I started doing something new this year.Â Beginning January 1, I decided that I was going to capture quotes that I find interesting throughout this year.Â The quotes could be motivational.Â They could be something that made me think.Â They could be just provocative statements that would cause me to ponder.Â Regardlessâ€¦ I decided that I would write all these down.
Itâ€™s been a fun experience.Â And Iâ€™m finding some great things.Â Below are some that I think you might enjoy.Â Iâ€™m not saying that I even agree with all of theseâ€¦ but they are great to read and â€˜chew onâ€™.
See what you think:
â€œThe church that is content with not growing is saying to the rest of the world â€œYou can go to hellâ€
â€œItâ€™s much easier to act like a Christian than to react like one. Anyone can put on an act. But your reactions reveal what is really in your heart.â€
â€œI do not want to be guilty of leading a church passionate about reaching the saved, but fanatics reaching the lost. I have noticed, that every Christian wants to see the lost saved, but not every Christian wants their church to cater to the lost.â€
â€œI canâ€™t Christianize this culture. The god of this world is Satan â€“ this is his culture. He is the god of this age. Iâ€™m to preach the gospel. â€¦. God is calling a people for Himself. I donâ€™t know whom Heâ€™s calling, I just have to be faithful and preach.â€
â€œBeing a leader does not mean that we will never be in situations that make us shake in our shoes; in fact, it means quite the opposite. When a leader allows the fear of a circumstance to trump the fear of God in his lifeâ€¦he ceases to lead.â€
â€œA leader is a person who is always on the lookout for other potential leaders to discover, develop, and deploy. But if we are not careful, all our energy can leak out to passion stealers, stranding us on a sandbar of mediocrity and ineffectiveness.â€
â€œAfter wrestling with this for years, Iâ€™m slowly coming to the conclusion that a church building may not be the best location for church employees to do their work.â€
â€œHave we created a theological ideology that eliminates any discomfort and marginalizes any element that would cause us pain or even death?â€
â€œIs the seductive, deceptive lure of some sin such as anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, and sexual immorality, creeping into your heart? Is there anyone youâ€™ve been withholding forgiveness from? Do you secretly celebrate the failures of people around you? Have any secrets that youâ€™re working hard to keep from some of your closest friends?â€
â€œIn my experience, once itâ€™s clear youâ€™re willing (not just willing, but itching, moving, and yes, implementing) without them, things start to happen. People are rarely willing to step up and stop you, and often just waiting to follow someone crazy enough to actually do something.â€
Maybe as the year goes on, Iâ€™ll share more.Â Have a favorite ministry or motivational quote that youâ€™d like to share with me?Â Pop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great 2010!