I have always been a golf enthusiast. Every chance I get to play, I am out on the course. There are a few things about golf that are essential to play a great game: endurance, management, and mentality. There is no doubt that each of these qualities (or practices) are necessary for playing a strong game. The same applies to our Christian life. In order to stand strong as a Christian, the qualities of endurance, management, and mentality must be present. These qualities must be developed.
In golf, physical endurance is key. If you are not physically in shape, playing golf will be pure torture. Of course, you can always get a cart and ride, but that is not true golf! You have to walk to get the full experience!
The Christian life brings many challenges. You have to be physically in shape to be a strong ambassador for Christ. When time in the Word is forsaken, our physical endurance can quickly become diminished.
Today, I had the opportunity to guest post for a fellow blogger, Randy Kinnick. In the guest post, I talk about connecting. Below is part of the post. I hope you will head over to Randy’s site to leave comments and get some awesome discussion going!
You can check out the post here!
I am currently reading a book from John C. Maxwell titled “Everyone Communicates Few Connect”. If there is no connection, you are really not communicating effectively. Maxwell says that connecting with others all starts with your attitude.
“The ability to connect with others begins with understanding the value of people.”
-John C. Maxwell
In my post, I talk about the skills and tips for connecting with people:
- In a group
- With a large audience
To read this post, please click here!
As I mentioned in a post a few days ago, I am reading the book by John C. Maxwell about communicating. It has been really helpful thus far! As I am going through this book, I want to highlight some of the major concepts in the chapters because they are really helpful!
In the first chapter of the book, Maxwell says:
“It’s not enough just to work hard. It’s not enough to do a great job. To be successful, you need to learn how to really communicate with others.”
This quote is so true. Communication with others is extremely important. But more importantly- connecting while communicating is key!
This is how Maxwell defines connecting:
Connecting– the ability to identify with people and relate to them in a way that increases your influence with them.
For this reason, connecting and effective communicating is vital to be a successful leader. This is why I am reading this book. I want to be able to communicate and connect in ways that I could have never thought I would have been able to do!
I saw this post over at Dustin W. Stout’s site. It was so good that I wanted to share a little of it over here. (By the way, the reason why I share so many posts from other writers is not only because they are good…but because it spreads the word about other awesome sites to follow!)
Dustin goes on to say:
Sex is everywhere. We live in a society that is shamelessly embracing it on an increasing level. It’s all over the television, billboards, magazines, music, and the internet. Our world is not just selling it anymore, it’s giving it away. Every day it becomes less of a big deal. This is why we must go to battle.
The world tells us, “It’s not a big deal, it’s just sex.” The world convinces us that “everybody’s doing it.” The world tells us that it’s fun and as long as you’re ‘safe’, it’s okay.
God created sex as a beautiful pure shameless secure display of trust and intimacy between a husband and wife. He created it for the context of MARRIAGE.
It doesn’t matter if it is a sermon, a class speech, or various public speaking- there are certain strategies one must develop in order to become efficient and comfortable at speaking. I am definitely not the most experienced speaker, but I have learned a few things from many individuals that are great at it. One major speech I had to give this year was in one of my college classes… (Please keep in mind that this story is humorously written. It is not entirely true.)
When I was told that a speech had to be given based on the class research paper on my first day of Composition 2, I thought I was in for a rough ride. As the first few weeks passed, I was relaxed. Nothing was too much different from the previous semester. As the weeks in the class progressed, the time for research speech was arriving quickly. Although the time for the speech was arriving quickly, I was not going to think about it until it had to be done because I did not want to stress myself out.