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Showing posts from June 10, 2012

Biking in The Suburbs

I commuted this morning on my bikefrom my house to a men's small group and then from the group to my office. I met up with Jason along the way, and we made it without major incident from our homes to our destinations on the streets and bike trails of Plano.

The reason I would blog about this is that our town is not really suited for commuting by bike on the streets.

Suburbs are built for cars, not bikes and pedestrians.Bicycles in this town are for recreation and sport, and walking is for exercise. Anything "everyday" is 99% done in a car. It's designed that way. Yes, the City of Plano is making strides to make motorists aware of bikes  on the streets (See below), but they are still dominated by motorized vehicles and angry drivers.

I recently connected with a virtual acquaintance, Sean Benesh, who lives and commutes in Portland. He muses about such things as being Metrospiritual and creating a "bikeable" church. He has dipped into the cycling ethos of th…

When a Leader Makes a Mistake

One of the hardest parts of leading is admitting you made a mistake, living with the consequences of that miss-take, and keeping followers on mission after you make it. Leaders are human, and no matter our training, experience, or talents, we can't see everything and we can't be right 100% of the time.
This truth is why I appreciate the story about Joshua in in Bible. In Joshua 9, we read how the leader of Israel was deceived into making a treaty with an enemy whom he would have destroyed. While the cleverness  of the enemy to survive is interesting, the better part of the story is how Joshua exhibited character in the midst of his failure as a leader.
Read the story here.
Here are some leadership lessons from this experience in Joshua's life. Take responsibility for your actions. Joshua did not play the blame game or whine he had been deceived, nor did he get into the politics of blame and point his finger at the elders who ratified the treaty by oath. To lead is to take re…