Hindrances to being part of a team

It’s one thing to join the team but a totally different factor to feel part of the team. There may be two reasons for this.

First, it takes time for others to accept new people with new perspectives and ideas. They may also see you as an intrusion to their established community of friends.

Second, you may have plenty of inhibitions within you. Insecurities keep you from truly accepting the friendship they may be offering. Their words and gestures of acceptance may go unnoticed because of your insecurities.

Be understanding of them and yourself. Then get on with the program and fulfill the vision of the team.

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Stress lowered by lower expectations

When expectations are high, stress levels are high. Life simply defies high expectations. Those two just don’t match. The chances for high stress go up significantly.

But if expectations are lowered, the scenario is quite different. Life becomes more peaceful. We become more relaxed. Our environment is more tolerable. Yes the same experiences will have a totally different effect on us when our expectations are altered.

This doesn’t mean that our predicament improves. Life continues to dish out its plate of troubles, and we have no option but to face them. Having a balanced perspective regarding our expectations will certainly reduce stress.

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The end of rebellion

Rebellion may seem to have a hold on people’s lives. It shows up in all facets of life, but the ultimate expression of rebellion is against God. This rebellion against God began in Genesis 11, where people gathered in one place and began to build a city with a large tower that is as “high as​ the heavens.” They wanted to make a name for themselves. Their aim in doing all these things was to stay together in one place without being dispersed throughout the Earth.

But God’s plan was for them to “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it…” (Gen 1:28). Their plan was entirely contrary to the plan of God for them. Their actions were clearly in rebellion to God’s purpose for their lives and for the entire world.

Such a rebellious attitude against our creator God has been with people throughout human history. Even today, this is a common mentality in people all over the world. There is no regard for God or his purposes for us.

But what about me? What about us? If we are honest, we find ourselves in a similar predicament. We love God, but our actions may not come in alignment with God’s purposes for us.

When Revelations 18 speaks of Babylon the great, it is more than that ancient nation – once great and powerful. It is the attitude of Babel that stands against the purposes of God for us.

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If You’re Before Your Time

You could have an advantage over others who come after you. But you could also become the object of ridicule and jealousy.

But you’ve got to be true to yourself and to who you are. 

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Flash visits by the doctor

The visits by the doctor were so brief that it must have been less than a minute. “Hey, how are you feeling? Everything looks good. Great. Get some rest, OK? See you next time.” What? That’s it? These guys get paid well just for this flash visit and a quick chit chat?

Let’s think of the alternative. The doctor walks in with a somber face and begins to explain the complications. As he lists the options for treatment and the chances of survival, your heart begins to sink.

No thanks. I think I prefer the flash visits. 

Evil will self-destruct

 

Does it ever seem like evil has the upper hand? Those who do evil seem to prosper. Their agenda seems to have prominence in society much more than it deserves.

The Bible is clear that we do not need to fear evil. It may prevail for some time and gain ground in the hearts of the weak. But in the end, God will defeat evil, along with Satan, the author of evil.

    But evil also has the feature of self-destructing. Those who do evil may collaborate and multiply their efforts, but ultimately they will turn on each other. 

    In the book of Revelations chapter 17 we see how, through the Beast, Satan joins forces with the kings of the earth to fight against the Lamb in an unprecedented war of the ages. But “The Lamb will conquer them, for he is the Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful” (Rev 17:14). Along with evil being conquered, we see in the following verses how the forces of evil turn on each other. Ultimately, evil will self-destruct and Jesus will be victorious and we, along with him.

    So don’t fear when you see evil prevailing in society. Just smile knowing that Jesus will be victorious.

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When your profession is misused

Stay put. Stay focused. Whatever you do, don’t get defensive. Nor should you get haughty seeing how others behave. You may be the next target.

Continue to work hard. Be faithful to your task. 

New enough to lead

Have they been around long enough to lead? But if they have been around for a long time but have not stepped up to lead yet, you need to think again. Maybe they have become calloused or they just have not caught your vision. If they had caught your vision, they would have taken the step to take responsibility. But since they have not stepped up to lead yet, most probably they have not caught the vision. Remember, seniority doesn’t need to be a requirement for leadership.

So we need to ask if they are new enough to lead. If they are new, they can be molded and directed according to your vision. As soon as they catch the vision, give them some basic training and find a quick way to move them into leadership responsibilities. (Just make sure to add some “on the job” training for leaders so they can develop further and stay sharp). You may get some “push-back” from those with seniority, but you’ve got to keep your ground.

Go ahead and look for those who are new enough to lead.

The New Testament God of Wrath

In the minds of some people, there is considerable doubt about God’s dealings with people in the Old Testament compared with the New Testament. They think God was angry and judgmental in the Old Testament but became loving and kind in the New Testament.

The reality is that God never changes. We clearly see both the wrath of God and the mercy of God displayed in the Old Testament. Both are clear realities. But since the New Testament begins with the ministry of Jesus, it highlights God’s grace in a tremendous way. The love of God is extended to people in quite a vivid way through the life, ministry and death of Jesus.

This huge focus of the New Testament in the early books highlight God’s love. But it is important to understand God’s love in the context of God’s wrath against sin and evil. That wrath of God still exists and is therefore the very reason that God’s grace is so amazing. His love for us is so great that he provides a way for us to escape that wrath.

This is clearly seen in Revelations chapter 16 where God’s wrath against evil is poured out. Several times, the statement is given: “And they did not repent.” God was looking for an opportunity to show mercy to people even in the very last days, in the midst of His wrath against evil.

So in the New as well as the Old Testament, God is exhibiting his wrath against evil and extending his mercy to all his creation.

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Brilliant Talkers

They are good people. But they talk constantly. They’re brilliant and knowledgeable about a vast array of matters.

But every conversion I’ve had with them were one way conversations. I listen and they talk. Rarely do I get a chance to speak. They do all the talking.

They get themselves into a mess, and they’re still talking. Talking themselves through the mess, and getting deeper into it. Never listening. They don’t need to listen since they’re brilliant.

One day, I hope they’ll listen to someone. 

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