Emotional Health for Improved Leadership

Being emotionally healthy is often a matter of perspective. Though we might feel we can quantify other people’s responses to life, the responders themselves may be of a different mind as to the rightness of their actions. This is why leaders’ own judgments need great care. The brain partly assesses situations quickly through the recognition of behavioural patterns but it also stores memories along with emotional tags. This means that leaders’ treatment of people can contain an inherent, though unintentional, bias. There are three major triggers for such lose-lose outcomes in otherwise-well adjusted leaders, each with a clear remedy and some suggested resources. Continue reading

Answering Tough Questions – Part 1

There are many questions put to Christians in an attempt to throw them off. I’m all for answering questions sincerely, but sometimes they are not sincerely asked. Nevertheless, most atheists have asked them at some stage and insufficient responses don’t exactly encourage people to find faith. Here are some brief answers to the first five of ten of the most-asked questions. Answering them could make an ‘other-world’ of difference. Continue reading

How to Combat the PC Virus

The public bullying of those expressing personal views is increasingly troublesome. Last week, Australian tennis great, Margaret Court, was pilloried for sharing an opinion, despite attacking no-one. It seems that the honour of individuals is becoming dependent on behaving in a manner dictated by others. It has become clear that freedom of speech is only acceptable for those who give the right speech. This incident highlights the need to consider how we, too, might respond when similarly attacked by the whims of the political correctness brigade. Continue reading

How To Stand and Fight When You’re Down

One of the Bible’s classic texts on spiritual warfare is that of Ephesians 6:10-18, which outlines the armour available to every Christian. What is often missed, however, is the intentionality of the courageous stand that needs to be taken in the face of adversity when we least feel like being proactive. That stand is threefold and essential for every person who has responded to God’s offer of salvation. It helps us legally access spiritual victory and the promises that the Bible offers to God’s children. Continue reading

True Love in an Alabaster Box

In John 12:1-8, we are told of Jesus being honoured by one of his friends, Mary of Bethany. One of several biblical Marys, she was the sister of the resurrected Lazarus and of Martha (who speaks to us in Luke 10:38-42 of the priority of relationship over service). She shows us how, rather than just securing our relationship with God in the first place, we can enjoy it thereafter. Similarly, a man might quickly woo a woman without knowing how to love her for life. Any Christian needs Mary’s insights to better live a life that demonstrates unconditional love of God, too, so as to make a transforming difference in our world. Continue reading

How to Love People Just Like Mum Does

Does a mother have a favourite child? It has been said that she does: whichever child needs her the most at any one time. Mums are experts at making the world seem to stop for a child as they zone in on their needs, make their world a better place and love them unconditionally. This is all while managing a household, a job, other kids, or countless other priorities. Those who say there is no such thing as multi-tasking, only switch-tasking, clearly haven’t met many mothers in full flight. Our mums actually teach us a few important principles for better care of people we love in just about any area of life. Continue reading