Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Happy 60th Birthday to our fearless leader!

Happy Birthday Janet Ingrao-

We all love and adore you and pray that your 60th Birthday is the best yet!!! Blessings through out this next year and all the years to come!!

Your CR family

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Changing of the seasons

The Saddleback Annual CR summit and Boise CR's annual leadership retreat have come and gone! This marks the ending of another gorgeous summer and the entering into a colorful new season-FALL!! Which then leads us into the holidays!

With that said, it's time to start planning some Holiday events, such as our Christmas party!! Taryn is going to join the "E" coaches in the planning of this most auspicious of nights and we will be asking for volunteers along the way. Most relationships break up in video stores or during party planning times, so with our vast array of personalities, we are sure to clash, however, do not be afraid because it is during these times of stretching that we grow and relationships strengthen-so, who wants to be on board? In all seriousness, it's going to be a "hoot" (I threw that word in their for the old farts! This blogging stuff is not their cup O' tea!) Please let Rich or Stephie know if you would like to volunteer.

Ok, but let's not wait until the Holidays to get together. We need to remember that the word says "let's not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another ...Hebrews 10:25

What can we do?
  • Perform regular and random acts of kindness! A text to say "thinking of you!" A card, or an invitation to coffee.
  • Send cards or letters in the mail or even an email to encourage or just to say we care.
  • Plan fellowship events- hanging out and chilling with NO TALK ABOUT RECOVERY!
  • Pray for one another-Lift one another up always!!

The battle is rough and many grow weary, we need one another!! so let's spur one another on in love!!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

To Our Leaders

When we recognize someone as a leader, we often place our faith in that person to a degree that exceeds what is humanly possible. In other words, we expect them to be beyond fault and to not make mistakes. This, of course, is neither realistic nor fair. Just like us, these people are living human lives, and part of the deal is learning through experience and working out our individual karmas. There will always be missteps and things they would do differently given a second chance. If we are to be fair, we must grant our leaders the same forgiveness, compassion, and understanding that we grant our closest friends as they navigate the complex challenges of this human life.Leaders are special people in that they have the ability to guide and represent large groups of people. In this calling, they agree, to some degree, to be responsible for the well-being of others. Because of this, we hold them up to a higher standard of behavior, and in some ways this is fair. However, we will only be disappointed and disillusioned time and time again if we expect them to be perfect. Perhaps the most we can expect of our leaders is that they make it a practice to acknowledge their shortcomings and learn from their experiences. Beyond this, when our leaders let us down, it is up to us to forgive and move on. Dwelling on disappointment and negativity creates more of the same.People who choose to lead are often extraordinary individuals blessed with vision, energy, and charisma. It is their path to inspire, guide, and represent us, but it is not possible for them to never let us down. Leaders are on a path of growth just as we are. Perhaps this is something to remember when we have the opportunity to choose somebody in a leadership role, or perhaps you are ready to step into a role of leadership yourself.