Humility on Sale for $120

Family on Bike
A few weeks ago I dropped off my friends motorcycle at a Shop and left the equivalent of about $120 in Khun A’s hands to change the registration.  My friend, Rick, ended up picking up his motorcycle and paying for the work that I had already prepaid.  A couple of days later I went by to pick up my $120 and Khun A had no recollection of me leaving it with him.

He went and checked his book that he “usually” writes down when he gets money from someone but didn’t have an entry in it.  I told him it wasn’t right and he said we should both take some time to see if we could remember our story differently.  I think that was Thai for, “I don’t like this situation and I would like it to be over for now.”

That was over a week ago.  Yesterday I was thinking of stopping by the shop to see if he remembered me giving him the money but as I stopped in front of the store I decided to keep on driving.  Last night before dinner my friend Rich asked if I could drive him over to Khun A’s shop so that he could pick up his moped.  As I was driving over I felt God whispering “Humble” in my ear and I knew what he was saying.  I had thought earlier as I drove away from Khun A’s shop that pride was the reason I never wanted to use Khun A’s services again.  I felt that I had been taken advantage of and my pride was causing me to say I would find a new mechanic and a new person to do my registration each year.

As I dropped off Rich, I asked Khun A to put air in my tires and he realized that there was plastic burning on the muffler and as he fixed that he showed me that there was a dangerous split in the rear tire.  So I humbled myself and asked him to change the tire and change the oil while he was at it.

God’s whisper caused me to be kind instead of forcing my own outcome.  The downside of an extra measure of a desire for Justice is that I often fight for my own Justice instead of fighting for the things that are really important.  In this case my own humility and the eternal destiny of Khun A are far more important battles than whether or not I have another $120 in my pocket.  Pride could have easily led me to drive away without giving Khun A any more business which would have been foolish and disobedient to the Lord.

I know that one of my colleagues here has had Khun A over to his house and share the message of the good news of Jesus Christ with him.  This morning I woke up thanking God for selling me another helping of humility for $120 and begging him to open Khun A’s eyes to his need for Jesus.

Business As Mission

 

Mark and Jo Plummer are a couple of our friends here in Chiang Mai, Thailand and probably the only friends in our lives that we will ever eat dinner with 4 times in a week like we did the first week that our families started getting together.   They also happen to run www.Businessasmission.com and a bunch of different training events throughout the year.  If you are interested using business to make disciples and further the kingdom I highly encourage you to check it out.  They are starting their first business Discipleship Training School in 2013 as well.

You can check out their facebook page here  http://www.facebook.com/businessasmission

Memorizing Scripture

An Easy way to Soak Your Mind

Memorizing Scripture

One time in college I had been working on memorizing James Chapter 1.  At that time the phone was in my name so I was responsible for figuring out who made what calls and then totaling up the calls and adding the tax and then collecting the money from each of my suite mates.  One month there were a number of calls that I was fairly certain belonged to a suite mate of mine but could not prove it so I ended up eating the cost of the phone calls.  The next month there were again some of the same unclaimed calls that I knew had to have come from this person.

After reading the bill, I remember leaving my room ticked off, my pace and heartbeat quickening as I entered the hallway.  At the base of the stairs I jumped up to the third stair.  In Mid air this verse hit me.  “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”  Knowing that I had quickly become angry I turned around in mid air and went back to my room.OK.  I didn’t really turn around in mid air but I did turn and go back down the stairs so I could cool off.

The times when God has brought to mind something from his word to challenge, motivate or encourage me are too numerous to count.  God’s word is powerful and active.It’s living.It changes and shapes who you are.  What better to be shaped by than the word of God?

I would like to share with you a simple method for allowing God’s word to sink deep into your own life and to be always a part of you so that if God chooses to speak to you, you will be ready to hear it.  I call it the 1-2-3 Scripture Memory Method.  Because you will have three steps for the verse before you have it memorized.

Preparation Step 1.First take out the top four cards and write: Daily, Twice a Week, and Weekly, and Memorized on one card so that you now have four cards that look like this:

Step 2.

Twice a Week

 

Step 3.

Weekly

 

Memorized

 

Preparation Step 2.Write out any verses you already have totally memorized.These you can place in the memorized pile.Though it doesn’t take much time if you don’t review a verse that you have memorized once in a while you will forget it.

  1. Work on a verse each day (at least 5 times during the week) until you feel that you have it down pretty well.
  2. After you can say it without looking for two days transfer it to the 2 times a week pile and continue to review the verse.This will stretch your retention time and continue to allow you to work on it.You may want to pick two specific days like Tuesday and Friday.
  3. Finally move it to the weekly pile.This will further stretch you retention time and help you to know if you really have it memorized.Don’t hesitate to move a verse back a pile if you come to realize that you didn’t know a verse as well as you thought.

Once you have a verse memorized you can put it in the memorized pile and review this pile every few weeks.Eventually this will be your largest pile and you will need to review once in a while to keep the verses fresh and at the front of your mind.

Supplies Needed:

1 pack (50 or 100) 3X5 Cards

4 Thick Rubber Bands

X marks the site for Christian Entrepreneurs

Chi Ro Symbol for Christian Entrepreneurs

Chi

Contrary to Popular Belief the X in Xmas was not started by Jesus hating pagans who were trying to remove Christ from Christmas.  The Chi which looks like our X is the first letter in Greek to spell out Christ.  You may have seen the Chi Ro symbol in the past.  In my quick internet search I found that it was used in Europe in the 1500′s.  Probably true but who knows.

When I was thinking of a short catchy name for a site for Christian Entrepreneurs I thought of XTrep.  I hope you aren’t offended and that you are blessed by what you find on the site.  Actually, I don’t care all the much if you are offended but if you are not offended I hope that you are blessed.  If you are offended I have a feeling that it will be nearly impossible for you to be blessed.

We will be offering great thoughts, resources, advice and encouragement for Christ’s slaves who are interested in running their own businesses.

Peace,

Buddy

Lead Generation

I have been checking out different methods of Lead Generation for small businesses.

If you are looking for a way to do the lead generation for you business yourself you might want to check out lead generation from buzzoodle.com. It likes like the have a pretty cool tool.

Check it out and let me know what you think. If it helped your local business I would love to interview you to find out what steps exactly that you took.

Solomon Says: A great Game for Christian Parents | Episode # 70

Solomon Says is a great game to play with your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews. Pretty much anyone under 12 that you want to help learn the Proverbs and apply them to their lives. Simply read a proverb correctly for a “True” proverb or misplace a key word with an opposite different word for a “False” Solomon Says.

Spiritual Growth Software

Spiritual Growth Software Screen shot

Spiritual Growth Software Screen shot

I have read that all good things take longer than anticipated.  Our Spiritual Growth Software is no exception.  :-)   Just today, my intern Alex was asking, “What is the latest on the spiritual growth software?”  With the final changes and then some time for our initial testing it is still probably about two weeks out.  Subscribers to the Leadercast Edge will get a free advance copy.

At the same time I am more excited about it than ever as I have shown the early beta version to a bunch of people and received awesome feedback.  In fact, it encouraged me enough to spend a little more money and create a product that I think will be a category leader.  Thanks for your patience those of you that have been waiting for it.  I think you will find it worth the wait.  I know in the time that I have been getting it developed I keep thinking, “I wish it were done today.”