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Easter Week – What a great time to go to a Chris Tomlin concert. My husband and I went to “Worship Night in America” on Tuesday. It was awesome. Besides Christ Tomlin, Big Daddy Weave, Phil Wickham, Zach Williams and others performed. We really enjoyed and were very moved by the concert.
But something weird happened during. We were in this arena that holds over 10,000 people. It was pretty packed, and dark. Everyone was standing, as you often do at a concert. The seats were theater style – the kind that flip up when you’re not seated. I had put my purse on the floor in front of me. Someone was coming through our row, so I bent down to pick up my purse so he wouldn’t trip on it. I then held it close to me, with both arms. Not to protect it, but still trying to move out of the way to give the gentleman as much room as possible to pass through.
But I started thinking what I might have looked like to the people around me. I probably looked like I was overly concerned about my purse, which would seem strange at a Christian concert. Maybe not strange . . . un-trusting. Not full of grace.
Many of the songs performed that night were about heaven. What we have to look forward to. There’s so much I can’t imagine. I was standing there, thinking in heaven, I won’t have to worry about silly things like how weird I looked clutching my purse.
The funny thing is, the stranger sitting next to me struck up a conversation during intermission. So, either he didn’t notice the purse situation or he gave me the benefit of the doubt. I had been fussing internally over nothing.
It got me to thinking about how full of flaws I am – and how other people sometimes may be harsher than God in their assessment of my actions, partially because God knows my heart. I also need to be careful in my assessments of others. Rather than worry, I need to trust that each encounter will go as it’s intended – some more smoothly than expected, and others may be full of conflict. God puts us in each others’ lives to refine us.
A couple of years ago, a friend invited me to participate in a 7 Day Bible Challenge. I was to share seven of my favorite verses. I had received some terrible news shortly before the challenge; I was feeling very weak and in need of peace. Seeking encouragement in scripture did bring me a sense of comfort. I hope my selections do the same for you. I was only able to find four of the seven, so I am including three that I have sought more recently. These are from the English Standard Version.
Matthew 10:30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
Psalm 84:12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!
2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Hebrews 13:6 So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
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If you’re doing Elf on the Shelf this Christmas season, you’re probably trying to think of some new ideas (especially if this isn’t your first year). I’m providing you with a few free printable. I’m leaving this in Word format so you can edit for your needs (one child instead of plural, etc.). Also, these are fairly basic, so jazz them up to your heart’s desire! Have fun with your elf and your kiddos!
Some of you were kind enough to read my previous post about a personal book I was considering writing. I got some wonderful feedback and encouragement. Recently, I was inspired to start a totally different book. A book in an area where I experienced some success. When I thought about it, I immediately had an outline of the whole book in my mind. It’s a potentially marketable subject. So, I decided to get started. Is this me just going after the next shiny new object? I sure hope not. I really don’t think so. Prayers for guidance would be appreciated.
The buzz du jour in Human Resources and Management is eliminating performance reviews. Do you ever notice how many fads there are in HR? The worst one was “branding”. I always thought it was just a ploy for HR Consultants to make money. If your company already has a brand in the marketplace, why would you detract from that, by creating a new and different one for recruiting? This makes no sense. Build on the momentum you already have, in all areas of the business. If your business doesn’t have a recognized brand, then you need to work on that in general, not just in recruiting. Sure enough, a couple years ago, I went to a seminar that stated just that. The presenter stated it as if it was a new concept. I thought, “We have just come full circle.” His big new idea was that you had to build your brand through all areas of your business to be an employer of choice, which included customer service and sales. He was spinning it as if recruitment branding now needed to be more inclusive. To me, he was unknowingly saying that recruitment branding is pointless.
Needless to say, the hype about eliminating performance reviews gets on my nerves. When you dive into it, many who say performance reviews are worthless, and provide a solution, aren’t really abandoning them at all. They’re just changing them; frankly, they are actually making them more frequent. They’re just calling them something different.
I went to an inspirational HR presentation recently, which is what got my wheels turning about how I successfully turned around my managers and departments. The presentation touched on how ineffective, even self-defeating, his previous company’s performance review process was, and how he changed it. While his method was different from my own, we shared the philosophy that performance appraisals can be more meaningful and beneficial.
My own journey in developing my people came through a lot of painful and bad experiences. One of many loved C.S. Lewis quotes – “Experience: That most brutal of teachers. But, you learn, my God, do you learn.”
Is it possible to learn from someone else’s experience, so you can avoid some of the pain, and put you on a faster track to a better outcome? I believe so, which is what has inspired me to share my trials and triumphs.