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Win a copy of The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon

I just finished reading The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon. I won a copy from Chris Locurto’s blog, and I really enjoyed it. It is a simple story about a man who is just coasting through life, feeling like he has no purpose. His marriage is falling apart and he is in jeopardy of losing his job. He can’t understand why the team he is leading is not following him or working together.

Like many of us, he needed a wake up call. He needed someone to remind him that there is more to life than just being ordinary and grumpy.

512+ZEYdHZL__AA300_One of my favorite quotes from the book continues to stick with me, and is something that I am continually trying to live out.

“Find the bigger purpose in the here and now and your purpose will find you.”

I love to share great books, so I’m giving away a copy of The Energy Bus to one of you. It is a quick read, but packed full of powerful ideas and reminders for how to live with purpose and make an impact where you are.

How do you feel about the bus you are driving? Could you use some inspiration?

Leave a comment below, and I will randomly pick a winner tomorrow.

The Wisdom of Silence

I am excited to introduce you to today’s guest, Chris Morris. He is a CPA by day, a blogger before the sun rises, and a happily married father of 4 all the time. He writes about how faith and real life can collide in the brokenness of life, while still holding on to hope. You can read his blog or follow him on Twitter @sometimeshope.

 

When a friend is in the midst of deep struggle, it is difficult to know how to be a trustworthy encourager. We don’t always have the answers. On occasion, we don’t have any answers, because it just doesn’t make sense.

Sometimes, the best thing we can say to a friend in pain is nothing at all. Just be there with them, share in their pain by being present. We don’t always have to try to fix the pain, or frame the sorrow, or remind them of God. The words we share to console our friends often do nothing but stir up dissatisfaction.

 

Well, you know that God will work this out for good at some point right?

…God still has a wonderful plan for your life.

…Maybe God is trying to get your attention, to root out some sin in your life.

 

Each time we say something like this, our heart is in the right place. We are trying to comfort our friends. We just aren’t doing it well. Instead of comfort, we might end up increasing sorrow, heaping doubt, or even producing anger in the hearts of those we love.

 

Morning of reflection

 

The funny thing is this – we know that is exactly what we are doing. We have all been on the other end of these well-meaning but misguided attempts at comfort. So why do we do this? Because we fear silence, despite what the Proverbs say:

 

In the multitude of words sin is not lacking,

But he who restrains his lips is wise.

— Proverbs 10:19

 

We think that if we say nothing, we have nothing to offer. So often the exact opposite it true. Many times, sitting alongside our friends as they weep amongst the apparent ruins of their lives, commiserating with them, and fiercely giving them a hug is the best thing we can do.

Truly, this is wisdom. We need not run from silence, but instead step into it, and in so doing begin to walk in wisdom. It is this wisdom that will eventually usher in God’s healing and His presence, not our chattering.

Brag it up Wednesday

Photo credit: Richard Masoner/Cyclelicious

Photo credit: Richard Masoner/Cyclelicious

 

One of the things I love to do is talk with other people about what they are working on.

I love to hear about their dreams.

I love to connect with new ideas.

I love to encourage people.

So, today is about you. Brag it up! 

Share with us what you are excited about. Share something you are proud of.

Don’t be afraid. Share away!

 

What would you ask a LifeChanger?

Photo credit: Creative Commons

Photo credit: Creative Commons

 

I have loved hearing all of the great feedback regarding my ebook, Becoming a LifeChanger. One of the things many people have asked for is to learn more about the LifeChangers in the book.

What were there struggles?

Were they afraid?

What was their turning point to take action?

I am excited about starting a follow up series on the blog. It will consists of interviews and conversations with the LifeChangers from the book as well as other LifeChangers.

So, here’s your chance.

What do you want to know? Ask away!

 

My Interview with Jeff Goins

I am excited to have my first podcast interview on the blog. I admit it has taken me so much longer to get this up than I expected, but I am excited for you to hear it.

I had the privilege of being on Jeff Goins’  launch team when his book Wrecked first released. You can read my review here. But Jeff was also kind enough to do a live interview with me. This was my first time attempting this and unfortunately the Skype portion did not record as I wanted. However, I was able to record the audio and make my first podcast post.

I am always encouraged when reading Jeff’s blog or speaking with him directly. He cares about helping others, and is a pleasure to interact with. Jeff works for Adventures in Missions, and recently announced that they are planning a mission trip to Guatemala in 2013. Several of my friends are going, and I will be excited to follow their adventure.

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We talk about why he wrote the book, how it feels to publish your first book, and Jeff offers his always helpful advice.

Enjoy the interview!

Have you read Wrecked? What questions would you ask Jeff?

 

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