“The future depends on what we do in the present.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
The God of the Bible is a God who specializes in minorities and who works through remnants. – Brian Johnston
As leaders, we too have the power to drive an organization towards health or towards disaster. – Jamie Munson
Your core values are influenced not by what you see, but how you see – Paul Manwaring
Failure is not the termination of possibility. It is permission to continue pursuing a worthy cause. – Dave Guymon
Winston Churchill once said, “We are shaping the world faster than we can change ourselves, and we are applying to the present the habits of the past.”
Jesus never said pray for leaders! He said pray for workers! His emphasis is never on the prestige of the great leader, the romance of the missionary’s life or the crown of a pastor’s success. – John Overholt
Homer understood the value of a crisis. He wrote, “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.”
The measure of a leader is not the number of people who serve him but the number of people he serves. Real leaders have something to give, and they give it freely.
“You don’t need to be from a place of disadvantage in order to serve the disadvantaged” Kenny Borthwick
“The poor and disadvantaged know things about the kingdom that we need to learn” Kenny Borthwick
“Decline in the church seems to start in the family” David Voas
“Parish geography needs further thought as more communities are gathered than geographical” David Voas
“Sometimes we need to break concrete before we can sow seeds within the soil” Mark Russell
“The challenge for evangelists is to be results expectant and not result dependant” Mark Russell
“Transformation is the inevitable result of the incarnation” – Joel Edwards
“Cities and churches can display all of the outer trappings of success but still be lacking in the sight of God when it comes to the marginalised” – Sean Benesh
“Your core values are influenced not by what you see, but how you see” – Paul Manwaring
“Keeping promises is a hallmark of integrity because it demonstrates that we can be trusted to do what we say we will do” – Graham,Huntsman, Blanchard
Braveheart is not the most historically accurate of films but there are a few moments within it that provide some great story telling that make sense beyond the story. Most people pick the speeches but there are some other key moments for me, primarily centred around the battle at Falkirk, in the last hour of the film.
The strategy was set, the first part went to plan – then at the moment for the Scottish clans to engage, they rode away. Wallace looked downbeat but not beaten – despite treachery there were many more still fighting the cause. Wallace then follows the English king as he rides away to be stopped by a masked knight – the knight was his ‘friend’, ally and supposed supporter – the fight left Wallace distraught and he collapsed. Betrayed again. His allies were not trustworthy – in modern terms they talked the walk but did not walk it. A man cannot fight alone – success needs team – Wallace realised that his team was not all that he had been promised.
However, in the midst of it all – a single Irishman. He did not fit the mould, he was feisty, eccentric and quirky – but loyal, faithful and a man who went went beyond the call of duty. Earlier in the film, he saved Wallace life on a hunting trip, here he had ridden after him and carried him from the battlefield. A man who understood what was needed, what was required and answered it to the full.
Story at its best – Wallace had the strategy but the culture around him was not as supportive as it should have been. Culture always wins over strategy and in this story it demonstrated that brilliant strategy was not enough.
So many quotes from the great orator that was Tony Benn, this one is my favourite from the Observer in 1991:
“It’s the same each time with progress. First they ignore you, then they say you’re mad, then dangerous, then there’s a pause and then you can’t find anyone who disagrees with you.”
“Previous journeys in search of treasure have taught me that a zigzag strategy is the best way to get ahead.” Tahir Shah
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but seeing with new eyes.
” Marcel Proust
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson
“Every choice you make has a result”. There is a consequence. It is the natural order of things. You can trace things back from the result to the actions to the choice.
” Zig Ziglar
“Do not worry about holding high position; worry rather about playing your proper role.
“Map out your future, but do it in pencil.” Jon Bon Jovi
“Only he who keeps his eye on the far horizon will find the right road.” Dag Hammarskjöld
“The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.” Okakura Kakuzo