About Rick Upchurch

Married in 1976, with three grown children. Have served as Pastor in the Church of the Nazarene for 18 years and still hold ordination credentials in the Church of the Nazarene. Led and taught in Adult Degree Completion programs in Christian Higher Education since 1998. Published four books available on Amazon: Discipleship with James, Guidebook for Curriculum Development and Assessment, Spiritual Warfare, and The Principles of Life.

You’re Gonna Serve Somebody

Bob Dylan, a singer and musician, in one of his songs says” you’re gonna serve somebody, it maybe the Lord, it maybe the Devil, but you’re gonna serve somebody”. He is right on target: you are serving somebody whether you know it or not.  This is an unavoidable fact of life.  Joshua from the Old Testament said to the nation of Israel after they entered the promised land:

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Beware Precedent

Precedent is the small vine growing through the seam of concrete that eventually breaks the slab. Precedent is the small root that eventually grows to fill and close off the drain pipe, causing problems and damage. Precedent is ANY decision you make that runs contrary to policy. dent will open the door for that decision to happen again, and again.

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Time Management

Poor time management is the downfall of many a leader. The ability to understand the difference between the important and everything else can be challenging. Couple that with the pressure of the urgent and you will often find an individual who is literally swamped with work, but accomplishing little. David Horsager suggests you plan your day the night before by identifying the top 5 tasks that are the most important to accomplish, . . .

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Research Reveals 3 Reasons Why Gratitude Is An Important Leadership Quality -repost

by Naz Beheshti (repost of an article found HERE)

We tend to think expressing gratitude is appropriate at the Thanksgiving dinner table, but not necessarily in the workplace. This notion may explain why, according to one survey, Americans are less likely to express gratitude at work than anywhere else. Such an attitude, however, ignores several research-backed reasons why gratitude can make leaders more effective and improve workplace culture and productivity.

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Taking Care of Business

Marc LeBlanc, an author and consultant says “Done is better than Perfect.” Larry the Cable Guy, a comedian, is known for his “Git’r done” catch phrase. Stephen Covey says: “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” My phrase is “taking care of business.” Regardless of how you say it, getting the job done is the point; do the job “right,” but keep in mind that “right” and perfect aren’t the same thing.

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Self-Sabotage

Sabotage is setting into place forces, usually concealed, which lead to destruction. Self-sabotage is the setting into place forces, which lead to my own failure. Self-sabotage is almost always unconscious. It occurs when I behave in a way that undermines, or totally blocks, my ability to reach my goals.

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The 10 most in-demand soft skills to master if you want a raise, promotion or new job in 2020 – repost

From a post on CNBC by the same title.

If you want to get ahead in your career in 2020, adopting a growth mindset should be at the top of your priority list.

According to Udemy’s 2020 Workplace Learning Trends Report, a having a growth mindset — or the ability to continue learning in order to adapt to change — was ranked as the most important soft skill for career success.

To see the full list of these 10 in-demand soft skills check out the original posting HERE.

Gossip

Gossip is the weapon of an assassin targeting relationships. Gossip is the elevation of ME ahead of WE. Gossip is the destroyer of that which God values most: relationships. Those who gossip deal in a narcotic that, in the short term, make themselves feel better, but in the long term destroys their own peace and joy.

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Right

Most people would say they know, and do, the “right” thing.  However, to say you can be trusted to do the “right” thing is meaningless without a standard. After all, what does “right” mean? All you are really saying is that you will do what feels appropriate to you at that moment based on your perception of “right.”

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Be Considerate of Others

Here is a shock: everything ISN’T all about YOU. I know that this may come as a surprise. You may feel as if you are the center of the universe, but it simply is not true. Every indication is that the context of LIFE has everything to do with RELATIONCHIPS, and relationships, by definition, includes others.

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