When are men needed??by Roger Lipe

So long 2018 …

In a year when the voices of woman have been heard loud and clear, one may ask if we need men. Here are a few thoughts as we close out the year by Roger Lipe, chaplain for Illinois State university athletes…

· Men are needed by their friends.

o When they need someone to trust.

o When they need someone to encourage them.

o When they need someone to believe in.

o Men are needed by their friends.

· Men are needed by their parents.

o For their lives to have a legacy.

o For security.

o For a sense of family pride. “That’s my son.”

o Men are needed by their parents.

· Men are needed by the women in their lives – mothers, sisters, girlfriends, wives.

o For security.

o For provision.

o For comfort.

o For stability.

o For courage.

o For direction.

o For confidence.

o Men are needed by the women in their lives.

· Men are needed by their children.

o Your children need you. Hear these statistics:

§ 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes.

§ 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes.

§ 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes.

§ 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.

o Men are needed by their children.

· Today, Men are needed by their teammates.

o To compete.

o To battle.

o To overcome.

9 relationship building tips…

9 relationship building tips:

“It’s all about building the relationships that create trust. It’s not rocket science but most managers don’t do it. They don’t take the time to do it.” (The Front-Line Leader, by Chris Van Gorder, CEO of Scripps Health.)

  1. Don’t act superior. Take care of the people who take care of others.
  2. Dress like a person. In general, wear what employees wear.
  3. Do their job. Once a month spend a day on the front-line.
  4. Answer every email from an employee.
  5. Go to the gemba (the real place). Van Gorder spends 20% of his time walking around.
  6. Have no secrets.
  7. Support employees every way you can.
  8. Swear off layoffs.
  9. Give clear responsibilities and let employees know they’re accountable.

Who or what are we chasing?

Every day people just like us look for purpose and have a deep desire, perhaps even a craving, for truth. They want to find someone…follow someone who is truly righteous.

They won’t find it in their careers, their friends, in the White House or in the Supreme Court.

Those who hunger for purpose and truth and thirst for righteousness will only find it in Jesus Christ.

“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
‭‭(John‬ ‭6:35‬)

Keith Madison

Need encouragement??

You can never go wrong if you approach God. Questions? Approach God.

Doubts? Approach God.

Guilt? Approach God.

Health challenges? Approach God.

Decisions? Approach God.

Mentally and emotionally exhausted? Approach God.

Wronged? Approach God.

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)

Keith Madison

Is your perception reality?

“The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too” (1Kings 19:14).
The CEO walked into his manufacturing plant only to observe an employee standing by idly not working. Angrily, he walked over to him, peeled off a $100 bill and gave it to him: “Here, go spend your time elsewhere!” The man looked at the CEO somewhat puzzled, but left with the $100. “How long has that man worked for us?” said the CEO to the employee standing nearby. “Well sir, that man does not work for us; he is only the delivery man.”
Perception is not always reality. Elijah was in a crisis. Jezebel wanted to kill him. The nation was falling to Baal worship. From his vantage point – it was all over. He was the only prophet remaining in all the land who had not bent his knee to the idol of Baal. He wanted to die.
Then, the Lord sent His angel to correct Elijah’s perception: “Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel – all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him” (1Kings 19:18). There were seven thousand Elijah knew nothing about! Elijah’s perception was not reality.
Whenever things are going poorly, there is a temptation to believe God is not working in the situation. We may even believe our life is over. Everything from our vantage point is dark. We see no future. However, even in these times, God’s plan is being orchestrated behind the scenes. He is accomplishing His purposes. But we need a fresh perspective on our situation.
Do you need a reality check on your situation? Ask God to show you the truth. It may be very different than your perception.
by Os Hillman