Receiving Praise

Nothing makes a Brit cower in awkwardness like public praise and appreciation! For some reason a simple public acknowledgement for work well done causes us to reach for those awkward phrases that deflect and look for the nearest exit. Something within our culture and our identity frowns on public recognition. I suspect it has something … Continue reading Receiving Praise

Living From Rest

Life is full. About 9 months or so ago I realised that "busy" was fast becoming my stock answer to "how are you doing?". I don't know if others noticed but I was definitely getting bored of this reply! So I decided to stop. Life is always busy, the real question is with what. I have started preferring the word "full"! It may just be code for busy but at least it feels like a more interesting answer! In my "full" life, managing work life, home life, raising two little girls under the age of 3 and running a school of ministry on the side I have been on an intentional pursuit to understand rest...

In Pursuit of Excellence

I love when things are done well. Yet this desire I find within me for things to be done well must be kept in balance. I believe at its heart it is God-given. Like many God-given desires it must find its healthy expression. Unchecked, this desire can reveal an internal pressure to perform to gain … Continue reading In Pursuit of Excellence

Facing Into Feedback

The words appraisal, review or feedback are enough to send many running for the hills! Most people do not have a great experience of structured feedback. Most jobs, including my own, include a degree of feedback as part of performance goals and personal development. I am on a journey this year to embrace feedback. As … Continue reading Facing Into Feedback

Does Good Mean Good?

I came across this fascinating quote from C.S. Lewis the other day. It grabbed my attention as it is a topic I have spent much timing thinking about personally. Lewis is writing a letter to someone who was challenging his perspective on the problem of evil. In the letter the gentleman attempts to redefine what it means … Continue reading Does Good Mean Good?