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Your heart is more important than your skills

October 22 #leadership #sin

More important than the work you do and things you build is the condition of your heart. You can solve most complex problems, build intricate systems, and surpass your peers with your development skills, but if your heart isn't in the right place, you haven't won.

What is your heart full of?

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Jesus is better than everything

June 6 #jesus #trust

It's a slow process, but I'm learning that any of the plans that Jesus has for me—no matter how difficult or ridiculous or hurtful they may seem—are always better than the best plans I could ever dream up on my own.

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Sometimes you have to die before you can really live

May 24 #life

For some reason, I thought today would be an instant ending to all of the difficulties, frustration and sadness I've felt for the past 15 months. I was definitely wrong.

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Sometimes you just have to stop the dryer

April 18 #direction

The dryer had been going for nearly an hour and all I wanted was some sleep. I was tired. Worn out. Then came the nagging, annoying little squeak. It started small, then developed into a large, rhythmic, obnoxious scrape of metal on metal. It had been a long day and i was ready for bed, so i did what any normal human being would do. I ignored it.

It didn't work.

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Sometimes I just need to trust

February 12 #trust

I like to be in control, to know how things are going to work out. I want to plan and think through all of the options. While this is ultimately good, it can be bad if I'm not being obedient and following what God is leading me to do.

"Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You're not in the driver's seat; I am. Don't run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I'll show you how. Self-help is no help at all.

—(Matthew 16:24-26 MSG)

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Jesus is your strength

October 10 #overwhelmed

There are going to be awesome days and shitty days.

When things suck, and you're busy and overwhelmed, don't forget that your strength is in Jesus. He is the one that called you, and he is the one that will sustain you.

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Thoughts from the NewSpring Staff Leadership Conference

September 25 #leadership

Below are some of the notes that really stood out or hit home during SLC. I felt like so many things were spoken directly to me—it was crazy. I'll probably add a few more sessions later when I have some time!

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Sometimes I just need to change my perspective

September 23 #jesus #trust

Jesus really does love me a whole lot.

If he were here, he'd chase me down the street while laughing deep belly laughs. He'd walk with me down the sidewalk and let me talk about my day. He would give me a huge bear hug, smile and tell me everything's gonna be ok.

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Jesus didn't die to save you from the F word

April 7 #religion

This theme of being a religious person, but not knowing Jesus has been on my mind so strongly the past few days. The crazy thing is when you're in the middle of it — being religious — you aren't even aware of it!

I know, because I used to be like that. I was raised in church, worked in church for years, always doing the right thing. I was more concerned about making people behave right. I was more focused with the outward appearance rather than the heart of a person.

I wanted them to stop cussing because I didn't like the "F" word, or to stop being depressed because Christians should never be depressed - they have Jesus and everything should always be perfect, right?

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Jesus brings dead things to life

March 4 #jesus

I felt unexpectedly emotional standing in line, waiting for my turn in the water. Emotional, yet overwhelmingly thankful for Jesus and his immeasurable love, grace and forgiveness. I barely heard friends cheering, almost forgot to hold my breath.

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