Generosity is the virtue of not being tied down by concerns about one’s own possessions, but instead gain JOY from giving to others.
“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”Luke 6:38 (NASB)
I was thinking about a theme for our new year here at Tweeting God’s Love Ministries and the idea of Generosity came to mind. Then someone tweeted me that South Africa is Celebrating the Joy of Salvation in 2016. I’m not sure how much of the continent of Africa is celebrating this, but seems like we should join them, whoever they are!
And that works well with my concern about generosity, especially toward the missionaries of Africa who join us weekly sharing their leadership, wisdom, and prayers as active members of our Leadership Team on Twitter. So my challenge to you this year is to experience the “Joy of Your Salvation” through generosity to our amazing missionary leaders. I am asking for monthly donations which I will divide among these wonderful men of God. I hasten to tell you, not one of these missionaries has EVER ask for money. Quite the contrary, they continue to bless us all each day and inspire us with their selfless FAITH! We pray for them continuously, and they continuously assure us that God will provide all they need.
This is rare. Most missionaries who follow me on Twitter, begin with asking for support. That never happens with our missionaries, though they are in as much need. They come to minister to us and are grateful to be on our leadership team.
Let me introduce them to you…
Jenyo Omolehin ministers with us on Twitter from Tanzania. He and his wife, Bukky and 1YO Derrick live near Arusha where he also ministers and preaches at their local church.
Much of Jenyo’s time is spent traveling to minister, often many miles into rural parts of Tanzania. Many things about the abject poverty Jenyo sees break his heart, and the heart of God. His greatest wish is to get clean drinking water to the people he has come to love.
Jenyo came upon this little boy recently as he left his cup for the next time he gets thirsty. This puddle is his water throughout the day, as long as it is there.
On, yet another trip, Jenyo found this lady who was getting what little water she could find for her family!!
In our Twitter ministry, Jenyo is one of our most beloved Chat leaders. He is delightful and spreads the JOY of the Lord whenever he shows up. Inspite of the suffering he sees daily, Jenyo gladly gives of himself to bless us all. He even starts new chats and recruits more leaders to help TGLMinistries grow.
Next… I must introduce you to my dearest missionaries to Nigeria and République du Bénin.
Joseph and Peter left lucrative pastorates in the city to go into the rural areas of Nigeria and more recently, République du Bénin, to minister to the lost and train new Christian leaders throughout the region. They even travel into hostile areas to reach people who have never seen a Bible. They share an apartment with their wives and children…3 each ~ 6 children total.
Peter & Joseph’s wives run their mission school for the local children.
Peter and Joseph have led Bible Study chats weekly in Tweeting God’s Love Ministries, while they busily follow God as missionary leaders throughout their region for the last 4 years. During that time they have had their school blown away by storms, and still graduated both children and Ministry leaders.
It is so clear that all these missionaries and their families are making the world a better place by giving of themselves selflessly for the Lord. Scripture says that if you give to God, He will have others give to you.
LET”S BE THE OTHERS in 2016!!!
Let’s have the joy of knowing we are partners in these very good works. This is the genius of God’s plan for generosity. The more we give the more blessed we are?
How much am I asking for you to donate monthly? Anything from $1 to whatever God impresses you to give is what you should give. Please pray over this need and join us with as much as you can. I will be sure the money will get to Jenyo, Joseph, and Peter. Every dollar will go to supporting these missionaries throughout 2016. They freely give of themselve to us at Tweeting God’s Love Ministries. Let’s have some JOY in Generosity to them!
Just press the DONATE button on our home page, and donate from there.
Well, last week I promised to add Biblical principles for organizational development as our Wednesday blog theme. Who knew we would see a melt down in Baltimore? So I dedicate today’s blog to Baltimore.
I thank Peter Senge for the concept of “creative tension”. Let’s see what it has to do with Baltimore this week. Let me show you what creative tension is.
This is not my best artwork, but it is straight off my workshop flip chart . All healthy people and organizations maintain a forward creative tension. They have a vision of their future and the hope, faith, and belief in their ability to be successful. That pull has to be strong enough to overcome the backward pull from past experiences and memories that cause them to fear their own failure or unworthiness that will keep them from their hopes and visions.
If the vision is weak, the frustration leads to anger that is at first paralyzing, so that no forward progress happens. The feeling of being stuck or disempowered takes over.
If this continues the backward pull increases with increasing daily experience with failure. Eventually this anger erupts in many ways. For individuals it may erupt in bursts of uncharacteristic violence. In a community, if a lot of citizens experience this frustration continually, the community is a prime target for riots and being stirred to rioting by those who incite them for fun.
This is what we have seen in Baltimore in the last days. The large number of disenfranchised and fearful citizens, mostly youth, were incited to riot and the results were tragic for individuals, businesses, and the police and Mayor.
Today is calmer, thanks to the good people and grown-ups in the community with the courage to step up and do the right things. The big question is how solid is this calm? Is it really a new calm, or merely a respite before a new and possibly worse storm. Another good question is how many other communities are in a similar state of unstable calm and need to join Baltimore in citizen-engaged continuous improvement action teamwork. Such a situation requires immediate action to reestablish forward creative tension. It’s the only answer to the backward pull of destruction.
Many have commented in the last few days wondering why these people haven’t learned from past riots how destructive this is to their community. Let’s first recognize that for 95% of the rioters it is not an analytical time, but a highly emotional time. If the community does not create a continuous improvement momentum for it’s citizens, frustration will pull people backward again and riots will happen again.
So where to go from here?
There is nothing more powerful for healthy individuals, a companies, or a communities than a positive upliftting shared vision. And “shared” means shared engagement and involvement that leads to a wide spread sense of ownership pulling people forward in their shared belief in their future success. When this positive tipping point is achieved, constructive momentum takes on a life of it’s own.
The citizens have many grievances in Baltimore. This will pull the community backward again if those grievances don’t get a fair hearing and treatment in an overall continuous improvement process.
The first thing to do is to start a credible and trust worthy community-wide team building process including all strata of citizens to work together to create the new vision. The team should have enough authority represented that they can believe that improvement actions will follow. It also needs to be led by someone who is in it for the long haul and not quit when things get tough, because they will.
Such a cross-functional team should include citizens of all ages and interests, business owners, government workers, police, educators, spiritual leaders. Resist the temptation to get all postive folks. This is a partner making process. It is an opportunity to enlist some of those who have felt the most disenfranchised!But all must be committed to participate as though they are on the same team.
The temporary vision is that everyone will roll up their sleeves together and work as partners to make the community continuously improve in ways that are most important to all. But the team, once formed will create the actually vision and signs of success from which real actions will flow. Then they begin planning, steering, and monitoring, and celebrating the success milestones as they are achieved.
The excitement and good will that will come from a credible process like this, will begin to reestablish the forward pull of creative tension to a future everyone owns and believes in.
Without vision, the people abandon restraint,
but those who obey the Law are happy. Proverbs 29:18
Next Wednesday – How to create a Team Vision.
I have been involved in youth ministry much of my adult life and I know they can be engaged to give their lives for GOOD and for GOD.
If we are to be relevant today, we must be talking about #Baltimore and the YOUTH REBELLION taking place there! I have listened nonstop to press conferences about all the police being called out to put down the riots they expect again tonight. Not ONE public official considering an approach that might change that dynamic.
I have a vision of a YOUTH Fair of Christian Worship Teams covering the streets of #Baltimore to minister to the young people. I devoted the morning to tweeting for that ministry approach. I have seen lives transform miraculously when inspired by the Word of God. That was where Dr. Martin Luther King derived his power! But somehow, today, his message seems so yesterday to so many.
ButGod’s Word is not yesterday, it is relevant for #Baltimore and anywhere today. No I am not stupid enough to think that prayer alone will transform a community in chaos. But that community needs to come together, talk together, plan together, and forgive one another together, heal together. This is the only way they will involve everyone, even the youth, in planning for tomorrow. That is where God’s Word will get a community doing loving things together for each other.
The only bright spot last night was when a group of spiritual leaders marched the streets of #Baltimore singing gospel. Unfortunately, led by politicians, they seemed to be there more for the cameras than for solving problems. Things visibly calmed down as these leaders did their half hour march. But everything erupted as they left!
Christians dedicated to being disciples of Christ, need to go into these angry streets and stay there to minister to the people. Love them into better versions of themselves.
Just when I was losing hope for #Baltimore, a bright light came shining through. Over a thousand citizens stepped up to begin cleaning up the mess and helping devastated business owners. Then came my new HERO, Pastor Donte Hickman. He is pastor of SouthernBaptistChurch.org and was building the senior citizen housing center that was burned to the ground last night. Admitting that he was disheartened last night, he said he faces today with new resolve to help #Baltimore transform. HALLELUJAH! He also said he had called the leaders of his church to meet him and go to the streets to minister…”out of the view of the cameras’. YAY!!! May God bless this strong Christian leader and send more to support him!
These problems are spiritual problems that take spiritual solutions so that people will work together to identify and solve the pressing problems of poverty, joblessness, education barriers, and racial tensions. If church leaders will come out of their buildings to the real church, God’s people, and lead them, countries will be transformed.
If my people will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, I will forgive their sins, and I will heal their land. 2Chronicles14:7
TweetingGodsLove.com will continue to support our online ministry and bring you news of our Twitter Chats and the TGL family & friends. We will also continue to post topics on living the Christian life by applying Biblical truth to daily challenges.
But starting this Wednesday, I will begin drawing from my quality management consulting experience as well and posting practical lessons on “Leadership and Teamwork from the Heart of God”.
Biblical principles are the foundation of true excellence in the workplace, as people work together to build legendary teamwork!Leading with the heart of God is what it takes to build this kind of dynamic excellence focused organization . Small or large organizations all need to do the same thing….engage the hearts of their people!