Tag: Stu Johnson

Choice #4: Choose to be a thankful person – Part 2

Choice #4: Choose to be a thankful person – Part 2

Years ago, I got into the practice of periodically sending out personal “thank you” notes to my subordinates. The impact initially stunned me; I had recipients coming up to me with tears in their eyes. This simple act of heart-felt recognition took a few minutes of my time – but you would have thought I'd … Continue reading Choice #4: Choose to be a thankful person – Part 2

Choice #4: Choose to be a thankful person – Part 1

Choice #4: Choose to be a thankful person – Part 1

By this point in our journey toward building a blessed leadership attitude, we have declared that God is in control; we have determined to exercise the mental and spiritual discipline to  fill our minds with God's thoughts; and we have made a commitment to speak positively about others. Now we add to those components the … Continue reading Choice #4: Choose to be a thankful person – Part 1

Choice #3 – Choose to speak positively about others – Part 2

Choice #3 – Choose to speak positively about others – Part 2

Here's another hard-won lesson I've learned about trying to speak only positively about others: My first impressions of subordinates, colleagues and my own superiors – whether in secular service or the ministry – has almost always been wrong. As I have worked with people and gotten to know them better, generally my assessment of their … Continue reading Choice #3 – Choose to speak positively about others – Part 2

Choice #3: –Choose to speak positively about others – Part 1

Choice #3: –Choose to speak positively about others – Part 1

This third component of a winning, God-honored attitude is incredibly important – and it is one of the easiest to violate; it goes contrary to our selfish, fallen nature, after all. But speaking positively about others is nothing less than a command direct from the Word of God: “Don’t criticize and speak evil about each … Continue reading Choice #3: –Choose to speak positively about others – Part 1

Choice #2 – Choose to fill your mind with God’s thoughts – Part 2

Choice #2 – Choose to fill your mind with God’s thoughts – Part 2

The second step toward controlling thoughts comes the moment you begin to worry. Instead of allowing your imagination to fire up the projector again – this time a horror flick featuring your fears – use worry as a cue to start praying.  For me, it is really that simple. As soon as I realize I … Continue reading Choice #2 – Choose to fill your mind with God’s thoughts – Part 2

Choice #2 –  Choose to fill your mind with God’s thoughts – Part 1

Choice #2 –  Choose to fill your mind with God’s thoughts – Part 1

Again, in a different arena – that of the mind – it is all about control. Before God can pour His thinking into your being, you have to make room in that cluttered closet of a brain so many of us have. The Apostle Paul certainly knew all about this second component of the godly … Continue reading Choice #2 –  Choose to fill your mind with God’s thoughts – Part 1

Choice #1 – Believe that God is in Control – Part 2

Choice #1 – Believe that God is in Control – Part 2

At one of the churches I pastored I ran into a particularly vexing problem with a couple in a volunteer ministry position. A conflict had erupted that, like a whirlpool in a river, eventually drew in one lay leader after another on opposing sides. It became clear that this couple, particularly the wife, was the … Continue reading Choice #1 – Believe that God is in Control – Part 2