Todd Who?

It has been exactly a month since the last post. So long that the blogging software made me enter my id and password by hand. The semester is finally over and we are looking squarely into the face of a two month break. I have been mulling a couple of things that I will begin to throw out over the next weeks. Let me give you a preview:

1. Persecution: might be the best thing to happen to the church in a long while…

2. Wealth: blessing or curse or neutral or all of the above?

3. Relationships: why are they so important?

Hope this finds everyone well. Check back soon for more.

Solutions not Problems

While I am talking to myself. Let me continue for a moment.

1. Everyone can see the problems. Whether it be the church, government or local basketball team, the problems are usually evident.

2. The real need is for more people to be invested in finding solutions and not merely complaining in order to somehow make themselves feel “smarter” or “better”.

3. In order to find solutions, you must understand the entire “disease” and not simply the most prevelant “symptoms.” Listening is the key to diagnosis.

4. In order to implement solutions, you must have the 1. courage to fail, 2. energy to continuously communicate, 3. passion to make a difference, and 4. determination to persevere.

Implement, Implement, Implement

Execution will always be more important than strategy. Actions speak louder than words. A fair-to-middling strategy exceptionally executed will almost always yield better bottom-line results than a great strategy poorly executed. A great strategy never executed — and it happens a lot more than any of us would like to admit — is a lame exercise in futility. FastCompany Website November 2004.

I typically write with you the audience in mind. But this post is for me!

Start spending more time implementing. Yes it is important to get the vision and plan right, but it is just as important (probably more important) to get things done afterwards.

There, I feel better.

FYI

God loves you.

God is willing for you to ask questions (even tough questions).

God waits for the opportunity to prove to you that He is faithful and worthy of your trust.

God wants to offer you acceptance not condemnation.

God is more patient than you can imagine.

Just thought you might want to know or be reminded of these timeless truths!

Todd

Wait just a minute

Thanks to wonderful friends, I went to the Dallas / Cincinnati game last Sunday afternoon. Great weather, good chicken nachos, and some much needed down time. Dallas lost the game 26-3. After such a bad performance, Monday’s headlines were less about the game and more about Bill Parcell’s trashing his team in the post-game press conference.

That led me to this post which started out being a full attack on Cowboy coach Bill Parcell’s whining and attitude. Come on Bill, be a leader I was about to say. But I happened to read my last post about “unity” and “mutual respect” and I got a twinge of conscience. You see, I am a hypocrite. You are too I bet. We talk one way, think another, and act yet another at times. The Apostle Paul said it best in NLT Romans 7:15, “I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate.”

For me personally, I want to act, think, and communicate in a way that lets people know God is in control of my life. But too often, my actions and thoughts would lead people to think someone besides God is in control of my life (namely ME.)

No magic solutions to this all too common problem. Each day I get up and try again. If,no make that when, I mess up I take great comfort in knowing that God still loves me, cares for me, and wants me to start again. That goes for you too by the way.

Since I already quoted Paul once, let me end with NLT Philippians 3:13,”No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be,(1 )but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,”