How do you give your very best strawberries?

I read a short quote from our SacredSpace morning devotion a couple of weeks ago that hasn’t left me. I share it with you here: In an essay about the crushing loss of a friendship novelist Jacqueline Mitchard crafted a brilliant phrase. To describe how she had neglected other relationships during the ill-fated friendship, Mitchard wrote that she had given the ‘very best strawberries’ of her personal life only to that one particular friend. I Read more about How do you give your very best strawberries?[…]

114. Have you debriefed your journey this year?

It’s been a habit for years now of taking a day in December to reflect back over the past year, and then look forward with expectation for the new year ahead.  I like to mix it up every year and create a different way of reflecting.  I think I could call it a spiritual discipline now, as it has become such an important tool, to learn lessons from the past and move into the new Read more about 114. Have you debriefed your journey this year?[…]

111. Do women have an advantage in leadership?

In YWAM we are blessed to have a leader who isn’t afraid of writing a book called – why not women?  We are used to hearing teaching on the ‘Father heart of God’, but perhaps less so on the ‘Mother heart of God.’  Right at the beginning of Genesis we read, ‘So God created human beings in his own image.  In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.’ (Gen Read more about 111. Do women have an advantage in leadership?[…]

109. Do you have conversations on purpose?

There are all kinds of statistics given how women talk three times as much as men but actually there is nothing substantial to back them up.  The reality is that men & women probably talk as much as each other if they are extrovert and if they are introvert, they don’t talk as much!     Talking as an introvert, I am aware that I am economical with my words!  But my greatest desire is for Read more about 109. Do you have conversations on purpose?[…]

105. How do you spot leadership potential?

The bible suggests that the state of a nation is influenced strongly by the leaders it puts in place.  When Israel installed a good king, the nation was prosperous and flourished.  When a bad king took over, the nation went downhill. We see the results of good and bad leaders in our families, teams, bases and ministries right across the world.  I know that you can’t just accept the results of surveys, but there does Read more about 105. How do you spot leadership potential?[…]

94. Where are you going?

At the end of every year, we have an evaluation time as a couple.  We look at what we have been doing, how effective it was, what fruit was produced, how fulfilling it has been and on the basis of these questions decide what needs to be changed.  A couple of years ago, we were aware that we were being spread too thin and were getting tired.  The challenge was that the ministry was being Read more about 94. Where are you going?[…]

90. What legacy are you leaving?

Max de Pree, says, ‘I wish that at a younger stage of life leaders would know in their hearts, that what they’re figuratively ready to die for is going to change.’ Rite and I have just completed a two-day process of discernment facilitated by friends of another mission organisation, along with some of our YWAM team members.  It has been a pivotal decision-making time and one that I am sure we will look back on, Read more about 90. What legacy are you leaving?[…]

79. How about a radical rethink?

Do you like having your thinking challenged? I read a book a while back called ‘Rework’ by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson and it did just that. It’s amazing how we hear phrases that are used so often, they begin to become part of our belief system. Sometimes, just like the value of ministering in the opposite spirit, we need to rework some of the ways we think about life.  Here are a few phrases to start Read more about 79. How about a radical rethink?[…]

73. Are you leading a tribe?

A few years ago, according to Seth Godin, we began to enter a new era that is all about “Tribes” – he wrote a book by the same name.  I would like to share with you some of his thoughts, mixed with a few of my own.  A tribe is defined as a group of people that have something in common that they are passionate about.  Godin tells us that a tribe needs only two Read more about 73. Are you leading a tribe?[…]

65. Are you aware of your shadow mission?

We all have a purpose of being here on earth.  As soon as we come to the Lord and often even before, we can have a sense of destiny and anointing for certain activities, tasks or callings.  In order to fulfil these callings there is a preparation phase in our life where we develop our gifts and character.  So if you are still breathing God has a mission for you to fulfill. The first ‘Star Read more about 65. Are you aware of your shadow mission?[…]

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