SERVE

July 2, 2010

To serve is to live. (Frances Hesselbein)

Matthew 6:33 (nlt) “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

Here’s a life changing equation: Servant leadership = Putting others first.

The key to a successful life is to serve one another. It’s the key to living a satisfied full life. When you make the conscious daily lifestyle decision to serve others, you are allowing the love of God to spread to the world. We add a little JOY to the world.

I remember learning from my youth pastor as a teenage many moons ago this simple expression that has stuck with me. The way to have J.O.Y. in your life is by living these three simple values: J=Jesus first, O=Others second, and Y=Yourself last.

It’s the little things we do that make a huge difference that can brighten up someone’s day. Hey, wash the dishes for you spouse, open the door for someone, ask someone how’s their day and listen, catch your kids doing something right and tell them, call a family member just to check in, and the ideas go on and on.

Go make a difference in someone’s life today- serve them!

To serve is to live and to live is to serve! -Larry


KINGDOM DEPOSITS

November 13, 2009

Hands lifted upKingdom deposits make eternal investments.

Recently, I had a banking conversation with my daughter Bethany. We talked about making deposits into her account that will service her in the future. I was reminded that taking care of God’s kingdom is making life deposits into others lives. What we do now, definitely impacts the future!

What we do and what we say influences the kingdom of God. By showing the same love to those around you that God has shown and given you, you are making kingdom deposits. Never underestimate the act of a simple, loving decision. Simply lending a helping hand, speaking kindly to a sales attendant, or sharing your faith and experience of God’s love and grace to a coworker all makes a difference.

Live life on purpose.

In Matthew 6:33 (GWT), the Word says, “But first, be concerned about His kingdom and what has His approval. Then all these things will be provided for you.”

Let’s live kingdom minded, making deposits. Daily kingdom deposits make eternal investments.

–       Larry


FILTER

April 24, 2009

abstract water worldProverbs 18:21 (The Message) says, “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose.” 

We need a good filter! For our mind to function properly, it’s vital to filter our words before we speak. O, how I wish I would always think before I speak! We do not want to be one of those people who speak their minds whenever and wherever.

Our words can be “damaging” or “developmental”! Lifeless words damage others and yourself. Words that add value “develop” our purpose and destiny.

When water comes out of the faucet, it may taste fine, but when it is filtered it becomes pure. The more we filter our thoughts and our words before we speak, the purer they will become. Pure words produce positive life.

We want to filter and think before we speak, so that we add value! We do not want to cause hurt or pain unintentionally or hastily by speaking words without recognizing the power of their influence. Choose today to speak love!       -Larry 


ASSUMPTIONS

January 28, 2009

assumptionLife happens! Time flies bye.  I have just finished a two-year master’s in organizational leadership program.  In my view the time went fast.  On the other hand, in the view of my wife, Kim and daughters it was a long time with lots of hours of reading and writing.  I made the assumption that our views of time were the same.  Basically, an assumption is  “something taken for granted.”

It gets so easy to make assumptions about the most important people in our lives.  No one likes to be taken for granted.  Usually you do not take others for grated on purpose, you just get so caught up in “eating the elephant” that you end up with your eyes on the less important. 

 “Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” Henry Winkler

Two helpful tips to fill the holes assumptions create:

  1. Showing “Appreciation” and saying “Thank You.”
  2. Knowing when to take the time to do what matters most- “Communicate and Listen.”

(To my wife: Kimmie, I say, THANK YOU for your unselfish, faithful, caring, committed heart… I Love You.)

So be reminded, become a bit more intentional about the value of relationships.  “No one likes to be an assumption.”  

 

What would you say is a tip to fill the holes that assumptions create? 


Café Au Lait and Beignets

December 3, 2008

In New Orleans, the famous Café Du Monde coffee and Beignets (French donut) Stand is a 365 day/year-24 hour/day operation.  The Café Au Lait coffee is the best in the world.  I love that place and have most likely eaten 1,000’s of those beignets over the course of my life.

Just recently, I was back home visiting family, speaking at a church, and attending the Monday night Saints football.  A high priority stop I had planned was to go to Café Du Monde to live it up and scarf down beignets (You never count calories while visiting N’Awlins).  You know it’s good when your finished and you have the evidence of powdered sugar all over your face and shirt. And then, I heard my mother’s voice inside of me saying, “A little sugar makes things a whole lot sweeter.”

That’s Truth!   The world and those we come into contact with everyday need “just a little bit of sugar.”  KINDNESS makes everything a lot sweeter.  If you visit Café Du Monde and get an order of beignets, they will be covered with powdered sugar- it’s the magic.  It gets everywhere and everywhere; and you will leave with a remembered experience. So, I ask, what’s sprinkling from your life? Will your time with others be a “remembered experience” or a “regretful experience?”

Blaise Pascal said, “Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.” So when you come into contact with someone, just remember to sprinkle some kindness on him or her. This endeavor can be a 365 day/year-24 hour/day moment.

·      You’ll never realize the impact of a smile.

·      You’ll never realize the impact of a ‘thank you.’

·      You’ll never realize the impact of a ‘How are you today’ and really listen.

·      You’ll never realize the impact of a “God Bless You!”

Making a difference occurs one KIND act at a time.  What you sow, you will reap. As agents of God’s love- Let’s shower others with some sugar (LOVE)!  – larry