In 30 Years How Will You Know?

A question worthy of consideration.

Senate confirmation hearing.

Senate confirmation hearing.

Senate confirmations hearings are not my typical prime time entertainment. I wasn’t really watching, but the hearings for President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch was on. Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb) asked a question that was potentially one of the best questions I have ever heard at such a hearing.

“When you look back on your career, how will you know if you were a good judge?”

Gorsuch said he seeks that same kind of reflection from his students when he asks them to write their own obituary. It’s not about how large your bank account is, or how many cases you win, he said. It’s about how you treat people along the way. Gorsuch said he would like to be remembered as kind and mild in private life, and dignified and firm in public life (paragraph copied from abajournal.com).

It was a politically safe answer, but I doubt that it was what he would have told his children if they asked him the same question.

What about you? How would you answer the same question? Considering your career, your calling, your family, your service to your local church – in 30 years, how will you know if you did a good job?

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Who ultimately determines if you were successful or not? Is it history, co-workers, family, or your Creator?
  • What is your purpose? How have you grown toward fulfilling that purpose? What is the gap between where you are and where you could be?
  • To what degree should material gain factor in to your evaluation of success? To what degree should intangibles (respect, integrity, love) factor in?

This sort of question deserves more than a quick answer. Take some time, sit  back, pray, dream, contemplate – but do yourself a favor and answer the question. 

TwoMinutesOfTruth.com

TWOTwoMinutesOfTruth.com was inspired while I was listening to an interview with Morgan Spurlock. The comment was made that –

“Anyone will watch a single round of boxing, if it’s good enough – they will watch the entire fight.”

The idea came to my mind that I should capture short, 2 minute clips from sermons so that they can be easily shared on social media. Simple as that.:)

Dr. John Piper has often said, “Books don’t change people, paragraphs do — sometimes sentences.”

I would say that the same is true for sermons – while every word of a sermon is important, it is typically a single illustration or statement that makes it unforgettable. TwoMinutesOfTruth.com is about identifying and capturing those moments in a way that can be easily shared.

 

Going further, faster with the help of digital ministry

With the help of digital technology, teaching ministry in no longer limited to a weekend experience. Here are a few ways you can fold our teaching into your everyday life:

  1. The Maximum Life Podcast – Features weekly sermons going back to 2012. I recommend the Overcast App for downloading podcasts – https://overcast.fm
  2. Zach Terry YouTube Channel – Features videos from the weekend sermons at Capshaw. Make sure to subscribe with your google account so that you will be updated when new content is added. http://www.youtube.com/zaco76
  3. Instagram – Each week I will post an image or two that reminds you of the main idea from the previous week’s message – instagram.com/zachterry
  4. Twitter – I schedule tweets to go out from the notes of Sunday’s sermon throughout the week. twitter.com/zachterry
  5. Blog – I post to zachterry.org any time new materials come along that will allow you to dig deeper or reinforce what we are learning. It is a great compliment to the podcast and youtube channels.

Those are just a few of the ways you can fold the teaching ministry of Capshaw into your daily life and go further faster.

The Leader’s Insight

Leaders see what others cannot see and say what others will not sayIt is imperative that leaders have the ability to face the cold hard facts about the state of their organization.

It has been said that, “optimism without realism is simply a pleasant delusion”.

Facts, even difficult facts, are the leader’s friend. Because, you see, leaders must be gripped with how things could be to such a degree that they can no longer accept things as they are. Unless you can embrace the reality of where you are, you will be unable to accurately chart a course for where you desire to be.

For more teaching on leadership visit – YouTube.com/zaco76

The Battlefield of the Heart

Virtual Purity_tThe biggest surprise for many people who are engaged in the battle for virtual purity is that the battle is not primarily won by software (filters, DNS Servers, and the like). Those are certainly part of the strategy and we will address those fully in the final sermon. However, the primary tactic to win against online temptation is to foster godly affections. The battle isn’t fought in the mind, but in the heart. It’s all about what you hate and what you love.

We began the study of Virtual purity last week by learning how and why we are to Hate Porn. We continue the study this week as we look at Embracing Authenticity. Join us this Sunday at Capshaw – www.capshaw.org