Friday, January 28, 2011

Spiritual leadership

Of all the occupation, a “Leader” lives with the greatest tensions between being a servant and a leader. Jesus poses a dilemma for us when he says, “whosoever will be great among you let him by your minister, and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant’ (Matthew 20:26-27)

As we look at this dilemma Jesus posses, this indicates that for one to get further or productive, he/she must first give. Or another way for saying this is, to be a leader you must follow.

On one side of the self contradictory statement is our image of a leader, a person with power, having the ability to inspire enthusiasms, interest in others by means of personal influence, and impressive achievement.

The trouble begins when we try to reconcile that image with our thoughts about what a servant should be – ready to submit to others, modest and reserved, not praised and honored. Trying as we might, human efforts to combine these qualities into the role of the servant-leader fail us.

According to E.F. Shumacher, he states that our age is frustration in two conflicting images of leadership. One images is the shining star at the top of the Christmas tree, bright visible and dominant. The other image is the balloon-seller at the country fair, a drab and paltry holder of strings. In human terms, one is a leader, and the other is a servant. Only a cryptic mind can see through the fallacy in both images. The shining star at the top of the Christmas Tree depends upon the nuts in the branches, while the holder of the strings depends on the hot air in the balloons above. Needless to say, the paradox of the servant-leader can be resolves only in the example given to us by Jesus Christ Himself.

A case study is scripture illustrates the Spirit of Jesus as we see servant-leader-clergy and laity, in action. In the opening chapters of Acts of the Apostle, we read about the miraculous growth of the church after Pentecost. Then it happens, numbers of coverts out run the available food supply internal conflict and the infant church is threatened with early extinction. Acts 6:1-6 records the conflict and the resolution.

Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them.

The outline for analyzing the case for servant leadership comes from directly from the text.

To LEAD is to SERVE. For you to be a good leader you must be a good servant. For leaders are true servants

Motivation speaker/author Carl Mathis
Author of life is what you make it - seven steps to moving forward.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

How is believing a necessary part of your life

You cannot do anything and approach it with a positive mind unless you believe. According to Zig Ziglar, “If you want to reach a goal, you must “see the reaching” in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal”

Inside every human is a volcano of success waiting for the moment to erupt, when that volcano erupts, miracles happen, but you must vision the eruption before it happened. In other words you must believe that it will happen.

Just like an ad endorser, if you advertised a product that you yourself do not believe in, then the whole thing is moot, isn't it?

Then you must believe, and have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so: Only if one believes in something can one act purposefully. Thus you must believe before you act.

It's the same way with life. You cannot go around doing things just for the sake of it and not really put your heart and soul into it. You have to believe! And this belief has to be cantered on Truth.

Motivation speaker/author Carl Mathis
Author of life is what you make it – seven steps to moving forward.
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Friday, January 21, 2011

What causes unnecessary worries and anxieties?

I think that this day and age calls for lifestyles that are busy, fast-paced and absolutely hectic. As a result, there seems to be not enough quality time being spent. For example, most people wake up; grab a cup of coffee on your way out the door. You might sit down and have something only it you have children or a spouse, but nine out of ten times so probably don’t finish your breakfast.

You then get on the freeway rushing trying to bet the traffic, it you get traffic then that’s another forty five to an hour. You get to work and the only time you get a break is at lunch time, but you have to hurry up and get back to work before the boss open his/her mouth. You might get a fifteen minutes break now and then, but what is fifteen these days. Fifteen minutes in this time is like a couple of minutes.

At the end of your work day, you have to go through the same procedure with the traffic to get home. If you have children, that’s a second job by it self. By the time you get the house in order, you are so tired, that it is almost unbearable. Then after such unrest less night of sleep, you wake up and have to do it all over again.

This procedure goes on day after day, while missing out on what is important.

We tend to get lost in the flurry of things, and sometimes the most important things are neglected. Things like a normal conversation between you and the children, or your spouse, your health, laughing and having fun now and then. Study shows that things like these will not just make you feel better but put you in a position to have a long life span.

And the most important thing of it all is your spiritual time where you and God communicate. Whether you go in your closet, bathroom, sit in you vehicle, there should be some mediation time. In other words you must prayer.

When we miss out on what really matters, this creates a vacuum in our lives that cannot be filled. We end up searching for the missing piece in all the wrong places, and this can cause all this unexplained frustration in living the unfulfilled life, which causes unnecessary worries and anxieties.

Motivation speaker/author Carl Mathis
Author of life is what you make it – seven steps to moving forward.
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Saturday, January 15, 2011


It is said that Angels are real and living amount us, the question is, what you believe? Is it possible that the same person that you past almost everyday on the street corner asking you for a dime or a quarter is an angel? Is it possible that your seven grade teacher, who always seems to touch your heart whenever she speaks, is an angel? How about when you were feeling not so good, and when you prayer, you felt something came and touch you gentle, within minutes you were feeling better, was that an angel?

In order for God to work between the seen world and the un seen world without going against free will. Angels are the bridge which works between both worlds. In other words, angels are Heavenly beings sent by God to convey His message to and for.

This might be a hard fetch for some, but the truth of the matter is, in Scriptures, Angels are said to be guardians sent by God to watch over the human race, to deliver his message, to guard and protect us from danger, to do battle with other spiritual beings on our behalf. They are primarily spiritual beings created by God to serve him.

Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?(Hebrews 1:14 NIV) So, the primary mission of Angels is towards salvation. However, the scripture indicates to us that they could be in the form of a human body while performing their assign duties.

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Hebrews 13:2 NIV)

Angels are on assignment form God towards getting us closer to Him, so you do have the authority to put them to work. You can give them messages to deliver to your Heavenly Father. You could send them in front of you to make sure the way is safe. You could command them to protect you from harm and danger, and yes, you have the authority to allow them to enter another person body to work on your behalf, as long as it’s parallel with the plain of God.

Do you have an angel, yes you have an angel.

Motivation speaker/author Carl Mathis
Author of Life is what you make it – seven steps to moving forward.
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Sunday, January 2, 2011


Life is What You Make It: Carl Mathis

National (Christian-PR News)

Carl Mathis wasn't prepared for the devastation the loss of his wife would bring to his life. He soon found himself grieving, struggling to make ends meet, and trying to raise his sons, who were also dealing with personal turmoil from the loss of their mother. After months of waiting for someone to rescue him, Carl had to face the inevitable truth--no one was coming. He realized that if he wanted out of the mess his life was becoming, he was going to have to do it himself. Join Carl Mathis in this motivational story about one man's struggle to put his life back together.

He is much more than an everyday motivational speaker. While some know him for his work as an author and entrepreneur, others know him as a 21st Century innovator, setting the standard for men around the country. But no matter how others view him, Carl Mathis is confident of his mission and God-ordained purpose in life—to encourage people worldwide to live life to the fullest, no matter the odds.

Mathis is a living testimony that what the enemy meant for evil, God is definitely turning around for good. But he didn’t know that when his wife passed in December of 2005. He was suddenly left with the pain of losing a loved one, the burden of raising three boys on his own, and the challenge of filling both motherly and fatherly roles. Depression set in. He wanted to quit. But in the midst of him crying out to God for a way to overcome the pain, it was revealed to him that in the process of helping others overcome, he too would triumph and overcome the obstacles of life.

If he would have thrown in the towel in 2005, Mathis would have never published his debut novel Life is What You Make It: Build a Better Life for You and Your Family, or his new book Life is What You Make It: Seven Steps to Moving Forward. In addition to his most recently published works, he also writes feature stories for The Royal Chronicle, his church’s monthly newsletter. Currently serving as a minister and elder at Holy Ghost Tabernacle Ministries in Goulds, FL, Mathis is no stranger to work in the ministry.

Besides teaching bible classes, he spends a significant amount of time volunteering with Shepherds Care, an outreach program designed to help those in need and the homeless. Mathis is also furthering his theological studies through the National Alliances of Progressive Churches. Together with his charisma and determination to see people prosper worldwide, he is certainly one of the chosen vessels for a time such as this—a time where people see no hope and give up on dreams. Carl Mathis seeks to not only give people hope and encouragement for a season, but for a lifetime.

Life Is What You Make It will teach you how to overcome any crippling situation you find yourself in and stimulate personal and spiritual growth by accepting the situation, taking responsibility, conditioning your mind, choosing to make right decisions, building a team, believing, and defining the new normal.

Motivation speaker/author Carl Mathis

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