12 05 2009

I saw this in the bathroom at a Chick-Fil-A restaurant recently. As I washed my hands I realized why it was there.

The soap dispenser has a dripping problem. Instead of fixing the problem, the solution was to place a fruit cup bowl underneath it. Somebody recognized the issue, and instead of treating the source looked for a quick fix. Which, in reality, isn’t a fix. In fact, for me it tarnished my perception of Chick-Fil-A restaurants. They are usually a notch above most fast food joints.

What probably took the same amount of effort, could have been directed the right way towards something or someone who could really fix the problem. What dripping soap dispensers plague your work, your business, your ministry, your sphere? What are you doing to really fix the problem?

Breathe In & Smile Out,

BTW, I can’t mention Chick-Fil-A without throwing out this funny video…saw Tim Hawkins perform this at Catalyst West, hilarious!

Do It With Passion, Purpose & Humbleness

25 04 2009


So I just spent the last two days at Catalyst West in California….in a word WOW! Totally next level in every way. The take away for me was the level of amazing speakers and staff at Catalyst. From Erwin McManus and Rick Warren to Perry Noble and Andy Stanley, and so many in between…they all came with passion, purpose and humbleness.

Check the Catalyst site for sessions, resources, and a ton of equipment for the cutting edge church. What I want to speak to is the atmosphere of humbleness that surrounded servitude. I believe without one you can’t have the other. I saw key leaders in the Catalyst organization serving snow cones to people in back of the long food line. Rick Warren walked into a packed green room and made a purpose to meet everyone in the room…asking their name, shaking hands, and hugging some (I was one of the lucky ones 🙂 In fact, before he went on to speak he stepped over to tell me and a small group of people on side of the stage that he had to cancel a meeting with the President (yes Pres Obama) to make this meeting…smiling as he commented “I’ll take a meeting with Pastors over Presidents everytime.”

It was refreshing to see a group of influencers and leaders who didn’t live in a tunnel of superiority. They looked for ways to connect and serve. It didn’t diminish their passion or purpose. In fact, in my eyes it only elevated it.

Breathe In & Smile Out,