Editor’s Note: This article and the last two articles focus on limits. All of us must identify our limits, learn to say no, and identify the important values we treasure. These lessons will sustain and enrich an effective ministry life. May God bless you in this endeavor.

Starting each day well is certainly important. We must prioritize our goals, prepare our soul, and schedule our time wisely. When we discipline ourselves to begin each day with intention and thoughtfulness, we do ourselves and others good. I suggested 7 questions to ask yourself each morning in an earlier post. http://charlesstone.com/7-questions-leaders-ask-every-morning/ But what about preparing to end your day? How can we end it well? Consider these 7 questions to ask yourself as you end your workday or before you go to bed.

Editor’s Note: This article, last week’s article and the article to follow next week focus on limits. All of us must identify our limits, learn to say no, and identify the important values we treasure. These lessons will sustain and enrich an effective ministry life. May God bless you in this endeavor.

I hate disappointing people. And, every time I say the word “No,” someone isn’t happy with my answer. That’s reality.

Saturday, 14 February 2015 10:56

What a Day!

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Last night as I drove home from a late speaking engagement I thought to myself, “What a day.” I was encouraged that I had several speaking opportunities. I was pumped because I had a good day. However, I was emotionally drained. I taught Sunday at 10:00, preached in my home church at 11:00, preached a deacon ordination at 3:00 and led a discipleship seminar at 5:30. These engagements amounted to three hours of speaking.

Saturday, 07 February 2015 11:01

A Call to Faithfulness

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Have you ever wanted to quit? Obviously all of us have experienced days when quitting looked like a good option. During those periods of doubt, remaining faithful is both challenging and needed. I am praying that this call to faithfulness will ring true for you.

Monday, 02 February 2015 04:02

Ministers and Wives Retreat

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Sponsored by The Shepherds Connection.

Saturday, February 21, 9:00-3:00

Tunk's Cypress Inn

Hwy 28 - 10 miles west of Alexandria on Kincaid Lake

Lunch includes: Seafood & Prime Rib Buffet with dessert

$5.00 per person ($30 Value)

Please RSVP Tim Patrick (337) 348-4924 by 2/18

Monday, 26 January 2015 07:30

When We Stumble

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Have you ever stumbled? Of course you have; we all do. Stumbling happens in many ways. In one church where I served, a group of men enjoyed hiking together. When this venture started I was not equipped for hiking. On our first trip I wore slick tennis shoes. After a few miles on the trail I learned a valuable lesson about hiking - it pays to wear the right kind of shoes. My slick shoes would not support me on slippery leaves or other challenging places, such as walking down a steep bank. I slipped and fell so many times the other men laughingly accused me of being drunk.

A few days ago I saw a book with the title that inspired this article. I highly recommend the book by Jim Minor. When I first saw it, I was captured by the title. The words Church Shouldn’t Suck are in large bold print. However, the phrase “the Life out of you” quickly calms the shock waves created by the bold print.

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