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Feeling stuck in the rut of past failures?
Let me guide you towards the future of effective Christian leadership, inspired by the wisdom of Isaiah 43:18-19. As we wrap up the week, I’ll share with you the profound realization that embracing our roles as leaders demands both the courage to move beyond our mistakes and the faith to step into our God-given potential. From integrating prayer into your health regimen to fostering wealth by reaching out in faith to colleagues, this episode is brimming with practical tips that will not only improve your personal life but also deepen your connections as a husband and father.
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Welcome to the Lion Within Us, a podcast serving Christian men who were hunger to be the leaders who got a tendency to be. I’m your host, chris Granger. Let’s jump in. All right, guys, it is your fun Friday episode. You made it through the week, hallelujah, I just can you feel that sense of relief.
All right, now let’s get into it, guys, our scripture of the week this week. I’m excited. What can I say? Scripture of the week this week Isaiah 43, verses 18 and 19. Get the former things. Okay, do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs up. Do you not perceive it? I am making a way into wilderness and streams in the wasteland, and guys love those two verses for sure.
Just go back and listen to the spiritual kickoff if you missed it, because each and every week with the SKO, what we really try to do is give you ways to take little bitty pieces of God’s word and simplify it and apply it into your journey, particularly into your leadership journey, because that’s what you’re here for. You want to be a better leader, particularly maybe you want to lead your family, you want to lead at work and you want to lead in your community or your church what to do that you need to learn skills. Leadership is a learned skill. This is what we’re here to help you do. So hopefully that spiritual kickoff will help you get started or maybe learn how. Maybe you need to stop forgetting about things in the past. Maybe you’re a? Have you ever? How about this? When something doesn’t go your way, do you turn historical? Hmm, well, dwelling on the past, if you’re historical or hysterical, you’re not going to be an effective leader. I’m telling you. Just be aware of that.
Okay, if you missed the conversation we had with John Shibley, it was a very good one. John’s a good buddy of mine. He’s out there. He’s creating Christian content. He’s doing everything he can to serve others. So check him out. We talked a lot about spiritual warfare and what that looks like in his life and what it’s like in the church and things like that. So definitely go check out his podcast, his resources out there. Just really enjoy getting a chance just to hang out with John. I went on his show and it’s probably been a year or so, maybe even longer, when I went on his show and just to be able to have him come on. Just a wonderful family man got four kids, got a wonderful wife out there doing his thing. At the end of the day, he’s doing what he, it feel like God has called him to do to serve. So hopefully you guys enjoyed that one.
Okay, now let’s get into our tips. So for our new listeners out there on Fun Fridays, what you get is you get a health tip, a well tip and a self tip. A health tip is mind and body. The well tip is career and finances. The self tip is how to be a better husband or a better dad. That’s really what this is all about. Okay, now the health tip.
This is very interesting concept. I heard about this recently and I wanted to share it with you. Create an email address or your prayers. I know it sounds crazy, but hear me out. This is so simple and this is genius.
Think about this how much time do you spend checking your emails and sending emails and text messages all the time? I know you do. One of our guys in our community, marcus, is saying something like thousand emails a day Unbelievable. Can you imagine that? I know it’s hard. That makes me sick man. Can you imagine that? But if you did this, if you trade this on email address you can send messages to God. How about that? Make his presence known, intangible and own that little dog on a smartphone of yours and then you know what? Go back and read them. Read them, spend your time. It’s a great way to just go back. Hey, I prayed to God for this. When did I pray that? Oh, yeah, send him an email on that right. So just send you an email, create that email list, rather that email address and just start sending it. Just send emails to it and every now and then, go check on that thing and see how God’s moving in your life. It’s a great way from a mind standpoint this calm, the noise To really check out from all the things that are going on in this world.
You have to plug in the hymn, so it’s a tip that I really encourage you to try out. Let me know if that works for you. Maybe you’re already doing it. Share some wins on what that looks like. Connect with us. Chris at thelandwithinus. You know I want to hear from you. I don’t have my email address. I want to hear from you listeners. So if you’re doing this right now and it’s helped you in your journey, let me know. Okay, all right now for the wealth tip. I’m going to go with the career tip, but not what you typically are thinking. Okay, I want you to be intentional Right now.
Think of five people that you work with that are not saved and I want you to start praying specifically for the salvation of those people. Okay, put them on a post-it note. If you need to right, put it all over your monitor, your desk or your car. If you have to drive into work, maybe you need to put a recurring invite on your calendar. Make sure you’re intentional about this. Pray for them, be super focused and locked in here. Okay, quickly and quietly, just pray for their salvation. If you see them in a Zoom meeting, if you see them in a Teams meeting or whatever platform you guys use in the work and you actually pop in that meeting, take two seconds, just lay a prayer out. All right, pray for your salvation. You never know just by how those little bitty prayers and obviously you should see the fruit in your life by the fruit of the Spirit, the impact that’s going to have on them. So be intentional about prayer, particularly in the workplace, particularly if your workplace is a toxic environment. I know a lot of them are. You know what? Have you ever just prayed over to workplace to release that spirit of toxicity and just get it out? You know what I want? To release peace and unity. I want to get out in the vision you make prayer part of your career. To go change everything.
Now your self-tip this week think we all have bucket lists, right? I know so many people out there have bucket lists. I recently checked out one of my bucket list items of Running Marathon, right. But how about this? Make an anti-bucket list. Okay, hang with me here. This could be a fun activity to do with your spouse or your kids. But focus on the things here that you want to stand for and that you never want to be part of. Still, easy to think about the stuff that we want to do and the shiny stuff we want to chase.
But how about taking a stance and say you know what? Here’s what we’re not going to do. We’re not going to allow this in our life. We’re not going to allow the evil one to pull us away from our church family. We’re not going to let the evil one to pull us away from activities on Wednesday night whereas we grow as a family together, spiritual, whatever it may be, I don’t know what that thing is, but you know what it is and sit down with your spouse, sit down with your kids, be interested to hear what they come up with, but make that list. So that anti-bucket list. Okay, I know it’s a different kind of concept, but, guys, that’s why you come to the Fun Friday You’re looking for all sorts of different types of ideas and tips and things like that. Okay, so there’s your health, wealth and self-tip. Again, that health tip is great. That email address for your prayers and start sending them that wealth tip. Pray for the salvation of at least five people that you work with, but I’m going to challenge you to keep praying for just your workplace environment in general. And then your self-tip, that anti-bucket list. I think that’s a beautiful concept to put into place against. I like chasing stuff too, so having bucket list items, there’s nothing wrong with that. But the stuff that we’re going to stand for, we’re not going to allow in. It’s just something powerful. We’re just about saying that. So, anyway, I hope you guys enjoy those tips. Let me know what tips you have as well. Again, chris at TheLanWithInus, send me a tip. If I use it, I’ll give you a shout out okay Now, book of the Week.
I’m going to shout out to John’s book. It’s right here, operation 333, the Little Black Book on Strategic Spiritual Warfare. So again, john’s just a good dude. I want to support him. He’s doing some great things. He’s got a heart for the Lord. So get out there, get your copy of the book. I will have a link in the show notes there for you to get connected there.
Okay, so now let’s get into our dad jokes of the week. I know you’re excited. I’m excited too. Can you hear them my voice? All right. So dad joke number one I was a doctor for a while, but then I quit. I didn’t have enough patience. So there you go. Number one I was a doctor for a while, but then I quit. I didn’t have enough patience. Number two my balloon elephant wouldn’t fit in the back seat of the car, so I had to pop the trunk. They both work on so many levels. Guys, let me know which one do you like? Again, eye rolls count, particularly if you have teenagers, if you have teenage, teenage daughters, like I do. Hey, I can’t even more. Okay, so let me know which one is best. And the question we talked about this week is which one is the best? And we talked about the best. We talked about the best one, so I’ll put it in the description. I know you’re excited. We’ll see you next week. We’ll see you next week, guys. Bye, let me know which one lands best.
And the question we talked about this week is what strategies are you using to come back to combat spiritual warfare? I’m going to tell you, if you’re going into this battle alone, if you’re going into this battle without any type of strategy moving forward, you’re going to fail, right, you’re just going to be taken out. That you once going to take you out. You got to have the helmet. You got to have the breastplate. You got to have the belt. You need to have the shoes. You had that shield. You better have that dog on sword and that sword better be sharp. You know what? Sometimes you may need some other bows in Christ to help you sharpen that sword and to hold you accountable, because you are in a battle. You are, whether or not you want to be or not, you are in the battle. I encourage you to lean in. You can do this on your own, you can, but through Christ, the things the Holy Spirit reveals to you. You totally, totally be victorious, and that’s what it’s all about. So, guys, also I want to just quick shout out I don’t know if you guys are seeing right here for our YouTube listeners I know we have quite a few now that are watching on YouTube. I got my shirt right here Shine Like Haley. So if you want to check that out, go check out Shine Like Haley. If you Google it, you should be able to find there’s a Facebook page. The Shine Like Haley group is out there as well.
This is a big part of one of my dear quite frankly, one of my best friends. His name is Trey Brooks. This was his daughter. He lost her in a terrible tragedy and this is the way that they are. You know a tribute to her. So go check it out. There’s. There’s t-shirts, hoodies, all sorts of stuff to support them. They have lots of good ways that they’re trying to grow their mission, their ministry to serve others. It’s a great way to, particularly if you’re in the state of North Carolina. They’re collecting clothes. They do all sorts of ways, things rather to try to just honor Haley, again tragically taken away from us. So I just prayed that you guys go check it out.
Just, I want to wear this shirt. I’m actually wearing this shirt. So full disclosure when we’re recording this, I’m leaving. I’m leaving here and we’re going to. We’ve got some activities to do with the family and all our family is gonna wear our shine like Haley shirts Tonight and we’re gonna do some special pictures and things like that. So I’m looking forward to that. But, guys, go check that out. Seriously, it’s like great way to Get connected to something that’s meaningful, particular something. It’s meaningful to me With Trey. He’s just a dear, dear friend. So go check it out. You know, shine like Haley in the Facebook group is where you just Google it. You’ll find her. Okay, all right, guys. So share this stuff out with others. Give us a rating and review. That would help big time. Go out there and share these tips for sure.
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