Journeyman Project Dispatches from the Life of Patrick Fowler: Christianity Explored


The Law of the Lid: Leadership Ability Limits Your Life

 "I believe that success is within the reach of just about everyone. But I also believe that personal success without leadership ability brings only limited effectiveness. Without leadership ability, a person’s impact is only a fraction of what it could be with good leadership. Whatever you will accomplish is restricted by your ability to lead others."

I first read the Law of the Lid over 10 years ago, and at that time I took it with only a slight bit of seriousness. However, after a decade of looking at the world through the lens of leadership, John Maxwell style, I am totally bought into this concept.

If you want dramatically different results, one key area you cannot afford to ignore is your leadership abilities. Read John's article here, and see for yourself why leadership matters so much.

And if you are intrigued enough to make a big move to grow yourself in this area, then you need to come to the Leadership Summit with me on August 8-9th. We are only weeks away!


Quoteable Quotes

Here are a few random quotes I wanted to share with you...

"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."
- Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Your past is much like your rearview mirror...It's important to look back for an occasional frame of reference, but if you're constantly looking back instead of ahead, you're going to crash.

"If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world."
~C. S. Lewis

When I don’t understand something, I reach up and hold God’s hand. And we walk together in silence. ~ Ron Atchison


The REAL Preacher (Quote)

One of my professors shared this quote with me...since I'm preaching this semester, it has stuck with me.

"It took me a little while as a preacher to appreciate the significance of the fact that God’s Word is a two-edged sword. It wounds the listener, in order to heal him; but it also wounds the preacher. I believe this is the ultimate explanation for many of the mysterious experiences we have in preaching. At times we are elated, yet the people seem not to share that elation. At other times, even while we speak we are inwardly weeping over our failures, and confessing ‘I am a man of unclean lips.’ Yet so often we discover that on such occasions God spoke with great grace and power. No one else knew what we were going through (except perhaps a fellow preacher who recognized some of the telltale signs!). Or, more accurately, no one beside the Lord. He knew, because he was speaking to us through his Word, as well as through us to others. In this intimate way, the Lord teaches us that while ours is the responsibility rightly to handle the Word of God in preparation and exposition, yet it remains the Spirit’s sword, and not ours."

Sinclair B. Ferguson, “Communion with God through Preaching,” in Inside the Sermon, ed. Richard Allen Bodey (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1990), 83.


Remember, before you talk to the men about God, talk to God about the men!

~ Dr. Paul Pettit


Quotable Quotes

The Foxhole Principle: When preparing for battle, dig a hole big enough for a friend.
“In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young, they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds. ~ Aristotle

Two people are better than one,
because they get more done by working together.
If one falls down,
the other can help him up.
But it is bad for the person who is alone and falls,
because no one is there to help.
If two lie down together, they will be warm,
but a person alone will not be warm.
An enemy might defeat one person,
but two people together can defend themselves;
a rope that is woven of three strings is hard to break.
~ Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

“in the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

“We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall hang separately.” Benjamin Frankin upon signing the Declaration of Independence

When a small girl was late returning home, she had this to say: “I’m sorry I’m late, Dad. My friend’s doll broke right when I was supposed to leave.”
“And I suppose you were helping her fix it?” her dad replied.
“No,” she replied, “I was helping her cry.”

Leslie D. Weatherhead wrote about two friends who were soldier together. When one was injured and could not return to safety, the other went out after him against officer’s orders. When he returned with the dead soldier, he was mortally wounded himself. Though his officer felt justified, the dying soldier said that it had been worth it. His friend had been alive when the soldier first reached him, and he had said, “I knew you’d come,” before dying.


Differences between Men and Women…

Found this today, and loved it. Hope it makes you laugh!

A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he wants; a woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t want, but that’s on sale.

A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband; a man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

A successful man is one who makes moer money than his wife can spend; a successful woman is one who can find such a man.

To be happy with a man you must understand him a lot and love him a little; to be happy with a woman you must love her a lot and not to understand her at all.

Any married man should forget his mistakes—there’s no use in two people remembering the same thing.

A woman marries a man expecting him to change, but he doesn’t. a man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change, and she does.

A woman has the last word in any argument; anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

Any long term relationship requires us to:

  • Wade through a few difficult seasons
  • Work for many things that are necessary
  • Wait on some things that take time
  • Watch out for those things that are harmful
  • Wave goodbye to personal things that are selfish