Is your church relevant today, and is it reassuring too?

Church,
the American institution.
Under threat of two things.

Being irrelevant

There was a time when preaching involved speaking about things that people wanted guidance and answers to.
But today most preaching is asking questions no one wants an answer for.

The need of the hour is to shut up about all your positions, and consider the position the people of this world are in.
Find out become relevant today.
I did not say join the church concert crowd to appeal to the kids.
I said find out how to be relevant.

I reach 24 countries every week. Hundreds of people download the podcast. I am relevant to them out of all the choices they have. I get the nod.

Not Reassuring
Back in the day you could trust what you heard. You could trust the preacher to be what he said he was.
Not anymore. Not ever.

There is little assurance that going to your church will do anything for me other than get me working at the weekends, and giving money that I am not convinced goes to the right place.

Are you a pastor of a church facing irrelevant and don’t know how to reassure people who may come?

One – get a job and learn what they are facing. You will have plenty to speak about too.

Spend time with people who don’t go to church and learn why.
You will get an education that money won’t buy at a conference, camp meeting, or shindig of some sort.

I’m Billy
navigating the human condition while coming to terms with the purpose of life.

When the sign posts change what do you?

Phew!
Tough week for me.
Changing the guard at our company, good things.
But lots of restructure.

Reporting to different leader
That’s O.K. with me too.

I guess when you navigate the road of life you get the detours, road construction and more. So more…

Fresh-oil
I was pondering how to grow my outreach with people who might like the eMail material and the podcast during all of this change.

Friday found me wondering if I was on the right track and…
Walking up the hall to the offices I spied one of God’s calling cards – reminding me.

You see when I am found by one of these little pennies it reminds of a the path and HOW to walk it.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart: and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

I find these pennies in the most unusual places and this verse hits me every time. The penny and the verse go together for me. Because it reminds me who I am trusting and acknowledging on my path.

If that was not enough to remind me. I was called on the phone by a friend.
We don’t talk often, but I expect that will change after this conversation.

On this weeks podcast I am going to be speaking to you about friends, not the t.v kind; but the kind that you have in your life that matter more than family at times.

My friend told me that I was doing the right thing in my reach out to people who wandered the pathways of this life, looking for answers in all the wrong places.

The conversation was gratefully received and along with my latest penny stored in the reminder shelf of my heart and mind.

So sorry for the lack of fresh, but let’s see what next week brings.

Billy
Navigating the human condition while coming to terms with the purpose of life.

Tells and sign posts to pay attention to…

In this weeks podcast I go over some principles to govern the path your on now.

Most of us at one time or another or right now; are pedal to the metal and keep going.

But we pay for that in results we don’t want.

Here are the things I am covering in this podcast

Trying to fake a response
The tough guy has the edge
You almost always do better if you wait
The right road leads out at the right place
Your stops as often as important as your starts
What you sow you reap
How you bounce on the bottom tells all

Now after 40 years of trying to live by these sign posts I talk to you about what I see and have observed.
You might want to go HERE and listen.

Be safe if your up here in the snow. Be thankful if your down in the heat of the South. Be sure to take your time no matter what is going on around you.

Billy
navigating the human condition while coming to terms with the purpose of life.

Do you have the courage to be yourself in an age of me too. Now that I can admire

One of the musicians from the Wrecking Crew was Leon Russell.

He played piano, very well.

Out of all the people who were in this crew of session musicians in Los Angeles Leon and Glen Campbell were the only two to make a solo career for themselves.

Now two different people you will hardly find.
Glen brilliant on the guitar, a singer with broad appeal and good looks, could play anything.

Leon brilliant on the piano, arranger, quiet, white long hair, long beard, good looking and full of Southern Charm could play anything too.

But Leon went down his own road.
He was an Okie. Didn’t mind. Had that loose country boy charm and ways. The sort of thing Bob Dylan was always hunting for and sometimes found.

Leon had a career with over 30 albums and his songs are standards that get covered in the hundreds.

He was himself.
In the days after the LA thing. He grew his hair and a beard and never, to my knowledge cut them, he kept them both long. He was always being himself. Right down to the Top Hat with the confederate  stars around the hat.

You may not even know of him. But I do. He ranks up amongst the most individualistic people I have ever observed. He could have sold out and played to the popular stuff and made a lot of money. But no.

So why is he getting the ink time here today?
You see, most people express a burning desire to be different but end up all acting and looking the same.

Not Leon. His record buying and concert attending crowd loved him for being Leon. That is all.

Object lesson in this eMail.
Be you. Really be you. No one else. Everyone else is taken.
Me I am told that I am such. If I just changed a little I could really do things? NOPE?

I walked away from a process that produces the same old same old, and it is boring. No one could be themselves. They have gladly let me go.

I love the Unknown Book and desire to help people see how it is constructed and put together. If you know of people who want to learn about the contents of the book. I am your man.

Billy
navigating the human condition while coming to terms with the purpose of life.

It’s not the envy that you need to worry about, it’s what comes behind it!

Envy and the bedfellow that it keeps company with.

A man called Nate Saint had a saying that has been tested by me on many occasions. Here it is.

“Base envy withers at another’s joy and hates the excellency it cannot attain.”

Got joy in your journey through this life?
Someone you work with, know or deal with is envious of that joy that they don’t have and they wither in it’s presence.

That leads to the next part, the bedfellow, that accompanies this withering.

Hate.
People actually do hate the excellency of others because they cannot attain to the same excellency. Why? Who knows.

But in this life as we navigate the pathway we are upon. This is part of the main resistance we must deal with.

How do you deal with this?
You don’t but too many do try to do so, and it never works.

Why?
Because something inside the envious and hater is broken and you can’t fix it. Trying to help is going to make it worse. Because now they know that you see them and understand what the issues are.

I am recently experiencing the above.
Nothing I can do about it. But I am aware. Therefore I can see where it comes from. And thus, I can make the necessary steps to fortify myself for as long as I need too.

Bet you get this too.
Bet you are frustrated with being misrepresented, lied about, hated on and all the underlying stuff that goes with this.

Memorize this little quote.
I did a long time ago. It has afforded me comfort and the ability to hold on until someone else gets the eye, so to speak.

Billy
Navigating the human condition while coming to terms with the purpose of life.

How to know your worth

In the land of the blind the one eyed man or woman is king or Queen right?
My answer is sometimes!

But there is a way to gauge the matter of knowing your real worth.

All you have to do is observe where the work goes to. Who gets the work.

What do I mean by that?

Well I heard it stated like this: “work gravitates to the competent”
In simpler words if you can do your job you will be given the work of other around who cannot do their job.

As simple as I understand it.
You’d think we would see this, but often we don’t, why?

‘Cos we are usually begging for love from those who give us this extra work to make up for the incompetent around us, or we are pushing for respect for our value; which we often never are given.

See this navigating the human condition is not hard to understand when you see it. But, it is hard to take when you do.

So what’s a guy or gal to do?
Don’t do the extra work? Act incompetent? Complain? Ask for more money?

None of the above usually sit well with the competent, but they often are the grounds for walking out and into something else.

Hope your find the path you need, because the right road leads out at the right place.

Billy 
navigating the human condition while coming to terms with the purpose of life.