How to SHINE in the Hard Times

Yesterday I attended the Faith@Work luncheon in Albuquerque.  Rob Mahon with the Navigators Ministry is doing a great job with reaching and ministering to the business community in Albuquerque.  He has a monthly luncheon at the Hilton Hotel for almost 400 business leaders and gives a short motivational talk.  This month he talked about How to SHINE in the Hard Times.

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that no one can speak a word of blame against you.  You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world…Let your lives SHINE before them”  Philippians 2:14-15

Here is a short summary of some of my notes:

1.  Show a better ATTITUDE.  “Do everything without complaining or arguing…”  The great legend and coaching great, John Wooden used to say, “Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out”. It is easy to be a victim, to blame and complain.  Jon Gordon has recent book called “The No Complaining Rule.  His guarantee is this:  When you implement The No Complaining Rule you’ll spend less time and energy on problems and more time focused on solutions.

There is the story of David and Goliath.  The Israelites said Goliath is so BIG, we can’t win! David said, Goliath is so BIG, I can’t miss!  We all have giants, but a different attitude and perspective makes all the difference!

2.  Strive to do a better JOB.  “So that no one can speak a word of blame against you.”  Rob defined excellence as the gradual result of always striving to do better.  Little changes can produce big results.  Here is one thing to put in practice:  Never be asked more than once to get something done.  When someone asks you for something, you will SHINE if your trust level was so high that the person could consider that task done because you would get it done with excellence.

3.  Serve a better PURPOSE.  “You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world”    We often pray for God to change our circumstances while God uses the circumstances to change us.  A bigger and better purpose is that your character is conformed to the image of God, that we become more like Christ, not that everything is convenient and comfortable for us.  You can cultivate an attitude of thankfulness in all things.

4.  Seek a better RESULT.  “Let your lives shine brightly before them.”   Our ultimate mission in life is to glorify God.  We are to be like the moon:  it has no light of its own; it reflects the light of the sun.  Likewise when we SHINE, we are to reflect Christ and point others to Him.

What attitudes have helped you at work?  What attitudes will help you at home?


Which one of these four ideas do you need to apply in your life this next week?

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  1. really liked this too – I’ve been introducing the 4-R leadership model to my servant leadership course this term and we spent some time talking about how the results arena should inform how we approach the other 3 “r’s.” This summary outlines some principles of perspective and re-framing that I think is a good response to that question. Our analysis of the impact we are making and how we interpret it can catalyze us forward in our relationships and leadership roles or it can keep us stuck in traditional cycles. I’m prepping for a strategic leadership course so I may look to integrate some of these ideas. thanks for sharing!

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