If you aren’t aware I am a big advocate of being a learner. You can learn so much from what you see, watch and read. There is so much out there and you have to be careful what you put in, but if you look for the right things then you can positively impact your life by it. For this post I am going to focus on reading. Laster year, I started reading thirty minutes a day and I don’t plan on stopping that routine. I am currently reading a great book, by my standards, about how to win friends and influence people but it takes more than just reading something to really make an impact in your life.
Books I read this year
I always tell my team that leaders are readers. I like to know if they are reading anything to help them grow. Someone on my team at work gave me a goal that they would read fifteen books this year. They wanted to be held accountable to it and I told them they were crazy. I felt like it was a lofty goal, but it challenged me to want to step it up.
Instead of me setting a goal to read a certain number of books this year I set a goal that I would read a book for 30 minutes a day regardless of what day it was. I set my time in the morning to do so and made sure that no outside factor could interrupt that time. It had to be before my two-year-old son woke up because who knew what could go down after that.
A lot of times we get caught up in how big or small our problems are. We also cannot bring up what we think are small things to God because maybe it's below him. He has too many other big things to take care of like war and genocide so why would he take the time for you? We gauge so much on the severity of our problem or situation. It is the same reason more people go to church or pray for the first time when there is a crisis of some kind – we finally have something big enough to go to God for or that we have no idea what to do ourselves and we go to God as a last resort. But what if it didn’t have to be that way?
Give water bring life
Two years ago Zach Gryder the Next Gen Pastor at HighRidge Church where I work and I started what we call Unite for a Cause.
UNITE for a Cause provides a platform that people of any age, in any place, can join in to support a cause, make a difference and fulfill a need. And the world’s needs are many. Some are multi-faceted and complex, yet some seem so very simple. Just imagine a country, perhaps a world away, rescued with fresh, clean, uncontaminated water. Imagine never having to worry about something as simple as taking a drink of water. What if the entire economy of a village could be changed just by having the proper shelter and energy it needs to thrive? What if we could be the answer? What if you could be the answer?
Back to school
Wow what a time. Everyone is going back to school. Well, not everyone is going back to school. Some of us have big boy jobs that happen all year long with no long summers or holidays. Some of us have to pay the bills right? Some of us are even paying off all the school they took and it constantly reminds them of why they went to school in the first place. Was it worth it?