Get ready. You’re about to experience MCS – Middle Child Syndrome! Something or someone is about to enter into your world that will deflect all of the attention off you and onto them. It may be a new church in your city, a younger song leader or songwriter or a new whizz kid who does things ‘better’ than you.
As featured in the latest edition of the Hope City Magazine, Jenny Gilpin writes from the heart to the generations.
Have you ever baulked when someone has asked you ‘Where are you from?’ For so many the answer is complicated! Your normal response is, ‘then we moved to…then we moved to…’. You are probably what they call a ‘Third Culture Kid’ (3CK)!
Take a flick through the pages of the brand new Hope City Magazine. Packed full of inspirational articles, real life stories, updates from our locations and a generous measure of quirkiness.
In this series, Dave Gilpin shares intimately about his life and thoughts, mixed with live preaching from the best of recent ministry.
“Players gonna play…Haters gonna hate…I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, I shake it off, I shake it off.” Leadership lessons from Taylor Swift.
I made up the Albanian reference, but the two rabbits bit is true of your life. Once, a whole lot of whales got trapped and died in a Canadian inlet while chasing a school of sardines. The papers the next day said that they ‘prostituted vast sums of power for insignificant gains!’ We need to be on the on guard so that that doesn’t become the caption of our lives.
I am a prayer. In haste I was put together at approximately 10:03 yesterday morning. There is nothing in my appearance that would attract you to me. I’m not like Beckham – more like Rooney. I’ve got no rhythm and no rhythm, no punctuation, no onomatopoeia, no cutting edge – no mojo. I’m half-baked: Each word held together simply by the string of a sincere heart of the one who prayed me into existence.
In recent times there’s been a movement within the church luring Jesus into the category of alpha male. They cite that many men stay away from church because they view it as a ‘ladies club’, prompting a number of church leaders to attempt to take Jesus out of the limp wristed, semi-geeky and semi-camp imagery and more into a macho, ‘carpentered up’ image of ‘who he really was and is.’ But, is it based on scripture or is it a misdiagnosis of the reason why there’s more women in church than men?
‘What do you think people think when they see you?’ Most people have no idea of where we’ve each come from and where we’re going. All they see is a snapshot – a photograph – no perspective and no background. With snapshots, all we can do is categorize them. In doing so, we all become a little judgemental. For example when we see someone a little overweight, we judge them. But if we’d seen that they have spent the last year reducing their weight by half, we would congratulate them.
Most Christian homes have one. It’s either found on a mug, a fridge magnet or in the bathroom! Can you guess what it is yet? It’s a copy of ‘Footprints in the Sand’. I’ve decided that even though it’s the most popular piece of Christian literature outside of the Bible itself, it’s a sacred cow and I don’t like it.
Right now, right across the planet Psalm 97:1 remains as true today as it always has been ‘The Lord reigns!’ In actual fact it doesn’t stop there but invites us to immediately respond to it by saying – ‘…let the earth rejoice’… it’s hard to ‘rejoice’ when you’re either staring down the gun of something particularly awful or having to face the total unpredictability of the future.
How do you know how well you are doing unless you compare yourself against what other people are doing? Some say that we should just be content with who we are but, how do you know who you are unless you compare yourself to who you are not?
Dan Rockwell, author of the Leadership Freak online blog has crafted this brilliant observational take on success and failure. It’s a must read for all leaders and emerging leaders. It’s food for thought.