There are two reasons you should read Everyday Greatness by Stephen Covey. The first is if you are simply looking for something encouraging, inspirational, and thought-provoking (in a positive way) to read when you get up in the morning or when you lay down at night. (The latter is when I read it.) Pick it up, read a few of the devotional-esque stories, lay down, and drift off while thinking about how you can be “more like that guy.”
The second reason is it’s filled with terrific material if you speak or write a lot. The stories are well-told, mostly short, and always tied to a specific character trait (like courage, integrity, or humility). There is certainly an abundance of material (over 400 pages) – organized in a way that is easy to find, use, and cite. (You always cite your sources, right?!?)
If you are looking for encouragement or stories for your next speaking engagement or written piece – pick it up.
What other resources have you found for great stories, illustrations, and analogies? (No need to mention the Chicken Soup stuff. Yea…I know those ones…)
As most of you know, I am working on my next book right now. There are four reasons I’m writing this book. The first is that almost every time I teach a Falling in Love with God’s Word Workshop someone asks me this question: How can I take the principles I just learned and apply them to my own kids (or youth group, or children’s ministry)? The second, third, and fourth reasons are named Sarah, Caleb, and Hannah. Kari and I need this book!
My hope and prayer is to create a tool that will enable parents (including Kari and me), youth pastors, and children’s pastors to help the next generation fall in love with God and His Word!
Over the years, I have seen too many books for parents that are heavy on theory and light on practical application. If this book will be one thing – it will be practical! People have been emailing me ideas. I’ve been talking to other parents, youth pastors, and children’s pastors. I am meeting with a friend of mine (former youth pastor and amazing researcher) next week to talk about doing some research for me to find even more resources, ministries, ideas, blogs – anything that will help turn theory into reality. We’re even dreaming about an online repository at www.thatyoumayknow.com where we can keep adding and updating resources long after the book is printed!
But I could really use your help. I want your stories, ideas, quotes, and resources for helping kids and students fall in love with God’s Word. Click the picture at the top of this article and you’ll be taken to a page where you can submit your stories and ideas.
Three reasons to submit:
- Your stories and ideas could be used in my new book – and help the next generation love God’s Word!
- If your submission is used, I’ll send you a free copy of the book when it comes out.
- Just for submitting an idea (before the end of June) – I’ll send you a coupon code you can use to get a FREE COPY of my current eBook – Falling in Love with God’s Word.
I know I said I was going off the grid for a week, and now that turned into two weeks plus. I actually have been back on the grid, but coming back from a completely unplugged vacation I learned a few things about going unplugged. In no particular order…
Going off the grid is good for the brain. Since I didn’t do ANY blogging, Facebook, or Twitter for a week, it removed all the temptation to do one while doing another. I don’t think I could just stop doing Facebook, or Twitter, or blogging. They seem to go hand in hand. And once I fully unplugged from them all it was like hitting the reset button on my brain. Only took about a day or two before I wasn’t thinking “Oh…I should post that, tweet that, write about that.”
Writing/Tweeting has it’s own rhythm. Once I got back – as you can see – getting back into the rhythm isn’t easy. So much to catch up on. Other things to do. No longer near the top of my brain space. Even when I thought “I should write/blog/tweet about this” I just didn’t do it. Started using the word later a lot. Dangerous, dangerous word.
I missed the conversation. The thing I love the most about writing is the conversation that happens when I do. Some people love to write just to get thoughts out of their head and into a journal or blog. Don’t get me wrong – I find enjoyment and value in that as well. But it’s the conversation I really missed. The comments. The additional thoughts. The pushback. Basically…I missed you.
And now I’m back…good to see you again.
I was truly inspired this morning. Can’t say that happens every day. Maybe it would – if I paid attention a little more. This morning’s inspiration came from a guy I’m blessed to call “friend” though I can’t honestly say we know each other well. Greg Asimokoupoulos is a pastor, father, husband, author, poet and weekly contributor to the Partial Observer. A bit ironic that the site is called The Partial Observer, since I found myself thinking This guy notices what the rest of us miss. He makes me want to pay attention. He shows me that I need to pay attention.
Greg’s primary focus this morning was on the power of writing things down. Journaling. Blogging. Writing letters. (Not typing or emailing, but actually doing something crazy like using paper and a pen.) Writing down our prayers.
I love to write. I also know I don’t do it nearly enough. One of the quotes Greg shared this morning spoke of our “thoughts becoming untangled” as they pass through pencil to paper. Anyone who has taken the time to process, dream, pray, and think onto paper knows the truth that statement holds.
So today, I write. Tomorrow I plan to write again. Some days, I’ll share these writings with you. Some days I won’t. Nonetheless, my wife needs a husband whose thoughts are untangled. As do my children. As do my friends. As do those I serve – in the marketplace and in my neighborhood.
For that which is in me and unhealthy needs to be vetted out and dismissed. And that which God, in His grace, has planted in me that can actually help someone, will only see its helpfulness realized when transformed from internal thought to external word and deed.
A beautiful coincidence that this inspiration has come on Independence Day. For this morning, I am both grateful for the freedom to write, and indeed feel my heart, mind, and spirit are a bit freer than they were yesterday.
Thank you Greg.
Just read an article about a university student who wanted to “test the media” to see how much fact-checking really went on. So…he made up a quote and put it on Wikipedia. Sure enough, it got printed all over the place. Ironically, Wikipedia caught it and removed it, but the various media outlets never checked to see if it was true.
Those of us who write, speak, preach, and blog have to be careful when we quote someone else’s material. It might just be made up!
Read the whole article here.