This teaching on “The Principle of the Path” from Andy Stanley is gold! This has helped me get traction in many areas that are high priority such as friendships, finances and faith.

Direction determines destiny- not intention!

Let this fuel you in making daily decisions that put you on the path to where you want to end up in life!

The Principle of the Path: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
Ask It: The Question That Will Revolutionize How You Make Decisions
THE GRACE OF GOD

 

You Can Move From Devastation to Destiny

Have you ever asked the question “If God really loves me, why would he let me face such a terrible onslaught of disaster?” It’s hard to understand suffering…why it happens, why God doesn’t stop it, why He allows what we know He could end in a moment. Photo credit: jarr1520 / Foter / CC BY […]

Advertisers know it. Crazed dictators know it. But do we know it?!

The key to changing communities and nations is by focusing on children and young people.

Enter the 4/14 window movement, which recognizes the strategic importance of the young- those between the ages of 4 to 14- in Christian mission and ministry strategy. Luis Bush, who first gave us the strategic focus of the 10/40 window is now one of the people leading the church to focus on this growing people group that represents 1/3 of the world’s population. It is the most vulnerable- yet also the most responsive and potential-filled people group!

My prayer is that the church will increasingly recognize its call to protect, nurture, disciple and release children as partners in the mission of God on earth!

 

First World Problems!

blog.compassion.com
Feb. 20, 2015

Today is THE WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE, but if we are honest we have first world problems on our minds.

Here is a sample of some annoying first world problems I have experienced in the last week (get your violin ready!):

  • I can’t find the right light fixture that I want at Home Depot
  • One of our laptops has been invaded by a virus
  • My cell phone battery isn’t powerful enough to last a full day
  • I can’t find anything good to watch on Netflix

In the meantime, as you know, kids around the world (like the boy above who lives in a refugee camp in Kenya) are mistreated, malnourished, misled, manipulated and molested. Their daily reality makes our first world problems look very small indeed.

For the United Nations, the pursuit of social justice for all is at the core of their global mission to promote development and human dignity. And this year the theme is ending human trafficking and forced labour.

Without a doubt, one of the best ways to save children from the horrors of poverty, injustice & abandonment is through child sponsorship with Compassion.

Sponsorship ensures that children can be children. They can play and laugh. They have a community of people watching out for there holistic well being. They have people praying for them. They have people monitoring their physical development and ensuring their medical care. They are freed of cares and they have a full belly so they can get a future-improving education. They get help in recovering from trauma they may have experienced. They have their self-image transformed by understanding that they are of infinite value to God. They are protected from predators.

Sponsorship rescues children from the vulnerability of poverty, but just as importantly, it rescues us from our own first world self-absorption! I can honestly say that sponsoring children has been one of the best life choices we have made as a family because the focus is taken off of ourselves and put it on to small people in need of love, encouragement and development.

Sponsorship is good for the sponsored children- but it is great for my children! I knew this when one day our boys saw a Compassion child-pack with a picture on it of a boy named Nestor from Togo. Now, we had sponsored children as a family, but after seeing this boys eyes they marched home convinced that they would pool their own money and sponsor that little guy! I am amazed at all this is building into our boys in their formational years (so much so that I don’t even mind topping up their giving amount each month to make this work!).

It is time to put our first world problems into perspective.

We are happy to link you with a child that needs to simply be a child.

Sponsor a child today @ www.compassion.ca/ambassador/robparkman!

Make a brighter future for a child (and for your family too)!

 

PS- Sadly, not all charities are created equal in terms of financial integrity. When we checked out Compassion projects first-hand in the Dominican Republic we found out that the organization ranks in the top one percentile for charities and that it is always among the top ranked charities by independent auditors. This gives you the assurance that when you sponsor a child that the money is going exactly where you want it to go- towards the support of your child. For further information check out www.compassion.ca. We always encourage people to ask a lot of questions because your donation dollar is valuable.

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The Secret to Getting Motivated with Your Fitness Program

Rob was my young adults’ pastor many years ago and I’m excited to have this opportunity to write a guest post for him. When he ask me to write about staying motivated with a fitness program, I had a chapter from my upcoming book on fitness for parents that addressed this exact issue. Here is […]

To forgive someone means that you will not hold a grudge against that person, not seek revenge, and not foster angry feelings. It does not mean that you must “forget” the provocation. It does not mean that you entrust yourself to a person who will probably do harm to you again. It does not mean that all hurt, angry feelings will automatically and instantly evaporate.

Forgiveness is an act of the will, not of the emotions… The act of forgiveness becomes part of your self-talk, which affects your work in recovering from the painful memories or feelings.

Forgiveness is not only for the benefit of the person who hurt you, it is essential for your own well being- without it bitter feelings intensify and do physical and emotional damage to you… We are called to forgive; the healing comes from Him.

 

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Learning To Tell Myself The Truth
Forgive For Good
Do Yourself a Favor...Forgive: Learn How to Take Control of Your Life Through Forgiveness
God Will Make A Way

Learning to Tell Myself the Truth (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 1994)

How Is FB Affecting Your Self-Image?

Ever get tired of looking at photos of your other people’s perfect and carefully projected Facebook lives?

Do you ever walk away from surging FB feeling less empowered and more deflated?

 

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This article highlights a new study that shows a connection between depression and time spent on FB. Most people are not simply using FB as a tool to stay in contact with friends. Instead, they default into comparing their very ordinary lives with the highlight reals of dozens and perhaps hundreds of friends. Sadly, this constant daily measurement takes a toll on the users self-confidence and sense of well being.

Here are a few pointers that help you avoid the quicksand that is increasingly associated with social media:

  1. Decide what you want to accomplish in social media and then use it for that purpose only (i.e.- keeping up with friends, promoting your services/brand, etc.).
  2. Have social media serve you rather than you serving social media by spending less time on it.
  3. Derive your concept of self-worth from more trustworthy sources (i.e. what God says about you in the Bible, the true words of trusted friends, etc.).
  4. Do five things each day that move you towards the life you want to live (action trumps everything and fuels you with energy to go for the best of what God has for you).

Guarding a healthy self-image is central to living life well and everything that is important to you, so remember to filter every message that comes your way through the lens of the value that God places on your life. You are made in His image. He has given you gifts and talents- and the desire to achieve worthwhile outcomes in life!

Q: When does social media FUEL you or DRAIN you?!

 

A Daily Prayer Guaranteed To Transform Your Life

Are you big on New Years resolutions? I’m not, but I am very interested in adopting patterns and ways of thinking that bring increasing freedom into my life. In revisiting John Eldredge’s “Waking the Dead” I came across this powerful prayer that instantly lifts, encourages and emboldens me to live the life of significance we are […]

Keys to a FORMIDABLE Life- with guest Sean McCauley PTS

Keys to a FORMIDABLE Life: Pt 1 THE HUMAN IMPRESSION I just walked out of my Sport Therapist’s clinic, Dr. Alim Kara, BSc, DC (www.balancedhealth.ca). After an intelligent ‘poking’ and ‘prodding’, ‘twisting’ and ‘cracking’, I walked out free moving, pain free and ready for action. I’ve seen quite the number of physicians, specialists and neuro specialists […]

Destroying the Work-Life Balance Idol!

joshchalmers.com
September 19, 2014

In this article, Josh Chalmers points us towards the goal of being as ‘fruitful’ as possible in each season of our lives. Work-life balance is best understood within our greater understanding of our life purpose and God-given destiny. Spiritual fruit (or outcomes) is the same as natural fruit in that we are not always aware of its development!

This is a great read, not only because of the content, but because of who Josh is as a person. Josh is a former college student of ours that is an emerging leader. He models what he writes about and what he teaches. He has a steady and firm passion for his life, his family and his professional life to bear as much fruit as possible to the glory of God.

Question: What is the biggest issue you face in terms of work-life balance?

Blessings and peace,

Rob