Make Every Day Count

Highpoints Podcast is a conversational style mentoring for small church pastors and leaders who desire personal growth and ministry development

The average lifespan of a person in the United States today is 27,375 days.

According to Censuswide, the average American spends 41% of their life staring at a screen, smartphone, tablet, computer screen or TV.

Every day counts.

IN ONE DAY EVERYTHING CAN TURN AROUND

In 1809 The international scene was tumultuous. Napoleon was sweeping through

Austria. Nations were terrified and households were fearful.

During that same year, William Gladstone was born, England’s finest statesman.

Alfred Tennyson was born who greatly affected the literary world.

Oliver Wendell Holmes was born, Edgar Allen Poe was born and so was, Charles

Darwin. In a small obscure cabin in Kentucky, Abraham Lincoln was born.

The newspapers highlighted the tragedies of the culture.

WHILE THE WAR CAPTURED THE HEADLINES, THE BABIES CAPTURED THE FUTURE.

In 2004, John C Maxwell wrote a 312 page book titled, Today Matters and I quote,

“the way you live today impacts your tomorrow.”

The Holy Bible says, “Today is the day of salvation.”

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Expand Your Influence

I remember as a small boy throwing a rock into a body of water and counting the ripples, it was many years later I understood the power on influence. Influence in an invisible inertia, full of energy and the ability to change the future.

There are those who say we influence a minimum of seven people during our lifetime, others influence seventy, others 700 and others 7000. Influence touches people’s character, development, and behavior.

EVERY DAY YOU CAN INFLUENCE ANOTHER PERSON FOR MORAL GOOD OR MORAL BAD

I am only one, but I am one!

I cannot do everything, but I can do something!

What I can do, I ought to do!

And what I ought to do, I do

By the Grace of God! – anonymous

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WHENEVER CHANGE HAS BEEN MADE, AN INFLUENCER STARTED THE WAY

One Change I Made and it Changed Me

I call it a tryst. It is that moment in time when you MUST decide. You see yourself fading into the multitude or you rise as a leader. You have met men with positions that once the position was gone – they were gone. It is not the rich, the famous, the popular or the person with a superior position, it is a common man with a vision. He influences people by his life, he mentors people by his words, and he leads people with his integrity.

But what is a tryst? Tryst is an encounter, a meeting, an engagement, or a rendezvous. It is the first step of a journey or to put one foot in front of the other. When I have been asked what is the most important thing, as a young man or young woman, who decides to be a leader, the answer has always been the same, as it was for me as a young man, you must intentionally grow every day.

To grow every day is to learn every day, to listen every day and to push every day. No, I was not perfect, no, I did not achieve lofty heights or gain massive amounts of money but what I did do is grow.

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THERE IS A GREAT DIFFERENCE IN AN INITIATOR AND AN INFLUENCER

The Word We Do Not Want to Hear

Waiting can be treacherous, I wear my impatience daily, yesterday was not soon enough, three minutes after the hour is late, so how can I deal with the news “delayed?”

If you are the kind of person who wilts when a date has been rescheduled or your plans have been “put off” then you are not alone. In a “hurry, hurry and get it done” world we are met with brick walls of resistance and unforeseen circumstances placing our agenda on the back burner.

We tend to be “fast food” or “microwave” people rather than “slow cook” or “crock pot.”

Maybe this acrostic of WAIT will provide a skeleton schematic for your next delay

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A busy man will wonder how the time went so quickly

The Question Every Leader Ask

There is one question every leader asks, sometimes several times throughout life. Follow Author and Mentor Jim Laudell as he gives the four areas of leadership necessary for authenticity. 

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Muddy trucks and boggled minds follow ruts made by previous travelers

What I Discovered

It is easier to see when someone else is wrong instead of seeing our own wrong but it is equally difficult to see our strengths when criticism has deflated you. Self-evaluation brings a man to self-realization of his weaknesses and his strengths.

Uncover the power of evaluating ourselves when no one else is looking and how to find not the worst but the best.

Looking inwardly provides powerful gifts for the future.

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Accomplish and achievements don’t value you – character values you

Contentment is destroyed by comparison

What Would You Do

The current trend is to evaluate the crises and to make drastic and definite changes while planning for the worse. However, what about planning for the best, to evaluate the realities while adjusting and correcting along the way?

Listen for the Four Principles for Bringing Change When the Future is Uncertain

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To Overreact Steals from the Intended Purpose

What is Next?

Today’s uncharted territory leaves many wandering what tomorrow may bring. Jim Laudell mentions three red flags as cautions for tomorrow, mentions the greatest asset of the past and points to directional markers for tomorrow in this week’s podcast.

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A challenge is an opportunity to prove your previous training

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Why People Don’t Want to Go Back to the “Old Normal”

Normal is predictable, secure and sound but people fear “normal” for it is boring, borders on empty and doesn’t inspire dreams. We can’t simply go back, there are too many variables. The old normal was too busy, too crowded and too overwhelming. There must be a change for a better tomorrow and a NEW normal.

If we go back to normal , will we continue on as if nothing happened? Churches and businesses will find new ways to expand and maximize their presence.

The old normal consisted of calendars, events, busyness, crowded lives and let’s just say it, me, myself and I became the main event of our day. Let’s examine the new normal.

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Prevent the bottle neck rush, when things get normal, by making necessary changes now

Changes Churches Made Last Week

In unprecedented times, churches in America made changes, to adapt to the unpredictable future. These four changes may rewrite how we look at church methods.

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With the compliant closure of many American churches  compassion is beginning to exceed seating capacity 

A relational, creative gospel is being birthed