USA! USA! USA!

Yes, the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team has been eliminated from the 2010 FIFA World Cup.  But will still remain with me is the emotion and excitement from Landon Donovan‘s goal in the 91st minute of their last game to make them winners of Group C.  Check out the emotion from everyone watching the game in the video below.  If you were to tell me no one in the United States cares about soccer, I’d call you a liar.  Everyone watching the game was united and supporting a group of men half way around the world.

Can you imagine if we showed this much emotion and passion in our everyday life, how much could be accomplished?

Be Still…

In my last post, I wrote about Passion.  The idea was that you have to have passion in everything you do.  People will see that and are looking for the reason why you have that passion.  If you’re successful in displaying it, then it can lead to a change in perception.  I’m constantly amazed at the people in my life and the passion that they display for their profession or their ministry.  I witness countless examples of perceptions changed or lives changed by the passion for what they do.

Yesterday, I watched a video of Rob Bell, lead pastor of Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  In it, he said that we as leaders of our respective professions or ministries are a “good gift” to those in our lives.  We continually “break ourselves open and pour ourselves out” so that those around us can be impacted by our passions and our callings.

Now the reason for today’s post.  Over the past few days, I’ve been reading a lot of things that talk about having margin, being still or taking a “sabbath” to recharge yourself so you can continue to be passionate for what you do.  This morning, I was presented with the following verse from Psalms:

Be still and know that I am God.  Psalm 46:10

What are you doing in your life to take a break from the daily routine?  What recharges you?  It’s easy to forget to take the time out of our busyness to make time for ourselves.  It’s not something that is emphasized as we are continually inundated with the idea of working as hard as possible to achieve our goals.  We “pour ourselves out” into our profession or others and forget about ourselves.

I’ve made a daily “sabbath” a priority starting this year.  I take care of the body through exercise and the spirit through devotional time and prayer.  This time is mine.  Unfortunately it’s early in the morning but in order for me to fully give myself to my family and my job, I need this time for me.  My wife knows this and can appreciate how precious this time is for me.

Right now I’m on a retreat with fellow leaders from Kensington Community Church in Spring Lake, Michigan.  From the picture, you can see the environment that I’m in.  This place demands that you relax!  I’ve spent the last 24 hours reading, journaling and getting to know other people and what drives them.  This is an amazing experience that you should all experience…maybe not at this particular home we’re in but at least make time for a REAL VACATION!  I’m confident that I’ll come back home fully rested both mentally and physically and ready to pour myself into others again.

Are YOU ready to “be still and know that I am God?”

What’s Your Passion?

Over the past week, I’ve been thinking about what I wanted to write about next.  The one thing that came to mind is PASSION.  Passion for what you believe.  Passion for your marriage.  Passion for your family.  Passion for your job.  I think you get the idea.  People can see passion in all that you do.  If you don’t have passion, it leads to apathy and people can see that too.

What’s the big take away in all of this?  Passion can change perceptions.  As an employee of Buick and GMC and who is trying to do his part to change perceptions of our brands, I know that people and consumers need to see the passion that I have for this company and our products.  This is a critical period for GM.  There are no second chances.

A great example is a blog post written by Jane Devin.  Jane was invited by GM to attend the preview days for the North American International Auto Show.  My favorite quote from her is, “they seem to have decided to unleash their strongest talent and aggressively battle their way back to the top of the automotive industry.” Our biggest challenge is to now build a community of believers in our product, build a relationship with them and listen to what they have to say.

Passion changes perception.  I believe it.  Do you?

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Romans 12:11-12