Knocked Down, but Not Knocked Out!

Everybody gets knocked down, but it’s how fast we get back up that counts! Just don’t stay down for too long; it’s harder to get back up when you’ve gotten comfortable down in the pit! And you can even forget how to stand if you’ve been down too long!

2 Cor 4:8-9:  “We may be troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.

I want us to think about: “cast down, but not destroyed.” Phillips is excellent here: “We may be knocked down but we are never knocked out.” The Living Bible has it: “We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going.” Now those words express the exact thought and meaning of what the Apostle Paul is trying to get across to us. Paul was knocked to the ground many tymes, but he was never permanently grounded. Through all the trials, struggles and failures God always through Christ gave him the strength to get up and get back in the race.

It is interesting to note the contrast between Paul’s OUTWARD CIRCUMSTANCES and INWARD COMFORT. Outwardly “troubled on every side,” inwardly “not distressed.” Outwardly “perplexed,” but inwardly “not in despair.” Outwardly “persecuted,” but inwardly “not forsaken.” Outwardly “cast down,” but inwardly “not destroyed.” As with Paul so with us. When faced with defeat, we too can have the inner strength through Christ to turn failure into victory.

In the sport of boxing a boxer can be considered technically knocked out, if a boxer is knocked down, and unable to get up to his feet and gain his balance and composure before the referee counts to 10. If and when he gets to his feet, he’s given a standing 8 count. If the referee feels that although the fighter is on his feet but he’s in no condition to continue the fight, the referee will stop the fight, and the boxer is considered technically knocked out. Then there’s the three knock down rule.

The book of Proverbs says a righteous man falls seven tymes and rises up again.  It is good to know that no matter how many tymes we get knocked down, we can get back up again. And the good thing is we may not have our full balance and composure, but just the mere effort of us trying to get up, grabs God immediate attention. The Bible teaches us that it’s in our weakest state that God’s strength is made perfect. And because of this promise, God always shows up in our weakest moments.  Every tyme we’re knocked down in life by some tribulation, some disappointment, some heart break, or by trials, and even the storms of life, we are not distressed.

Through Christ you can get up again and go on. As someone has put it: “Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity.” When we are at our worst, God is at His best. When we are down, God is up. When we can’t, God can. When we are at rock bottom, God begins to work. It’s true! Look at the record. Adam was down, but God lifted him. Jacob was down, but God lifted him. Joseph was down, but God lifted him. Moses was down, but God lifted him. David was down, but God lifted him. Samson was down, but God lifted him. Peter was down, but God lifted him. The whole history of mankind testifies to the fact that God is the great LIFTER. He is the great FIXER. He fixes broken hearts, broken hopes, broken homes and broken health.

We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our corner; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. We may feel hedged in on every side and troubles and oppressions may be present in every way, but we are not crushed.  God knows how much we can bear. Perhaps today you might be feeling perplexed which simply means confused bewildered and cannot seem to find a way out.  Despair means to be hopeless.  Or maybe you are being persecuted; harassed in a way that causes suffering because of principles or religious beliefs.  There are many who are forsaken or forgotten about.

God never promised us a life free from troubles.  Like a good boxing match we are going to take some punches.  We must also learn to defend ourselves by arming ourselves with the Word of God.  Not just quoting the word but having faith in God and his promises.  Paul reminded us in our scripture today that though we may be at the end of our rope, we are never at the end of hope.  Our perishable bodies are subject to sin and suffering.  But God never abandons us.  Because Christ won victory over death, we have eternal life.  All our risks, humiliations and trials are opportunities for Christ to demonstrate his power and presence through us.

When life knocks you down, remember you are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus, so get back up again.  If God be for us who can be against us?  Yes, I may get knocked down, but thank God I am not knocked out.                                                    *reprint

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Superhero’s Faith

Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single… well, okay, maybe not. In the world of comic books, heroes usually possess some extraordinary talent or ability; the ability to fly, or to lift a car off the ground with one hand, or the ability to scale tall buildings like a spider.

What Makes a Hero? When we think of the word “hero,” many images may come to mind. We might think of a masked, caped, super-human do-gooder who can fly and lift cars for the good of mankind. Or, we might think of firefighters, police or military men and women who bravely face danger to protect the rest of us. The most important question, however, is not what WE think makes a hero, but what GOD says is heroic.

Hebrews chapter 11 speaks of heroes “who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.” People from many different walks of life are featured in the Hebrews 11 “cloud of great witnesses,” the “who’s who” of true heroism, but just what is it that makes these men and women the heroes they are? Did they possess physical beauty? Some did, but not all. Did they possess superhuman strength? Were they great athletes? Public speakers? Great entertainers? Were they brainiacs or billionaires or daredevils? On the whole, no.

Yet they are all listed, one after the other, in the Hebrews 11 hero hall of fame. And for all the heroes who are listed there, Hebrews 11 tells us that there are many other equally heroic people who aren’t listed by name. But by the standards of our world, none of these people would qualify as heroes. Moses would be villainized in our media for allowing God to use him to send plagues on Egypt and to drown the Egyptian army in the Red Sea. Isaiah would be dismissed as a bigoted hatemonger spewing religious nonsense (as he was regarded in his own day). Jesus Himself would be seen as an intolerant, closed-minded troublemaker. Being a true hero has nothing to do with what WE are able to do. Instead, it has everything to do with what GOD is able to do through us when we trust and obey Him. Our God chooses shepherds to be kings, fishermen to be Apostles, and common girls to save nations. And speaking for myself, that’s what I love most about God. That God chooses the common, ordinary, unremarkable nobodies of the world to do His work is one of the most encouraging facts I can think of. By this wonderful fact, God tells us that He can use US–yes, even US–to do great things!

Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. 1 Corinthians 1:26-29

Hebrews chapter 11 makes no secret of what makes for a true hero. It’s not about talent or smarts or station. It’s not about sensationalism. The common denominator for all the great Bible heroes is their faith in God; a faith that leads to trust and obedience. Being a true hero has nothing to do with what WE are able to do. Instead, it has everything to do with what GOD is able to do through us when we trust and obey Him. Our God chooses shepherds to be kings, fishermen to be Apostles, and common girls to save nations. And speaking for myself, that’s what I love most about God. That God chooses the common, ordinary, unremarkable nobodies of the world to do His work is one of the most encouraging facts I can think of.

In thinking about what a Hero is? I started to look in the mirror to evaluate if I was/ or could be a Hero. Honestly I was at a lack for words. I knew in my heart what I wanted to say about myself, but couldn’t express it properly. I am a devoted husband, a loving son, an above average father, a soldier, a minister, a Christian man. To me, a Hero is a guy that little boys want to be, other men want to hang out with and women love. Then I had a revelation, a Christian man is a superhero. (He’s Superman, Spiderman, Batman, and Captain America.)

What is it about superheroes that we love? ; It’s what they do. They save damsels in distress, rescue kittens from trees and crush the super villains. They usually don’t say too much. That’s because they don’t have to. Their actions speak for themselves. As much as little boys want to be able to fly, to run faster than a speeding bullet, to leap tall buildings and to have bullets bounce off their chest, they want to do these things while doing something heroic (not to be the villain). It’s through superheroes and their evil nemeses that we see that it’s not enough to have superpowers if you don’t do something good with them.  Similarly in life, we have the potential for greatness. Even Superman’s father told him that the reason he sent him to Earth was because humans had the capacity for good. All of us come into this world with different talents, but we have one thing in common, free will. No matter what our talent is, we get to choose how to use that. And even beyond our talents, we get to choose our actions everyday. Just like superheroes, it’s through our actions that we speak the loudest.

I was 21 and just realized that my life wasn’t at all what I had envisioned it would be. I wasn’t the kind of man that the kid in me would look up to or want to be like. As a kid, I always wanted to be a superhero (and had the underoos to prove it). I still do. Yet, my actions were nothing like that of a superhero. And my words well, words mean very little when your actions don’t back them up.  I had a gauntlet laid down before me. It was no longer good enough for me to act one way for 166 hours a week and then, go to Church for two hours and think I was doing my part. My first thought was: how do I do this? I knew God wanted me to be a husband and father some day. I even knew I was called to be a minister. Maybe even a pastor? How did all this fit into being a good Christian man? Did I have to rethink all my future plans? Was this going to mean a more restrictive life full of “commandments” of things that I couldn’t do?

Eventually, I learned that I didn’t have to overhaul my life, retreat to a monastery and avoid society. In order to a good Christian man, I realized I had to start acting like a superhero. As I internalized my faith, as it became a part of who I was, my actions began to change on their own. This is where free will becomes important. We, as men of Christ, are called to do the right thing. More importantly, like superheroes, we have the power to choose to do the right thing because we want to, despite how easy it is to do the wrong thing.  We will never be perfect; because our humanity means that we have weaknesses (even Superman had kryptonite). However, as Christian men, we have the strength from our faith to continue to get up when we do fall, to help our fellow-men get back up, to be an example for our friends and family and to do His will. Despite the fact that we’ll never be perfect, we continually strive for perfection.

It’s in the actions of Christian men, of real world superheroes, that we really see what being a man is. As cool as superheroes look in their costumes (which says a lot since most of their costumes involve grown men wearing tights), it was their actions that we admired and wanted to imitate. So, as men, we can wear all the S.W.A.G. (Salvation Was A Gift) Apparel gear that we want, but if our actions aren’t heroic, the clothes don’t mean anything.

We Can Be A Hero! In Matthew 17:20, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Philippians 4:13 tells us that “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Through faith in God Almighty, YOU can be a hero too. Who knows what God will accomplish through you? All you need is to be His willing servant, and to put your faith in Him!

I am a financial analyst who still plays video games, still watched Sci-Fi movies, & still reads a comic book from tyme to tyme, and still knows how to have fun. But before all those things, I am a Christian man that loves God, that knows that my faith will guide to do the right thing and that wants to do the right thing. I am far from perfect, but I’m much more of a man than I was before accepting Christ and much closer to being the husband and father that I know I’m called to be.  Just like the men and women listed in Hebrews 11. Because of their faithfulness to God, they were each given the courage, the strength, the perseverance and the power to do great things for God. They were ordinary people, but by their faith, God made them heroes. And by OUR faith, He can make US into heroes too.

Don’t Settle For The Ordinary!

So many today settle for ordinary when they could experience the EXTRAordinary.  You really can do more, dream bigger and experience the extraordinary life that Jesus came to give you! We’re 26 days into this New Year and I have a very important question for everyone. So far, is this year happening TO you OR is it happening THROUGH YOU? Sounds a little preachy, but I really want you to think about this for a few seconds.

 TO YOU or THROUGH YOU?

Are you waking up everyday, just like you did last year HOPING for change, but starting to feel like you’re in for more and more of the same? You’ve got both fingers crossed, and your arms crossed, and your toes and legs crossed… you’ve even got your eyes crossed… and you’ve still getting pounded?

That’s because WISHING for a better life never yields a better life! In fact BIG wishes and LITTLE materialization of those BIG wishes only leads to dissonance! Dissonance is the internal conflict we all feel because of the BIG gap between our BELIEFS and our ACTIONS.

Dissonance is defined as:  lack of agreement; especially: inconsistency between the beliefs one holds OR between one’s actions and one’s beliefs.

Why Are We Settling For Middle Ground?

I’m referencing the deliverance of Israel from Egypt when Moses led them through the Red Sea… and, instead of going the REST OF THE WAY into their INHERITANCE… they SETTLED in a place called THE WILDERNESS. The wilderness represents that MIDDLE GROUND between our sinful past and the full inheritance of our salvation! I want to do everything I can to make sure NOT ONE PERSON settles in the middle ground of the wilderness…

It Takes Faith! We have to BELIEVE that God does not want to leave us how he finds us! That God wants to BLESS US in order to MAKE US a blessing… so that he MIGHT FULFILL HIS COVENANT in the earth! We are far more useful to him when our marriages are healthy and our bodies are healthy and we have some money and we have great influence in this earth!

In the book of Haggai, the Israelites were looking for change but waking up every day with more and more of the same! Nothing ever changed UNTIL they ACTED on Gods word to them. This is a perfect example of LIVING OUR OWN LIVES, in our OWN STRENGTH… while HOPING for God’s blessing! Sounds like the definition of insanity! And if we keep doing the SAME THINGS, we will keep getting the same results!

We have to BELIEVE for God’s blessing for his favor, protection, healing, and spiritual strength! We have to believe that he will ENLARGE OUR TERRITORY. That he will OPEN NEW DOORS FOR US that EVERY obstacle in front of us will MOVE! We have to believe that God loves us and desires for us to RISE FROM THE OBSCURITY of our faithless past… to show this world a conquering faith!

Real Faith Produces Corresponding Actions! And how will we know we are BELIEVING GOD? We will know when certain ACTION starts manifesting in our lives that MATCH our WISHES and our PROFESSION of FAITH. And you know what’s exciting about all of this?? The entire universe starts to CONSPIRE in our favor when we START WALKING towards our dreams! In the situation with Joshua… Look at how everything CHANGED after the unbelieving generation died out And a new generation rose with FAITH and CORRESPONDING ACTIONS!

After 40 years of barely getting by at the middle ground of their wilderness, they GOT UP with a NEW FAITH and went the REST OF THE WAY into the ABUNDANCE of their promised land! Do you think this happens to people today in the 21st century? Absolutely! Let’s meditate on this throughout the day… and let’s answer the question:

So far, in 2012… is life happen to me or through me? There’s still plenty of tyme to change!                     *reprint&mod

A New Wardrobe

This morning I woke up to the guy with the bow-tie on the news stating the temperature was going to be close to 60 degrees today. Even still I began digging down deep into the storage container; I was searching for one of my comfortable sweater.  Some of my favorite things are comfortable, but most of them don’t look as good anymore.

Some lost their shape or they are no longer in style, some of them were never in style per my wife. And that I should take them out of my wardrobe! But I wear them anyway!

Today I didn’t. Even though there was a chill in the air this morning, I knew the day would be too warm for my comfortable sweater.  It is easy to simply put on our most comfortable clothes, especially as this weather keeps changing. As life is changing, we cling to our comfortable routine, our comfort food, and we tend to stick by the people we are most comfortable with. Although this can be good for us and make us feel better, it is not always the choice that is better for us.

You see, I have some comfortable habits.

Even though I know some of them are not the best choices, I still like to put them on too. It’s easier than discipline. Being disciplined does not always come easy for me. At tymes it requires a great effort for me to maintain a schedule of any kind. I am always grateful for reminder emails and phone calls from my wife; I’d probably never make a deadline or an appointment without my scheduler on my Ipad, Iphone and laptop.   I need outside structure to help me stay focused, otherwise, I get too comfortable with life the way it is. I have found that my attitude and habits can get pretty comfortable for me, but uncomfortable for others, so I also need gentle reminders in that area from tyme to tyme.

“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.”                      Colossians 3:12-14 Message

Because we are chosen by God…

…we have new life and a new wardrobe.

There are no comfy sweaters in those verses, but everyday choices that give evidence that we are called to be different. There will be days when we are not as successful in putting on this new wardrobe, because those comfy sweaters are just so comfy, even if they are out of style. But do not lose heart; tomorrow is a new day.

Will you choose the wardrobe God tailored for you? Or that comfy sweater?                                                     *reprint

And the Verdict Is?

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus”(Acts 4:13).

The crowd grows restless–some cheering, even more jeering–as you stand in a courtroom to hear the decision rendered by a jury of your peers. The evidence from witnesses and their recollections of events has been presented to determine your guilt or innocence.

Sternly peering down at you, the judge unfolds the jury’s verdict in his hands. He clears his throat. And on the charge of your being a follower of Jesus Christ, he declares you…

As one of my bible study leaders often asked, “If brought up on charges of being a Christian, is there enough evidence to convict you?” Would a “jury” of loved ones, co-workers, church family or fellow Monday morning commuters-find you “guilty” of such a charge? Be split in their decision? Or find you in contempt of court for duplicity-being two-faced?

His question pricks me every tyme I leave a rousing church service or a Bible study–and then get behind the wheel of my car, face difficult situations at work or home, or am alone with temptation. But it increasingly haunts me on another level: Christian persecution.

Throughout the ages, and even now, men and women have risked everything to share the Gospel message, smuggle Bibles, and worship with others–even while staring down the barrel of a gun!

As men and women in God’s army, you are called to serve the kingdom.  Your service, especially dealing with spiritual warfare, is challenging, exhausting, and difficult. Yet also rewarding, exhilarating–an honor and privilege and never impossible. “We already won!” Soldiers in God’s Army can uniquely serve Christ by integrating their faith with their profession.

The growing threat to our freedom to proclaim the Gospel is absolutely real! Faith in Jesus Christ may bring dire consequences–perhaps costing your life. Yet it is more critical than ever to stand tall in your faith. Christ has called us to run this race, and as we run it, to be BOLD:

BBattle Buddy–Running this race alone is impossible.  As Proverbs 27:17 exhorts, “Iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”  We must surround ourselves with Christians who will challenge, encourage, and dust us off when we fall.

OOpen–We must make ourselves available to engage with others, allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us to be quality witnesses.

LListen, Learn, Lead–Listen for the Lord’s still, quiet voice. Listen to those around you. Learn Scripture so you can be competent in your witness when you learn of others’ needs. Lead with compassion, exemplifying Jesus’ servant leadership.

DDiscern–Through prayer, Scripture, and feedback from your Battle Buddy and mentors, understand how best to witness while looking for opportunities.

Be BOLD in your faith. Know who you are. More importantly, know Whose you are–Jesus Christ’s own–redeemed by His blood! Do others know that by your actions, life, and witness? Let God come alongside you to help you finish your race strong!

This is my prayer for you in your race, “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me-the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace” (Acts 20:24).

My question to you, is there enough evidence?                                                                   *reprint

Get Stirred Up

2 Timothy 1:6: “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God that is in you…”

When I started this blog, I did so because I felt a stirring in my soul to minister to individuals who I knew, as well as those who only God knew, and also myself. After all, what better way can one get to know the Lord in a more intimate manner than opening His Word, studying it and allowing Him to work through you to communicate what He has laid on your heart?

Humans being fallible, however, I slowly allowed my own intimacy with God to be put on the back burner of job responsibilities, family life, social activities i.e. (wedding renewal) and – yes, it’s true – episodes of “Family Guy” as well as the odd reality TV show, political blog or whatever other tyme waster I could find. A day stretched in to two, and then to a week… before I knew it I hadn’t even bothered to crack opens my Bible in prayerful consideration except for the odd tyme and no meaning studying… I kept praying mind you, but on my terms — not His.

And then, I felt a stirring. Maybe it was the activities in the Middle East or perhaps the earthquakes, tornadoes, monsoons and other phenomena plaguing every part of the world but I could feel that nudging… that prodding… that insistent whisper that I get back to His Word, His Blog (because that is what THIS is after all) and do the work He has called me to do. I don’t know when He will return, but I do know that when He gives us a gift – and I am honored that He has given me a spirit of discernment and communication – we have a responsibility to use it to further His Kingdom.

Let me take the idea of “stirring” and give you a visual — imagine you’re making corn bread. You assemble all your ingredients, pile them in to your bowl and then allow them to sit there. You don’t touch them or move to lift a spoon but instead you will them to form into a loaf. What happens? Nothing! Absolutely nothing! Without the action of stirring the ingredients, you have no way of forming them in to a product worthy of baking let alone eating. Essentially your failure to follow the recipes call to stir, whip or mix the ingredients will lead to a pretty sorry loaf of corn bread (or lack thereof).

But what happens when you lift the spoon or turn on the beaters? The ingredients – which while untouched are both lifeless and unappetizing – turn in to a smooth batter that you then put in to a pan and bake in the oven. The product emerges and, if you’ve followed the recipe, it is worth eating and sharing with others.

So too is the stirring that God uses to prompt us in to action. You are free to ignore it and allow your gifts to languish in an unappetizing heap that does nothing for your own growth or for God’s Kingdom. Or you can heed the stirring and allow yourself to be mixed into a product that is beneficial to others, to the Lord and to you. Ultimately it is your decision, but if God stirs and you don’t respond you’re about as useful as that lump of ingredients that you hoped would form itself.

That’s the crux of it, isn’t it? We can allow ourselves to be distracted by the ups and downs of daily life — the things that seem to matter now but will matter little in eternity — or you allow God to continue to stir you, in soul, mind and body, to do something great with the gifts/ingredients He has given you. The choice is yours — but be forewarned, you can’t “bake” yourself.

It’s with that in mind that I return to this blog with a heart open to His teaching and pray that He will communicate through me to all of you.

Don’t ignore the stirring in Your Heart — it’s there for a reason and one which He wants you to explore for His Kingdom.

                                                                                                                                                                                                *reprint mod- warriorlikedavid

Anyone Can Steer the Ship, but It Takes a Leader to Chart the Course!

With the headlining story of the Concordia cruise ship in Italy, I thought that was the prefect tie in to share one of the books I have been currently re-reading.  “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: by John C. Maxwell”

My hope today is that the sharing of this book with you is sparking the inner leader inside you or strengthening the outer leader you already are!

LAW #4 The Law of Navigation – Anyone Can Steer the Ship, but It Takes a Leader to Chart the Course!                                                                                                                  

First-rate navigators always have in mind that other people are depending on them and their ability to chart a good course.

• Before good leaders take their people on a journey, they go through a process in order to give the trip the best chance of being a success:

o Navigators Draw on Past Experience – every past success and failure you’ve experienced can be a valuable source of information and wisdom. Success teaches you what you’re capable of doing and gives you confidence. However, your failures can often teach greater lessons, if you allow them to. If you fail to learn from your mistakes, you’re going to fail again and again.

o Navigators Examine the Conditions Before Making Commitments – No good leader plans a course of action without paying attention to current conditions. Good navigators count the cost before making commitments for themselves and others.

o Navigators Listen To What Others Have to Say – Navigating leaders get ideas from many sources. They listen to members of their leadership team. They spend tyme with leaders of other organizations who can mentor them. They always think in terms of relying on a team, not just themselves

o Navigators Make Sure Their Conclusions Represent Both Faith and Fact – A leader has to possess a positive attitude. If you can’t confidently make the trip in your mind, you’re not going to be able to take it in real life. On the other hand, you also have to be able to see the facts realistically. If you don’t go in with your eyes wide open, you’re going to get blindsided. Balancing optimism and realism, faith and fact can be very difficult.

• Charting A Course with A Navigation Strategy – here’s an acrostic that the author used repeatedly in his leadership.

Predetermine a course of action.
Lay out your goals.
Adjust your priorities.
Notify key personnel.
Allow tyme for acceptance.
Head into action.
Expect problems.
Always point to the successes.
Daily review your plan.

“The secret to the Law of Navigation is preparation. When you prepare well, you convey confidence and trust to people. Leaders who are good navigators are capable of taking their people just about anywhere.”

Leaders who navigate do even more than control the direction in which they and their people travel. They see the whole trip in their minds before they the dock. They have a vision for their destination, they understand who it takes to get there, they know who they need on the team to be successful, and they organize the obstacles long before they appear on the horizon.

Sometymes its difficult balancing optimism and realism, intuitions and planning and faith and fact. But that’s what it takes to be effective as a navigating leader. Above everything else, the secret to the law of navigation is preparation. When you prepare well, you convey confidence and trust to the people. It’s no the size of the project that determines its acceptance, support, and success. It’s the size of the leaders who are good navigators are capable of taking their people just about anywhere.

Nehemiah had an extra love for God and walked an extra mile and he was blessing to the community. Nehemiah finished rebuilding the wall within 52 days that was lying ruined for 120 years… Wow that’s a real big tyme project that was done by God’s grace within 2 months.

When you allow Him to work through you He can allow you to chart any course & steer any ship!