And here’s an explanation of the plan.
And here’s an explanation of the plan.
Our theology drives our lives. What we know and understand about God impacts everything – everything we think, say, and do. It especially controls and directs spiritual activities such as preaching and counseling. In previous posts we looked at how the Fatherhood of God should impact the Counselor, and then at the role of this doctrine in the Counselee’s life.
There are also certain counseling problems that are especially helped by specific aspects of God’s Fatherhood. Before looking at these, let me just make two qualifications. First, while the whole Trinity is involved in every counseling solution, in this article we are limiting ourselves to the role of the Father in counseling. Second, while the Fatherhood of God is involved in every counseling scenario, I’m picking the issues in which God’s Fatherliness is especially helpful.
Click on over to Christianity.com for the rest of this article and read how the Fatherhood of God can help in dealing with:
Some of the best ideas in the world are sitting on old shelves gathering dust or in an old computer gathering viruses.
Why did these ideas never happen? In many cases it was fear of exposing the idea to public scrutiny and the possibility of criticism, mockery, or —worst of all — silence. The idea was born, lived, and died in fatal isolation.
Scott Belsky’s survey of top creatives in Making Ideas Happen found that community engagement was absolutely essential to moving ideas forward. The myth of the solitary genius is just that, a myth. Although some of the great inventions are associated with individuals — Thomas Edision, Alexander Bell, etc. — closer inspection almost always reveals that it was a community effort.
Physical and digital communities
Although your community may be limited to your physical environment – your family, church, workplace, neighbors, etc., the hyperconnectivity of the Internet age has multiplied the possibilities for community engagement:
Benefits of sharing our work with a community are:
Some other tips from these chapters:
Best-selling author and Wired Magazine editor Chris Anderson says: “I don’t believe you can do anything by yourself. Any project that’s run by a single person is basically destined to fail.” (Making Ideas Happen, 121).
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Only of God can it be said that to fear him means to fear not.
— John Starke (@john_starke) September 5, 2012
If I can’t come up with an idea for my next book soon, I’ll just have to write about procrastination. They say to write what you know…
— challies (@challies) September 5, 2012
“My play was a complete success. The audience was a failure.” ~ Ashleigh Brilliant Love that quote. Could be handy for preachers too.
— Drew Dyck (@drewdyck) September 6, 2012
Our flesh is so good at its job that the world & the devil could take a break & we might not even notice a difference.
— Keith Mathison (@KeithMathison) September 6, 2012
[God] wants your life. Not one hour a week, not 10% of your income, He wants you. —R.C. Sproul
— Ligonier Ministries (@Ligonier) September 6, 2012
Powlison: “Sanctification both costs you your life, and gives you your life.” dsr.gd/NOENXc
— Desiring God (@desiringgod) September 6, 2012
I’ve tried so many different kinds of organizational software, that it’s become a bit of a standing joke in my family. Over the course of my ministry I’ve probably spent a small fortune on various programs and Apps that have promised to get me organized and efficient.
And I’ve now come full circle, because I’m returning to paper. There’s just something about the physical act of writing something down with a real pen on real paper that increases ownership, responsibility, and accountability – whether it’s the daily to-do list or personal banking.
Software promises more efficiency, but it’s just too easy to scan the debits with the eye and have no real sense of spending, or to have the to-do list hanging out of sight somewhere in the digital ether and nothing is ever done!
When I have to write out what I spend every day, and when I have to re-write my to-do list every evening, it makes a much greater impression and forces me to take certain actions. Put simply, paper produces more guilt than pixels! Good guilt, though.
But what kind of paper system? For project management and to-do lists, I’ve not come across anything as simple and effective as Scott Belsky’s Action Method as outlined in Making Ideas Happen. It can be broken into three main parts: Action Steps, References, and Backburner Items.
How to organize all this? Belsky suggests a folder with your project name on it. The Action Steps are then attached to the inside cover to keep them as prominent as possible for daily review and implementation. The Backburner List is attached to the inside of the back cover, and in between are the References.
Some other hints from the book:
There are some similarities with Dave Allen’s Getting Things Done, but this method is much simpler and more suitable for non-corporate types.
Although there’s still a learning curve in setting this administration up, and getting organized means less time for creative work, in the long run not only will more ideas happen, but more ideas will be generated because of the joy of seeing our “genius” moments turned into reality.
And yes, there is a software version of the Action Method, but I’ll be sticking with paper!
My previous posts on Making Ideas Happen: