One of the things that I am really focusing on this year is reading over 30 books so that I can continue to grow as a leader, a husband, a father, and as a follower of Jesus. One of those books that I have been able to read this year is “The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life and in business.” The main theme through out of this book is seeing how you can learn to develop new habits in your life and business by knowing the cue that leads to a routine that leads you to a reward. This is called the “The Habit Loop” and the reason that we develop the habit loop is because our brains are always trying to find ways that will save time and energy. Here is a quote from the book, “Habits, scientists say emerge because the brain is constantly looking for ways to save effort. Left to its own devices, the brain will try to make almost any routine into a habit, because habits allow our minds to ramp down more often.”
So for me I have taken to getting up early and working out first thing in the morning. This is definitely something that I have to use the habit loop for because I HATE mornings, I have always been the late night person. I also am making sure that working out is a focus so that I can stay healthy for my wife and my family. What are some areas that you could use the habit loop to grow in your life this year?
One of the things that I love to do is be able to share with the people around me is a good book. Well this is not just a good book it is a great book, especially if you are involved with Christian people.
I have been involved in working with churches for almost 20 years and I can honestly say that I have seen the best and the worst. I believe that what Mike Cheshire has written about in this book, “Why We Eat Our Own” there is still a lot for us to learn. I want you to know that it is not just my opinion but also the one of my mother. She read this book and continued to call me as she was impacted over and over through out this book. I also have a guy on our staff at Elevation that has created a list of people that he is going to send this book to as well.
This point should show us that we can and should really evaluate how we are living lives of grace and mercy to the people around us. That we need to understand that the relationships that God places in our lives will help us grow more and more like His son Jesus. That we will be able to walk through the messes of these relationships and see that we are able to either direct or destroy people. So I have to ask are you loving or eating the relationships up around you?
Over the past couple of years I have had the pleasure of reading the books that Mark Batterson has written. It was also my pleasure to be able to listen to him share about the amazing things that God has been doing in the church that he pastors in Washington D.C. at a seminar for church starting at “Exponential”. Each time I have cracked the pages of one of his books I have be fortunate to learn something new about God, have a great time doing it, and been challenged to step out on faith. It was through reading the book “Wild Goose Chase” that God spoke to my wife about starting a church. It was through the reading the book “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy day” that we as a family felt the spirit speaking to us as a family to set life goals and take the fight to this life that God has given us. In his newest book “Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity” I have been impacted beyond my anticipation. In this book there is a great gathering of the historical, the biblical, the analytical, and the creative.
“Have you ever noticed how many times Psalms tells us to sing a new song? That creative command is repeated no fewer than half a dozen times. Evidently God gets tired of old songs. He doesn’t just want you to worship Him with your memory; He doesn’t just want you to worship Him with your memory; He wants you to worship Him with your imagination. Love isn’t repetitive, Love is creative. As love grows you need new lyrics and new melodies. You need a new song to express new dimensions of love. If you tell your wife that you love her the same way over and over again, she may stop believing you at some point. Why? Because your words are an expression of memory instead of an expression of imagination. It’s half-hearted because it is half minded” Mark Batterson “Ritual” pgs 110 – 111
I think that this is a book for everyone that calls themselves a follower of Jesus should read. It pushes and prods in ways that enables you to really grasp some old areas of faith in new ways. This will be a book that I read as well as my whole family, this is a book that I am excited to say has as much of my ink in it from marks and high lights as what the book originally came with when it was printed. Take the time this Christmas season to share with those around you a great expression of what it means to follow Jesus in some new ways. LET’S GO PRIMAL!
I love books and I have to say that I am a Barnes and Nobles junkie. I am an addict! Hi my name is Scott and it has been two weeks since I have bought my last book. But this summer I found an author that I would highly recommend. His name is Jon Gordon I have read three books of his that I feel are quite encouraging the titles of these books are “The Energy Bus,” “The No Complaining Rule,” and “Training Camp”. Jon Gordon has put together three books that should be read by parents, teachers, leader, and pastors. They are all in story form and they all teach about areas of life that we need to develop and improve not only our relationships but ourselves. Both my wife and daughter Danielle are reading or have read some of these books and have been greatly challenged by them.
I would like to really encourage people to share the book “Training Camp” with the men in their lives. It is a great story about a football player and his quest to become great at what he is doing in life. But during this quest he is challenged and eventually enters into a relationship with a much wiser and older man that mentors him. I believe that this story is one that will enable each man to become more then he is today and enable him to grow in areas of his life that will not just make him better but his wife, his kids, and those that are around him.
Each and everyone of us needs to go to “Training Camp”!