All posts tagged: leadership

Are You Leading For The Good of Others?

My second daughter, Vivian, is in Pre-K this year. As a member of the class, they share different roles. Each person will get to be a door holder, line leader, photographer, etc. She gets so excited when it is her turn to have one of the leadership roles for her class. I think her favorite is photographer. Life is full of leadership roles, even at a young age. What leadership roles do you have? Whether it is when you get a rebound and are the one dribbling the ball, deciding if it will be a fast break or a slow walk up, or you are a boss at work, parent at home, husband to a wife, a door holder, a dog walker or whatever other kind of role you play as a leader, we all play the lead at some point. When we live out those opportunities, we can either lead unselfishly, for the sake of those we are leading, or we can lead for our own gain. In Micah 3:1-7, the prophet is calling …

You Are Just An Ambassador, Not the Savior

Jumping into a full-time internship here at SoHills, I tried to do everything. I tried to be at every church event, every football practice, every football game, school lunches every week… I tried to make my presence be known everywhere. I thought I was doing the right thing. Instead, I became exhausted and unhappy. My priorities were all messed up. I put too much value on what others thought; about the public image of “SoHills Intern Tucker Musick.” I knew expectations were high and I didn’t want to let anyone down. But the truth is I can’t do everything for everyone.  In Exodus 18, the Israelites had just left Egypt and Moses was leading them through the wilderness. At this time, Moses had been doing absolutely everything! Moses and I had a very similar mentality: the mentality of “I.” I have to do this. I have to be here. I have to be at this event. Only I can do it. Moses replied, “Because the people come to me to get a ruling from God. When a dispute arises, they come to …

4 Simple Challenges Direct From Philippians 2

Have you ever opened up the Bible, began reading and felt completely lost? The Bible is full of historical events, unusual commands, and lists of names that can intimidate the reader. While some books in the Bible might confuse the reader, Philippians has only four chapters and is full of encouraging wisdom. Here are 4 simple challenges direct from Philippians 2 that Paul challenges the church to become. 1. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others (vs 3).  If applied, these eight words could change every school, home, and workplace in America. How many times do we get ourselves in trouble by putting our wants before the needs of others? How often do we find ourselves caught up in lies because we are trying to impress others? With these words, Paul challenges the church to have the same attitude of Christ. 2. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves (vs 3).  If you step back and look at the consequence for sin, you will see that pride destroys. Pride says, “I deserve this” and …

Are You Arrogant, Selfie Centered, and Out of Control?

Did you know that more people are dying from taking selfies than from shark attacks? We live in a world where taking a jaw-dropping selfie is causing people to climb higher and push the boundaries further in order to impress others. We post these pictures to social media, hoping to get hundreds of likes. And if those likes don’t come fast enough then the picture is removed and we try again. So, what is a Bible believing Christ follower to do? How do we keep our pride in check and what does God’s Word say? Here are three passages for us to meditate on before we take our next picture. Paul urges us in Romans 12:3, “Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.” We judge others by their actions while we often judge ourselves by our intentions. Paul tells us to be …

New Leadership Roles at SoHills

Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, Nicolas and Stephen are names that probably mean as much to you as Wayne Falls, Printes Fryman, Zach Wicker and JB Vance. The common thread here is that they were all deacons, but nearly 2000 years apart! That one word, deacon, brings out a wealth of emotions. Some who have served as a deacon have been tainted by the “politics” that have errantly crept into the position. Power struggles, personal agendas, and the lack of understanding of the function have caused church splits, sleepless nights for pastors and even for some to walk away from the church. But on the other hand, those who have served as a deacon according to biblical principals have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and have made a lasting impression on the church and the people they have served. In Acts 6, we find that the church, though being persecuted, is growing rapidly and the Apostles are going from region to region teaching and baptizing.  They come across a group of widows who were being overlooked during …

Seeking Heaven Daily

Every day is filled with things to do: jobs, projects, parenting, school, chores, etc.  My life is not the same as yours and yours is not like the person beside you.  We all have different agendas, thoughts, and desires for our lives.  We each have different goals we hope to accomplish on a daily basis. This past Sunday Keith talked about what Heaven will look like.  As Christ-followers, we look forward to Heaven someday, but have you ever considered Heaven as a daily goal? No matter what our individual daily routines look like, our true ultimate goal needs to be Heaven.  If Heaven is our goal we should: Sacrificially give  to others our love, time, money, possessions, etc.  (Hebrews 13:16) Love others like Christ loves the Church. (John 15:12) Submit fully to Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit (Proverbs 3:6) I am sure you have heard the phrase, “No pain, no gain” and “Nothing worth having comes easy.” Heaven is going to be the most glorious place, beyond our imaginations!  Certainly a place like this would not have easy access.  Jesus said, “You …

You Are A Person of Influence

-written by Chris Cook If you have a relationship with anyone, you are a person of influence.  If you are alive and breathing, you are a person of influence.  People are coming to you to hear and see how you interpret this life. Not only are people coming to you, but they also watch from a distance. As a person of influence, you are also a counselor.  We often believe counseling is left up to the paid professionals, but counseling is built into every one of our relationships. Recently, one of my son’s classmates was being bullied and got in trouble for responding inappropriately. Tyler, my son, noticed he was very upset and took it upon himself to write the boy a note.  Tyler told his classmate that he is a masterpiece made by God and encouraged him not to listen to the negative things others were saying.   We only heard about this incident because Tyler’s teacher witnessed what happened and sent us an e-mail glowing with pride. Tyler acted as a counselor to this young boy and in turn also influenced his teacher.  I imagine there are still others …