Faith Friday: Does Engagement Apply To Churches?

Note: By request of our blog readers, on Friday we answer reader-submitted questions from a faith perspective. If you’re not interested, no worries, just skip the post. To submit a question, you can post a comment or contact me. We’ve written previously about employee engagement within the workplace. This reader wonders if the same principles […]

August Roundup: Most Read and Shared Blog Posts and Quotes

A month ago, I restarted this blog to keep in step with my career change. I had joined the human resources and coaching professions and wanted to share what I was learning. Regardless of where you work—an office, on the road, at home, at a church—your work is a significant part of your life. My […]

Faith Friday: Is My Job The Same As My Calling?

Reader Question

Note: By request of our blog readers, we’re going to answer reader-submitted questions related to our blog from a faith perspective. We do this on Friday’s. If you’re not interested, no worries, just skip the post. To submit a question, you can post a comment or contact me. Thank you to the reader who asked […]

Personal Announcement

Six months ago in a blog post, I signaled that a change was coming. I didn’t know how it would play out, but I sensed there was a journey to take. I wanted to understand more about my life mission, so I wrote: Some people refer to it as your calling or holy discontent or […]

Have You Forgotten Your WHYs?

Sometimes when we do something for a while, we forget WHY we do it. Anything can go like this—WHY do we eat dinner as a family every night?, WHY do we clean out the gerbil cage every week?, WHY do we go to church every weekend?

Prayer can be like this, too. We can begin to forget WHY we pray. We feel we should pray, but we don’t think about WHY. I suggest when we’re pushed between competing priorities, it would be wise to remember our WHYs.

Here are five of them:

Re-considering Jesus

Last week I shared an eight-minute talk on my puny view of Jesus. I had come to a point when I realized I was treating him WAY TOO SMALL. How did I realize this? I was exposed to a larger view of Christ.

At first it came as an imposition:

“You want me to re-consider my view of Jesus? Don’t you know I’ve been following him for 30 years already? I don’t need to re-think Jesus.”

Then I made excuses:

“I believe the basics, that’s enough. I don’t have time for this. You’re just talking semantics.”

Then I got mad:

“Who are you to challenge my view of Christ? I’ve been leading people for years, are you saying I’ve been doing it wrong? My walk with Jesus is MY business!”

But finally I gave in because saying I had the King of kings all figured out was pretty prideful. I barely have my wife figured out. Who was I fooling?

In the end it was a matter of humility—admitting I didn’t know Jesus in the ways I could know him—which meant there was MUCH MORE to Christ to know. I just had to enter the process. So I did.

I’d like to make three points about this process.

My Puny View of Jesus

Note: On April 23 I participated in a Christ Talks event, where 10 speakers shared insights on the person of Christ from their unique perspectives. You can watch the video or read the blog , which is a portion of my Christ Talk.
Intimacy with Jesus hasn’t been a struggle for me. I like to live my life from my heart. You could say I haven’t been “shorthearted” when it comes to Jesus. But I have been shortsighted in my vision of Christ.

For the last year and a half—after 30 years of being a Christian, including some years in Christian leadership—I’ve been in a process of rediscovering who Jesus is, and I’m coming to love him more. I’m seeing how a greater vision of Christ increases my intimacy and my love for Christ.