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The PR Desk: Make it better

The Catalyst One Day conference was enlightening. Pastors Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel spoke about what characteristics make a great leader.

Sitting among my co-workers, and hundreds of other local leaders, I found myself shrinking back into my seat thinking, “Why am I here? Am I even a leader?” 

One of the messages they shared is that your title doesn’t make you a leader—it’s how you act and serve in your organization. I think we can all benefit from this approach.

My Takeaway

Andy Stanley talked about asking good questions and creating values for his staff to follow. “Make It Better” was his first point. The idea is that in every task, even on the mundane days, each member of an organization should ask themselves, ‘What am I doing to make this better?

It’s Friday, friends, and we are all tired from a long week, but ask yourself:

How are you making something better today?

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Snow Hysteria

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Snow hysteria that’s what Denver news agencies dubbed the feverish activity this weekend as Front Range residents prepared for one of the largest snow storms to hit Denver in several years. Groceries were purchased; gas tanks filled; weekend plans cancelled – all in preparation for the impending snow. Few seem excited for the weather: most put off by the inconvenience Denver’s periodic snow and cold brings to their lives.

At the Lawrence Street Shelter snow hysteria looks quite a bit different then what has been depicted in local media. Staff scrambled Friday morning to activate a temporary and larger emergency shelter location, with double the sleeping capacity of the current location. Mats and blankets were moved across town; logistics were worked out with partner agencies; procedures we adjusted – all to ensure that anyone looking for a safe place to be during the coming snow could find it.

Many Front Range residents watched the weather closely this weekend to see how their plans would change: hoping that school and work will be cancelled on Monday. At the same time, more than 500 men are simply grateful to have a warm place to get in out of the cold and snow: hoping that shelter capacity continues to stay ahead of demand, and praying that they never have to wake up on a Monday morning and dig out from where they slept the night before.

The PR Desk: The Journey

A few Fridays ago, I sat among 100 people to honor and celebrate Jeremiah. Jeremiah once sacrificed his family, his children and his well-being for drugs. His home was raided three times. During one of the raids, his son was taken away from him. The cry Jeremiah heard from his son that night is a cry that he would never forget.

His addiction cost him everything.

He tried to fight for his son, but the courts said Jeremiah was an unfit father and that he’d never see his son again.

A few years and other treatments later, Jeremiah found himself at Harvest Farm looking not only to find sobriety, but to change his heart. He sat there in Chaplain Jason’s office staring at a poster that highlighted all the people in the Bible that screwed up badly, yet God redeemed them. Jeremiah found hope in that poster.

A poster. A poster gave hope.

Don’t underestimate the power you hold to help change the course of someone’s life just like the poster Jason had in his office. That poster changed Jeremiah’s journey and restored relationships.

His father and sister drove 600 miles to celebrate Jeremiah and all that he has done. They got their son and brother back. And when Jeremiah rectifies a few more things from his past, he will be able to see his son – a son he was told he will never see again.

Encourage someone on their journey. Give them hope. Love them well.

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Jeremiah