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I’m sorry there is a dog in the freezer! (That’s not what a freezer is for)

By October 21, 2017 Leadership, Personal Development, Uncategorized

Have you ever had one of those “WHAT IN THE WORLD” kind of days? I sure have! In fact, I just had one! I couldn’t believe it! It started with helping a friend of mine move a freezer. That’s not a bad deal… I like this guy and enjoy hanging out with him. He has helped me and it was a joy to help him… plus he makes me laugh!

Dog in the Freezer:

So we went to his neighbor’s house to help move a freezer. The neighbor was polite but not overly nice.  (I’m going to fast forward a little). As I approached the open freezer the neighbor said, “um, well, I have a dog in the freezer.” So… I quickly decided to respond in a way that might be equally as shocking. I said, “M’am, I don’t care what you eat! I won’t judge you!” Apparently, it did the trick. Seeing her face turn white was well worth the comment. She immediately shared that she had not found time to bury her dog and assured me that is why it was in the freezer. She became much nicer after my comment and even joked around with us a bit. But here is what immediately stood out to me… that freezer was not intended to hold an animal for burial.

What were we made for: 

A person can use a freezer to hold an animal for burial but that is not why the freezer was created! It was made for us to keep our food until we are ready to thaw it out and eat it! It is intended to give us life, not to preserve death. That also got me thinking… We were intended to give life and not preserve (or wait around for) death!

We can live sub-par lives and wonder into all types of useless endeavors but we weren’t made for that!!! Even at a cursory reading of the creation account found in Genesis 1 & 2 (and John 1) there are some things that stand out:

We are created for community:

God exists in three persons –  We notice that immediately He is in community, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We were not intended to be alone. In fact, we are told that “it is not good” for us to be alone! We are meant for community… how are you doing with that? We could live (for a short time) without it… but we weren’t made for that!

We are created for creativity:

The first thing we know about God is from Genesis and we learn that He is creative! “In the beginning, God created…” From nothing, something! He’s awesome! Not to ruin the punch line BUT because we were created in His image then a big part of who we are is being creative (click here for how we see ourselves)! We can choose to be boring… but we weren’t made for that!

We are created for good… very good:

We were created on purpose and for purpose (click here to learn about being created on purpose and for purpose) Genesis 1:27 states, “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Then we read that “…God blessed them…” At the end of the day God looks over His creation and says that it is good, “very good”! That’s how the Creator of the universe sees us, His creation – VERY GOOD! We could do evil… but we weren’t made for that! 

We are created in His image:

The highest of all compliments has already been alluded to… WE HAVE BEEN CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD! Wow! No other creature gets that honor! This is not said of anything, not even the angels! This unique and high honor is reserved for humans! God must have something special in mind for humans that He created them in His image! That’s so cool! We can choose to act like we are not special, we could wonder aimlessly around and pretend that our lives don’t matter… but we weren’t made for that!

Conclusion:

Getting back to living in such a way that we reflect the purpose of why we were created makes us reconsider our lives (click here to learn about your next steps). I wonder if angels look at human beings in shock when we live less than we could! I wonder if they gasp when when the unique creation called, humans, wonder around functioning in a way that we were not created for. Don’t be like the freezer that I moved, used to preserve death! LIVE LIFE… we were made for that!

AS ALWAYS… BECOME GREATER BY POINTING UP AND MOVING FORWARD!

– Kenny White

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Unleash Your Inner Wonder Woman (Developmental Principles Found In The Movie Wonder Woman and confirmed through the life of Joseph)

By July 31, 2017 Leadership, Personal Development

Have you ever wanted to be… um… BETTER? Recently, a string of movies and pop culture icons have shown the negative side of our heroes! Someone had to change the template! I am so thankful for the movie, Wonder Woman which chose to shatter the modern trend. A movie that takes a look at a young girl and shows her develop into a hero! Those developmental principles are also shown in the life of Joseph from Genesis. Lets look at these two heroes while comparing them to these developmental principles.

There are many things we can learn from this movie (and from the Bible for that matter). However, we will focus on time tested developmental principles. If we practice these principles we will grow and unleash our inner hero that we were intended to be!

7 Developmental Principles:

1 – Dream and find your purpose

Early in the movie we see young Diana (AKA Wonder Woman), starry-eyed and wanting to be trained… knowing that her life is important and should not be wasted!  We have seen this played out in the lives of many people throughout history but perhaps none more obvious than what we see from the biblical patriarch, Joseph (see Gen 37). He knew he was created for a purpose greater than what he was experiencing.

We were created with purpose (insightful blog on “being created with purpose” – click here https://goo.gl/y68PYt)! Many people accept an existence that is lackluster! Don’t do it! There is something more, something better! Go get it!

2 – Be trained by the best

Diana finally gets permission to be trained by the greatest Amazon warrior ever. She accepts the training and jumps into it! She completely engages this training… by the best trainer ever!

Joseph went through similar developmental principles. He did not get a choice in who trained him… because he is sold into slavery! He quickly climbs in the house of Potiphar. The LORD is with him and whatever he does prospers.  

So how does that work for us? Most of us don’t get the opportunity to go to Harvard or be mentored by Warren Buffet. But we all have opportunities. Jumping on those opportunities is key for us to be trained. Being trained by the best might mean… the best for us or the best for us for now. Seize the opportunity!

3 – Train as hard as you can

Diana seemed to love her training. At one point Diana unleashes the full power of her bracelets. This came after a lot of training and her response to a particular attack by her mentor (a part of her training).  The only way for her to figure out the full extent of her ability was to be trained and fully engage in the training! Diana did that!

In the life of Joseph, we don’t see the same type of training that Diana engaged in but we do see Joseph engage in his situation wholeheartedly! He is taken to prison unfairly. He suffers in prison unfairly and it is there that he is rescued and through a series of divinely appointed situations he becomes the 2nd in command of Egypt! No doubt there must have been times of frustration and hurt, however, he lives out Col 3:23 and therefore trains as hard as he can accepting every situation as God-given and making the best use of every situation.

What situation is life throwing at us that we are struggling with? Can we accept it and use it as training? If so, how?

4 – Follow your purpose

Diana had to make a difficult decision. She had to leave what was familiar and what she loved to follow her purpose. She had to go toward danger to achieve her purpose. Like Diana (Wonder Woman) Joseph had to make a decision. He stashed food reserves in anticipation of a big famine that will hit the entire region. His only proof of that happening is a dream that Pharaoh had. He chooses to follow his purpose by trusting the interpretation of a dream (he has had several dreams and interpreted them accurately). He saw that the LORD had uniquely gifted him. He follows his purpose.

So… how were you created? What is your gifting? Have you seen it confirmed? Then follow it!

5 – Network with people to help fulfill your purpose

The plot thickens! Diana is taken toward the war (where she thinks she will find her purpose). It requires her to network with a group of people to get where she needs to be. To accomplish her purpose she is going to need to work with people! So… SHE DOES! There could be an argument made that she is not good with people but to accomplish what she needs to accomplish she has to get to know people, trust people and work with people.

Joseph has to work with people to accomplish his goal. It requires a unique matrix of communication and trust. He is in a foreign land but his past has prepared him! Against the odds, he does it!

Write down a list of people that you can network with to help you accomplish your purpose. Who are they? Why did you pick them? Are there other people to network that may know someone who can help you? Who are they?

6 – Don’t depend on others to find your purpose

Toward the end, Diana has to part ways with her new friends. She has to stand alone… and she does. She is not dependent on others to accomplish her purpose. She is accountable for her purpose. Joseph was accountable for his purpose. He follows through. He is accountable.

No one else can fulfill our purpose! No one else is accountable for our purpose. No blaming others! We are accountable for fulfilling our purpose.

7 – Finding your purpose means you will have to allow others to find their purpose

The conclusion of Wonder Woman sees Diana go her way to fulfill her purpose and then her friends going their way to fulfill their purposes. Joseph had to allow his brothers to fulfill their purpose. When they come face to face with him he has to confront them and lead them to an opportunity to embrace their purpose and their ultimate training… and they do! 

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our purpose and training that we think everyone else should engage in our purpose. We can forget that our purpose is OUR purpose and not someone else’s purpose.Others have their purpose. Let them find it. 

Conclusion:

Wonder Woman walks through systematic steps in personal development. Joseph walks through systematic steps in personal development. Will we embrace these principles and grow?

 

If you enjoyed this blog you may also enjoy – Lessons on Communication from Guardians of the Galaxy 2 https://goo.gl/2yanP6

 

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Communication: Do you hate talking on the phone, texting, or emailing? (Pros and Cons)

By July 28, 2017 Communication, Leadership

So… what is your primary preferred way to communicate electronically? This is a hot topic! As a pastor, I have people who will only communicate one way and sometimes refuse to communicate any other way. FRUSTRATING! Especially when I have to connect quickly.

Let’s take some time to look at each medium and discuss pros and cons.

Talking:

Often this is the type of person who just does not enjoy their phone… better said “smartphone” or they grew up in a time where talking on the phone was a priority. When the phone rang in their home someone (or everyone) went running for the phone! They may say something like “texting or emailing doesn’t feel very personal.”  

Pros

We can hear the tone of the person speaking. We can carry a two-sided conversation. We can

 discuss more than the initial topic. The conversation can evolve and we can discuss even more! 

Cons 

It seems like it takes up more time. It requires the other person to immediately respond or be available. It can interrupt other priorities.   

Texting:

This is usually someone who grew with tech. To them texting seems natural and easy. It is an extension of how they communicate. It is what they know. They may feel like a phone call is too invasive and that an email is not quick enough.

Pros

Texting is easy. It allows for easy quick communication. It can be accomplished now!

Cons

It is always not personal. It is frustrating if the other person does not respond (and everyone is different on their response time). Texting requires texting capabilities. Issues like tone and body language are lost.  

Emailing:

This is generally preferred by the generation who lands between Boomers and Millennials, Gen X! They remember running for the phone and they bought the tech. But generally their preferred method is email.  

Pros

A lot of information can be shared all at once. We don’t have to wait for the other person to answer and therefore we can email whenever. Generally, phones are not set up to notify the receiver of emails (the phone rings and texts buzz).

Cons

It may take awhile before there is an answer. Tone is difficult to know in an email. Sometimes email is not as easily accessed. Conversations are poorly had on email.

In the end, each medium has it’s pros and cons. For leaders being willing to communicate in all three mediums is necessary. It will allow for good rapport and we do not want to lose rapport simply because we are unwillin

g to use one of the three communication mediums I mentioned above.

This is not an exhaustive list and so… I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter!  Which medium of communication do you prefer and why?

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Lessons on Communication from Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (There are definitely spoilers in this blog)

By July 26, 2017 Communication, Leadership, Mentorship, Personal Development

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was one of the best movies of the summer. I think that if we keep our eyes, mind, and heart open we can learn from just about anything. That makes for some very teachable moments in GotG2. Before you read any further… Yes, there will be some spoilers in this blog. Also, if you have seen both movies then this will make WAAAAAAAAYYYY more sense 🙂

I would love to hear your thoughts about what you learned! The following is a list of a few lessons I think are worth thinking through!

1 – What is said is not always what is meant.

This is a very important point. Throughout both GotG and GotG2 we see tension between Peter Quill and Yondu. Peter is frustrated at Yondu and Yondu constantly holds the fact that he saved Peter from being eaten by the other Ravagers over Peter’s head. We later figure out that Yondu is really fond of Peter and was protecting him from a terrible fate. However, because Yondu does not know how to address his emotions / feelings his words are very harsh!

It is important for us to keep in mind that often times “what is said is not always what is meant.” This is not unique to Ravagers! People often say one thing while hiding what they really mean! A few things to consider when speaking with others (or in long term relationships) is:

– Consider body language – Often times our body language communicates what we really think / believe.

– Consider behavior (especially long term).

– Consider tone – Often tone communicates issues such as emphasis, anger, warmth, love, hate, etc.  

The best way to communicate is found in the words of Jesus, “let your yes be yes and your no, no.”

2 – Saying what you think can be fun (and embarrassing).

Drax is known for communicating what he is thinking. At times, Drax’s inability to not say exactly what he is thinking is very funny. Other times, his honesty about what he is thinking reveals his ignorance. Saying what we think can be very freeing and funny but speaking everything on our mind can show ignorance and foolishness! Beware!

The Bible has a lot to say about this matter – From prudence, to speaking without thinking, guarding our mouth is a very important thing to do as we communicate with others! (see Proverbs 12:22-23;18:6=7; 29:20; Isaiah 32:6)

3 – Response is age appropriate.

One of the best scenes is after the opening scene where we hear one of the best songs the world has ever known (obviously I’m talking about the song, Brandy from Looking Glass). We then get to see baby Groot dancing and barely dodging life threatening situations. At one point Gamora yells to Groot to leave and get out of danger. Groot does not understand (or maybe does not care). Groot simply waves at Gamora. Gamora does not get upset but simply responds to him appropriately, almost motherly!

Sometimes we are locked in on what we want to communicate the way that we want to communicate it. It is very important that we not get caught up in ourselves but rather communicate the message that is needed to be heard. What is the message and what is the age appropriate way to communicate the message?

I am reminded of Paul’s urge to the fathers in the book Ephesians where he warns the fathers to not exasperate their children. Harsh communication or communication that is not age appropriate can cause such exasperation whether that is your child or not.

4 – Sacrifice is an action and communicates love.

Yondu ultimately gives his life up for Peter. He shows that he values Peter by ultimately giving his life. Peter lives because Yondu give up his life. That sacrifice showed Peter that Yondu loved him despite the words that Yondu used.

Do you know anyone like that? A teacher who did not care if they made you mad but seemed to pick on you? A coach that pushed you beyond what you thought was possible? A parent who sacrificed and worked multiple jobs so you did not go without but did not use the word “love” when talking to you? Could it be that they were really saying “I love you” with their sacrifice?

Again the words of Jesus jump out at us and we are reminded of his words that “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend.”

Closing:

Communication is important no matter what planet you are from. However, we have a unique need to be understood. GotG2 is a great example of seeing the need to communicate. There were so many things that we could have picked out from the movie but I think these four should keep us talking and learning for awhile!

Please feel free to share additional thoughts you have on this subject below!

 

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3 Common Problems when Communicating to Others

By July 21, 2017 Communication, Leadership, Personal Development

Recently, I asked my friends on Facebook to share some of their biggest problems that they have when communicating with others. To my surprise people started to share… and share. It was great! When everything was said and done I found that I was not alone with my own weaknesses in communicating. I found myself very encouraged.

I began to study some of the common problems and I wanted to share a few thoughts. Enjoy as we walk through 3 common problems when communicating to others!

1 – Over communicate

Sometimes we want people to know what we are thinking or we want them to understand the entire story. This often comes from a desire to get people to better understand where we are coming from or to share our experience. However, the result is often people checking out or not wanting to talk to us (unless they have a couple of hours). So what do you do?

  1. Try thinking through the main point that you want to tell them.
  2. Tell them that point.
  3. Use the story as an illustration for the point.
  4. Leave off unimportant information that does not help further the point / narrative.
  5. If you see them starting to check out (eyes glass over, drool, yawning, etc.) then wrap the story up. 🙂

2 – Interrupting

This is a huge problem and very frustrating. It often happens that someone is really engaged in a conversation but they hear a word or idea that immediately triggers another thought and they desperately don’t want to lose the thought. So… they interrupt. The intention is mostly innocent but it is a bad habit. Here are a few thoughts…

  1. When someone is talking, let them finish… even if they are very slow and your mind out performs their words a million to one… LET THEM FINISH!
  2. If you have an important thought that you don’t want to forget then figure out a signal to remind yourself of what to say (I use sign language. I make the first letter of the word that I want to remember in my right hand. When the other person has finished speaking I am reminded what I want to say because of the letter I am signing. You may have other even more helpful ideas. Use them.).
  3. Consider others better than yourself. Before speaking, consider how this interruption is going to make them feel. I had a conversation with someone recently. They kept asking me questions and when I started to answer they would interrupt and keep going. That happened a dozen times! Super frustrating! I wondered if I was even needed in the conversation!

3 – Insecurity

There are times when we speak to people that we become insecure. It can be due to not feeling adequate with the subject or the person with whom we are speaking. It can also be due to feeling inadequate about our self! Here are a few additional ideas to help with insecurity while speaking.

  1. Have some confidence in who you are! You were created in the image of God (Gen 1). Keep your head up, maintain eye contact (not in a weird way), throw your shoulders back and remember that “God never made junk!”
  2. Remember what your grandma said, “They put their pants on the same way you do!” Who knows, they probably struggle with similar insecurities. It’s okay!
  3. In all fairness, don’t speak with authority on topics that you do not understand. Listen and ask questions.

These are just 3 common problems. However, there are many! Can you relate to these problems or do you have other problems that you struggle with while communicating? Keep your head up and I look forward to hearing from you (post below)!

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4 Filtered Funnel of Grudge Holding

By July 17, 2017 Communication, Leadership, Personal Development

Have you ever been in a spot that you can’t believe that you are in? Have you gotten there and thought “how did I get here”? We’ve all been there!!! I would like to walk through what I like to call the “4 Filtered Funnel of Grudge Holding”.

A grudge is when we are holding something against someone. I asked Siri to define “grudge” for me. Siri came through for me again!!! She said it is “a persistent feeling of ill will or resentment resulting from a past insult or injury.” (WELL DONE SIRI.) Grudges are easy to have and hard to work through. I have found that walking through this four filtered funnel is very helpful in understanding where this grudge has come from. (What to do about it??? That will be addressed another time! We are being introspective right now.)

1 – Desire

Desires are not bad. Desires can be very good. It is good to desire. Desire can be a drive that helps us to accomplish great things. However, if a desire becomes misdirected or difficult / impossible to obtain then there can be problems! When a desire is filtered through the Word of God and through wisdom then a desire can remain a good thing. However, when it is not it often progresses to a demand!

2 – Demand

These desires can evolve into stronger feelings that turn into something worse. These feelings create demands.  Demands occur when we feel like someone is not helping us to get our desire. Demands can be expectations. Those demands / expectations can be verbalized but most often they are not. Which means, that we have an expectation that won’t be met, in part, because it is unknown. This causes frustration and frustration leads to judgement.

3 – Judgement

Demands progress to judgement. Judgement is reserved for a judge (or The Judge). One of the reasons that we may ask a judge to hear our case is that we can’t see the full picture. Jesus uses an illustration to address this matter and He calls it “getting the log out of your eye” (See Matthew 7 for the full account). Therefore when we are at this stage… BE CAREFUL! We are one step away from severely damaging our relationship!   

4 – Punishment

Yuck! Punishment! This is the ugliest and most damaging to our relationships. Punishment can be subtle or it can be very obvious. They range from not responding to texts (or responding with the passive-aggressive “k”) to not speaking to the person to talking behind their backs to verbal or physical altercations. Here’s the thing… when we hand out punishment it feels right! But it is not right! Punishment must be handled with the most discerning of wisdom and soaked in love (yes, love can yield an appropriate punishment).

Now that we understand the lingo let’s go at it backwards…

Answer the following questions to better use the filter.

  1. Who are we holding a grudge against?
  2. How have we punished them?
  3. What was the judgement we gave them? Why?
  4. What was the demand or expectation that led to this demand?
  5. What is the desire that led to the demand?
  6. Is that desire good? Why or why not?
  7. How can we align this desire with our worldview? (see “Leadership and the Worldview Pie – What does the crust have to do with it?”  https://goo.gl/i1usYg and “Leadership and Worldview – 3 Great questions to ask about every slice of the worldview pie!” https://goo.gl/ivW46q  for more insight into this question.)

 

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Leadership and Worldview – 3 Great questions to ask about every slice of the worldview pie!

By July 15, 2017 Communication, Leadership, Personal Development

If you read “Leadership and the Worldview Pie – What does the crust have to do with it?” then you understand the concept of “The Crust”. But how do we develop a worldview? Many people say they believe one thing but live a totally different worldview!

Below are some questions that I have found very helpful in developing my worldview. If you have some additional thoughts or questions to ask please post below!

CRUST:

Theology – is the Crust of the Worldview Pie

  • What do I believe about God
    • Do I believe there is a God?
    • If not, do I believe there could be a God?
    • If there is a God, which God?

SLICES:

There are the 9 Slices to the Worldview Pie:  

Philosophy the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline.

  • Based on my understanding of God what I do I think about Philosophy?
    • Knowledge – how is it attained? Where does it come from?
    • Reality – how should it be understood?
    • Existence – Is there a general purpose? What is it? How does that influence others?

Ethics moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity.

  • Based on my understanding of God what do I think about Ethics:
    • Where did morals come from?  
    • Why should one behave with any set of morals?
    • How should one behave? Why is that necessary?

Biology is the natural science that involves the study of life and living organisms, including their physical and chemical structure, function, development and evolution.

  • Based on my understanding of God what I do I think about Biology?
    • Where does life originate?
    • Are we a cosmic accident?
    • Do animals have purpose? If so, to do what?  

Psychology the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior in a given context.

  • Based on my understanding of God what do I think about Psychology?
    • What is the purpose of your mind?
    • How does your mind control your actions?
    • Do your actions matter? If so, why?

Sociology the study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society. (as well as social problems.)

  • Based on my understanding of God what I do I think about Sociology?
    • Should humans follow a specific set development process? If so, why?
    • Does societal structure matter? If so, why?
    • What is proper human society? Why and how did you come up with that?   

Law the system of rules that a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and may enforce by the imposition of penalties.

  • Based on my understanding of God what I do I think about Law?
    • What is the purpose of law? Why does that matter?
    • Where does law come from?
    • Why is law necessary for humans?

Politics the activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power.

  • Based on my understanding of God what I do I think about Politics?
    • Why should a group of people use political systems?
    • Whom should benefit from a political system?
    • Do the masses or individuals matter more to the body politic.

Economics the branch of knowledge concerned with the production, consumption, and transfer of wealth.

  • Based on my understanding of God what I do I think about Economics?
    • What role does economics play in a society?
    • What should economics matter?
    • Who should benefit in an economic system?

History the study of past events, particularly in human affairs.

  • Based on my understanding of God what I do I think about History?
    • Does history have a point?
    • Why does history matter?
    • How does history affect a culture?

After working through the questions on each slice of the worldview pie what did you find? Is your worldview consistent? What are additional questions that may be helpful to ask?  

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Leadership and the Worldview Pie – What does the crust have to do with it?

By July 14, 2017 Communication, Leadership, Personal Development

Does it ever shock you how people sometimes just don’t get what you are saying??? THAT DRIVES ME CRAZY! I’m speaking English to an English speaker they SHOULD understand! But often, to my great chagrin, THEY DON’T! Ever been there? Why is speaking and hearing so difficult???

A Thought On Our Speaking and Listening Problem:

One of the great problems with communication is that we often come from different perspectives. These perspectives can be formed because of experiences that have imprinted on us or even formed from the lack of experiences. At times, politicians vehemently disagree about matters on the same topic and they seem to never understand why the other politician can’t get it. However, there seems to be something more deeply at play than experiences or votes for that matter. What I am talking about is a worldview. A worldview is the way that we see things. One might say that a worldview is a set of glasses that cause us to look at the world.

Worldview Pie:

David Nobel identified 10 points of a worldview. I like his perspective but please allow me to change the metaphor, from glasses to a pie. I like to look at worldviews as a “worldview pie.”  Each slice is a different area but the crust (that which holds it all together) is a specific topic. I would say that the crust that holds it together better defines each slice. In other words, if you know what the crust is then you will know how each slice should be understood. How does one understand philosophy, psychology, politics, ethics, sociology, economics, biology, law, and history? That depends on what is holding those slices together.

Let’s take a look at the crust:

With respect to how one views each slice of the worldview pie, there are a variety of possibilities but they are all based on the way that one sees God, this is called, theology. It can also be the way that you do not see God. Your crust could be, “Atheism,” “Agnosticism,” “Theism” or even “polytheism”. From there it may be broken into small components such as “Secular Humanism,” “Agnostic Atheism,” “Christianity,” “Judaism,”  “Islam” or “Hinduism.”

Crust defines the Worldview Pie:

This crust will define the pie. It will help each slice to have a nuanced meaning that will help us to understand where a perspective is coming from. It is the very reason that one group of people sees big government as the answer to most questions and others see small government as the answer to questions. It is not that either group is inherently bad or even spiteful. It is simply that they take on different crusts to their worldview. Their crusts define the pie. If Secular Humanism is their crust then it will give unique flavor to  the way that they view EVERYTHING! If Christianity is their crust then it will flavor everything they participate in.

Theology is the Crust of the Worldview Pie

Here are the 9 Slices to the Worldview Pie with a brief definition. In the days to come I will talk about each slice.   
Philosophy the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline.

Ethics moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity.

Biology is the natural science that involves the study of life and living organisms, including their physical and chemical structure, function, development and evolution.

Psychologythe scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior in a given context.

Sociologythe study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society (as well as social problems).

Lawthe system of rules that a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and may enforce by the imposition of penalties.

Politicsthe activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power.

Economics the branch of knowledge concerned with the production, consumption, and transfer of wealth.

Historythe study of past events, particularly in human affairs.

 

Here are a few questions to consider:

  1. What is your belief about God?
  2. Is He personal or impersonal?
  3. Is He redemptive or aloof?
  4. What are other questions you should be asking? 

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Leadership and Purpose: 5 Reflections on being created with Purpose

By July 13, 2017 Leadership, Personal Development

Leadership and Purpose – 5 Reflections on being created with Purpose

Sometimes we get things out of order!  I understand why! We like to get to the end! There is a thing in creative writing / brainstorming called “Z-Thinking”. It requires you to start with the end in mind! It is a great practice! However, if you do not begin with the beginning then when times are tough and you feel lonely (and those days will come) then you are up the proverbial creek without a paddle!

You and I start with purpose! Let’s not begin by limiting “purpose” to a thing or a direction. That’s just silly. Often that type of thinking assumes that our profession is why we exist or that this “one thing” is why we do what we do. We are parents, workers, children, neighbors, believers, consumers, thinkers, doers, etc. So it is terribly important that we begin with the fact that we are created on purpose, with purpose, and for purpose.

Here are some reflections on being created on purpose, with purpose and for purpose.

1)   You are no accident –

Because there is an infinite God, who is the Creator and He makes everything for a reason (see Genesis 1) and He calls it good and He governs creation then it is a fact you are here on purpose!  No matter what your parents say, nor your text books (we are a cosmic accident, who randomly exist and it won’t matter after we die) we are created with purpose and for such a time as this!

2)  You are a part of a design –

There is a grand picture. History pointed to the coming of the Messiah and now points at the Messiah. We are a part of a cosmic orchestration that will point all creation to the beauty and wonder of a perfect God who redeems! We get to join in on the fun!

3)  There are things bigger than your self –

In a time when it seems like the world is all about us it is important to know that there is something (more like Some One) greater than ourselves. There is a God who loves us deeply and draws us to Himself. He designed us with passions and gifts to point others to Himself as He draws us to Himself! What an amazing God!

4)  You make an impact –

Because God creates with purpose then it is important to note that we make an impact. If word pictures are your thing then consider the strands of a tapestry. Each one is needed and crisscrosses very purposefully with other strands. From the back of this tapestry it looks random BUT from the front it is obvious! You are a part of a tapestry and you make an impact!

5)  Other people are also created on purpose –  

Let’s not forget the obvious. If we were created with purpose and on purpose then others were also. Some may think that means that we all lose value (if everyone wins then no one wins). However, that is not a valid argument. Each person has a place and has a role.

Starting with the end in mind is helpful when we are working on a project but it is not where we live life. If you are a leader or a potential leader then remember that you are created on purpose, with purpose and for purpose.

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