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Urgent and Important

Many people nowadays are surprisingly interested in time management. I’ve been hearing a lot of people say lately that they feel like they’re not productive or efficient enough with their time. Some say that they think they only have very few or limited hours in a day to accomplish certain things. The questions they frequently ask are: “How do I manage my time?”, “What’s the best way I can manage time well?” or “What are the tips and tricks so that I can be more productive or efficient?”

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Last Tuesday, I conducted a time management training with 20 students. The training is based mostly on the content our senior pastor made inspired from Ephesians 5.

Ephesians 5:15-17

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

On this short verse alone, we can get a lot of insights on how we can manage our time well. The Bible is just that amazing wouldn’t you agree?!

BUT WAIT!!!!!

I will not be sharing the learnings from that training today.

Maybe next week (Kainis ba at nakakabitin?).

Before you shoot me :)), we’re going to focus on something I believe should come first before we go to the tips on how to manage our time effectively. First we have to understand and grasp the urgency and importance of our subject matter.

URGENT IMPORTANT

I believe that in order for us to manage our time well, it’s very crucial that we first grasp the urgency and importance on why we have to do it in the first place. If we understand and absorb the WHY, the HOW will be easy. So today we’ll focus on the WHY first, because once we get the WHY, the HOW will be easy. After this, then we’ll focus on how to manage our time well based on Ephesians 5 (wait for that next week).

WHY DO WE NEED TO MANAGE OUR TIME WELL?

The reason why we need to manage our time well is basically because of this: TIME IS FLEETING. We can never get it back once it is already gone.

Imagine for a second if someone were to give you this very moment a huge amount of money let’s say PHP 10,000. What will you do with it? Will you just waste it or will you carefully think about where to put the money? Will you put it to good use? For many of us, we’ll be very careful where to put such a big amount of cash. It’s funny how we treat money with such importance but sometimes with time we don’t. The thing is, we don’t realize that time is more important than money. Author and motivational speaker Jim Rohn captured it when he said this statement about time:

“”Time is more value than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.”

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Author and leadership expert Tim Elmore shares in his book (Habitudes) a nice illustration of how time works (paraphrased). Imagine this:

What if someone anonyomously deposits money in your bank account every day? Each day it is the same amount: 86,400 cents which is equal to 864 pesos. That’s PHP 25,920 a month! The money is yours to spend however you wish but there’s just one catch. You have to use it or you will lose it. Any amount left by the strike of midnight will be taken away if not used. The question is: How will you spend that money every single day?

If this was true, we’d definitely think long and hard about how we would spend the money right? We may start making a list of how we will spend it. What to buy, how much to spend when and where.

Why would you take it seriously? That’s a pretty good amount of money and you don’t want to waste any by the end of the day.

I believe that’s a great illustration on how time works.

Time is both URGENT and IMPORTANT. Urgent because life is so short and time will just pass us by if we don’t spend it. Important because of its value: again, time is more valuable than money. If time is both urgent and important then logically we should it treat it the same: with URGENCY and IMPORTANCE. The only problem is we don’t treat it like that.

One of Moses’ prayer to God is this:

Psalm 90:12

So teach us to number our days
    that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Moses prays to God that he will reveal to his people how short, temporary and fleeting life is so that they will start living their time and their lives wisely. Prior to this, the Israelites were living in sin and stubbornness to God not realizing how foolish it is to live like that.

Back in 2009, our church Victory, had a series titled: One Life to Live which was based on a book titled: One Month to Live. For me, this series is one of the best I’ve ever attended. The series helped changed my perspective and view about life. The title alone of the series speaks a lot. We only have ONE LIFE TO LIVE we have to make this life count. Ever since then, I became very very intentional as to how I’m going to spend the rest of my time here on earth. I definitely don’t want it just to go to waste. My time here on earth is my stewardship. God gave me the responsibility to manage it well so as to bring glory and honor due his name.

One life to live

Our lives are going to be summarized by a dash. This dash is going to be found in our epitaphs in the future. This is how people are going to remember us by. All of us are going to die that’s for sure the question is how are we going to spend our few, short and limited time here on earth? My hope is that you will have that sense of urgency and importance about time. My prayer is like that of Moses’ that God will teach us to number our days so that we may learn to live this life wisely.

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Let’s make our lives count. Let’s maximize the time that we have for God’s honor and glory. God bless! 🙂

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Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Leadership

 

Never Too Young Part 1 – Vision

Young people are the future leaders of society. They are the movers and shapers of cultures around the world. We see the media, entertainment, and marketing industries across the globe being highly influenced by the needs and the wants of the young people. 42% of the world’s population is below the age of 24, almost half of the entire population. These facts alone should be evidence enough to conclude that the direction of the future of our society will be dictated by what will influence the young people.

I go to a church named Every Nation and in this Church movement, we believe in young people. This is our calling as a world-wide family of churches. We believe that it’s never too early for anyone to make a positive impact. I’m so happy to be part of a church that is highly invested in the youth, specifically students. To know more about Every Nation’s heart for the young people you may click on the link below and get a glimpse of our campus ministry.

http://www.everynation.org/our-mission/campus-ministry/

In the Bible, it’s unmistakably clear how God had used young people to impact society. We see this in the story of David, Samuel and Timothy just to name a few. One of the most well known verse in the Bible that talks about how big of an impact a young person can make can be seen in 1 Timothy 4:12. This is where the Apostle Paul encourages and instructs his young protege named Timothy.

1 Timothy 4:12
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

The reason Paul exhorted this to him is because Timothy was leading people older than him. Historians said that Timothy pastored a church when he was as young as 16 years old. Indeed, someone can never be too young to make an impact.

Last Saturday we had our triannual Shared Lives Discipleship Meeting. We do this so that they can have a time for fellowship and fun but also to cast to them the vision of Honoring God and Making Disciples in their campuses. I shared to them about having a heart for the lost people, prioritizing sharing the gospel and believing God to give them a vision for their campuses.

Shared Lives Part 1

VISION

I believe that God wants to give young people like them today a personal vision of how He will use them for his glory. I also believe that it’s no accident that they are there in the campus they’re in right now. I believe God wants them to excel in their studies but at the same time give them a vision on how he’ll use them to make disciples. Acts 2:17 talks about how God gives young people vision (Greek: horasis meaning the act of seeing)

Acts 2:17
” ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”

THE POWER OF VISION

Vision is such a powerful thing to have. Never underestimate the power of vision. Bill Hybels said in his book Courageous Leadership that vision is a picture of the future that produces passion in us. I highly recommend reading Bill Hybel’s book: Courageous Leadership to learn more about vision and to see how big of an impact vision creates.

I remember that time when God gave me a vision of how discipleship can change the world. I said to myself that if we just made disciples one person at a time then we can definitely turn this world right side up. That vision wrecked my life (in a good way) my life was never the same again after God made me understand the power of discipleship.

Major movements, life changing events and other great episodes in history all started with a vision. The vision for those things originated from a single man or a group of people. I believe that anyone with so much vision can change and impact the world. I believe that this is one thing that young people needs:

A God-honoring and Biblical Vision

APPLICATION

If you’re here and you’re reading this blog, pray and ask God for a vision. What is the vision that he wants for your life that he wants you to see? He wants to give you a vision, maybe you just don’t know it yet. Ask him for a vision so compelling that you will not be able to sleep because of this. 🙂 Ask Him for a picture of what could be in your given situation and context. Maybe you’re part of an organization in school and something just doesn’t seem right. Maybe you are close to a group of people whose life are a mess right now. Maybe the culture of your campus is not pleasing to God i.e. (a culture of mediocrity, drugs, violence etc. etc.). What change does God want to see happen?

Picture in your minds what God wants to see materialized. Pray and seek God’s will. After you’ve confirmed the vision he’s giving you through the Holy Spirit, keep that vision in your heart. Don’t lose sight of it. That vision will disturb you (in a good way). It will lead you to proactively do things that will turn that vision into a reality one simple step at a time.

Young people… They’re never too young to receive a vision from God on what he wants them to do. Imagine if all young people today would receive a vision from God and commits to trust God to turn that vision into a reality. Imagine the impact it’ll make in our society, nation and the rest of the world!

Praying that you’ll receive a God-Honoring vision soon if don’t have one yet. God bless! 🙂

Shared Lives Part 2

UP NEXT: Never Too Young Part 2 – Reality

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2015 in Leadership

 

The Joshua Problem

Great Monday to you! To start off and to clarify, I don’t have any problems with any person named Joshua ok? I know a lot of people named Joshua, in fact I’m working with a guy named Joshua but I don’t have any problems with them. :))

To give you context, the title I used for this blog is an image/metaphor that leadership expert Tim Elmore used in one of his books titled: “Habitudes”. “The Joshua Problem” is an image and metaphor, which Tim Elmore uses to describe a perennial leadership problem: Raising the next generation.

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Movements, organizations, and churches, ever since the dawn of time, have constantly experienced this problem of raising the next generation. They say that success without a successor is a failure. It’s one thing to lead a successful movement but it’s another to see a successful movement transcend through time and generations. If you look at our world today, we rarely see a successful organization, which have lasted for more than a century.

Tim Elmore coined the term “The Joshua Problem” because he was referring to a famous character in the Bible: Moses who had an apprentice named Joshua. Basically, what he is saying is that, Moses was able to raise up a Joshua but there’s no mention of a next generation leader that Joshua raised up to take his place. Because Joshua was not able to raise a Joshua of his own, Tim Elmore is saying that out of that failure came one of the worst periods in their nation’s history.

Ever since I’ve heard about the term: “The Joshua Problem” and ever since I’ve had sufficient knowledge of the Bible. This problem has bothered me for quite some time. Today I’ve had the privilege of being discipled to follow God but how can I be sure that the next generation will be as passionate with God as well? How sure am I that they will have that same desire of Honoring God and Making Disciples? The Biblical pattern seems to be that periods of successes for some generations are just short lived and generations who come after them are soon doomed to failure. What a scary pattern! Will I just surrender to the fact that that’s just the way it is?

Last November, I’ve had the privilege of being able to preach some aspects of the life of Moses and Joshua. Because of that, I was able study and to look closely at both of their lives. I think I was able to gain insights and look deeper at what is one of the causes of the problem of the failure of the next generation. In Judges it says there that:

Judges 2:7
So the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the Lord which He had done for Israel.

 Judges 2:10
When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel.

If you notice and look closely, you’ll see that in verses 7 and 10, both of them talks about the knowledge of God as being a key factor in the success or failure of the next generation. It can go either way. Joshua and his generation saw all the great works that God had done for the nation of Israel, that’s why they were blessed. In fact they made a decision to obey him. However, for the generation that followed them, I think that verse 10 gives the main reason why the next generation failed. It’s because the generation that followed Joshua did not know the Lord. Or in other words, they did not have a relationship with God. It seems basic, but this leads to some important implications:

Discipling the next generation

The previous’ generation’s job is to disciple the next generation. Meaning, the previous generation has a HUGE responsibility of teaching the word of God to the next generation. If you look at the book of Deuteronomy, the charge was always to teach the next generation God’s word.

Deuteronomy 6:7
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

Before Moses died and left the leadership to Joshua, teaching the next generation the commandments of God had been emphasized many times. The next generation do not know God’s words, they don’t have a relationship with him but the previous generation has. Therefore it’s the previous generation’s task to disciple the next generation.

This principle still applies to us today, whoever you are or wherever you’re from. For those of us who had been blessed by God so much to be led to have a growing relationship with him, this doesn’t stop with us. It’s our role to disciple the next generation and teach them the word of God.

Focusing more on the word of God than leadership 

Don’t get me wrong; I love Tim Elmore and his leadership books. I’m a very big fan. Also, I think that leadership plays a huge part in raising the next generation. However, putting too much emphasis on leadership may focus us more on that rather than the real problem, which is teaching the word of God. It’s passing on God’s word the next generation that’s the biggest concern. How can we effectively pass the passion for God’s word to the next generation? We can have a great leader who casts a mighty vision and leads people well, however if this leader fails to pass the word of God to the next generation then his labor will be in vain. It’s God’s word that should be top priority. The best thing that will work here is a great leader who always champions the word of God and ensures that God’s word is carried to the next generation. In fact, this is the Biblical pattern for revival. Whenever God’s word was opened and preached revival came in scripture. 🙂

So there we have it, I hope that this blog helped us gain new insights in that perennial problem of raising the next generation. I hope that we will be a people who will emphasize and put top priority on God’s word. When we make sure that the passion for God’s word is passed on to the next generation then by God’s grace we know that the next generations who will follow us will do a great, if not a better job than the present generation. 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2015 in Leadership

 

LIVE, ALOHA and Empowering Leaders

One of the best feelings that I get in campus ministry is to see students rise up to lead, take ownership of projects/events/strategies and do a better job than you.

This has been my experience for the past two weeks. Recently we’ve just concluded two events in DLSU, CSB and St. Scholastica. One is an engage event called LIVE: Get Wired to the FULL LIFE and the other is a fellowship/shared lives type of an event called ALOHA: Shared Lives 2.0.

LIVE Get Wired to the FULL LIFEAloha Shared Lives

In these past two events that we’ve handled, I’m so proud to say that there were very little involvement of the campus missionaries on the planning and execution level. 90-95% of the planning and execution were done by the students. 🙂

I’m very thankful for my spiritual family (Victory Christian Fellowship) who has always made it a point to create this kind of empowering culture. It says in Pastor Steve’s book: WikiChurch: “The Victory leadership team has intentionally tried to create a culture where creativity and initiative are rewarded and mistakes are celebrated.” My hope is this will still be the same kind of culture that we’ll pass on to the next generation.

The Benefits Far Outweigh the Risks

I believe that to be a great leader, we should all have an empowering mindset because of the many benefits that this brings! The benefits far outweigh the risks involved in empowering. One of the benefits of empowering others is it gives them opportunities to grow more in their giftings and talents.

Below are just a few whom I know learned so much in being a part of these events:

Students Growing in their Gifting’s and Skills

I’m really encouraged as I saw Marc Marcaida lead LIVE. This guy is a leader and will definitely have more impact in the future. At first he was a bit overwhelmed but at the same time privileged to serve as the project lead for LIVE. Admittedly he says that events may not be his forte but he took on the challenge anyway. I saw him use vision as one of his tools to lead the team, always pointing them back to the reason why we’re doing the things we’re doing. All of this is to Honor God and Make Disciples.

Marc

Another person I’m also encouraged who I knew learned so much is Kath Parungao who led the Aloha: Shared lives 2.0 activity. It was her first time, she was a bit nervous, and didn’t have that much clue and idea how to run an outing. However, she did a great job in forming a team and faithfully accomplishing everything that needs to be done. Galing! 🙂

Kath Parungao

And that’s just two people who grew in their skills and abilities, this blog will not give justice if I try to list down everyone’s learning. I don’t have time to talk about Joseph, KC, Angel, Rejoice, Gian, Winona, Tricia, Gelene, Jaycee, Con, Monique, Daniel and Neri. There’s just too many! But for those who’re reading this you know who you are and I’m so encouraged with the things you’ve learned as well! 🙂

Better Results

Another benefit of empowering others is that we generally get better results. The results are so evident in both events. For LIVE, one of the things I appreciated was the creativity that went as they promoted the event (see pictures above of Marc and Kath). This came as a result of empowering other people in their God-given talents. 🙂 Also, 180+ students came, this is 80+ more students that came from last year’s event. Based on these factors alone, we can definitely say that the event had been a success.

In the shared lives activity, I can just say that this has been the best shared lives that we had for the past 2 years! When we asked Kath to organize the activity, I was just thinking about the reservation of the place, logistics and food and that would have been it. However, she took it to another level by giving it a theme, creating a poster, designing the place and planning a very solid program flow. It just went above expectations! And also, 40 students came this time around, compared to around 20 the same time last year. Better results indeed. 🙂

Program

Again, the reason why both were so successful is because a lot of students were empowered. The campus missionaries simply can’t decide on all level and details, we can’t micro manage everything because 1) We just won’t have time to do so, 2) Things will not move forward given all the other things that we’re required to do. It’s more logical and sensible to empower people! 🙂 Again the benefit far outweighs the costs.

With all of the things that I’ve written here’s what I’m not saying: that empowering others doesn’t involve risks, because it does have! In fact there will be times where mistakes will happen, a lot of it. However, the mindset and attitude of a leader whenever these things happen is for the leader to assume responsibility for the mistake and not blame it on others. After the mistake has been settled, we move forward and continue to empower others to lead. 🙂

After having said all of that, I think the evidence is overwhelming and conclusive that an empowering culture’s benefits far outweighs the risks involved in doing so. Others get trained in their giftings and talents and we get better overall results. Take note: these are just two of the benefits that are at the top of my mind as I write this blog, I believe there are many more. 🙂

As I end this blog I hope to see two things: 1) I hope that if you’re a leader with followers reading this, that you’ll have the same kind of mindset and attitude to empower others and create an empowering culture and 2) If you’re a an emerging leader who have just experienced being empowered to do certain things: you’ll always keep this in mind and pass on the same kind of culture, because again the benefits of empowering others will always outweigh the risks in doing so.

Lastly, we want to create an empowering culture because this is what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ modelled to each and everyone of us. Pastor Steve said in WikiChurch:

“Jesus modelled and empowering leadership style. Jesus was never content for disciples to simply follow Him as spectators but was intent of empowering them to do what He had been doing.”

God bless and may you empower others! 🙂

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2014 in Leadership

 

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Jeepers… Creepers… Grievers! #MazeRunner #We’reBetterTogether

Get ready to run!!!

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That’s the tagline for the movie that I recently watched: The Maze Runner. I watched this movie twice, last Friday and the Friday previous to that (because the first one was free! 🙂 ).

It was a great action packed movie and I think that for the average movie goer, you wouldn’t be disappointed with your PHP 200+ pesos.

The plot of the movie goes something like this (taken from Wikipedia). Don’t worry I will not spoil you with any of the crucial parts of the film :)), I’ll just give you a short plot about the movie (taken from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Maze_Runner_(film)):

“The story follows sixteen-year-old Thomas, portrayed by O’Brien, who awakens in a rusty elevator with no memory of who he is, only to learn he’s been delivered to the middle of an intricate maze, along with a slew of other boys, who have been trying to find their way out of the ever-changing labyrinth.”

In this labyrinth, there are these creatures which are called “Grievers”.

“A Griever is a creature that lives in the Maze and comes out after dark. Its purpose is to kill the Gladers. It is described as being a bulbous, dark creature, with many appendages such as spikes, shears, and rods. A Griever can “sting” Gladers, or prick them, which causes extreme pain for up to days or weeks.”(http://mazerunner.wikia.com/wiki/Griever)

A Griever looks something like this:

Griffeur

Pretty scary right? I would also be scared if I were one of the characters in the maze. In fact, all the gladers (the characters in the story) were afraid of it because they know that if you get stuck in the maze with these things you will not be able to survive.

There’s a segment in the film where our hero: Thomas, went inside the maze as it was about to close to rescue two other characters (Minho and Alby) because they got delayed in getting back to their home base. The other character (Minho) had mixed emotions when Thomas went in with them because he was pretty sure that they were as good as dead. However, to cut the long story short, Thomas was able to manuever one of the Grievers and kill it inside the maze. It took him a while but it he survived anyway. It was close to impossible how he could have survived that ordeal.

The scene that struck me more however, was not when Thomas defeated a Griever. No, it was when a group of these gladers went in the maze for one final push to escape the labyrinth. Of course, to escape that place, they had to get pass these Grievers. In one scene, they noticed a Griever guarding the key exit that they needed pass through. Immediately, since they were so determined to get out of that place they charged with all of their might to try and get pass through that one Griever. Since they were a team that tried to attack the Griever, they had an advantage in killing the Griever.

Compared to just one person fighting a griever, a group of people fending of these things makes the world of a difference.

It struck me at that point that there’s where the power of unity comes in. Team effort makes the world of a difference when trying to address any type of challenge that may face us. That may be a group project, a basketball game, an event or discipleship. Compared to one glader trying to kill a Griever, just like Thomas in the earlier part of the film. The power of a team makes the world of a difference. The team, trying to overcome a griever, took less time and effort in defeating that creature. That’s why unity is so powerful and effective.

The good thing with the team is that they didn’t just fight the griever individually at the same time, but they fought as a unit… TOGETHER. They fought the Griever very close to one another and had their spears directed towards the Griever. This made it difficult for the creature to just come in and attack at any moment. THEY WERE BETTER TOGETHER. A team is not just enough, there must be teamwork as well, that’s where the power of unity comes in. As the old saying goes, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. 1+1 is not just equal to 2, but 3, 4, 5, 6, … and so on and so forth.

Go for unity, apply teamwork and great things will happen. Remember: WE’RE BETTER TOGETHER! 🙂

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2014 in Leadership

 

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Book Challenge

I am accepting this challenge from my friend Perci Paras to name the top 10 books that have impacted my life.

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I am excluding the Bible here because it is in a class in itself. It cannot be possibly compared with other books that we know.

Here are the top 10 books, but I think I can’t put them in order because they made an impact in different areas of my life. Here goes:

10) I Kissed Dating Goodbye

This book helped my develop my convictions in guarding my relationship with the opposite sex. I encourage all students and  all single professionals (whose season have not yet arrived) to read this.

9) The Meaning of Marriage

Don’t let the title of the book think that this is only for married couples. This is a great book for everyone since one day we’re all going to get married (well for most). Tim Keller gives a great Biblical insight on the purpose, essence, mission etc. of marriage. I think that when people read this, they will have a realistic viewpoint of what marriage is all about and correct certain false expectations about it.

8) Who Moved my Cheese?

This is a book about change. You can read this in an hour or so! This book helped me view CHANGE differently and how to navigate through all the unexpected things that this world will bring. I wrote a blog recently about this. Check it out!

7) Living by the Book

How to read your Bible! As a new Christian I wanted to get the most out of my Bible reading experience. This book inspired me to read it more and more and more! Because of this book, I’ve meditated on the Bible and got the best out of it! This is a classic and is very reader friendly too.

6) The Life You’ve Always Wanted

A book about spiritual disciplines. I recommend this especially for those have been longer in the faith already. John Ortberg is one of my favourite authors because of his very candid yet profound writing style. This book helped me view life differently especially with the way I pace myself, my prayer life, reading the Bible and living a well balanced life. I still need to revisit this book from time to time to get better at the other spiritual disciplines.

5) The Calculus 7

I’m a Math Major, need I say more? This book helped me appreciate derivatives, integration, series and limit all the more. One of the best Calculus books, if not the best, for all college students.

4) The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

This really has to be at the top 5. I believe my top ten will change the more I read and as the years pass, but I believe nothing can replace this on my top 5. I’ve been applying those 7 habits ever since the time I read this book and continually use them. A lot of leadership books have their roots in Stephen Covey.

The reason I put these next three books is because I did not just get a good idea from them, but because their leadership have had an influence in my life as well. They reached thousands of people with their leadership including mine. That’s why these three are very powerful to me.

3) The Lego Principle: The Power of Connecting to God and One Another

Great book about valuing relationships. God really did put it simply: Love Him, Love others. It’s simple but not easy. I learned the basic relationship principles from Pastor Joey Bonifacio: TRUST, LOVE, FORGIVENESS and COMMUNICATION. These four never fails.

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2) Wiki Church: Making Discipleship Engaging, Empowering and Viral

Discipleship changed my life, it can change your as well! However, this book are for those who are already discipled. I encourage you, especially if you’re reading this to read this so that you will be inspired to make disciples and be the difference our society longs for. Discipleship can change the world! Jesus himself said to GO and MAKE DISCIPLES. This book simplifies discipleship and makes it exciting.

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1) 100 Years From Now: Sustaining a Movement for Generations

This book talks about the core values of our Every Nation Church all summed up in one phrase: Honor God and Make Disciples.

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I really wrote around 20 books but I cannot put them all here because I’ll break the rule of the challenge. I’ll just write them here just like any other top 10 blog would do. HEHE:

Others that did not make the top 10 but still made an impact in my life are:

How to Win Friends and Influence People, Courageous Leadership, Habitudes, 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, Case for Christ, Next Generation Leader, Communicating for a Change, Christ-Centered Preaching, The Principle of the Path.

Share yours! I nominate LifeBox Malate to post their top ten blogs and all Victory Group Leaders in LifeBox Malate. 🙂

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2014 in Leadership, Personal

 

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Expect the Unexpected

“Expect the Unexpected” is a quote that sounds confusing at first glance. When you “Expect” you are in a position of anticipation; you’re looking forward to something happening, maybe that’s an event, a person or a promise. However, in the second part of that phrase the thing you’re supposed to expect is “the Unexpected” which is something that is difficult to expect because “Unexpected” things are not the things we usually “Expect”!

However, even though the phrase seems ironic, there is some truth to that phrase and can actually help us navigate through some of the unexpected things life will bring.

As I’ve reminisced my journey for the past 4 years, I realized that things don’t exactly come out as the way we planned it. There will always be unexpected things that will happen in our lives. I remember one instance where I thought I would only enter training for full-time ministry during the latter part of 2012, but then my plans changed and I started training early 2012. Also, when I was already fully deployed in my role, I thought I’d be in that position for a couple of years of more. Suddenly, during the middle part of 2013, our Youth Pastor had to leave for the U.S. and therefore I was assigned to take over his role as OIC.

In life there will be so many unexpected things that will come our way! I just realized that a few days ago and was reminded that this will always be the case. Two weeks ago, I said in one of my messages to our youth ministry that we live in an unpredictable, unstable and constantly changing world! That’s just the kind of world that we live in and I think that will always be the case.

So how should we face life, knowing that there will always be unexpected things that will happen. Here are a few of my thoughts:

1) Put our FAITH in God
In the same message that I shared a few weeks ago. I said that we should put our FAITH in God. When I say faith, that talks about what we believe in and where we should put our trust. In an unpredictable, unstable, and constantly changing world it’s just logical that we put our faith in God because he will never change and we can trust everything that he said in his word.

2) TRUST in God’s plans
A follow-up to my point in number 1 is to TRUST in God’s plans. I am always reminded by this verse in Proverbs which is one of my life verses:

Many are the plans in a man’s heart but it is the Lord’s purposes that will prevail (Proverbs 19:22)

We plan, we expect things, we want things to go our way. It’s not bad to plan, it’s good actually! It helps us maximize our time and make sure that we’re productive. However, our plans become a problem when we get attached to it too much that when things don’t start to go our way it leaves us frustrated.

We have so many plans in life, but not all of our plans will go according to our way. That’s a fact. God’s will, will always prevail. Let’s trust Him 100%! We can still plan but let’s not hold on to them too tightly and just let God!

3) Adapt to CHANGE
I recently read a book titled: “Who Moved my Cheese?” A best-selling management book that talks about CHANGE. This book has somehow influenced me in adapting to life’s changes. I realized that the reason I can quickly adapt to change is because of the principles that I learned from this book. It’s a very short book about a parable of four mice and their search for cheese and the main learnings there are as follows:

CHANGE HAPPENS
ANTICIPATE CHANGE
MONITOR CHANGE
ADAPT TO CHANGE QUICKLY
CHANGE
ENJOY CHANGE!
BE READ TO CHANGE QUICKLY AND ENJOY IT AGAIN & AGAIN

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So there you have it! Let’s expect the unexpected! But most importantly let’s put our FAITH in God because he is a God who will never change and amidst all the changes that’s happening in our lives he will continue to stay with us FOREVER.

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2014 in Leadership, Life Lessons