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3 Ways to Grow from Feedback

In the recent days, I’ve had lots of feedback on sermons, writing, clothing, makeup, communication styles, etc.  In general, I much prefer the positive affirmation in contrast to stuff that’s more critical.  But alas, my potential to grow and improve is higher with the critical feedback more than only positive affirmation, with a few important ingredients:

  1. Be committed to growing & improving.  In darwinian speech we evolve through change or we become extinct with stagnation.  And no, I’m not a Darwinist so don’t get jittery 🙂
  2. The motive for feedback isn’t the main issue.  Sometimes people have good motives and sometimes people are trying to hurt us with their feedback.  What you do with the feedback is more important than the motive in which it’s given
  3. Don’t let the communication style distract you.  The way in which some people communicate is prickly on a good day.  But no matter how something is delivered, we can almost always find something helpful to grow and improve.

Finally and most importantly, stay in love with Jesus & stay true to His divine purposes.  Doing these two things aligns us for God’s participation in our lives to make lemonade out of lemons, based on Romans 8:28 🙂

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Famous People

It’s interesting to watch people when someone famous is around, be that a movie star, an accomplished athlete, a Christian leader, a youtube star, political leader, pop singer, etc.  And we all have people who we look up to & capture our attention / applause.  But let’s take a minute to consider how we behave and talk around famous people.  And even more importantly, maybe we should consider how we act and talk when no one famous is around, keeping in mind that Jesus is ever present.

And let’s be sure that no one captures our attention or applause more than Jesus, who loves and knows us better than anyone in our life!

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Hot Topic: honoring Marilyn Hickey

My mom, Marilyn Hickey, is receiving a very honoring & fitting award from ORU.  She’s receiving the Lifetime Global Achievement Award, and I couldn’t be more proud of her.  She served on the Board of Regents for ORU for more than 20 years and has made numerous contributions, tangible and intangible, to the success of this university.  For almost 20 years, she was the Chairman of the Board of Regents and faithfully served to promote the vision and purpose of ORU.  I’m super proud of her everyday and today in particular.

I’m also proud of my mom for her continuing pursuit of learning, improving and growing!  She continues to inspire me to love the Bible and walk with the Holy Spirit.  May God continue to work through her life to make the Bible vibrant & engaging around the world!

Congrats mom!!

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Strengths & Weaknesses

I was having an interesting chat with a friend, who is totally amazing. She is all things strong, bold, smart, hard working, loyal, compassionate & super incredible! In some respects, her talents are altogether different than my talents, which can be a wonderful adventurous friendship, as long as I keep my insecurities in check – smile 🙂
After having a great conversation, I hung up the phone & felt God smiling on me, affirming my value, talents & abilities even though they’re altogether different than my friends’. Let me encourage you that while you may be different than the people you admire, you are nevertheless just as valuable, important & significant as they are. When it’s all said & done, we need each other with our various strengths as complements to our various weaknesses rather than competition 🙂

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