John Ward

All you can take with you is that which you've given away

The Comment

Posted on Sep 6, 2014

We all know.. “The comment”

It always follows whatever statement someone just made about whatever they were asked about..

“Oh, great church. Love that place. (Insert sideways comment here about pastor, congregation, worship ministry, children’s dept, etc)”

“Oh, he’s a good player. Used wayy too much reverb. But a good player” (most likely mine)

You’d think this article would be about avoiding this, and while I don’t love people that do it with every description, this is about how it can help you grow..

Quality businesses, people, etc. are always evaluating themselves just to make sure things are ok. What can be improved on, what can get better. Where can we grow?

So sometimes the backhanded compliment is good. If someone had a sideways compliment about you, what would it be?

Can you live with it? If so, great. If not, maybe it’s time to make a change.

This isn’t something you dwell on. We all know we’re never really supposed to worry about what other people think about us. But if we’re trying to get better, as a person, an organization, or a business, sometimes it’s good to hear someone else say “great non-profit; no idea what they’re doing in the ****** dept, but otherwise it’s really great”. Even if it is in our heads..

- John Ward

Click To Comment


Posted on Aug 30, 2014


We all feel pressure on some level. No matter what we do we can feel it at some point in our lives.

But if we dwell on this pressure, we lose sight of our accomplishments, our past, our success. What God has done in us. Sometimes too many things ahead means not enjoying the present.

Sometimes you need to sit down and see what all you’ve been through, what you’ve been brought through, take a deep breathe, relax, and enjoy the present.

Don’t look too far ahead. Today is where you are.

– John Ward

Click To Comment