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You’re trapped if you can’t say no to the boss.
My first no.
The first time I said no to my boss was a painful moment of clarity. I wanted to be the go-to person. If she asked me to do something, I did it.
I said yes to the point of intolerable frustration. I lost confidence that I could succeed. I told my boss that I wanted a specific responsibility removed from my job description. It was non negotiable.
She told me that it might impact my salary. We met several times. I refused to back-down, even though she tried to convince me otherwise.
I was willing to lose pay and my job. I didn’t lose either.
Courage to say no.
The courage to say no comes from knowing who you are and where you want to go.
It’s great when bosses and co-workers share commitments to each other’s success. But don’t sacrifice your potential on the altar of martyrdom.
Leaders worth following want you to succeed, even if it means you leave.
Don’t sacrifice your dream to help others achieve theirs.
You are responsible for your own success.
7 tips for saying no to the boss:
1. Beware the ‘no’ life. ‘No’ on it’s own leads nowhere.
2. Be known for saying yes. Go-to people say yes. But a career without ‘no’ grows unfocused and intolerable.
Modern Atheism has a problem.
At least according to a Professor of Psychology at Toronto University, named Jordan Peterson.
No, it’s not that Atheists are any more or less prone to psychological distress than religious people. Instead, it’s got to do with the popular view among Atheists (especially among the New Atheists) about the God-like power of human reason.
Let me explain.
1) Many Atheists Believe That Doing Evil Is Irrational. And Doing Good Is Rational
So human reason alone can show us morality: no God required.
According to many Atheists I’ve encountered, anyone thinking rationally will know what good is, and do it. Doing evil, on the other hand – such as being selfish, and cheating on others – is irrational – it doesn’t make sense.
In which case we don’t need religion of any kind to tell us what right and wrong is – it’s just self-evident.
But there’s a problem with this logic.
2) When Selfish Behaviour is Rational
Psych Professor Jordan Peterson nails the problem with modern Atheism when he says:
What is irrational about me getting exactly what I want from every one of you whenever I want it at every possible second?…There’s nothing irrational about it. It’s pure naked self-interest.
Why not every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost? It’s a perfectly coherent philosophy, and it’s actually one that you can institute in the world with a fair bit of material success if you want to do it.
OurChurch.Com aims to help churches across the country to live out their mission. Having a website is just the start; there are many things that you can still do to reach out to your visitors.
However, not all church leaders prioritize blogging as part of their marketing efforts for their church. Most of the time, church blogs serve as the church’s public bulletin board. You’ll often see them post about church announcements or important church events and happenings.
Blogging about your church isn’t bad at all, but church leaders should start thinking outside the box and use blogging as another marketing tool that can help deliver your message across the digital space.
Starting A Blog for your Church
First things first; does your church have a blog?
If you don’t have a blog yet, you can always set it up via your backend; you can ask for your developer’s help or have it set up yourself if you’re knowledgeable in setting up your platform. A word of caution: before you tinker with anything in the backend, it’s wise to backup all your data!
If you do have a blog, we recommend that you start brainstorming for content ideas. If you want some quick references on how to start, you can always write about your church — follow-ups on Sunday sermons, posts that encourage fruitful discussion, and the like.
After exhausting every possible topic about your church, you can widen the scope of topics that you cover in your blog through these 25 Blog Topics for your Church Blog.
I believe as God’s people, it is our role to encourage our pastors. I have found four easy ways to love and encourage my pastor, and maybe these ideas will help you:
1. Pray for him in person and in private.
Your pastor spends many hours each week leading people to walk in godliness. Satan will attack effective spiritual leaders of the church because he hates seeing people thrive in their relationship with Jesus. I desire my pastor to lead in godliness, so I’ve committed to pray for him daily. When I have opportunity, I pray for him in person, too.
2. Tell him how God is using his sermons in your life.
A pastor puts his heart and sweat into his sermons. My pastor loves when people give him specific feedback, so I make it a point to tell him specific ways God used his sermon to challenge and grow me.
3. Share with him stories of church members walking in godliness.
Your pastor can be in only one place at a time. After praying and laboring over the sermon he preaches, he may never see firsthand how God uses it in the people around him. As each of us learns the stories of others in our church community, we can use those stories to encourage the one God has made our shepherd.