You’ve probably heard me say that we all have boxes in our thinking—old paradigms and limiting ways of looking at the world. We develop these boxes as a result of the indoctrination—the messages—of our culture. We might have boxes that limit our perspective on leadership, business, ministry, family, or any other number of aspects of our lives.
You see, the way we act is a result of the way we think and the way we think is a result of how we’ve been indoctrinated. So, in order to be truly free from these paradigms, we have to somehow dismantle and destroy the box. There is a reality out there that is far greater. God wants us to gain a new perspective on life, and on our calling, because each one of us has a unique purpose—your calling is different from everybody else. By definition, nobody fits into somebody else’s category. That’s why the boxes are so detrimental—because they keep us in a mentality of comparison,...
What does it mean to color outside the lines?
When I reference lines and colors, I’m talking about the defaults and templates that exist in our business and ministry worlds. There are certain procedures and patterns for how things are done. The catch is that, sometimes, these patterns actually hold us back from innovating.
When I was younger, I believed I was called by God into the ministry. I also believed, based on the ministry templates I’d been surrounded with my entire life, that this limited me to three branches of employment: a pastor, a missionary, or an itinerant speaker. Today, I believe that God is more creative than that! When we go beyond our self-imposed limits, we’ll find that there’s so much more in store for us than the templates we’ve created for ourselves.
You have a unique gift— a unique color. Nobody else in all of history will possess the exact calling and color that you possess. Therefore, your color automatically falls...
"If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.” —Anonymous
If you desire to have a high-impact organization with results beyond your current experience, then you are going to need to embrace one thing: change! Without change, things stay the same, results remain mediocre, and organizations become stagnant.
Almost everyone likes the idea of change, yet embracing it is a different story. We do the things we do because of what we’ve been taught. Our behavior is rooted in how we’ve been raised; the culture we were brought up in has contributed to patterns we’ve made our own over the years. We view the world around us through a paradigm established by these collective factors, which have created a limitation, an invisible barrier,...
Are you a copycat?
I know, right? Strange question. Let me explain.
I love this Scripture from Ephesians 3:10: “To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places.”
God is not one-dimensional—He is "manifold." By divine design, He’s created each individual to display and manifest an authentic aspect of who He is to the world. Our organizations should be unique, creative expressions of who He is, so the world around us can get to know Him.
Yet so many times, we are merely copycats of others: we choose the easy route by finding someone else who has a measure of success, and modeling our organization after them in an attempt to attain greatness. We look at big organizations and try to be become like them.
I know it's tempting to copy ideas, models, and approaches based on...