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Thoughts From An 8 yr. Old: Life Is Hard

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Thoughts from an 8 yr. old

Kids can dazzle us, saying the most amazing things! Don’t you just love it when we’re shown how to live by them! Those of you with kids know exactly what I’m talking about.

Molly, my 8 yr. old, is wise beyond her years, and one of the most beautiful gifts I’ve ever known. I’m truly at a loss for words even trying to put together a string of thoughts that would communicate how much I love her. Especially how much I learn from her!

Molly

Easter Sunday, my family spent the afternoon at Gran and PawPaw’s house for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt.  Now in order to properly frame this picture for you, imagine 16 grandkids, several acre’s of land, and literally hundreds and hundreds of little plastic pastel colored eggs hidden across the lawn.

Got the image?

So Molly, full of excitement, raced across the lawn, collecting 3 giant basketfuls of those little plastic pastel colored eggs! And along the way, she taught me something. Ok more like reminded me of something but nonetheless it was awesome.

She reminded me that Life Is Hard.

And as I began to think thru what I had witnessed, it became clear that there was a significant life lesson right in front of me. I saw 3 things clearly emerge from Molly’s experience of hunting for Easter Eggs, that we all need to be reminded of, if we are going to be successful.

  1. There’s probably going to be some pain involved.
  2. We will have to persevere.
  3. Rarely does success look like what we think it does.

I’ll elaborate.

There’s probably going to be some pain involved.

It wasn’t more than 3 minutes after the hunt had begun, did Molly start to complain about her back and legs hurting from the running and bending down, over and over again to pick up those eggs. I laughed and just encouraged her to look at all those eggs that were still out there.

Its going to require perseverance.

Then with the hunt only about half way over and the cold and rain-soaked grass taking its toll, did Molly start saying she wanted to go back inside. Once again I reminded her how many eggs were still out there, especially the “Golden Egg” and invited her to press on.

Rarely does success look like what we think it does.

I love this one, especially because my wife has been saying this a lot lately too. It was only after coming inside, cracking open all those eggs, and counting the money and see all the candy, did she realize that she had collected over $35 in change! She certainly didn’t see that coming!

Isn’t it awesome when something as simple as an Easter Egg Hunt, can remind of us of great things, reframing our perspective along the way.

Here’s a question for you:

How does this life lesson challenge you where you are today?

Be sure to leave a comment below! 

Posted on: April 2, 2013

The #1 Way To Identify What You Worship

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Worship

There are so many great things happening around here and soon I’ll be launching a brand new the.josh.collins, packed full of awesome stuff so stay tuned for that. You don’t want to miss out on any of that!

In the journey of seeking, planning, strategizing, and launching, several things have come up that I believe are foundation shaking. And because worship is a theme, I discuss here, the object of our worship keeps coming up over and over again.

*Photo Credit: Breno Peck via Compfight cc

I’ve often written about the process of living carelessly in the care of God, and how that translates into peace and joy.  I’ve also written countless times about struggle and pain. And the thing that keeps signaling to me like a flashing neon sign, is every time I encounter these places, which admittedly, feel far too frequent, I’m brought back to a very important question:

What is it that I’m worshipping, where does my hope rest? 

And here is what I’ve discovered.

The #1 way to identify what we worship is found in these moments.

It’s in the moments when we don’t clearly know whats next, or can’t see past whats right in front of us, that the idols of our heart are so clearly identified.

Let me explain.

I love the story of Lazarus and all the great things that are going on in and around the telling of this story in scripture. You see I too, feel very much like Lazarus. I once was dead, but because of Christ I’m now alive. It’s really that simple. But the other day I read a great article featured on The Desiring God Blog by Jon Bloom.

You can read it here.

The point though is that each and every time we encounter the hard stuff, whether that’s hard providences, broken things, people or situations, or even just the dark night of the soul, inevitably the point is to reveal and make known God’s Great Glory. Jon says this well here:

And yet, Jesus delayed precisely because he loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus. He knew that Lazarus’s death and resurrection would give maximum glory to God and his friends would all experience maximum joy in that glory. It would make all their suffering seem light and momentary (2 Corinthians 4:17).

I love how he uses that word precisely.

This is good news people! This contradicts each and every one of those voices in our heads, that tells us we’re alone, unloved, not accepted, and not cared for. Which is precisely why our worship is meant only for The One True Provider, Comforter, and Lover of Our Souls.

So I’ll ask you, where is your hope? Who or what do you worship when you face times like this? What does reading this make you think about?

Share your thoughts with us all below!

Posted on: March 28, 2013

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

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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