It’s a New Life!
These are the opening words to one of my favourite songs.
I have been unable to post for a little while (sorry about that) but now I am back up and running!
Ok, the big news…
I moved to Sendai!
It’s a beautiful city with a wonderful heart. The people here are great, and I want to explore the whole town!
So the topic today?
Seize the Day
There are so many opportunities that come our way. It’s hard to just really figure out what to do. Do we turn left, right, go straight, make a U-turn… one thing is for sure, without making any decisions, we are just parked (Or, if like me you can’t drive, then standing still).
When someone gives you an opportunity, make a decision! whether it’s yes or no, make it not just a choice but a direction that you want to go in.
It could be a job opportunity, a date or just an invitation to a party, but think about where this decision will take you.
Do you want this type of job? will it take you to the career you truly want?
Do you like this person? Do you see yourself getting any further than just dating?
Is this party with people you like? Will it be a great opportunity to meet like-minded people?
If the answer to any of these questions is “No“, then of course the choice is obvious.
But when the answer is “Yes“, then don’t be afraid to grab hold of the opportunity and follow it to wherever it takes you.
What choices will you make today? Where will they take you?
Why is it so easy to sit back and do nothing when what we should be doing is obvious.
Everyone has something they want to do in their lives, whether for an immediate goal or for a long-term future plan. But not everyone is taking the action that they need to in order to achieve that goal.
Your goal may be to get your dream job, to find a partner, to have children, to do more with your life, or even something more general like get into a routine at home.
Whatever you want to do, sitting at home on the sofa is not going to help you achieve it. Unless your goal is to gain weight while vegetating, in which case I’ll say congratualtions. As for the rest of us, we need to get ourselves into gear.
You want a job? Get ready for it by getting educated, or reading up on it, or volunteering in an area related to it. Employers like people who are pro-active.
If you want a partner, well then you need to start talking to members of the opposite sex, or spending more time with the person you like. Sitting back and watching from afar only means waiting for another persons love story to unfold in front of your eyes.
If you want children, then spend some time with kids, get ready for when you do become a parent.
The idea isn’t to do some big drastic gesture, it’s just to take one small step off the starting block, followed by another, and hopefully another.
What action do you need to take next?
I am so excited
I just handed over the video team to a great leader and already there has been amazing result. We got new equipment and are starting something new from February 5th 2012.
Yes that’s right, there will be a live service available to watch online and a great opportunity for people to experience more of what we have to offer.
And I feel nothing but excitement for the video team.
I’m no longer the leader but I know that it is the team and their vision that is important.
Catch us live! Sunday 5th February 2012 at 1pm Japanese time for the first time!
Also we will be in Roppongi from now on and look forward to some amazing cake, celebration and love!
Where will you be watching from?
(Click on the Jesus Lifehouse Tokyo link to see details.)
Tonight we started setting up for Jesus Lifehouse conference 2011. The theme? The Rise of the Local Church.
It’s going to be am amazing day with great messages, advice and people!
It’s going to be truely awesome.
The other day I was waiting for this shampoo and conditioner which I’d ordered over the Internet. It was my first time doing that in japan and I was really excited. I realised that a great amount of anticipation was building up inside of me. When it finally came I was really excited, hyper and ready to use it!!
Now times that by a multitude and try to imagine how I feel about the conference!
Video team is ready, and we are raring to go!
Cables laid down, desk set-up, just going to put up key equipment, and then… All we need are people!
This is going to be epic!
Don’t miss out.
I am not a naturally organised person. When I am organised, it means that I’ve really worked hard on it.
There are areas of my life that even now need some work and I’ll be the first to admit it! But I’m happy to say that I’ve been working hard for both the video team and my LifeGroup.
As I’ve slowly started implementing organisation into the team, it’s been easier to see not only the weakness of the team as a whole, but also the strengths.
Our biggest strength has always been passion. People who remain in a team for a long time have an amazing passion for video and/or church. This doesn’t start this way, but it can grow when you put your time and effort into it. However, We’ve recently discovered that communication was a area that definitely needed to be developed. It’s amazing how simple the answer can be to a multitude of problems. Not enough people for recording the service, or cables in the wrong place, people not knowing where to go or when to get there. Now that we’ve started getting organised in the way we schedule, and before each service, those problems have all but dissapeared.
How do we get organised?
In our team we have started getting together 15 minutes before each service. we have three key things to do before we start.
Recently there’s been a change of leadership in the Video Team.
Laura has moved from Sunday’s to Saturdays, and is building up a team from scratch! It takes dedication and a will to keep going, but I believe in her and her love for church and people. I can’t think of a better choice.
Andy Has Moved into Leadership and so has Eiki! They are new to leadership but they have amazing hearts, dedication and potential.
And a new Sub-Leader of the video team overall, Victor. His passion, dedication and vision for the team and for church is just so amazing that I wanted to spread it out through the rest of the team.
Recently there have been a lot of changes in the video team at church.
New members joining, old members moving on to other teams (and countries) and people stepping up into leadership.
My Leaders are amazing, I ask for a task to be done, and when I turn around again, not only did they do that task but they’ve seen problems, looked for solutions and trained each other in troubleshooting. I couldn’t ask for more than that of the people I’m putting my faith into.
As new members join, this aspect is more important than ever, that we can all rely on each other, and learn to do the things we never expected. I’ve told many people before that when I first joined the video team I could barely operate a camera, yet vision, determination and the willingness to learn something new was what brought me into being first a good team member, and now a leader. I see the dedication that my new/old members are putting into every day. I want to thank them and show them that they’ve made an amazing difference to the lives of every person who watches the Jesus Lifehouse Videos and listens to the MP3s.
Every small thing that we do brings people closer to Jesus, and that is no small feat, it is something to be marvelled at.
Change is uncomfortable, brings us into unfamiliar places and shakes our world. Japan is truly going through a time of change too. I have seen people who’ve been uprooted, lost so much and yet while some are lost and wandering, others continue with determination. The difference? Foundation.
If you have a strong unshakable Foundation in your life, then no matter what the changes around you are you will know what truely matters in your life. My foundation is God, and I’ve built up from that with faith, belief, hope, trust, sincerity and thoughts of others. This type of foundation is truly unshakable, because if I lose everything else, my Faith in God remains. I’ve thought a lot about the things I’ve lost in regards to the video team, I’ve lost potential team members along with stable and gifted leaders (not to mention cables, adapters and the occasional schedule). Through all that though, it never really occurred to me that it could be a bad thing. Losing leaders who move away or decide to serve in another are of passion means two good things.
1) They have a chance to do something amazing where they are going and he area they choose to serve in is going to benefit amazingly from their having passion for the team.
2) There is now an opportunity for someone to step up and grow into leadership.
I truly believe in change. I may feel uncomfortable, I may not want it, I may even try to fight it on occasion, but I will grow and learn from it. If I could possibly have any affect on this world, I’d make it so that all people could find the positive outcomes in even the most devastating changes.
So what’s your challenge in change? Stop trying to fight it and start using it!
Over the past few years I’ve found that if your intentions are not right, then you won’t get the results that you want. some examples of this are:
- Giving someone a gift, but you know they don’t want it, so maybe you’ll get to keep it or use it yourself — The result? Although you may get the thing you want, the level of friendship and love that you had with that person will be marred.
- Going to a place you know you don’t like just to see someone you have a crush on — The result? You may get to know that person better, but he/she may have a false impression of you.
- Looking like a different person in different places, in order to get the promotion you want, the partner you hope for and the social life you always wanted — The result? Maybe you get all that, but you need to compartmentalize every part of your life, and never let it cross over. Wo betide the person that is out with friends and bumps into the boss, or the one who can never let their partner see what they do for work.
These are just a few examples of how not only our actions, but our intentions can really make a difference.
I am not a perfect person, no man or woman on this earth is, but I try to “check my heart” every day. I know that the reason I’m teaching is not for the early finishing hours (which are nice by the way), but for the passion I have in raising up the younger generation. Since I changed my job last April, I’ve seen exactly how much affect one person, or one team of people can really change a child. If there’s a person around you that is only doing what they are for self-interest, or as a means to an end, then you feel it. If not on a conscious level, then a subconscious level.
In my life it’s important to me that those closest to me are only those with intentions that are sincere. If a person’s intention in getting to know me is that they like me or want to like me, then they’ll have made a good friend. If their intention is to get through me to another person, or get something that I can give them, then I’ll be keeping them at a distance.
It’s the same with my team. I know that the people in my team are there to serve the church, and build the team. Perhaps video isn’t their passion, but that’s ok, it doesn’t have to be. I’m really impressed by the sincerity, integrity, and commitment of my team. Though we’ll grow, change and move around, or even move into different areas of the church, I will never cease to be made glad of what we have done, are doing, and will continue to do together.
My intentions in writing this blog?
For those who want a real look into what it is to be a leader, for those who want to see what my team and Life group is doing, and to give people a vision for church, leadership and the video team!