This episode of the Learning to Lead podcast comes from our interview series. This episode is extremely special to me because I interviewed one of my heroes, Larry Bettencourt today.
No one has had a bigger impact on my life than Pastor Larry. You would not be listening to this podcast if it were not for Larry Bettencourt. In fact, if you’ve been impacted by anything I’ve done with my life, it would not have happened without Past or Larry’s influence on my life. I met Larry when he was a Youth Pastor at Victory Family Church. He was the first person to invest in me, to believe in me, to see things in me that I didn’t see in myself, and to give me opportunities that nobody else would have ever given me!
I tell people often that all we are trying to do through L3 Leadership is to do for others what Pastor Larry has done for me and so many others. Pastor Larry also spoke at one of our Learning to Lead breakfasts this year. You can listen to his talk from the breakfast here. I know this interview will add value to your life! Below you will find Larry’s bio, links to connect with Larry, ways to help this podcast, and more! Enjoy the interview.
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Episode #77: Interview with Larry Bettencourt
Happy Thanksgiving! Today I want to share a few things that I am grateful for and a few things I do to be intentional with gratitude. I recorded a podcast episode about Intentional Gratitude last year. You can listen to it here.
I would love to hear what you are grateful for this year and what you do to be intentional with your gratitude. Comment below this post and let me know!
Here are 3 things I’m grateful for this year:
12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.[a] Because of the joy[b]awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. -Hebrews 12: 1-2
Christianity isn’t something that you add. It is an explosion that changes everything you had. – Tim Keller
In this post, I share six character challenges that I believe we must all deal with on a daily basis. Andy Stanley once said that, “We must evaluate every challenge and determine if it’s a problem to fix or a tension to manage.” I believe these challenges are tensions we must constantly be managing. Some days you’ll do a great job handling these challenges and other days you’ll fail at them. Our goal should be to consistently increasing the frequency of times we handle these well versus the times we fail.
Here are the six challenges:
1.) The Challenge to Use Your Power and Influence to Serve Others – Abraham Lincoln once said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” As you grow in your leadership journey, you will get more influence and power. When you do, you will constantly need to choose between using your influence and power for your own benefit or for the benefit of others.
In Matthew 20:25-28, Jesus said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord their authority over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them.26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
- Do you use your power and influence to benefit yourself or others? What would your team say? Your family? Friends? It might be worth asking them!
- How are you using your power and influence to serve others?
Welcome to Episode #76 of the Learning to Lead podcast. This episode comes to you from our breakfast series. We recently had Daniel Bull, Founder of Zero Six Eight speak at our breakfast. He was incredible. Specifically in this episode, you’ll get to listen to our question and answer session with Daniel. I know it will add value to your life!