I was nervous. I sat across the table after enjoying a nervous lunch of all-you-can-eat grilled liver and onions at a local steakhouse. I was building up the courage to ask our ministry's major benefactor to finance a laptop. Jim and his wife, Judy, had already given exceedingly to redesign our meeting space and add more equipment to our weekly presentations.
Full Disclaimer: I am not an animal lover. I enjoy animals. We have three deer in our neighborhood. Its the time of the year when HOA dues are due and I wonder if they are going to pay their fair share. Our family does not have any animals. No dogs. No cats. We say it … Continue reading People are Greater
Yesterday was the 72nd birthday of one my the most influential person in my life, Jim Baxter. Years ago sweating sitting across the table as after a presentation to obtain more equipment for my ministry, I was waiting for a ‘yes.’ 'Yes, get your new screen.' 'Yes, get your new laptop computer.' Yet, he sat there and pondered. And pondered. And pondered. I sweated and then sweated more praying under my breath.
People are mess. You are mess. I am messy. We all have a common denominator and that is one of being messy. Yet, most leaders lead as if they are not messy and everyone else is and that is just not the truth. Ministry, business, family, and life would be a lot better if people … Continue reading Mercy to People’s Mess