Appealing to a Higher Vision February 8, 2014Posted by thehutch in quotes, Uncategorized.
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“People don’t buy newspapers. They buy news. It isn’t glasses that are purchased; it’s better vision. Women who spend big bucks for cosmetics are really trying to buy good looks. Millions of drills have been sold; yet not a single person wanted one. They are buying holes. Diet books are not sold by publicizing the evils and risks of being overweight; they’re sold by ads depicting how attractive one can become by shedding a few pounds. Athletes do not go through the agony of practice and training to avoid losing; they do it to make the team and be a winner. Appealing to a higher vision is simply helping others become not only what they are capable of becoming, but what they really want to become.” John Maxwell
What is our higher vision? On whom are our eyes fixed?
Wisdom for all people February 4, 2014Posted by thehutch in Uncategorized.
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Some wisdom works in every scenario – for parents, youth leaders, managers, bosses, vicars, in fact, for anyone! One of those pieces of wisdom is from Ken Blanchard;
“Catch people doing things right“
Just a simple thing but so important. We live in a society were we love to find the mistakes, pinpoint failure and highlight error, yet one of the most important things we can do for another individual is to catch them doing something right. This is more than faint praise or general thank yous’ but a specific ‘well done’.
Can you think of a time when you were thanked, encouraged or praised for doing something right? How did it make you feel? Imagine if we escalated this and used our time to do the positive work before the negative, what a difference it may make in the lives of others.
Let’s start catching people out by catching them doing things right and see what transpires.
Whack of the Day from Roger Von Oech November 8, 2013Posted by thehutch in Uncategorized.
when the Spanish explorer Cortez landed at Veracruz, the first thing he did after unloading his equipment was to sink his ships.
Then he gave his men a pep talk. “Men,” he told them, “you can either fight or you can die.” Sinking his ships removed a third alternative: giving up and returning home.
Great question October 6, 2013Posted by thehutch in Uncategorized.
“What if you discovered that the least of the brethren of Jesus, the one who needs your love the most, the one you can help the most by loving, the one to whom your love will be most meaningful—what if you discovered that this least of the brethren of Jesus…is you?” Jung
Newgale Safety August 28, 2013Posted by thehutch in Uncategorized.
wisdom July 23, 2013Posted by thehutch in Uncategorized.
Sometimes wisdom comes in all shapes and sizes and there are times that I wonder why people who do wrong appear to prosper….Psalm 73 then comes to mind. For a little while now, I have been battling the human and spiritual natures over a particular thing and today a different verse came to mind:
“The Lord watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but frustrates the ways of the wicked.” (Psalm 146)
Some people may appear to prosper in the short term but in the long term, it is God they will have to face.
Celebrity? July 12, 2013Posted by thehutch in Uncategorized.
We hear so much about celebrity status and the ’10 minutes of fame’ and so on. Our television and newspapers are full of story about the latest A-lister to Z-lister and the public are so quick to soak it all in.
The Christian world is not so different – the best named speaker, the best guest worship leader, the latest trendy book author etc. etc. blight the world we live in as we expect God to show up and move in power.
Yet the Apostle Paul says; “I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses…..for when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Its an upside down world!
a year ago… July 2, 2013Posted by thehutch in Uncategorized.
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12 months ago today (to the date it would be tomorrow), I had a major health scare that was eventually decided was stress related. It was a significant moment of my life and one that will forever shape the remaining time allotted to me.
What has changed? Just one thing; a deeper reliance on God with a greater understanding of the following verses;
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
praying for me? Whatever! June 25, 2013Posted by thehutch in Uncategorized.
As a Christian, I believe that prayer is a good but also aware that my own prayer life is not what it ought to be. As a result, this post is written with a sense of trembling.
One of my bugbears in life are those people that promise to pray but who then forget about you, or seemingly forget about you. I remember speaking with someone and my heart was broken, tears pouring down my face and they said, “I will pray for you” – hope filled my heart, the ‘receive prayer’ pose was adopted and then followed an awkward few moments when it became apparent that they were not going to pray then….#awkward! They have never mentioned anything since. There was an exact repetition with a different person 24hrs later….no joke, an exact repetition. Needless to say, my confidence in those 2 people has been shaken and I will not seek their help again when in need.
Am I different? It is easy to be critical of others but am I the same? I am trying not to be. If I say I will pray, I seek to respond immediately, as well as writing down my commitment (Evernote is awesome for this) and following up with folk at a later date.
What is my purpose in writing this? Firstly, to clear my I own mind and secondly, for anyone who may read this – if you promise to pray for someone, see it through.