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"Magpaubos"



1Abram was ninety-nine years old when the LORD appeared to him again and said, “I am God All-Powerful. If you obey me and always do right, 2I will keep my solemn promise to you and give you more descendants than can be counted.” 3Abram bowed with his face to the ground, and God said: 4-5I promise that you will be the father of many nations. That’s why I now change your name from Abram to Abraham.[a] 6I will give you a lot of descendants, and in the future they will become great nations. Some of them will even be kings.7I will always keep the promise I have made to you and your descendants, because I am your God and their God.” Genesis 17:1-7
"Magpaubos" or be humbled down. My constant message to me last Sunday and Monday. As I was reading my Devotional, I saw how Abraham responded to God’s Promise by kneeling and bowing face down. It’s an illustration that when we come to God in prayer, we should come with humility or humbled down. I remembered MamaWeng’s illustration when we receive blessings and even promises and coming before God- Like a waterfall:
God’s blessings is like a waterfall; constantly pouring. What should I be? I should be at the bottom of it, receiving like a river all the out pour. It will be strong and forceful but flowing. Magpaubos…Magpaubos..In His Grace…
1If you are a wife, you must put your husband first. Even if he opposes our message, you will win him over by what you do. No one else will have to say anything to him, 2because he will see how you honor God and live a pure life.” 1 Peter 3:1-2

Last Sunday was another PEPSOL class in Kabacan. I am currently the PEPSOL Director (Kuno!jajaja) in Kabacan and as part of my work when I am finally sent out (back). I had a wonderful one on one conversation with Tita Nonie (The Bio Mother of My Spiritual Mother and the Daughter of my Bio Mother). When I asked her how was she after the Encounter- she’s become stronger, not easily discouraged and when I asked her about Tito and their relationship, she learned to be more humble and “magpaubos”, someday she will also win him for God through her submission. Wow!!! What a testimony! I keep on asking her if she received anything when I shared the Word and the lessons for the PEPSOL. Secretly, I also received something from her.

Submission. Humility. “Magpaubos”. I learned that when coming before God, I must be humbled down. When I am with my leaders, elders and even to my “Honey” (wherever you are I hope you could read this)- Submission, not the “Bitter”, forced submission but the “Sweet” and humbled down, willing submission. That a marriage will flourish and grow when in the first place it is already revealed to the Woman that she has and will submit to his husband. It will become a sweet submission. Rather than what we see today in the world that submission only dawns on the woman on the day of their wedding- it all ends with resentment and bitterness because of Pride.
Even now, I’m still on that process. There are times when it’s still difficult to submit. But God is pruning me. I am humbled down always.. I should be. Being a leader you should and I should be humble enough to be led by the Lord in everything that I will do. Being in “Sweet” submission to God. One of my Devotionals that I received in my email said:
"God loves the humble, not matter how they acquire that mantle. Something takes place that can only be seen in retrospect. In times of difficulty, there is a mystical bonding with Jesus Christ, a fellowship of Christ’s suffering that Paul talked about in Philippians 3. It is in the difficult time, the dark hour of the soul that you begin to sense His presence in ways that you never encounter when you are bouncing from one victory to another. When you are skidding from one low to one even lower, you are made aware of the reality of God’s presence and the touch of Jesus Christ in ways that bond you in oneness of spirit with others you previously wouldn’t have considered worthy of your time and attention." From Today Counts by Harold Sala. 

I am grateful to God that in my many (12 mons to be exact) months in Davao I have experienced my own versions of “difficulty” and “suffering”. It taught me to be more humble and rely on God solely. Even in times of Victory, I don’t want to loose sight on God and that encounter with God I always experience only when I am at my lowest. That humbling experience that only I long and desire to be when I am in the Presence of my Almighty.

"None of us willingly chooses the battering and crushing of our hopes and dreams, yet for those who have been there and have tasted the dregs to the bottom of the cup, there is a richness of soul that is unlike anything the world has to offer.”

Oct 17. 21 Notes.

"She’s In Love" By According to John

 

"She’s In Love" By According to John


What a beautiful smile

A radiant girl

Fell in love first time I saw her

She stays on my mind

I’d give anything

To know everything about her

There’s light in her eyes

And I know it’s all for Him

She carries on and on

Like He was her best friend

Chorus:

She’s in love

It’s not hard to see

But I would like to believe it was with me

Someone got a hold of her heart

And He won’t let go

And I know

She’s in love

She looks to the sky

When she talks about Him

She believes He hung the moon

Said He had to go away

She waits for his return

Says He’s coming for her soon

How can this be fair?

This guy can walk on water

Don’t guess I’ve got a prayer

He’s written love letters to reach her

She worships the ground He walks on

She just smiles when she says His name

It’s a match made in heaven

I can’t compete with the King of Kings


From Lola Wej:

"Anything worthwhile takes time and love is no exception."

"Hello well-kept women (gitaguan ka ni Lord para pangitaon ka sa lalaki, right prince lang angmakakita sa imu at your princess- moment…"

Warning:

"Ayaw kagat dayon kung kinsay muabot sa imung life, labaw na sa time na mas naghulat ka"

God Does not withhold His Best gifts.

—- I want Him (Honeybunch) to see me when I’m truly, madly, deeply and crazily in love with the Lord. I want that the only way He would win my heart, it’s when He wins the Father’s heart. That I am only second in his love and life…. Right now, I’m still far from that..My relationship with the Lord needs to be deeper-more and more each day until all I could hear is His heartbeat. “God is not finished with me yet.” Phil 1:6…Still more to come…

#can’twaittowaitforyou

Oct 10. 2 Notes.

Guard your Heart

Lately (Just last weekend) I was reminded (Very Much!) of Guarding my Heart. The Enemy may not have me anymore- I’m already dead from Sin when Christ Died for me on the Cross. But He can still instill thoughts and emotions in my Heart. Especially with the Opposite Sex. Hay…It’s one of the things I’ve surrendered to God during my Encounter and I was again reminded with my commitment that I made 5 months ago(Wah!I’m only 5 months with the Lord and His Grace is soooo Sufficient) as I joined another God Encounter (This time I’m one of The Spiritual Guides). What a Reminder!!We were singing

"While I’m Waiting" by John Waller:

I’m waiting
I’m waiting on You, Lord
And I am hopeful
I’m waiting on You, Lord
Though it is painful
But patiently, I will wait

I will move ahead, bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience
While I’m waiting
I will serve You
While I’m waiting
I will worship
While I’m waiting
I will not faint
I’ll be running the race
Even while I wait

I’m waiting
I’m waiting on You, Lord
And I am peaceful
I’m waiting on You, Lord
Though it’s not easy
But faithfully, I will wait
Yes, I will wait
I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve you while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting on You, Lord

I’m waiting

I’m waiting on You, Lord
And I am hopeful
I’m waiting on You, Lord
Though it is painful
But patiently, I will wait

I will move ahead, bold and confident
Takeing every step in obedience
While I’m waiting
I will serve You
While I’m waiting
I will worship
While I’m waiting
I will not faint
I’ll be running the race
Even while I wait

I’m waiting
I’m waiting on You, Lord
And I am peaceful
I’m waiting on You, Lord
Though it’s not easy
But faithfully, I will wait
Yes, I will wait
I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve you while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting on You, Lord

- I was struck by those lines…"I will move ahead, bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience”. Yes Obedience on God and my Leader. Once Again- Even if My Leader was not present, I renewed my vow to God to

1. Protect my Heart,

2. My Emotions be disciplined

3. My Body be controlled

What a day!!The commitment was supposed to be for my Disciple-Nak Zend but how can I help her disciple her Heart if I myself is not Guarded? So I must give what I have..

Then the day was eventful once more, I was tested! Just a few minutes after renewing my vows to God, here comes the testing..jajajaja!!But the testing came with a “Cute-Smiling-Spirit-Empowered-Guy-Leader” package. So it was ok. Jajajaja..and it happened in front of my Disciple!!Yay!!to set an example for her!!

She was laughing her head off after the “Testing”..She said: “Nay, halata ka masyado!” (Ma, you are so obvious!) jajaja…But I kept myself composed! no more distractions..

Reminded myself that I have to keep myself composed and controlled and most especially TRANSPARENT! Especially to my Leader and to God. If there’s nothing hidden, the enemy could not use anything against you. That night, I told my Discipler-Ma Weng of the “Testing” and she was laughing to- she was super “Kilig” but in the end she kept reminding me to Guard My Heart.

We know Our Priorities- “Win the Lost and Make Disciples”,

and Kabacan Community Center is just pushing through with my Parents as the Church there, I still have to Win many girls, Consolidate them and Disciple them so for them to be also sent. I also have my work. The list goes on especially the part that I’m still a Working progress- I still have to change(I think it will never end!Can’t wait for a new Me everyday!). I want that my “HoneyBunch” will not be disappointed with me- I will be a Warrior, A Pastor and Spirit-empowered Leader with my Doce and 144 when we finally meet. jejeje…I’m also praying for him- wherever he is, Who and what he is doing- I’m praying that He would stand firm, Sold out for God and willing to change for God.

And I’m also praying He’s Guarding His Heart…

Aug 09. 6 Notes.
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hahaha…Especially when your Father is your Examination Proctor!!

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hahaha…Especially when your Father is your Examination Proctor!!

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"From Everlasting to Everlasting" - Daily Devotional
13 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,      who lives from everlasting to everlasting.   Amen and amen!
Psalm 41:13
28 Have you never heard?       Have you never understood?    The Lord is the everlasting God,       the Creator of all the earth.    He never grows weak or weary.       No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
Isaiah 40:28
Everlasting:
- Eternal duration; eternity.
- never coming to an end; eternal
- continuing forever or indefinitely

Lord…You are an Everlasting God…


"From Everlasting to Everlasting" - Daily Devotional

13 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,
      who lives from everlasting to everlasting.
   Amen and amen!

Psalm 41:13

28 Have you never heard?
      Have you never understood?
   The Lord is the everlasting God,
      the Creator of all the earth.
   He never grows weak or weary.
      No one can measure the depths of his understanding.

Isaiah 40:28

Everlasting:

- Eternal duration; eternity.

- never coming to an end; eternal

- continuing forever or indefinitely

Lord…You are an Everlasting God…

Jul 21. 1 Notes.

"From Everlasting to Everlasting" - Daily Devotional

13 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,
      who lives from everlasting to everlasting.
   Amen and amen!

Psalm 41:13

Everlasting:

- Eternal duration; eternity.

- never coming to an end; eternal

- continuing forever or indefinitely

Lord…You are and Everlasting God…

Jul 20. 3 Notes.
To Lead Others, First Lead Yourself

During a Q&A session at a conference, someone asked,  “What has been your greatest challenge as a leader?”
“Leading me!” I answered. “That has always been my greatest   challenge as a leader.” Some in the audience were surprised by my  response.  The more experienced leaders were not.  Like me, they could  trace many of their failures  to their own personal leadership  mismanagement.   Isn’t that also true for you?  If  I could kick the  person responsible for my problems, I wouldn’t be able to sit  down for a  week!

Look in the Mirror
Learning to lead yourself well is one of the most important  things  you’ll ever do as a leader.  For  almost forty years I’ve served others  as a leader, and for more than two and a half  decades of that time I  was the senior pastor of a church.  My years working with people have  taught me  an important truth: people seldom see themselves  realistically. Human nature  seems to endow us with the ability to size  up everybody in the world except  ourselves. That’s why my book Winning  with People begins with the Mirror Principle: “The first person we must  examine is  ourselves.” If you don’t look at yourself realistically, you will   never understand where your personal difficulties are coming from.
John Maxwell’s article on Postmodernism and Church Leadership John Maxwell’s article on Spiritual Reproduction John Maxwell on Stewardship: It’s a Matter of Trust  John Maxwell’s Sermon Series on Fruit That is Never Out of Season
Most people use two totally different sets of criteria for  judging  themselves and judging others. We tend to judge others according to   their actions. It’s very cut-and-dried. However, we judge ourselves by  our  intentions. Even if we do the wrong thing, we let ourselves off the  hook if we  believe our intentions are good. That’s part of the reason  we allow ourselves  to make the same mistakes over and over again before  we are willing to make  real changes.
Take ActionHow clearly do you see  yourself? To get a more objective look  at yourself, review your performance  from the last year. List all of  your major goals and objectives, then mark each  as either “achieved” or  “not achieved.” Now show the list to someone you know  and respect, and  tell the person you are evaluating a candidate for a job. Ask  them  what they think based on the “candidate’s” achievements and failures.  How  does that person’s evaluation jive with your own? This will tell  you a lot  about your self-perception.

Keys to Leading  Yourself
Why is leading yourself well so important?  Because there is a lot  riding on it.  God has given each of us things to do.  I want to  complete them during my brief time  here on earth, don’t you?  And I  don’t  want to fail because I wasn’t willing to put in the hard work  when no one else  was looking.  The Apostle Paul understood  this.  In 1  Corinthians 9:25-27, he writes,  “Everyone who competes in the games  goes into strict training. They do it to  get a crown that will not  last; but we do it to get a crown that will last  forever. Therefore I  do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight  like a man  beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that  after I  have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the   prize.” In other words, Paul worked hard at leading himself so that he  could  effectively lead others.   If that is your goal, there are things you can do to improve  your  self-leadership.  Here are four. I have  tried to practice them as a  prerequisite for leading others:
Learn  Followership
Bishop Fulton J. Sheen remarked, “Civilization is always in  danger  when those who have never learned to obey are given the right to   command.” Only a leader who has followed well knows how to lead others  well.  Good leadership requires an understanding of the world that  followers live in.  Connecting with your congregation and your staff  becomes possible because you  have walked in their shoes. You know what  it means to be under authority and  thus have a better sense of how  authority should be exercised.
In contrast, leaders who have never followed well or  submitted to  authority tend to be prideful, unrealistic, rigid and autocratic. They   lord their position and power over others.   Jesus warned against this  (Matt 20:24).   No, instead we are to “Submit to one another out of  reverence for Christ”  (Ephesians 5:21). If we desire to make an impact,  we must first learn to follow  under the authority of others.
Develop  Self-Discipline
It’s said that one day, Frederick  the Great of Prussia was walking  on the outskirts of Berlin when he encountered a very old man  walking  ramrod-straight in the opposite direction.  “Who are you?” Frederick  asked his subject. “I am a king,” replied the old man. “A king!” laughed Frederick.  “Over what kingdom do you reign?” “Over myself,” was the proud old man’s reply.
Each of us is “monarch” over our own lives. We are  responsible for  ruling our actions and decisions. To make consistently good  decisions,  to take the right action at the right time and to refrain from the   wrong actions requires character and self-discipline. To do otherwise is  to  lose control of ourselves—to do or say things we regret, to miss  opportunities  we are given, to spend ourselves into debt. As Solomon  remarked, “The rich rule  over the poor, and the borrower is servant to  the lender” (Prov 22:7).
When we are foolish, we want to conquer the world. When we  are  wise, we want to conquer ourselves. This begins when we do what we  should,  no matter how we feel about it.
Practice  Patience
Leaders are often impatient people.  The leaders I know look ahead,  think ahead  and want to move ahead. This can be good; being one step  ahead makes you a  leader. However, impatience can also lead to  trouble.  Some of my greatest leadership gaffes have  come because I  tried to take a shortcut instead of respecting the leadership  process.
Few worthwhile things in life come quickly. There is no such  thing  as instant greatness or instant maturity—not for you, and not for your   staff or the members of your congregation. We are used to instant  oatmeal,  instant coffee and microwave popcorn. But becoming a leader  doesn’t happen  overnight. Microwave leaders don’t have any staying  power. Leadership is more  of a Crock-Pot proposition. It takes time,  but the end product is worth the  wait.
Leaders need to remember that the point of leading is not to  cross  the finish line first; it’s to take people across the finish line with   you. Isn’t this why God called us to ministry—for the sake of others?   God is in the people business, and so are  we. 
If you are moving too fast, you must deliberately slow your  pace.   Stay connected to your people,  enlist them to help fulfill the vision,  and motivate them to persevere. You  can’t do this if you’re running  too far ahead of your people.
Take ActionIn which of the three preceding  areas—followership,  self-discipline, or patience—do you most need to grow? What  new task or  practice could you take on to develop in that area? Give yourself a   concrete goal and a deadline.  
Seek Accountability
Few things are more disheartening or harmful than seeing   Christian leaders fail in their trust because of an ethical failure.  People who  lead themselves well know a secret: they cannot trust  themselves. Good leaders  know that power can be seductive, and they  understand their own fallibility. To  deny it is to put yourself in  danger.
Over the years, I’ve read about many leaders who failed  ethically  in their leadership. Can you guess what they had in common? They all   thought it could never happen to them. They had a false sense of  security.                                                                           This was a sobering realization for me, and it led me to  make two  commitments that I hope you will make for your own sake, for the sake   of your family, and for the sake of your church: First, I will not trust myself. Second, I will become accountable to others.
Accountability isn’t just the willingness to explain your  actions  to others. It begins long before we act. It starts with seeking and   accepting advice from others. Most wrong actions come about because  people are  not held accountable early enough.
Take ActionHow well do you take  advice? Ask five to ten friends, colleagues and family members to evaluate you  according to this scale:
You don’t want advice.
You don’t object to advice.
You welcome advice.
You actively seek advice.
You often follow the advice given to       you.
Average your scores.  If you average is below a 4, you need to  improve in this area. Begin enlisting  others in your  information-gathering process before you make decisions. If you  are  married, begin with your spouse.

A Higher Standard
Leading yourself well means that you hold yourself to a  higher  standard of accountability than others do. Why? Because God holds you   responsible not only for your own actions, but also for those of the  people you  lead. Leadership is a trust, not a right. For that reason,  you must “fix”  yourself earlier than others may be required to.
Thomas J. Watson, the former chairman of IBM, said, “Nothing  so  conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from  day  to day to lead himself.” Leaders receive very little fanfare for  quietly leading  themselves well day in and day out. Most people are  unaware of the disciplines  their leaders practice or the sacrifices  they make outside of the  spotlight.  However, they don’t do it for   recognition;  they do it for  results.  What leaders do day-to-day   always pays off in the long run.  Success  or failure isn’t an event,  but a process.
The bottom line is that the smallest crowd you will ever  lead is  you—but it’s the most important one.   If you do that well, then you  will earn the right to lead even bigger  crowds.  And on the days that  you find it  difficult to lead yourself well and you’re tempted to give  up, remember the Parable  of the Minas.  To the servants who  managed  their affairs well, their master gave them greater leadership responsibilities; He put them in charge of cities (Luke  19:17).  What’s more, he told them, “Well  done.” 
Lead yourself well, and God will reward your faithfulness.

This article is adapted from Dr. Maxwell’s newest book, Leadership  Gold: Lessons I’ve Learned from a Lifetime of Leading.

To Lead Others, First Lead Yourself

During a Q&A session at a conference, someone asked, “What has been your greatest challenge as a leader?”

“Leading me!” I answered. “That has always been my greatest challenge as a leader.” Some in the audience were surprised by my response.  The more experienced leaders were not.  Like me, they could trace many of their failures to their own personal leadership mismanagement.  Isn’t that also true for you?  If I could kick the person responsible for my problems, I wouldn’t be able to sit down for a week!

Look in the Mirror

Learning to lead yourself well is one of the most important things you’ll ever do as a leader.  For almost forty years I’ve served others as a leader, and for more than two and a half decades of that time I was the senior pastor of a church.  My years working with people have taught me an important truth: people seldom see themselves realistically. Human nature seems to endow us with the ability to size up everybody in the world except ourselves. That’s why my book Winning with People begins with the Mirror Principle: “The first person we must examine is ourselves.” If you don’t look at yourself realistically, you will never understand where your personal difficulties are coming from.

John Maxwell’s article on Postmodernism and Church Leadership John Maxwell’s article on Spiritual Reproduction John Maxwell on Stewardship: It’s a Matter of Trust John Maxwell’s Sermon Series on Fruit That is Never Out of Season

Most people use two totally different sets of criteria for judging themselves and judging others. We tend to judge others according to their actions. It’s very cut-and-dried. However, we judge ourselves by our intentions. Even if we do the wrong thing, we let ourselves off the hook if we believe our intentions are good. That’s part of the reason we allow ourselves to make the same mistakes over and over again before we are willing to make real changes.

Take Action
How clearly do you see yourself? To get a more objective look at yourself, review your performance from the last year. List all of your major goals and objectives, then mark each as either “achieved” or “not achieved.” Now show the list to someone you know and respect, and tell the person you are evaluating a candidate for a job. Ask them what they think based on the “candidate’s” achievements and failures. How does that person’s evaluation jive with your own? This will tell you a lot about your self-perception.

Keys to Leading Yourself

Why is leading yourself well so important?  Because there is a lot riding on it.  God has given each of us things to do.  I want to complete them during my brief time here on earth, don’t you?  And I don’t want to fail because I wasn’t willing to put in the hard work when no one else was looking.  The Apostle Paul understood this.  In 1 Corinthians 9:25-27, he writes, “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” In other words, Paul worked hard at leading himself so that he could effectively lead others.
 
If that is your goal, there are things you can do to improve your self-leadership.  Here are four. I have tried to practice them as a prerequisite for leading others:

  1. Learn Followership

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen remarked, “Civilization is always in danger when those who have never learned to obey are given the right to command.” Only a leader who has followed well knows how to lead others well. Good leadership requires an understanding of the world that followers live in. Connecting with your congregation and your staff becomes possible because you have walked in their shoes. You know what it means to be under authority and thus have a better sense of how authority should be exercised.

In contrast, leaders who have never followed well or submitted to authority tend to be prideful, unrealistic, rigid and autocratic. They lord their position and power over others.  Jesus warned against this (Matt 20:24).  No, instead we are to “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:21). If we desire to make an impact, we must first learn to follow under the authority of others.

  1. Develop Self-Discipline

It’s said that one day, Frederick the Great of Prussia was walking on the outskirts of Berlin when he encountered a very old man walking ramrod-straight in the opposite direction.
“Who are you?” Frederick asked his subject.
“I am a king,” replied the old man.
“A king!” laughed Frederick. “Over what kingdom do you reign?”
“Over myself,” was the proud old man’s reply.

Each of us is “monarch” over our own lives. We are responsible for ruling our actions and decisions. To make consistently good decisions, to take the right action at the right time and to refrain from the wrong actions requires character and self-discipline. To do otherwise is to lose control of ourselves—to do or say things we regret, to miss opportunities we are given, to spend ourselves into debt. As Solomon remarked, “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender” (Prov 22:7).

When we are foolish, we want to conquer the world. When we are wise, we want to conquer ourselves. This begins when we do what we should, no matter how we feel about it.

  1. Practice Patience

Leaders are often impatient people.  The leaders I know look ahead, think ahead and want to move ahead. This can be good; being one step ahead makes you a leader. However, impatience can also lead to trouble.  Some of my greatest leadership gaffes have come because I tried to take a shortcut instead of respecting the leadership process.

Few worthwhile things in life come quickly. There is no such thing as instant greatness or instant maturity—not for you, and not for your staff or the members of your congregation. We are used to instant oatmeal, instant coffee and microwave popcorn. But becoming a leader doesn’t happen overnight. Microwave leaders don’t have any staying power. Leadership is more of a Crock-Pot proposition. It takes time, but the end product is worth the wait.

Leaders need to remember that the point of leading is not to cross the finish line first; it’s to take people across the finish line with you. Isn’t this why God called us to ministry—for the sake of others?  God is in the people business, and so are we. 

If you are moving too fast, you must deliberately slow your pace.  Stay connected to your people, enlist them to help fulfill the vision, and motivate them to persevere. You can’t do this if you’re running too far ahead of your people.

Take Action
In which of the three preceding areas—followership, self-discipline, or patience—do you most need to grow? What new task or practice could you take on to develop in that area? Give yourself a concrete goal and a deadline. 

  1. Seek Accountability

Few things are more disheartening or harmful than seeing Christian leaders fail in their trust because of an ethical failure. People who lead themselves well know a secret: they cannot trust themselves. Good leaders know that power can be seductive, and they understand their own fallibility. To deny it is to put yourself in danger.

Over the years, I’ve read about many leaders who failed ethically in their leadership. Can you guess what they had in common? They all thought it could never happen to them. They had a false sense of security.
                                                                       
This was a sobering realization for me, and it led me to make two commitments that I hope you will make for your own sake, for the sake of your family, and for the sake of your church: First, I will not trust myself. Second, I will become accountable to others.

Accountability isn’t just the willingness to explain your actions to others. It begins long before we act. It starts with seeking and accepting advice from others. Most wrong actions come about because people are not held accountable early enough.

Take Action
How well do you take advice? Ask five to ten friends, colleagues and family members to evaluate you according to this scale:

  1. You don’t want advice.
  2. You don’t object to advice.
  3. You welcome advice.
  4. You actively seek advice.
  5. You often follow the advice given to you.

Average your scores. If you average is below a 4, you need to improve in this area. Begin enlisting others in your information-gathering process before you make decisions. If you are married, begin with your spouse.

A Higher Standard

Leading yourself well means that you hold yourself to a higher standard of accountability than others do. Why? Because God holds you responsible not only for your own actions, but also for those of the people you lead. Leadership is a trust, not a right. For that reason, you must “fix” yourself earlier than others may be required to.

Thomas J. Watson, the former chairman of IBM, said, “Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.” Leaders receive very little fanfare for quietly leading themselves well day in and day out. Most people are unaware of the disciplines their leaders practice or the sacrifices they make outside of the spotlight.  However, they don’t do it for recognition;  they do it for results.  What leaders do day-to-day always pays off in the long run.  Success or failure isn’t an event, but a process.

The bottom line is that the smallest crowd you will ever lead is you—but it’s the most important one.  If you do that well, then you will earn the right to lead even bigger crowds.  And on the days that you find it difficult to lead yourself well and you’re tempted to give up, remember the Parable of the Minas.  To the servants who managed their affairs well, their master gave them greater leadership responsibilities; He put them in charge of cities (Luke 19:17).  What’s more, he told them, “Well done.” 

Lead yourself well, and God will reward your faithfulness.

This article is adapted from Dr. Maxwell’s newest book, Leadership Gold: Lessons I’ve Learned from a Lifetime of Leading.

Jul 20. 3 Notes.

"But he said, “Why all this weeping? You are breaking my heart! I am ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but even to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus.” When it was clear that we couldn’t persuade him, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”

Acts 21:13-14

Lord..May your will be done..

Jul 19. 1 Notes.

First Time…

Today while I was on the field (Sales) and going through my customers, I’ve been looking forward going to this cupcake house. I’ve been wanting to taste one of their yummy creations. Actually, I met the proprietor and maker of this yummy treats, Ms. Jennifer. It’s amazing what talent and passion could do! Here’s a sample of their cupcakes:

On my first visit I tasted the Blueberry cupckae. Now I tasted their espresso. Weeee!!It was sooo yummy!!…Wah…First time I tasted like their cupcake. It was a good combination of sweet and bitter taste…Espresso..jejeje

Then later this afternoon, Me and my boss after a long day of work went to one of the restaurants of his friends in Gahul st., Davao City- Some Ribs. We tried their Cheese filled Meatballs. It’s my first tim to try one..jejeje

Weee!!!Have a happy day!!!

Jul 13. 1 Notes.
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