Archive for December, 2010

The Oakland Raiders are undefeated in their division (AFC West) but they have 6 wins and 7 loses overall (.462).

Now look at a team like the Atlanta Falcons (11-2) or the Chicago Bears (9-4) who are also undefeated in their respective divisions but they also boast a winning season record.

In life, we can have substantial influence within our division but little or no influence in the big picture. Make it your goal to not only make a difference internally but to make a difference externally. Decrease the DI-VISION and increase the VISION. Tear down the walls!

(Luke 9:6 NIV)

So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.


Two Negatives = a Positive

Posted: December 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

I never really understood this –

When multiplying or dividing two negative numbers the result is always a positive.

I just accepted it.

What if this were true in life? What if two negatives could always equal a positive? What if we could all grasp the take away from every bad situation and really learn from it?

I recently had words with someone that I respect very much. Both of us could have handled the situation differently. We created the math problem with two negatives and that negativity was multiplying while it was dividing us.

I’m thankful to report that all is well between us now. We were both able to admit our faults and we learned something about each other in the process. I truly believe that our relationship is stronger now than it was before our disagreement.

We’re not all math geniuses out there and we’re not all relationship gurus either. But let’s all try to remember that one rule of math and apply it in our daily lives – When multiplying or dividing two negatives the result is always a positive.

I’ve been playing music for a long time now. I’m no virtuoso – no master of any instrument. But I do like to think that I can “hold my own” so to speak.

It’s been tough. I set out to make it in a business that will break you down. I’ve had a couple of near-hits that I won’t bore you with here. What did strike me this morning is that there are some major differences between music industry and music ministry:

1. Music industry (for most of us) is all about REJECTION; music ministry is all about ACCEPTANCE.

2. Music industry is about TAKING; music ministry is all about GIVING.

3. Music industry can DRAIN the life out of you; music ministry is all about FILLING you and others with life.

So for all of you music ministry folks out there – be encouraged. Allow God to use you to show acceptance, generosity and life!