Facebook – I choose the terms


So Facebook brought Instagram for a cool billion dollars. Some leave instagram in disgust and some people catch on and join.

Right now who knows what Facebook will do with their very young purchase. But one thing is for sure ,what’s coming is another thing to compete for my attention. No doubt it will be a great product but I am drawing a line in the virtual sand.

I choose to connect on my terms.

This means, long sentence…. that whatever the latest and greatest tool for communication there happens to be I will respond when I want to respond, not when you ping, notify, text, email, ring or any of the other myriad of ways that you will invent to distract me from what I have chosen to do.

I choose the terms, I choose to stay focused from the inside out.


Hands up if you screwed up

Sometimes I am reminded of the harsh reality that I still screw things up. It is a very helpful reminder as a Christian leader that I am not Jesus, it might sound obvious but the messiah complex is a real danger for leaders. You get a few things right and you can believe you are perfect and the answer to everything. But we are just people, people who make mistakes like anyone else.

One of the many things that should be distinctive about a Christian leader is the willingness to admit to mistakes even the ones we did not see. With this most recent one I had no idea I had messed up. But someone had the courage to say something. To come along and point out someone else’s failing is courageous and brave.

But the next move is really important. To keep strong and not accept the failing is a dangerous path, it leads to all sorts of lies, serious even if no one else knows. The best course of action is to stick your hands up and acknowledge what has happened.

The world does not need any more leaders pretending to be the messiah. It need’s ordinary people who will put their hands up when they screw up.