth (John 1:17) and that includes how we do business.” Asked how he stays focused on running his business as a Christian, he explained how important it is for him to start each day with Jesus in Scripture, meditation and prayer. “Having Christ involved in my daily life is a must for me” he said. We who heard him were all again, humbled and encouraged. The take-home of this talk was clear: Do I consciously include Jesus in my day-to-day life?
Don’t let your budget dictate your faith
The speaker who made this statement about budgets not being dictated by faith, was from the owner of the car dealerships. This man of faith inspired me to trust God more faithfully! His years of business leadership as a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ is testimony to how God will work through all who surrender their lives to him.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
As we enter a new month, my prayer for us all is that we live our faith actively in every situation we experience.