January 2021 Blog

Here is what we are going to cover this month:

 

  1. Be known and be needed.
  2. Quotes
  3. Chesapeake News

 

Be Known and Be Needed:

 

Our church starts each year with 21 days of prayer and fasting.  It is sort of a big deal.  At six AM each weekday and at nine AM on Saturday’s folks either gather in person or on-line for an hour-long time of worship, corporate prayer and self-directed prayer.  I am always amazed at how many people show up, especially young people.  On some days we have what looks to be over 500 people show up just at our Tuscaloosa campus – the majority of which look to be younger than 40 with an amazing number of teenagers. 

 

A couple of weeks ago was our finale, the end of the 21 days.  Our pastor asked folks with different issues to stand and get a blessing – those with sickness, those having financial problems and those with depression and/or anxiety problems.  I was shocked at the number of people that stood with depression and anxiety problems, especially the young people. 

 

In October of 2020 more people committed suicide in Japan that died the entire year with the Corona Virus in that country.  Personally, I am aware of more people in my sphere of influence that have depression/anxiety than anytime in my life; at least as far as I can recall. 

 

What is going on?  What, if anything, can we do to alleviate this problem? 

 

Yesterday morning I got a call from Joe-Doug.  “I was just calling to check on how you are doing.”  Joe-Doug and I are in a men’s small group together and for the last several years we spend an hour per week in conversation with several other men.  I am in three such groups and consider everyone of those gentlemen a friend and friends check in on one another.  I am “known” by them.  It is sort of a sense of belonging.  I just got done calling one of my friends who has missed two meetings.  Just checking in on him and found out his grandson has COVID and he and his wife had been around them.  He thanked me for checking on him. 

 

Last week I completed filming some videos that will be sent into the prison for some inmates that are in a re-entry program I am part of.  We get feedback from the men on how much this means to them to have “free-world” people take time out for them.  It means a lot to them.  It means a lot to me that it means a lot to them.  In some small way it makes me feel that I am needed and adding some value.  I believe we all need that. 

 

Gosh, I hope this finds you well.  These have certainly been trying times.  If you are not already doing so, please find a way to engage with some friends on a regular basis.  And also find a way to add value to someone or a group of someone’s.  If you are not currently doing these two things it may be difficult to begin.  It is important that you begin to move in that direction.  Take that first action step for you and those that you love.  

 

 

 

 

Quotes:

 

  1. Rest is not meant to be a luxury, but rather a necessity, for those who want growth and maturity.
  2. As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.  Genesis 8:22
  3. I want to make a difference with people who want to make a difference.  John Maxwell
  4. Vision is the ability to see clearly.
  5. The quieter you are the more you hear.  Turn down the world’s volume.
  6. The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take responsibility for our attitudes.  That is the day we truly grow up.  John Maxwell
  7. Use me God.  Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  8. The Bible is meant to change and convert us, continuously, not to become a weapon of hatred that we use to attack those with whom we disagree.  The Monks of New Skete.
  9. A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.  John Maxwell
  10. No man ever became great doing as he pleased.  Little men do as they please.  Great men submit themselves to the laws governing the realm of their greatness.  Richard Haverson
  11. Live to learn and you will really learn to live.  John Maxwell
  12. Faith is your endurance test.  It asks that you trust without seeing, believe without knowing everything, and remember without returning to what you once were.  Daily Wisdom for Men 2021
  13. The sum of all of your thoughts comprises your overall attitude.  John Maxwell
  14. From a spiritual perspective there is no limit to the change, growth, and maturity that a human being can undergo; the wonder is that, in its own way, the same is true of the dog.  Dogs can always grow in learning and responsiveness, in attentiveness and bonding, significantly broadening the parameters of what most of us think is possible from a relationship.  The Monks of New Skete
  15. Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, “What!  You too?  I thought I was the only one.”  C.S. Lewis

 

Chesapeake News:

 

Last year was not a good one for business, especially if your business is dependent on you personally being in front of folks to deliver your product or services.  We spent 2020 wallowing in chaos, realizing that what we used to do was not going to cut it and we changed our delivery methods and our target market.  So far this year we have closed more new business than we closed in all of last year.  We are excited and happy to be engaging with some new clients. 

 

I have continued to do TV and radio interviews concerning “Don’t Do Anything Stupid – A White Man’s Guide to Racial Harmony.”  We have also developed small group study agendas using the book for both companies and churches.  In two weeks, we will begin our first group study using the book.  I am encouraged.

 

What have you planned to add value to your folks and your organization for 2021?  Our ACT job profiling and our reasonably priced ongoing leadership development process is worth checking out.  Please check out our website www.chesapeakeconsulinginc.com and give us a call, 205 759 8259 to learn how we can help you.

 

John Covington