‘This is boring, let’s just deal with it and get it over with.
Whoever can be trusted with a little can also be trusted with a lot, and whoever is dishonest with a little is dishonest with a lot. Luke 16:10
Successful solutions are often made by peoplerebelling against bad opportunities.
Honesty is telling the truth — in other words, conforming our words to reality.
Integrity is conforming reality to our words — in other words, keeping promises and fulfilling expectations.
This requires an integrated character, a oneness, primarily with self but also with life.
Let’s get practical
One of the most important ways to manifest inregrity is to be loyal to those who are not present. In doing so, we build the trust of those who are present. When you defend those who are absent, you retain the trust of those present.
Outtakes from Stephen Covey’s book – The 7 habits of highly effective people
Successful solutions are often made by people rebelling against bad opportunities.
I grew up with some handicaps. My teachers wrote” ND has big problems with reading and writing”, they said I was a dyslexic.
I believed them. My grades where bad. Than became worse.
My self-esteem was below zero. I didn’t talk much, because of my insecurity I started to stutter.
I was blocked
Stories always fascinated me. I would think up grand adventures, but I was afraid to write them down.
I couldn’t spell.
At the age of 12 I moved with my family from Switzerland to the USA. Everything was in English now. At first it brought fear to my spelling ability, but I realized that it was a chance to start fresh. No teacher knew that I was a dyslexic. As I learned a new language my stuttering started to disappear. My self-esteem started to grow.
When I returned to Switzerland at the age of 15 I had to learn German again. Still afraid of making mistakes I did my minimal and started to use my mouth over writing for communication. I had accepted that I couldn’t write, so I would become a speaker. Working as a salesman and a youth pastor was great. Speaking was my greatest tool. I didn’t have to write a lot, or let someone else do it for me. I had accepted the inability to write.
At the age of 36 my life took another turn. My job changed from being a youth pastor to a coach and leader developer. Communication didn’t change right away. I still spoke a lot. More and more people told me, that what I said would be great in writing.
At the end of 2009 I wrote my first blog post.
Today you can free.
“With God nothing is impossible!”
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“Risk great things for God, and God will do great things.” – William Carey
“Oh my God”, I cried out, “Something like this may not happen a second time! I will not survive it!” What had happened?
One Sunday I had invited a friend to come to church with me. I could feel his tension; he hadn’t entered a church service for many years. I was sitting next to him with a thankful heart, because God had answered my prayers and my friend finally came to church with me. After the service was over, I asked him: “How did you like it?”
He turned to me with an angry face and said: “Don’t you ever do this again! I haven’t seen such a boring, lifeless, irrelevant and unprofessional performance in a long time. I would rather sleep in my bed than in these chairs here. Don’t you ever invite me to a church service again!”
My joy vanished in less than a second and turned into frustration, but I did not give up, so I asked him: “Is it the faith in God that made you upset?” – “No,” he said, with a now more sad tone in his voice, “it is the style of the church, the sound and style of the music, the atmosphere, and how the people interact with each other.” I knew exactly what he was talking about; I told him that I was sincerely sorry about it.
That night I couldn’t go to sleep for hours. His words were hurting me. I knew that his criticism had hit the bulls eye.
I cried to God: “Why is church the most boring place on earth for many people? What has changed in church that so many people are afraid of it?”
This experience set a godly, radical energy free in me. A church is put together of very many different kinds of people. It could become the most attractive and interesting place on earth with God changing lives if only everyone would serve by using their personal talents. Then the church would have that unlimited power, which would spread sparks of hope.
“The world will thank you, if you try something new.” – Anselm Grün
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We can often live for years with the chronic pain of our lack of vision, leadership or management in our personal lives. We feel uneasy and uncomfortable and occasionally take steps to ease the pain, at least for a time. Because the pain is chronic, we get used to it, we learn to live with it.
But when we have problems in our interactions with other people, we’re very aware of acute pain—its often intense, and we want it to go away.
That’s when we try to treat the symptoms with quick fixes and techniques ~ the band-aid approach.
We don’t understand that the acute pain is an outgrowth of the deeper, chronic problem. And until we stop treating the symptoms and start treating the problem, our efforts will only bring counterproductive results. We will only be successful at obscuring the chronic pain even more.
The place to begin building any relationship is inside ourselves, inside our circle of Influence, our, own character. Steven Covey
This post is inspired by the book of Stephen Covey
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Two of our most proven people will leave ICF Zurich this summer 2013 with their whole family. ND & Sophal Strupler will plant a new ICF church in Cambodia. They are ready for a really big adventure.
We (ICF Zurich) asked how all this happened and what they feel personally.
Interview with ND Strupler
How on earth did it come about that you decided to move to Cambodia with your family? Your wife Sophal is an adoptive child from Cambodia…
This has to do with our first decision we took over 20 years ago: We where part in the ICF project and are prepared to go “all in”. Now it’s the same just with another challenge. It is a consequence of our first decision wanting to have an excited life in the kingdom of God. Sophal was the one who took the initiative to plant an ICF in Cambodia. It wouldn’t have been my choice, I would have picked California (another place with “C”…). But when she vocalized this, I also realized that like a puzzle many pieces fit together and it really made sense.
Where in Cambodia will you start and why?
After a time of research we chose the city of Siem Reap. At the moment, this is the fastest growing city in Cambodia because it is a tourist spot which attracts many Cambodians from the surrounding provinces. Unfortunately, it’s not near to the sea but one flying hour from Siem Reap.
What is your and your family’s motivation to take such a step after such a long time of active church work in ICF Zurich? You are not 20 any more…
Exactly this motivates us! Continue reading Starting Into A New World
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Andy Stanley, founding and lead pastor of North Point Community Church. He has written a must-read book – Making Vision Stick- for leader/communicators. The first thing I love about the book is that it’s only 74 pages long. If all books were as short, I’d be able to read a lot more books! Here are some of my favorite quotes:
One of the greatest challenges is making vision stick. Vision doesn’t have much adhesive. To get people to sit still long enough to understand your vision is hard enough. But to get them to actually organize their lives around it is supremely difficult. The urgent and legitimate needs of today quickly erase our commitment to the what could be of tomorrow. It’s the leader’s responsibility to ensure that people understand and embrace the vision of the organization.
5 things you can do to increase the adhesiveness of your vision
1. State the vision simply. if your vision is going to stick in people’s minds, it must be memorable. People don’t remember or embrace paragraphs. They remember and embrace sentences. And, If the vision is too complicated, nothing changes.
2. Cast the vision convincingly. In this section, Andy says leaders must define the problem, offer a solution, and present a reason for the solution. He writes …
Every vision is a solution to a problem. Buy-in by others hinges on your ability to convince them you are offering a solution to a problem they are convinced needs to be solved.
A leader points the way to a solution and gives a compelling reason why something must be done now.
3. Repeat the vision regularly. Continue reading Making Vision Stick
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VISION = a preferred future – everybody has vision = HOPE
What vision can do for you
- it gives you a clear picture of what you want and what not.
- the clearer the vision, the easier to say yes or no.
What vision can do for people around you
- it gives purpose
- it gives belonging
- it gives meaning
- it gives direction
Creating a vision
- keep it simple (it takes time to make it simple) Continue reading The Art Of Vision
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Think of the pursuit of your dream as being like a major athletic event.
Don’t “wait-for-it” – Train for it
As you prepare and “exercise,” you will get stronger—mentally, emotionally, and physically.
To successfully achieve your dream, you need to keep improving.
The best way to do that is to …
- Keep your body fit.
- Keep your heart flexible.
- Keep your mind open.
- Keep your comfort zone expanding.
If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.