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leadership

Over the years I’ve had a number of church leaders, because in the Salvation Army our church leaders tend to stay in each appointment for just a few years. I’m sure many Salvationist would agree with me that this has its advantages and it’s disadvantages. i.e. When you get leaders you are not so keen on, they aren’t with you for too long; Conversely when you get leaders who truly inspire, teach and lead you, they always seem to be moved on to another appointment far to soon.

But what should we do when we have leaders/pastors who don’t quite lead and inspire as the church needs?

As I read recently on Twitter, the answer is simple:

If a church wants a better pastor, it can get one by praying for the one it has. – Robert E. Harris

Do you regularly pray for your church leaders/pastors? Whether you think you have great leaders or whether you wish you had better leader, you should still pray for them, they are humans just like you and me, and therefore they need our love, support and prayers just as much as we do.

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I recent was kidding on one of my friends about posting a photo of them on Facebook, when they said to me, “And I thought you were my friend!” – They said this jokingly to me as were just having a laugh about a funny photo I’d found of them. However this got me thinking (always a bad thing!)….

How many time to we, without even realising it, do things which upset our friends?

And then, how often to do say or do things which disappoint Jesus?

Sometimes we can be so busy focusing on ourselves and our own desires that fail to consider whether our words and actions are pleasing to God. So let’s stay focused on him and transform our lives so our words and actions always reflect Christ.

 

After a fantastic inspirational weekend at the Salvation Army UK Territory’s congress in Glasgow, what else could I blog about tonight!

I watched the Saturday night and Sunday morning meetings from the comfort of my house via the live webcast, but I have to say I still felt as thought I was part of the meetings even though I wasn’t actually there in person. So well done to all involved in broadcasting the webcast.

On Sunday afternoon our band, Bellshill Salvation Army Band were playing from 2.30 – 3pm on stage in the Clyde Auditorium, so I was there for that and then stayed for the BugleTweetafternoon meeting.

The afternoon meeting was a whole new experience for me, as I wasn’t just there to listen, I was also there to Tweet! Martin Cordner, a Salvation Army Officer & brass band composer, created BugleTweet, on Twitter and Facebook, to post updates from SA band and other concerts from around the world. So it was a privilege to be asked by Martin to Tweet for BugleTweet. I just hope that I was able to give those following the tweets, a good feel for what was happening in the Sunday afternoon meeting, even though I lost signal for about 20 minutes at one point!

Back to the meetings themselves..All those who took part in the main meetings of the weekend as well as pre meetings in the foyer and main auditorium were great – the staff songsters, staff band, various corps bands and songsters, youth band and youth chorus, puppets and kids club – all were fantastic and I know blessed many through their message.

And then there was our leaders for the weekend, Commissioners Clive and Marianne Adams, what an inspiration! The recurring message throughout the weekend was transformation, challenging us to transform our world, our nation, our communities and ourselves! Quite a task, but as they said, if we let God start the transformation from within us, anything is possible! Thank you Commissioners Clive and Marianne you inspired so many of us to get out there and start the transformation.

Commissioners Clive and Marianne Adams

The congress is now over, so let’s make sure we keep the momentum going by getting this transformation going – Are you up for the challenge? I am!

 

Fake-friends

I don’t know about you, but I just hate when some people “put on” fake enthusiasm and friendship when they talk to you. Personally if someone doesn’t like me or are not interested in having anything to do with me, that they were just honest and didn’t “fake” friendship.

Anyone who knows me will know I’m an honest and trustworthy person, so will understand when I say that “what you see, is what you get” with me. i.e. You’ll not get any “fake” enthusiasm from me when it comes to anything…you’ll soon know if I’m not happy!

So please don’t fake a friendship with anyone, because believe me the person will know and to be honest in my experience, someone who tries to fake a friendship with you is not someone you really want as a “friend”.Fake-Friend

Early this week I attended a hospital appointment at one of our local hospitals. As usual the clinic I was attending was running late so I ended up sitting in the waiting room, doing what I usual do, observing the other people as they came and went, wondering what they were there for, how long they’d been attending the clinic etc.

At one point about 20 minutes after my allocated appointment time, a girl and boy of probably about 18 or 19, came in together and sat down in the seats at ninety degrees to me. Almost as soon as they sat down, they both got their mobile phones out their pockets and proceeded to use their phone to send/receive messages for at least the next 10 minutes (I got called at that point), never uttering a word to one another, and never stopping to look up at either one another or anyone else in the waiting area.

conversationI’ve thought a lot about these two since my hospital appointment, and keep thinking about so many of those who have grown up with technology and social media a standard fixture in their life, seem to be unable to go without it for more than a few minutes at a time, and seem unwilling or unable to interact with people face to face. To be honest it wouldn’t surprise me if these two were actually messaging each other even though they were sitting next to each other!

Are we slow but surely losing the ability to hold a conversation with one another face to face? Is the availability of social media to everyone slowly killing the art of conversation?

I believe that social media has opened up a whole to world of possibilities to us, however I also believe that for many who have not known a world without social media, they will struggle to hold a “normal” conversation with others face to face, simply because they are not used to talking to a real person!

I hope I’m wrong, as where would we be if we can’t even talk to one another anymore?!

In a world where so many try to imitate or copy celebrities in their looks, their dress-sense, their actions and even the way they walk and talk, is there really anyone out there who is exactly who they are?

Of course there are, as not all of us and driven to act/look like celebrities. However I say that with one caveat…I may not take action to look or act more like today’s celebrities or star, but I do try my best to live my life like the one person I consider to be the Real Things, Christ.

How about you, are you trying to live your life in the image of the rich and famous, or are you trying to live like the Real Thing, Christ?

A few weeks ago in Slogans #1 I mentioned that each day we all see and hear many adverts, whether it be advertising hoardings, radio or television adverts, advertisements is magazines or newspapers.

So again today, I want to ask you how many of the companies/organisations associated with the following slogans can you identify just by their slogans?

  1. The best a man can get
  2. Step up
  3. The greatest tragedy is indifference
  4. The happiest place on earth
  5. Do you have the bunny inside?
  6. The unexpected bank
  7. There is no substitute
  8. Make believe
  9. Between love and madness lies obsession
  10. Quality never goes out of style

So there’s the slogans, how many do you think you know?

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So here’s the answers…

  1. Gillette
  2. The British Army
  3. The Red Cross
  4. Disneyland
  5. Energizer
  6. First Direct
  7. Porsche
  8. Sony
  9. Calvin Klein
  10. Levis

There were a few tricky ones in there, so if you got them all, well done!

I’ll be doing a few more of these in the next few weeks, so keep watching the adverts and remember the slogans.

I’ve written a few blog posts in the last while where I’ve asked you whether you had ever noticed how there are some things which happen in films which never ever happen in real life – today it’s time for some more examples of this!

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  1. Television news bulletins usually contain a story that affects you personally at the precise moment it’s aired.
  2. If you try to pass yourself off as a German officer, it will not be necessary to learn to speak German – you simply need to speak in English with a German accent
  3. All German soldiers speak to one another in English, even when they are alone.
  4. It’s always either foggy or there’s a thunderstorm when someone has to meet someone in a graveyard.
  5. A single match is usually sufficient to light up a room the size of a football stadium.
  6. One man shooting at 20 men has a better chance of killing them all than the 20 men have of killing the man on his own.
  7. All beds have special sheets that always reach to the  armpits of the woman in the bed, but only up to the waist of the man lying beside her.
  8. In Middle America, all gas station attendants have red handkerchiefs hanging out of their back pockets.
  9. Guns are like disposable razors. If you run out of bullets, just throw the gun away. you will always find another one.
  10. If you suddenly decide to start dancing in the street, everyone in the street will know all the steps.

Any of these sound familiar?

Obviously these are complete generalisations because not every film follows the above rules, but I’m sure you’ll agree, you can think of a lot which do!

I had a bit of a rant on Thursday night on Twitter and Facebook after reading several posts some Christian friends had posted in their timeline on Facebook. I ended up apologising later for my comments as I receiving several private messages from others who accused me of dismissing things which others felt were important to them, just because I felt they weren’t important – this couldn’t have been further from the truth or further from the reason for my rant in the first place!

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I do know and do understand that we all consider different things to be important and meaningful to us and this wasn’t the part that annoyed me about the original posts. What annoyed me was actually the wording of the posts, where they described what can only be considered to be standard life events and therefore, in my opinion, their comments were very over the top.

Had you not read the whole posts made by these people, you would have thought they had received some life threatening or life altering news, when in fact, the events referred to were only ones which, would affect their lives…but only to the extent of giving them a little more work to do on a daily basis and would require a bit more planning from them, not the significant life changing impact implied by their pleads for our thoughts/prayers for them.

Sorry this all sounds a bit cryptic, but I obviously don’t want to be too specific about the posts I’m referring to as I certainly do not want to upset/annoy anyone anymore than I may already have done.

gods_planMy main objection to their posts was actually that they wanted us to pray for a specific outcome to an event as any other outcome would make things very difficult for them. I should explain that the posts I’m referring to were made by Christians, and therefore I have to question why were they asking us to pray for an outcome they wanted to a specific event? i.e. Was the outcome they desired actually God’s plan for their lives or simply their own plans/desires, because the outcome they wanted would make their life easier?

Maybe I just found all this annoying because I’m feeling so emotional and sensitive just now as I’m still trying to come to terms with the bereavement of two close family members since the end of February, plus several other major issues/concerns. Yes, I maybe shouldn’t have reacted as I did in such a public forum, but the posts just seem to be such a kick in the teeth to the many people we all know of, who are having to cope with major life changing or life threatening events in their lives…and what about all those in this world who find it a daily struggle to feed, clothe and put a roof over the heads of those they love!

The bottom line is, choose your words carefully when you are looking for support from others, as pleading for prayerful support for situations where God’s plan in your life seems to have been completely forgotten or ignored, is not the way prayer should be utilised. Pray for God’s will to be done in your life, not plead with God to allow your desires to be granted.

Let’s make sure we talk to God about His plans for our lives, accept His plans and not plead with Him to chance His plans just because it suits us better.