Feb 242009

The Law of Compensation

If you want to make an impact with your life that transcends simply “making a living” and if you want to make yourself indispensable to your employer or those you are accountable to, you put into practice the Law of Compensation.  Burg and Mann, the authors of The Go-Giver, explain the Law of Compensation this way:  “Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them.” 

How we invest our time, our skills and talents and how we invest our resources will determine our return on the investment.  The focus in distributing our resources must be on people!  We can trust that if we put our focus in the right place, our own welfare will be taken care of. 

The Apostle Paul speaks of this proper focus in a couple of his letters.

2 Corinthians 9:6 (NIV)
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

Galatians 6:7 (NIV)
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

You will receive a great return on your investment if you invest into the life of people by serving them.  We should get our minds off of making money sometimes and focus on serving people and making a difference.  Our income and personal welfare will grow in abundance based on our investment in others. 


 Posted by at 11:36 pm
Feb 222009

The Law of Value

If you want to become indispensable in a time when it is hard to have a lot of security in your job, you can put into practice the first of five “laws” that make you “recession-proof”.  It is called the “Law of Value”.  Burg and Mann, the authors of The Go-Giver  state the law of value in “your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment”. 

One of my mentors taught me that most people focus on “making a living” rather than “making a life”.  In “making a life” your focus is on values you choose to make a part of your lifestyle rather than focusing on making money or your job as simply a source of income.  

Are you adding value to people in your daily life?  Are you looking for ways to bring joy to those around regardless of what they pay you? 

You give to others and add value to their lives, not as a strategy, but rather as a way of life.

Matthew 5:40-42 (NIV)
40 And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.
41 If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

 Posted by at 10:39 pm
Apr 242008

Check out this post about praying for those who preach.

Here is another blog post from Perry Noble on when to pray for your pastor.  Please read this one!

Check out this post on what non-christians in our culture think of Christians.

Pastor Erwin McManus shares here about America’s self-indulgent Christians being the reason churches are losing their influence.

Perry Noble shares here why the New England Patriots were not able to finish well and win the Super Bowl.

Tony Morgan offers his ten stupidest leadership mistakes.  This is great for anyone in leadership.

This is a great post on the dangers of flirting with sin.  It is a must read!

 Posted by at 7:20 am
Apr 082008

Choosing to Preach by Kenton C. Anderson  –  Great book on the different “genres” of biblical preaching.  Excellent tool.

Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels  –  This book has been a lifesaver for me personally in the early part of this year.  Recommended by my friend and mentor, Mike Linch, it will become a must read every year.

Preaching with Conviction by Kenton C. Anderson  –  Great book on preaching with passion and zeal in a way to connect with post-modern listeners.  Easy and quick read.  Recommended by my friend, accountability partner and mutual church planter, Chip Wheeler.

Desire of the Everlasting Hills by Thomas Cahill – Great History book that gives insight to the day of Jesus and comes from a non-evangelical writer.  It is great to have a different perspective sometimes.

The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard – I am currently reading this book and it is life-changing!  It addresses how we take the Kingdom life and allow it is to be lived through us.

First Impressions by Mark L. Waltz – Great and practical book on hospitality and guest-services in your church.

The Forgotten Ways by Alan Hirsch – Next on my stack!  This book is about going back to the early church as an example of how God can work in the church today.

The Message of the Sermon on the Mount by John R. W. Stott – One of the great commentaries on the counter-culture life Jesus describes in Matthew 5-7.

Serving with Eyes Wide Open by David A. Livermore – I read this on the plane to Africa.  New perspectives on short term missions.  It ruined my trip…….In a good way.

The Three Battlegrounds by Francis Frangipane – Great and easy read on spiritual warfare.  I repented of my sin of insecurity while reading it.

Transformation by Bob Roberts Jr. –  Great book on the personal role of transformation as a disciple and how the church must re-think our role in bringing transformation back to the forefront of what we are doing and why we are doing it.

Just Walk Across the Room by Bill Hybels – Great book on living a personal, missional life.  This is where the rubber meets the road.  Church is happening on Sunday morning!  It happens when we walk outside our door and “just walk across the street, room etc.”  By all means, simply follow God’s lead in having conversations with people.

 Posted by at 7:25 am