I am reading the “Freedom Shift” book by Oliver DeMille, and I am enjoying many of the principles that he has detailed. Mr. DeMille spoke at our conference this past weekend, and his talk was one of the best of the weekend. As I read this book, I find myself arguing with the author on a few points, and I imagine all of you do the same thing from time to time. That’s what makes TEAM LIFE so powerful. The fact that we can all read and learn principles from great books and then through respectful discourse we can argue the best ways to actually apply the principles. Some of the CD’s that I receive do not always strike a chord with my personality or thinking, but years ago I learned that TEAM is not just about what I think, feel or believe. The very book or CD that I personally dislike will be the book or CD that helps my teammates overcome their Goliath obstacles and grow. Years ago a very wise woman told me that information is like a good steak…we are to eat the meat and spit out the bone.
As a community of independent thinkers we are all encouraged to eat, through reading, studying, and meditating over the information received through our LIFE subscriptions. Some of the information will infuse you with hope, belief, and desire to chase your dreams. Some other information will be a repeat of principles that you personally have mastered years ago. Still other pieces of information will cause you to vehemently disagree with the author or speaker. Sometimes a CD’s will bore you to tears. Some books will be hard for you to read and understand. Some meetings will set you on fire and others will put your fire out. But through it all, rest assured that just by being involved in the LIFE subscriptions, your TEAM will outpace all of those that allow themselves to choke on the bone and quit. I cannot wait to discuss these LIFE principles with such a committed group of leaders. I thank God that He has blessed us with a culture that gives us ample opportunity to figure out the best ways to implement the principles. We can learn from our mistakes and our successes, and we are blessed to have information arriving at our door that will allow us to intelligently discern the best principles and practices from the mistakes and success stories of others. And when some bit of information arrives at your door that you cannot, will not, or do not want to eat, just spit out the bones and rest well knowing that it may be a blessing to someone else in your community.