Take Me To Your Leader

If aliens from another planet came to earth to learn about us, would they think we worship GOD or Technology?

Using their invisible space suit, they would secretly follow us from the moment we got up from the alarm on our iPhone god, and then take this god to the bathroom to get orders of what it wants us to do today.  We would check back with our god every few minutes to pay homage to it and make sure it has our attention. We’d keep it close to us at all times during the day so as not to anger it. We would find knowledge and joy from it and from other gods like our computer and TV gods. We would even listen to it tell us where to drive, what to eat, and when to go to bed. Then at the end of the day, we put our god next to our bed to keep us safe while we sleep.

Or would these space aliens see us rise in the morning and the first thing we do (after getting coffee) would be to stop and bow our heads and talk with the one true GOD of the universe? Would they see millions of people seeking wisdom from the same book and letting that direct our words and deeds all day long? Would they see us make time to invest in other people by putting away our phones and other electronic distractions and giving them our full attention when we are together?

If they were following you, which one would they see?

Technology is Good – but it’s not GOD

I like technology and most of us make a living in the tech world. It’s not evil but we must protect from being a slave to it, or even giving it a priority over GOD and how He has called us to live. Tech can be useful in many ways but it also has a subtile way of cutting in more than it deserves. Ask yourself these questions to see.

  • How often do you look at the screen of your phone each day?
  • How panicked are you when you leave your phone at home?
  • Do you need your phone with you to go to the bathroom?
  • Do you reply to things while meeting with others?
  • Do you update your Facebook page at stop lights?
  • Do you look at your phone while watching TV?
  • Do you ever turn off or shutdown your phone?

I should know because I do this stuff!

I realize I have let technology become way too involved in my life and it has slowly cut into my time with GOD and the world around me. If you are not aware of how this may be affecting you too, try one simple app call Moment. This app will tell you how much time you spent staring at your iPhone screen each day and you will be surprised to see how much time we give it.

This didn’t happen overnight but I found that my tech had crowded into my world and I needed to make changes. I used to get up and read my Bible app but I found it too easy to get distracted by emails that were waiting for my reply or my Facebook app waiting for me to “Like” something. So I leave that in the other room and use a physical Bible so I don’t cheat myself out of time investing in my faith.

I also found tech stealing away my attention when I am with others. For example, I’d be in a meeting and my phone would light up with a text. So I’d take my attention away from the person I’m with to give my attention to someone else. That certainly did not make others feel they matter to me. Now I turn it facedown and keep it silent so I give people all my attention.

We invest our time in the things that matter to us. Our checkbook is an indication of what matters to us and so is our calendar. Our family feels they matter when we spend time with them and this also applies to our friendships and employees. Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day and it’s up to us to invest it wisely. Don’t let your tech rob you of investing in what matters most to you.

How about you? What adjustments do you need to make to keep the tech god from ruling your life?  What time have you invested in knowing the GOD of the Bible today? What habits can you change to keep you closer to GOD  and others than you are to your iPhone?

One of the reasons we started the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast was to create a community of technology leaders who are committed to living boldly for Jesus Christ. Our event is once a year but we use this as a catalyst for building friendships that will encourage us all year long.

If you struggle to balance your focus in life you can join our team and surround yourself with others who are striving to honor GOD. Use some of our tech like our Facebook Event page where you can find dates for our next planning meeting or other event. You can also connect and serve with others through our On Going Ministry page, and with business leaders who share your faith through our LinkedIn page.

I’d love to hear what you think about all this so comment below and share this article with others you care about. See you in person soon.

Robert Hunt

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Waiting for God’s Best

impatientWe are not good at waiting. We like the fast-lane, microwave ovens, and credit cards. We want it all and we want it NOW. When things don’t happen when we want them to happen, we often worry, stress and do all we can to make it happen. I often see this when I talk to people who are in a job transition or a difficult marriage. When they lose patience they take a job that is not right for them, or leave their spouse to chase someone else, and it never ends good. 

Dr. Charles Stanley shared a principle that has helped me face the challenges of life these last five years: “GOD acts on behalf of those who are willing to wait for His best.” There is a link to watch this video at the bottom of this article and let me highlight the truths I learned that have helped me wait for God’s best.

“GOD acts on behalf of those who actively wait for His best.”

Why would God make me wait for anything? GOD is personally involved in our lives and has a plan for us. If we are willing to trust in Him, he will reveal His best in His time. Sometimes GOD tells us “Not Now” for the things we want so He can give us what is best for us. That requires we walk in Faith through the steps He has planned.

God is in control of all things and He never forgets our requests. If we are willing to wait for His timing and direction we can make room for Him to provide His best. GOD is at work to get us ready for his plan. He knows what needs to be changed in us in order to receive His best and that is a process we must go through over time. 

Often He is protecting us from things we do not see. When we step out of God’s will it can bring pressure hurt and suffering for us and those around us. I can think of many times in my life where I worked to manipulate the circumstances to get what I wanted and I regretted the results. Because GOD knows everything I must be willing to trust he knows what is best for me.

He also uses the waiting to change our motivation for what we want. If I want the promotion for my glory, He may want me to stay where I am for HIS glory. We make an impact on the world when we live out our faith in joy because we trust in GOD. Additionally, if I am willing to wait, he often changes what I want to what I really want but had lost my vision due to circumstances around me (fear, panic, pride, jealousy, envy, etc.).

“It requires faith, patience, humility, and courage to trust and wait on GOD.”

Waiting on GOD requires Patience; the will to wait, pause for further instruction from GOD on the timing or direction to move ahead, calmly accept what GOD is doing in my life today, and trusting that GOD will intervene in my life – in His time. Our unwillingness to wait indicates a lack of trust in GOD. It takes real courage to face the desires you want right now and decide to wait for God’s best. Remember that none of those who wait for the Lord will be ashamed. (Psalm 25:3)

god-acts-on-behalfWaiting is not doing nothing. It’s the action to pause what we were doing (worrying or chasing something we know is not right for us) and letting go of my immediate wants today to work on what I can while I trust in His timing. It also means we remove the arbitrary deadlines we put on GOD to do this by a certain time or we stop trusting in Him. He does not work for us, we work for Him. “Actively-Waiting” means doing my best with the resources GOD has already provided to make the most of each day for HIS glory.

Stop thinking that “Life will be better when…”  and start enjoying each day because if you are walking in righteousness with GOD, then TODAY He is already giving you His best for where you are. If His best for you is NOT to have what you want today, then rejoice that He has something better for you tomorrow.

Are you willing to trust GOD and wait for His best? 

“Wait for the Lord, Be Strong and Let your Heart take courage; yes Wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27: 14)

Robert Hunt

 

GOD Acts on Behalf of Those who Actively Wait for His Best: https://youtu.be/lcTVfoEgano?t=1m38s

I Believe…Help Me With My Unbelief.

doubtfactorTheres a cool story in the Bible (Mark 9 for those who are page turners) where Jesus meets a man who’s son has been possessed by a demon since birth. It causes the boy to threw himself  into a convulsions, fall to the ground, roll around, gnash his teeth, becomes rigid,foams at the mouth, and has tossed himself into fire or water to kill the boy.  Wow! And you think you have issues.

Anyway, this desperate Father comes to the disciples of Jesus to get help but they could not get rid of this horrible evil spirit. (Yes there are such things as demons but that’s for another article.) The man says to Jesus “if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” Then Jesus says the classic line:

“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes

This sounds easy enough – just believe and everything works our fine. But remember where this Father is coming from. He has watched his son be tormented since birth and he’s broken and worn out. We’ve all been there at one time ourselves. And in his desperation he reaches out to GOD for help, but really is not sure that GOD will do anything. Sound familiar?

I like what this father says next: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Photo by Ezra Bailey / Getty

Photo by Ezra Bailey / Getty

I feel that way myself often when things don’t go the way I expected. I still have times of doubt despite the miracles I’ve seen GOD do in my life. I mean real miracles! Like the time we were literally out of money and GOD had someone give me $10,000 cash one night as a gift! That person had no idea of my financial situation but was led by GOD to give it to me as a gift – not a loan – a gift. I have seen GOD carry me through the horrible days of a divorce, custody battles, financial ruin, and so much more. During these time of struggle I had just enough faith to trust Him one more day. One day at a time.

The man in this story wanted to believe but his circumstances seemed too big for Jesus to really do anything to change them. BUT, GOD IS ABLE TO DO EVERYTHING IF WE BELIEVE.

This starts with believing in GOD and his son Jesus Christ. Once we give up our lives to follow His will, He gives us the Holy Spirit of GOD to be with us always and to develop our faith as we walk with Him through life. My faith grows more each time I use it. Like a muscle does when we workout. The more times GOD gives me a chance to trust Him completely, the bigger my faith gets, and the easier it is to trust more when the next crisis comes up.

You may believe, just not very much, and that’s okay. Start where you are and grow because “He who began a good work in you will complete it.”  We are not done until we stand in heaven before GOD so the journey rolls on with many more chances to strengthen our Faith muscles. Remember also that GOD intended that we support each other in the process. The Body of Christ, aka the church, you and me, are meant to walk in unity so we carry each others burdens.

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Don’t wait until our next annual event to find the inspiration and encouragement to live out your faith everyday. Come be a part of the community of believers we have started through the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast. This once-a-year event was created to bring awareness that the Technology Community in DFW is FULL of people who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  You are not alone in the journey so don’t walk alone.  Contact us at [email protected] and let us know how we can support you. Sign up to volunteer and become part of our team so you build friendships with others who share your faith and desire to honor GOD in their life.

Lastly, note that Jesus said in verse 29 that the only solution to this situation was PRAYER. Reach out to those you saw at our annual event and let them know of your challenges so they can join you in prayer to grow your faith. We also want to pray for you so let us know whats going on in your life and our team will join you in doing battle and to help you with your unbelief.

 

“These Things” – aka stuff NOT to worry about.

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Lee Herrin heads up the prayer team for our DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast and has one of the most important jobs on the team. Yesterday he sent out a verse as part of our 40 Days of Prayer that directed us to Matthew 6:33 –

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

This led me to think about “these things” Jesus was talking about when he commanded us (not suggested) to seek first the kingdom & righteousness of GOD.

Our Father in Heaven knows what His children (you and me) need. Jesus reminds us that we should not worry about our lives and the details but instead focus on what GOD cares about, how HE wants us to behave, and then GOD will give us what he wants us to have. (see the entire section of scripture below)

He reminds us that the flowers of field don’t plan or do anything to successfully grow, and if GOD takes care of something as simple as that, how much more will he take care of us – “oh we of little faith.”

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We have a loving Father who knows what is best for His kids. My kids would often complain about what they did not have instead of being thankful for what they DID have. I used to look at them and see how misguided their complaints were or even an occasional tirade when they did not get what they wanted (ask me about the time I would not buy Lauren a Barbie at the grocery store).

The reality is that I behave this way myself far too often. When my business is not growing as fast as I think it should (“My ways are not your ways”) or when GOD doesn’t fix the challenges as quickly as I think he should (“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”) I have my own little tantrum going on between me and GOD, and He is not impressed.

Jesus directs me to focus on being what matters most to GOD and to walk in obedience to His word. In response to that life-long journey of obedience GOD will give me what I need, and even a lot of what I want because He is a loving Father who rejoices in His children.

We Are Not Flowers

worry2Yeah I get it, it’s different in your situation and we are not simple flowers. We have kids and mortgages and health issues and marital problems and the IRS and, and, and, and…

God is not ignorant to your needs. He just knows that in the eternal scheme of a GOD who has no beginning or end, all the things you face are but a spec in time compared to all He has seen in the world, and GOD is still bigger than ALL you face.

It’s all about your focus. God still expects us to work hard and take care of what he has seen fit to make us responsible for,  we need to stay focused on the fact that GOD is still in control so keep your eyes on Him. Stay focused on honoring GOD in all you have and do, and then He will take care of the rest. He always has.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

That sounds good but sometimes I DO worry and I need the support of others to help me process through it all. That is one of the reasons we have the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast. Our Mission is to create a relevant business environment  for Technology Professionals in DFW where a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ is presented and nurtured. We’re starting by building a community around our annual Prayer Breakfast and desire that this grow to be a safe place to find encouragement all year long. Join us and find a place where you can be real as we all walk this journey together.

Robert Hunt

Matthew 28 – 34   “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 

Guess Who’s Coming to Breakfast.

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Our 2016 DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast is about 40 days away and 70 Table Hosts have signed up so far!  The logos above are just some of the companies that will be represented that day and it looks to be a Tech Reunion! New Table Hosts and Sponsors are signing up each week but we max out at 80 tables soon so sign up today before we sell out.  We still have room for you to Sponsor the event so visit our Sponsor page and learn more.

We still need volunteers who can help plan, set up, and run the event so if you are looking for a short-term place to serve let us know. Our last Planning Committee meeting before our September 30 event will be Thursday, August 25th at 7:30 am at Matrix Dallas. See you there.

Prayerful Leadership

PRAY AT WORKWe are all leaders to someone and its important to use all the resources we can to lead with excellence. There are a plethora of business and motivational books available, videos, seminars, and online articles that can help in our efforts. I think the most powerful tool we have is PRAYER.

Our Nation was founded on it, Congress still opens each session with it, battles were won because of it, and peace is found in it. Prayer is a tool we use to align ourselves with God’s heart and to stay focused on His truths. If you restrict prayer to meals and bedtime, you are missing out on the power to move the world.

I like how the President of SMU recently shared about being a Prayerful Leader in this video when he says:

Gerald Turner, President of SMU

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“I’m called upon to lead people that are of many faiths and some who have no faith at all. The attitude you bring to it, that I think is reflective of a prayerful approach to life, oftentimes is the best way to approach it.”

We need to respect the fact that other people may not share our faith but it should not stop you from diligently praying over the lives of those GOD has put in your sphere of influence.

  • Pray for them and their families.
  • Pray for them to have wisdom to succeed in their goals.
  • Pray safety over your team.
  • Pray for them to know the GOD whom you serve.
  • Pray that you will be a humble leader.

Most importunely, lead by example so your prayers will not be hindered. Serve humbly and be above reproach so GOD is honored in your work and personal life, and others will see your good behavior and glorify our Father in Heaven.

Our annual DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast is a great way to share your faith to those around you. Pray and ask GOD to lead you as you consider being a Table Host, Sponsor, or Volunteer. Pray for the hearts of those you will invite to join you for our 2016 event on September 30 at the Irving Convention Center.

Visit our Events Page and make plans to join us at our next Planning Meeting and Ramp-Up event. Theres lots to pray about and we hope to see you there.

The DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast names Steve Helms as President

 

steve HelmsWe are excited to announce that Steve Helms has graciously accepted the role as President of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast. Jeff Clement will remain the Chairman and visionary of our ministry and Steve will bring a new level of leadership and direction to help build our planning committee and the efficiencies of our annual events.

Jeff Clement, Founder and Chairman of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast had this to say about Steve:

 “Steve has been involved from the beginning and in fact, Steve was pursuing starting something very similar when our paths crossed. He has been an asset to this organization and the community and will help lead the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast to new levels of impact and outreach.

We have seen fantastic support from the community over the past three years and it is obvious we need to create a sustainable leadership team to move to a formal non-profit status and leverage our momentum to reach more leaders in the DFW Technology Community for many years to come. It is important to note that while Steve has accepted the title of President, it is truly a community of leaders who make this happen each year. Steve’s role is one of enabler, organizer and servant leader.”

“It is an honor to serve the DFW Technology Community in this way,” said Steve. “This year will see the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast reach more people than ever before, as our all-volunteer group of technology leaders and table hosts live out their faith in the workplace. There is room for you on our volunteer team, as a Table Host, or a Sponsor of our annual event so join us today.”

Join with us in thanking Steve for his willingness to lead our ministry and join us as we plan for this year’s event on Friday, September 30.

*Steve lives in Frisco with his wife, Kappi and children Holiday, Kate, and Bennett. He works as an Account Executive at Anaplan and attends Prestonwood Baptist Church. You can learn more about Steve on his Linkedin page at https://www.linkedin.com/in/helms.

Why Lee Herrin is Involved in the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast.

Why are you involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast?

That is the question that some of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast volunteers were asked to consider.

HerrinLee Herrin, SR. Account Executive, Pinnacle Business Systems had this to say:

When my parents divorced early in my life, it meant that I split time between two worlds. In one world there was no church or prayer or any mention of God. In the other, my father’s world, we prayed and attended church. Living in these two worlds throughout my childhood created a paradox for me. I believed in God but I did not know what a personal relationship with Christ looked like or felt like.

As I grew older I stopped attending church. My experiences with churches had varied wildly but in many of them I saw hypocrisy, pettiness, and many things that did not seem godly. I saw in many churches simply organizations that existed in a community.

There came a time in my life where I felt lost and broken. Circumstances and my own choices had created in me a deep pain. I felt lost. I felt broken. As a last resort, I began to pray.

I had never ceased praying altogether, but had continued to pray infrequently – most typically in times of trouble. In this broken part of my life I turned to God completely. I surrendered and began to seek God’s will for me rather than my will for God. I invited Christ to dwell inside of me. Prayer worked. Life was better. There was no confetti, but there was calm.

Prayer then became a more frequent and sincere part of my life. As I spent more time in prayer, my faith grew.  As I grew in my Faith, God began to bring me into contact with amazing people. I call them “Happy Christians” and they were glimpses of what a life of Faith is supposed to look like. I found them in my little league football parents group. I found them at work. I found them in my customer accounts. Each time I began to share openly with these people, and made space for them to share with me, I grew a little more in my own Faith.

4ab33ed9-98a7-4c2a-806f-fe2e0ebe0785-largeYears ago I avoided exhibiting my Faith in any way or in conversation, thinking that I may offend someone. If these Happy Christians had lived their lives in that way I would not have known what my life could be, and is today.

We are very thankful for Lee and his willingness to be Prayer Team Chair for the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast. There is plenty of room for you too, so please fill out the information on our Volunteer Page and come join us for an even better event in 2016!

How to Stop Worrying

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“Do not Worry about tomorrow; today has enough trouble of its own.”

I only worry about one thing – the future. The problem is that everything is in the future. I have bills but I don’t worry about the bills, I worry that someday I won’t have enough money to pay them. I don’t worry about my kids, I worry that someday they will do something that will have a negative impact on their lives.

Whether you call it worry, anxiousness, anxiety, panic, fret, concern, agonize, stress, torment, over think or to lose sleep over something, these feelings are the opposite of what I want in my life. I want Peace, tranquility, serenity and calm. (It’s interesting that I can think of more words that express worry than I can of peace.)

Worry affects how we feel, think and behave in a negative way and has a subtle effect that sneaks up on us when we least expect it. It distracts us and causes us to do the wrong things. Sometimes I find myself doing things in response to worry but I don’t recognize this until someone asks me why I’m doing it. When I really step back and look at my thoughts, I see it comes from a worry that snuck in when I wasn’t looking. Worry pops up at times and it’s all about the future and out of my control.

The Illusion of Control

I’ve always told my kids there are two things you should never worry about; things you CAN control and things you CANNOT control. If you can control something, fix it and stop worrying about it. If you cannot control something, leave it alone and trust that GOD will take care of it.

The reality is that EVERYTHING is out of your control. People who were starting a new business on September 11, 2001 did not factor in the horrible events of that day into their business plan. We cannot plan enough details into life to never be surprised at what comes our way. So we have to acknowledge that GOD is in control of everything (even the tragic things) and that he has a plan. Just because we don’t like or understand the plan does not mean he doesn’t have a plan.

Why Worry

“Who by worrying has added a single thing to their life”

I’m 52 and GOD has never let me down. Even in my darkest hours of the worst days of my life, I still felt GOD was with me and He carried me through it all. In times when I had practically nothing and there was no relief in sight, He brought a solution that proved to me nothing is too big for GOD. So why after 52 years of GOD taking such good care of me do I allow myself to worry about anything?

I love the song “I Will Look Up” and the line that says “I will look back and see that you are faithful. I’ll look ahead believing you are able.” GOD has proved himself faithful all my life and I am absolutely confident that He is able to do anything and loves me like a son, so why worry?

The Solution

The driver of all our worry is Fear. We sometimes call this our “Comfort Zone” but it’s really Fear. Fear that things are not in our control, that something bad might happen, and basically fear of the unknown all lead us to worry and take away our peace. But I have found a solution – LOVE.

“Perfect LOVE casts out all fear.”

When I think of how much GOD loves me and I focus on the truth of God’s word, my fear and worry goes away. When I remember that GOD loved us so much that he gave his own son to die so we might know GOD personally, it makes the worries of this world seem tiny and brings me peace. When we put our hope in GOD, we are not disappointed because He never gives up on us. We can be bold and confident as long as we put our hope in Him and His love for us, and not our feeble attempt to control things or know what will happen in the future.

HOPE

 

Life is challenging so we need others around to help when we allow ourselves to worry. People who can sense when we’ve lost our focus and are allowing worry to cloud our vision. People who will remind us of the truth when they see we have allowed ourselves to spiral into anxiousness. Someone to encourage us and hold us up when we are just too beat down to try one more time. Join us as we plan this years DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast and let us support you as a group who knows there is plenty we could worry about but we will put our HOPE in the Lord and He does not disappoint.

* If this does not make sense to you, it may be because you do not know the GOD of whom I speak. If that is the case I wold be glad to meet with you and tell you about the GOD of the Bible and His son Jesus Christ. Contact me at [email protected]

Robert Hunt

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