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We are always waiting for the perfect opportunity.
It almost never happens. 
You’re probably working on a job or project right now and saying,
‘This is boring, let’s just deal with it and get it over with.
We’ll make the next one good.’
Whatever is on your desk right now, that’s the one.
Make THIS the best you possibly can. 
It may not be great, but at least you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you did the best you possibly could, and you may learn something from it.
And you’re always free to do an alternative that does satisfy your creative standards.
Great opportunities don’t just come along.
That’s true, even if you’ve earned a reputation for doing good work (although that helps).
Give your very best – all the time!
If you want to do something great? Here is the key.
 
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
Be faithful in the little things!
Make this year a year of being faithful in the small things.
The things that are not seen by others.
The hard work no one will ever thank you.
 
Successful solutions are often made by people
rebelling against bad opportunities.

Stop The Mediocrity

We live in a mediocrity world

People perform one way when people are watching and another if no one is watching.

If we are not watching, we will get pulled in to become just like that.

Don’t sink down to that level.

“Yes, but everybody is not working so hard if the boss isn’t there. A few minutes late isn’t that bad. Everybody has a mess around their house.”

You are not everybody!

You should be the example at your company.
You do more than you should.
And, yes, you will get the promotion.

You represent God!

If you give your very best, you are giving honor to God.

People are not reading the bible, they are reading you.

Do more than you have to.

If you cut corners and came late, look unmotivated…
You’ll wonder why you don’t get a promotion.

God doesn’t reward sloppiness Continue reading Stop The Mediocrity

Helping Friends

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3 things about helping a friend in need.

1. Honesty

Honesty is speaking truth and creating trust in minds of others.

If you are honest when helping a friend you will create a save space for them to be open up and trust that your advice will be true.

Almost any difficulty will move in the face of honesty. When I am honest I never feel stupid. And when I am honest I am automatically humble. Hugh Prather

Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth. Proverbs 16,13

A key word is confrontation!Don’t try to win them, by deceiving honesty. Honesty means: “I love you so much, I will confront you with the truth.” Even if you are not 100% sure. It’s not a crime to change your mind – as long as you are honest about it.

2. Advisers

An Adviser is someone who is giving advice.

You can’t solve all problems! Stay open to include advise from other people and friends.

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15,22

Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it. Benjamin Franklin

3. Listening

A Listener is someone who listens, especially to a speech

Listen with more than just your ears. Your friend may tell you something he can’t say with words.

The first duty of love is to listen. Paul Tillich

Nonverbal Communication

  • My body is facing you
  • I am looking at you
  • I can feel your pain
  • I hear more than you are saying

Asking questions is a very effective way of active listening. Know that words are only the tip of the Iceberg.

Everybody needs a friend that will help when times are dark. I am thankful for my friends that have carried me trough those tough times.

Sometimes we don’t know how to help. Than it is so good to know that God knows. It’s in moments like these, when we are praying with the right motivation.

May you be the best friend to your friends!

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THE ONE YOU HAVE IN HAND IS THE OPPORTUNITY. 
We are always waiting for the perfect opportunity.
It almost never happens. 
You’re probably working on a job or project right now and saying, ‘This is boring, let’s just deal with it and get it over with. We’ll make the next one good.’
Whatever is on your desk right now, that’s the one.
Make it the best you possibly can. 
It may not be great, but at least you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you did the best you possibly could, and you may learn something from it.
And you’re always free to do an alternative that does satisfy your creative standards.
Good opportunities don’t just come along.
That’s true, even if you’ve earned a reputation for doing good work (although that helps).
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Successful solutions are often made by people rebelling against bad opportunities.

Nothing is Impossible


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.

No wonder.
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.

Fresh start

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.

Accepted

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.

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Overcome

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!”

Your Ideas Are Not Yours

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Give away everything you know, and more will come back to you. 

Noa Strupler

You will remember from school other students preventing you from seeing their answers by placing their arm around their exercise book or exam paper.
It is the same at work, people are secretive with ideas. ‘Don’t tell them that, they’ll take the credit for it.
The problem with hoarding is you end up living off your reserves.
Eventually you’ll become dry.
If you give away everything you have, you are left with nothing.
The truth is, the more you give away the more comes back to you.
Ideas are open knowledge.

Don’t claim ownership of Ideas

They’re not your ideas anyway, they’re someone else’s. They are out there floating by.
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IDEAS ARE OPEN SOURCE.
Give away everything you know, and more will come back to you.

Oh My God!

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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

Out of this and other similar experiences, ICF was founded.
Now I want to bring this kind of church to Cambodia.
Support our family with prayer during this transition time.

The Best Party People

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I believe God is the opposite of boring. Following Jesus is maximum excitement and adventure mixed with a handful of awesomeness.

I’ve heard people say that Jesus is boring, living in purity is a drag, and they’d rather go to hell because at least they’ll be able to party with their friends.

Sorry, but that’s messed up.

If anyone knows how to throw an over-the-top, blow-your-mind kind of party, it’s the Creator of the universe, the one who invented fun and pleasure.

As lovers of God and doers of his will, Christians should be the best party people on the planet!

That’s why I think we should smile, we should dance, we should celebrate, we should laugh, and we should get over our serious selves and represent the joy of heaven.

I’m just saying.

No Fruits Without The Roots

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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.

The roots
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

Starting Into A New World

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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