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The #1 way to live an Authentic Life!

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Misc

Somehow I ended up in a really great conversation the other night with some friends about what it means to live an authentic life.  You see, it started by me explaining what it means to create authentic experiences.

I know too often, the church can use language that most of us sometimes end up walking away, saying “now what in the world were they talking about?”

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Well its sort of that way when talking about living an authentic life.

So, for your eyes only, I’m going to give you the #1 way to live an Authentic Life!

Be.  Present.

There you have it!  Its that simple.  Be present.  

Don’t be so quick to move on to the next project or task, that you skip right past your heart or even perhaps with good intention, ignore the hurting or needy around you.

I truly believe that part of living an authentic life starts with my word of the year and thats intentional.

When we make the choice to be intentional, we can’t help but be present in our circumstances, present in our pain, and present in our families.

In what ways are you avoiding being present?

What parts of your heart are you ignoring?

Posted on: February 21, 2013

Finding our true authentic voice.

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Misc

Being a story teller and having been involved in creating so many experiences over the years, one of the most important things I’ve come to realize is just how important it is to find our one true authentic voice.

There are so many voices out there in our world today begging for our attention. So many of them saying “do this and do that,” and even more now than ever saying “follow these 6 steps and you’ll be able to be just like me!”

But let me ask you a question. Is your voice meant to be just them?

Is your one true authentic voice being used to impact and influence the world around you?

Do you know that your voice has power? That your stories and your experience matter?

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There is not one single other person on the face of the planet like you.

Have you ever done a google search for your name, or searched on Facebook? You’ll quickly learn, that there are at least hundreds of other people with your same name, maybe even same spelling, but the truth is they are not you!

They cannot copy your stories, copy your experiences, and ultimately copy you!

Thats why you are so important. Don’t get caught in the trap of simply trying to follow someone else’s blueprint and forget to find your authentic voice and tell your true stories.

Its so easy to get sucked into the “doing” or “following” someone else’s best intentions to help guide us or influence us. But the reality is that when we let that misplace our true voice, we become like the person in the Book of James, who walks past a mirror and sees their face and then immediately forgets it.

Your voice matters.

Your stories matter.

Your experience matters.

What we need is more of you!

I love knowing how others are finding their voices.  Leave a comment and let me know what you’re going thru finding your true voice.

Posted on: February 20, 2013

We were made to be worshipers!

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Worship

We’ve all been there, feeling like there are not enough hours in the day, feeling like we simply aren’t enough for whatever is going on.  Stressed out, worried about this or that, seemingly just going from extreme to the next while accomplishing whatever task is currently at the top of the to do list.

Ring a bell, yet?

Got the picture?

Doesn’t sound very fun does it?  Doesn’t exactly inspire a Lifetime movie.  And yet for some reason, its the life most of us choose to live day in and day out.  Analogies and metaphors abound, trying to describe and capture the endless “rat race” most of us prefer.  I use the word prefer because we have the power to choose something different, to be more intentional, to be more authentic, but we don’t.

Why is that?

I believe the answer lies in this quote below from G.K. Chesterson.

When we cease to worship God, we do not worship nothing. We worship anything.

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What Chesterson is saying, is that we were made to worship and will in fact worship something whether it is with intention or not.  Thats just reality.

And so you and I are presented today with a challenge.  

What are we going to worship?

Are we going to worship the fleeting feelings of pleasing those around us, our kids, our bosses, our schedule, or are we going to make an intentional choice to worship our Creator?

Take a moment and look at your plans and schedule and ask yourself, what does this say about my worship?

Posted on: February 19, 2013

How to finish well.

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Leadership

Not to brag or anything but over the past 15 years of working in the music business, I’m the crown prince of leaving one gig or job and having to start another.  Part of that is because the music industry is just volatile and thats just the way it is.  The other part is obviously, hello, me!

But one thing I’ve learned along the way is, how we leave or finish will say far more about us than how we start.

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                                 *photo credit W. David Phillips

Let me share with you an example.

My mom, who undoubtedly, is an amazing woman, and I would be remiss in not acknowledging such, diligently worked at a job for 25 years.  Each and every morning of those 25 years, 6 days a week, 52 weeks a year, she got up at the crack of dawn, and slaved away at being the very best she possibly could be.

And as you can imagine, working anywhere for 25 years, you naturally develop some pretty close relationships.  The lines between the professional and the personal are bound to be crossed.  Thus was true for my mom.

Well, the time came eventually for her to move on to the next season of her life and find another job.  Hard as that was, her character and integrity shown thru and she left that job of over 25 years with her dignity in tact.  

You would think, naturally, a party would be thrown, or a lavish gift given perhaps, but you and I would be wrong in this case.  

What ensued, was a not so pleasant experience of betrayal, hurt, and pain and thats putting it lightly.

The most amazing part of this story is only a few short months later, my mom, after finding another job and working at it for several months, was given an amazing opportunity.  A door opened that perfectly lined up with her authentic voice, and true giftedness and would give her the chance bridge the gap between vocation and avocation.

She took it.

This time around, do you know how her new employers of only a few months reacted?

They were ecstatic!  Completely over-joyed and encouraging!  Not in the slightest bit upset that they would have to spend resources hiring and retraining someone.  Its amazing the contrast and what that says about them.  My mom of course, helped them and made that transition easy and graceful, once again proving her character and integrity is not found in how you start but how you finish!

Which leads me to ask, how do you treat others when its time for the relationship or journey to end?

What can be said of your business by how you treat employees when they leave for greater opportunities somewhere else?

If people are the greatest resource and assest we’ll ever come to realize in this world, shouldn’t we be intentional and love them well?

Posted on: February 18, 2013

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