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Blessings all around

Open your eyes. Look to the left. Look to the right. Did you see it or miss it?

What I’m talking about is a blessing. Lately, when I’m paying attention to life going on around me, the more “aware” I am the more I notice God’s small blessings. When I’m too consumed in myself or the “important” things I’m doing, I miss so much. I bet you do too. Here’s an example:

A couple weeks back, I had the opportunity to spend a whole day with my sweet daughter. She had a 5th grade solo/ensemble competition where she was going to play her clarinet and asked me to be her accompanist. How cool is that? I’m pretty sure I was the only Dad who got to play for his daughter that day. We also had a father-daughter dance coming up later that evening. After waiting for literally 2 hours for her score to be posted, time was getting tight for us to grab dinner and make the dance. In situations like these, I typically go into crisis management mode and try to expedite things in order for us to get everything done. She finally received her score (a 1, by the way!!) and we headed to the car…more like jogged to our car. I was already thinking two steps ahead and trying to figure out where the closest restaurant was and how we could eat and run as quickly as possible. Then it happened.

My daughter said, “Dad, check that out” pointing to the sky. “Huh?” I replied. “Dad, look out the windshield. Look at the sky, it’s so beautiful!” She was right. The sun was cutting through the clouds in a way I hadn’t seen before. She grabbed my iPhone and snapped a pic.

Chloe's iPhone pic

Chloe’s iPhone pic

How had I missed it?

I was too consumed in my plans, my timeline, my goals, my..my…my….

She was present in the moment. She was paying attention to life going on around us, beyond us.

The moment was amazing and humbling. My children teach me so much, even when they have no idea. God used that small incident to remind me that He is in control. He is the maker of the sun and clouds and the heavens. He made my daughter and me. He created music. It’s His story. He invites ME to His party – and it’s full of blessings.

Just look around…there went another one….

Don't we look awesome together! She got her mama's looks for sure!!

Don’t we look awesome together! She got her mama’s looks for sure!!

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Being a Leader

Are you a leader?

The short answer is a resounding YES. All of us are leaders in some way. If anyone at all cares the slightest about what you say, do or think, you are influencing them to a degree. That influence is leading them to something or somewhere or someone.

Some of us have more leadership quotient than others, and the more you have to offer, the more responsibility you have to lead – and lead WELL.

For me, God has continually challenged me in new roles of leadership over the past several years. From thrusting me into preaching when our last church lost our senior pastor to now changing roles from Worship Pastor to Executive Pastor, to the most important role I have – that of husband and father, God consistently moves me forward to help me grow and develop as a leader.

I am grateful that I don’t have to make the journey alone, though. I am blessed to have great role models in my life and people who come alongside me to help me navigate this journey I’m on, especially since I lost my dad two years ago.

If you don’t have a mentor or mentors, I encourage you to think about who you’d like to “be like”, people in your life that you look up to, and ask them to help you become the leader and person God wants you to be. I bet they’ll say yes with no hesitation.

And if you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, GET IN THE GAME! Be a leader, for Christ’s sake! Literally…for Christ’s sake. Our world needs you to step up and lead.

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