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Marathon Training: Week 12

Week Twelve… DONE!
Finally getting back at it after being sick for so long.

Quote-

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” -Benjamin Franklin

Musings-

This week the long run was 13 miles which is the same distance as a half-marathon (13.1 miles).
It was a special moment for me as I was able to run that distance without it being a big deal like a race or something.

I also incorporated my first use of gels and energy beans in order to keep the energy up for the whole run. It worked surprisingly well.


 

This Week’s Training Schedule and Results:

FAST FINISH RUN 1- 4 miles (3 easy + 1 moderately hard)

FARTLEK RUN 2- Speed Training (3 miles)

FOUNDATION RUN 3- 4 miles

LONG- 13 miles

Total number of runs: 3
Total mileage: 24 mile

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What I wish I Could Tell Every Leader? PART 2: Every Leader Deals With Insecurity

A word that all leaders know but act like effects everyone but them is.. Insecurity.
However every leader I know has dealt with insecurity at some point.

Leaders wonder

  • whether our upcoming decision is the right one.
  • whether the decision we just made was the right one.
  • if we’re strong enough for the job.
  • if we’re pleasing the right people.
  • whether we’re being successful.
  • whether we’re the right person for the job.

Leaders say

  • It’s too tough
  • I’m too busy
  • People aren’t responding
  • I still have so much in my life I need to work on
  • I don’t know enough
  • I haven’t experienced enough
  • I’m in over my head
  • There are better leaders out there
  • I’m not the best leader available
  • Do you know my past?

If all leaders, at some level, struggle with insecurity, then all leaders need to hear these words spoken to them:

You can do this. I believe in you.

FROM THE BIBLE>>>

Moses told Joshua that he believed in him. He believed that Joshua was the man for the job. He believed that Joshua had what it took to get the job done. Not on his own, of course…”it is the Lord who goes before you.” (Deuteronomy 31:8) In fact, this was so important that Moses affirmed Joshua “in the presence of all Israel.” Joshua needed this encouragement and affirmation.

One of the key verses that I’ve had to rely on during my most insecure moments is Philippians 1:6, that IF HE BROUGHT ME TO IT THEN HE WILL LEAD ME THROUGH IT!!!  Insecure moments should not cause us to feel less secure about who we are but rather more secure in who God is!!!  If He is with us (Isaiah 41:10) then we should lead and live like it.

ACTION STEP>>>

1. Realize if you ever deal with feelings of insecurity you have are just as normal as the rest of us. Actually feeling insecure about your decisions means you are taking them seriously.

2. Read verses like Philippians 1:6 and Romans 8:28 in the morning before beginning your work. It will help you realize that God has ability to use our imperfections for His glory.

3. Encourage another leader around you. Everyone needs to hear “I believe in you” from someone they respect. Pay it forward.

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A Letter to RLC>>>

Hello RLC!
Here are a few things to know:

better

1. SERIES- MR. AND MRS. BETTER HALF. Did you know that when a couple gets married they rolling the dice and there’s a 54% chance their marriage will not see year five? There’s also a remarkably high number of marriages who will see year five but not without many seasons of separation and counseling.
Why do we have this idea that we can just “wing it” when it comes to such a crucial relationship?
We prepare for years and invest thousands of dollars on our profession but we never give a second thought to our relationships. NOT ANYMORE.

We’ve been making 5 commitments during this series that will FAIL PROOF our marriage. This week is the FINAL PART of our teaching for this series and it’s entitled NEVER GIVE UP.

I’m also so excited about two weeks from now. While this weekend coming is the final teaching part of our series, the next week we are going to end everything with a bang! There will be an open Q&A session during the message part of our worship experience. During this time, questions will be answered by myself and my wife on the subject of marriage and relationship. It’s something you truly don’t want to miss.
You can submit your questions now here.

Check out the RLC | PODCAST to discover how you can take a step toward becoming Mr. and Mrs. Betterhalf here–>. RLC | Podcast from the RLC website here.


2. RLC | CONNECT. Don’t forget the number one way to stay up to date with all things are RLC is still RLC | CONNECT. That’s the weekly eNewsletter which releases on Friday mornings around 7:00am.


real.life_.groups3. LIFEGROUPS. When I made the announcement that some of the SPRING LifeGroups had limited seating available so you needed to be quick to reserve your spot, I wasn’t prepared for the response. WOW! There have been so many people signing up it’s amazing and refreshing.

I cannot wait to see Real Life Church grow deeper this semester in our relationship with God and with each other.

The Bible says that “Iron Sharpens Iron” (Proverbs 27:17) which is talking about the positive potential of relationships in our lives. The only thing about that is though, you have to get close. Two pieces of iron cannot sharpen each other from across the room. They have to get close and rub shoulders, get involved, become friends…. in essence “DO LIFE” together. That’s what LifeGroups are about. We’re taking this journey of life seriously and working together to become all God has called us to be. Check out the RLC LifeGroup List on our website and learn more about what’s going on, where to sign up, and check back often for further group information.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR A LIFEGROUP.


sermonseriesheader4. SOMETHING NEW. Recently we’ve added a new feature to the RLC website. Beginning this year, you can few all the messages not just on the Podcast but also on our website. You can also download the notes from the messages. To check out this new FREE resources, click here.

I’m so excited to be a part of Real Life Church and witness all that God is doing in the lives of those who have to call it home. I can’t wait to see what is coming in 2014.

Don’t forget, you’re awesome.

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What I wish I Could Tell Every Leader? PART 1: Every Leader Has Doubts

There are so many misconceptions when it comes to leaders.
Most leaders are afraid to reach out for help. Others are afraid to reveal they don’t have it all figured out. Still others realize they have issues but afraid they are all alone and don’t want to loose the confidence of others by admitting their weaknesses.
That’s why I’ve decided to make this series, “What I Wish I Could Tell Every Leader”. There aren’t many people more lonely than leaders. It shouldn’t be the case but it is. So, for all the leaders who are out there trying to make a difference in the lives of others while at the same time deal with your glaring humanity, this is for you.

Hey Leader!… EVERY LEADER HAS DOUBTS.

Scripture: Exodus 1:15

Moses was an awesome leader. His resume is simply unrivaled.
I mean come on. The guy spent so much time in the very presence of God he had to put a balaclava on so people could even look at him. You know you’re a special slice of awesome when no one can look at you cause it’s like looking at a flashlight every time you pray. Even to this day, Moses is thought of as the greatest leader in Israel’s history outside of David.

Even with all this awesome surrounding him, Moses still had doubts. If you look through his story he doubted in three main areas:

1. Moses doubted Himself.

Moses put together a strong case as to why God should use someone else to be the mouthpiece of freedom for the Israelite nation. Maybe you have felt you weren’t up to the task before. You don’t have the skills someone else does. You don’t have the background. You don’t have the education. You don’t have the resources. If you’ve ever felt that way, you’re not alone.

2. Moses doubted God.

Moses became so angry with the people at one point, he disobeyed God. The first time he needed to find water, God asked him to strike a rock and it worked. The second time he needed water, God asked him to speak to the rock. That takes a little extra faith. “What, you don’t want me to touch it?” So, instead of trusting God to do a new thing, he went with what he worked before. Have you ever felt like God has it all wrong? Maybe you’ve said, “I can’t do this. It’s never been done that way.” or “I think it would be safer to do it this way.”
Then you feel guilty because you haven’t had complete trust in God. If so, you’re in good company.

3. Moses doubted His mission.

In Exodus 5, Moses actually complains to God about what he’s been asked to do. He’s basically telling God it’s not working. “You sent me to Egypt. I came. You told me what to say. I did. Now, not only did Pharaoh NOT let Israel go BUT he’s made life worse for them.”

Have you ever thought, “I’m doing the best I can. I made the commitment to do something for God. Now, not only is it not working but my life is worse because of it. I don’t need this. Life was better without all this.”?

If you have ever said that. You are among the greats.

There’s nothing wrong with doubting from time to time. God isn’t offended by us asking, why. The main thing to remember is you’re not alone. Don’t give up.

What to do about it?

So now that we admit we have all had those doubts before, what now? How can we move forward?

Give yourself a break.

Most leaders take themselves way too seriously. Great leaders are not made overnight. Great leaders are made over a lifetime. So take your current situation in stride. It’s almost never as bad as it looks or seems.

Stay committed to the process of developing your gifts.

Do you have a clearly defined process for developing yourself as a leader? Do you have a way to measure it?
If so, be patient and don’t be too quick to think something’s not working. Think crock-pot not microwave. If you don’t have a clear way to measure your progress, why not start that? You’re probably moving further faster than you realize.

Just be you and quit comparing.

Doubting your effectiveness. You aren’t called to be everything to all people at all times. You are called to make a difference with the gifts you’ve been given. If you try to measure yourself to others you will always be lacking because it’s an improper measuring stick. We don’t need another George Washington. He was awesome but he did his job. We need you to be you.

ENDING: So if you are a leader and you’ve ever had doubts, you are in the company of the greats. The main thing to never forget is feelings change like the wind. Leaders aren’t made over night. Leaders are made over a lifetime. Doubt let doubt stop you from moving forward.

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A Letter to RLC>>>

Hello RLC!
Here are a few things to know:

better

1. SERIES- MR. AND MRS. BETTER HALF. Did you know that when a couple gets married they rolling the dice and there’s a 54% chance their marriage will not see year five? There’s also a remarkably high number of marriages who will see year five but not without many seasons of separation and counseling.
Why do we have this idea that we can just “wing it” when it comes to such a crucial relationship?
We prepare for years and invest thousands of dollars on our profession but we never give a second thought to our relationships. NOT ANYMORE.

We’ve been making 5 commitments during this series that will FAIL PROOF our marriage. This week we are moving onto STAY PURE.

There are so many opportunities in our world today to get in the way of our purity as couples and I’m not just talking about sexual. Both emotional and mental purity can be extremely difficult with all the world at our fingertips, via email, social media, YouTube, etc. These things by themselves ARE NOT bad. It’s our use that makes them so.

Join me this coming Sunday as we talk about possibly the most hard hitting message of our series.

Check out the RLC | PODCAST to discover how you can take a step toward becoming Mr. and Mrs. Betterhalf here–>. RLC | Podcast from the RLC website here.


2. RLC | CONNECT. Don’t forget the number one way to stay up to date with all things are RLC is still RLC | CONNECT. That’s the weekly eNewsletter which releases on Friday mornings around 7:00am.


real.life_.groups3. LIFEGROUPS. When I made the announcement that some of the SPRING LifeGroups had limited seating available so you needed to be quick to reserve your spot, I wasn’t prepared for the response. WOW! There have been so many people signing up it’s amazing and refreshing.

I cannot wait to see Real Life Church grow deeper this semester in our relationship with God and with each other.

The Bible says that “Iron Sharpens Iron” (Proverbs 27:17) which is talking about the positive potential of relationships in our lives. The only thing about that is though, you have to get close. Two pieces of iron cannot sharpen each other from across the room. They have to get close and rub shoulders, get involved, become friends…. in essence “DO LIFE” together. That’s what LifeGroups are about. We’re taking this journey of life seriously and working together to become all God has called us to be. Check out the RLC LifeGroup List on our website and learn more about what’s going on, where to sign up, and check back often for further group information.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR A LIFEGROUP.


sermonseriesheader4. SOMETHING NEW. Recently we’ve added a new feature to the RLC website. Beginning this year, you can few all the messages not just on the Podcast but also on our website. You can also download the notes from the messages. To check out this new FREE resources, click here.

I’m so excited to be a part of Real Life Church and witness all that God is doing in the lives of those who have to call it home. I can’t wait to see what is coming in 2014.

Don’t forget, you’re awesome.

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