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What Do You Need?

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Community, Leadership

Photo Credit: milos milosevic via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: milos milosevic via Compfight cc

It’s probably one of the most important questions you can ever be asked.

And your answer, honestly, communicates more about your state of being, than anything else.

The unfortunate reality is most of us don’t have the slightest clue as to the answer.

Most of the time, simply being asked this question throws us in to some kind of a unexpected tail spin, where we’re scrambling to get out of having to answer at all.

I mean it’s awkward, if you think about it, having someone intently look in your eyes and sincerely ask you what you need. That sort of thing just doesn’t happen much.

The other day I was told a Production Manager was needed to come help rescue an event that had suddenly ballooned into a much larger, more exquisite experience. Naturally I was overjoyed, because I love creating awesome experiences!

And that’s what Creating the Awesome is all about.

Asking you what you need, and helping you get it. And if you don’t happen to know the answer, then even better, I’d love to help you get there.

So as I sit here in beautiful Marrakech, Morocco, I’m asking you that same question.

What do you need?

Yeah, that, what was that? That thing that just popped in your head?

Jot it down, email it to me, write it in the comments below.

Nothing is too silly, or too outrageous an answer.

Besides, what do you have to lose?

Nothing gives me more joy than knowing your stories, and knowing how I can help!

The really cool thing, I mean the coolest thing ever, is I actually respond! Not some virtual executive assistant, or some back door automated response.

Me!

Personally!

So give it a shot, let me know what you need. I bet you’ll be surprised at just how much I can help!

 

Posted on: May 27, 2013

There’s Something About Vision

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Church, Leadership

When I ask the question do any of you know anyone who has vision, does anyone immediately come to mind?

I’m not talking about seeing, not talking about any metric of optics.

I’m talking about vision.

Someone who sees something and when they speak it, it makes you step back and go, whoa, something huge is about to happen there.  You say to yourself, “There is power behind this and I’ve either got to either get on board or get out-of-the-way!”

That’s what I”m talking about.

Off the top of my head I’m talking about people like Elisha, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah, from the BIble.

Most of us, including myself at times, would marginalize the use of those names as examples, because obviously they were great men, prophets used to accomplish great and mighty things for the Lord.

But.

There it is, that single word, that when used, opens up the doors for us to be put into check.

But, those men, I’ve come to learn, are in fact no greater than you or I.

Now, that may be a statement you either can agree with or disagree with but either way, I’m confident in its truth.

They walked the earth, had feelings, fears, concerns, anxieties, and had to deal with every single thing we deal with today.  (Ok maybe with the exception of accidentally dropping an iPhone into the toilet, which both my wife and I have done by the way, and it’s oh so not cool.)

My point though, in using them as examples is this.  Often times, we make these agreements with ourselves that discount our voices and stories, assuming that we could never do what they did, or never know anyone like them.  We distance ourselves from the benefit of being able to even read about them and study the scriptures in which their stories are even shared in the first place.

Well, let me introduce you to a couple of guys and a new movement in the city of Nashville. I believe they have tremendous vision and are blazing a path, similar to those great men I referenced earlier.

Jake Smith Jr. and Darren Whitehead, both formerly Pastors at Willow Creek in Chicago, are launching a new church in Nashville called Church of the City.  You can follow them on twitter @JakeSmithjr and @DarrenWhitehead, and you can also find Church of the City on twitter @churchofthecity.

There vision is unique and their passion is unrivaled.

Take a look at this trailer:

Church of the City Vision: Coming Easter 2013 from Church of the City on Vimeo.

I’m going to lend my voice here, because I’ve been all over the world, and been in churches all over the planet, and there is something fresh, exciting and truly authentic about whats happening here.

I’m inviting you to check them out and get involved.

Do you know anyone like these guys? What are they involved in that has you taking notice?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Posted on: March 7, 2013

3 things not to say to a friend who is unemployed.

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Misc

This is a good one for me today but whether I like it or not, I have been unemployed several times.  If you have heard of Jon Acuff, or his book “Quitter,” then you probably have a feel for what I’m talking about.  I’m probably one of the few who can actually give him a run for his money when it comes to number of jobs held over the last decade!

I’ve often thought and said things to myself like “I should write a book just about stupid things people say to those who are hurting.”  Well today I’m gonna give you three of those things.

Here are 3 things you should never say to someone who is unemployed:

  1. I’m sure something will turn up.”  Really?  Thats the best you can do?  I mean if you’re in the situation when someone is confiding in you and they have the courage to tell you they’re unemployed, that’s all you can come up with?  [Pause] All sarcasm aside, if we’re going to live authentic lives and lead others to have authentic experiences, we are in desperate need for a heavy dose of empathy.
  2. Have you thought about a career change?”  This one is great because of the MASSIVE assumption it makes.  Like someone who is unemployed hasn’t really spent enough time thinking through their career choices and options.  Advice is great and all, but it is the most effective when permission is granted, and let me tell you, when you’re hurting and unemployed and can’t provide for your family, the last thing you want is pious advice.
  3. Insert any religious platitude here.”  Yeah, platitudes have no place among the hurting and unemployed.  What you and I need most when we’re hurting is for someone to just be there.  Sit with us, grieve with us, help us get to the other side.  That’s never done with platitudes.

Sometimes existing with others in painful places is hard.  I know, I’ve done it for years and years, but when we can truly connect with our own stories of pain, provision, and survival and live authentically from those places, we can be safe people for others to experience their own healing.

Do you connect with the hardships of your own story?  Are you currently engaged with others who are unemployed or hurting in some way?

I’d love to hear stories of how you’ve just “been” there for someone in need.

Posted on: February 13, 2013

The Importance Of Telling Our Stories

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Community

I have long considered myself a story-teller and have long-lived for creating the experiences where our stories allow us to connect with one another and impact each others’ lives.  I believe it’s there, where the Gospel is made more complete.

My amazing wife, shared with me this story and I wanted to feature it to all of you.

You can read it here.

Its beautifully tragic in its script, but eloquently executed in its delivery.  And while breaking its components down could lead to missing its point and disarming its purpose, the true greatness lies in the Good News Reminder it gives.

May we all be intentional about actively participating in our stories and strive to tell them to one another.

Posted on: February 6, 2013

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