Authentic Conversations with Andy Mason
062 At the End of Myself

062 At the End of Myself

October 13, 2020

Here's what happened last week when I reached the end of myself and six months of frustration, disappointment and restriction boiled over. I wasn't pretty and God didn't wave a magic stick and make everything better. He did speak and adjust my attitude and give me pause and confirm a painful decision that I knew was right... but didn't want to do.

Here's the story. 

If you are tossing up whether to walk away from some people in order to fulfill your purpose, promise or prophetic word then please pause and listen. It will be for your benefit!

If you are simply saying "I'm done with this!" and can feel anger and disappointment and pain about to spill over, listen to this. 

I pray grace over your moment and a raw and authentic experience with God that changes your life from here on out.

Here's what I've been listening to on playlist that has helped:

The Blessing by Kari Job and Cody Carnes

Champion by Dante Bowe and friends

Egypt by Cory Asbury

Another in the Fire by Hillsong United

Share this with a friend that you know could use some authentic conversations NOW.

061 Are You REALLY Ready for this?

061 Are You REALLY Ready for this?

October 6, 2020

Do you have what it takes to turn your idea into reality? Here's four keys, two great testimonies and a practical activation to help!

1. Ownership - do you truly own your dream? Are you ready to do what it takes to make this happen?

2.Motivation - staying in touch with the passion behind your dream - the WHY - is what keeps motivation alive.

3. Cost - it's not simply being aware of what this dream is going to cost you and those around you; it is taking into account the cost of NOT pursuing the dream. Who stands to lose and how much will it cost them if you DON'T pursue this dream?

4. Season/Timing - be aware of different seasons and timing. There are times when the best thing to do is nothing.... pause, reflect, wait. There are times for internal preparation and very little shows externally. Know your season and timing and partner with that to keep the dream alive and progressing, regardless.

Grab your copy of the entire book (Dream Culture: Bringing Dreams to Life) on Amazon here

060 Courage and Clarity for Now

060 Courage and Clarity for Now

September 29, 2020

Navigating how to make decisions in the midst of uncertainty and unrest. The core question is WHAT IS MY SOURCE - of provision, of confidence, of clarity... If you are restless, anxious, fearful, waking disturbed in the night... then this is feedback that your source is your own ability. Listen to this episode to hear a story and learn how to anchor your source of supply that results in peace and clarity and confidence regardless of the circumstance.

Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Matthew 4:4 

Share this with someone you know needing confidence and clarity today.

059 What Does Your Life Show about Faith?

059 What Does Your Life Show about Faith?

September 22, 2020

How do you know what is God's part and what is your part in going after the dreams and desires of your heart? How do you practically partner with faith? Listen to this session to find out!

058 How to Put Legs On Your Dreams

058 How to Put Legs On Your Dreams

September 15, 2020

In this episode I walk you through the five step process to turn an idea into action. Whether you have a dream, a business idea or a relationship desire... this will move you from inspired thought to tangible action step. So, let's go!

Grab a copy of the book Dream Culture: Bringing Dreams to Life to see the entire process.

 

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057 Did I Waste My Life?

057 Did I Waste My Life?

September 8, 2020

How is 2020 affecting your sense of value and significance? Results are not going like we planned. Personally, I have had to shrink office space, shrink team, shrink events... I hate this! I can't go outside because of the wildfire smoke and I can't hangout with friends because of COVID and vulnerable family members...

The external results and affirmation that I didn't know I relied on to feel good about myself... are absent.

(Thanks to my wife for helping me work that one out!).

I'm peeling back another laying of identity that is determined by my performance - results. When results don't go like I plan I start to feel unsettled... then anxious... then angry... then depressed... (You fill in the blanks).

The truth is my identity and value is an INSIDE job. My significance was established before I was born. I belong to God and He occupies me! God is with me, period.

So what will I do with 2020?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a phenomenal German theologian AND part of the assassination attempt on Hitler late in World War II. His faith had serious action!

I was wondering whether Bonhoeffer would have been wiser... more productive... more effective... to have sat out the end of the war in England or USA and then been a foundational voice and father to rebuild Germany after the war. 

The assassination attempt failed and Bonhoeffer was hung just days before his prison camp was liberated by the allies. Was that a wasted life? Was that failure?

From an earthly perspective, yes.

But we are not being measured from an earthly perspective. As a follower of Christ your success is not dependent on your earthly results. Otherwise every martyr was a failure. 

Our success is measured by obedience and faithfulness. 

Bonhoeffer followed his conviction. He knew he had to be WITH his people and he paid the ultimate price for that. 

What about you? What do the results (or absence of them) reveal about where you obtain your value? Is 2020 a waste of a year or is there something deeper and beautiful going on that is calling you to a greater security and significance in who you really are? What will you do about that?

Here's what Bonhoeffer wrote one day after the failed assassination attempt on Hitler:

"How should one become arrogant over successes or shaken by ones failures when one shares in God's suffering in the life of this world? 

I am grateful that I have been allowed  this insight, and I know that it is only on the path that I have finally taken that I was able to learn this. So I am thinking gratefully and with peace of mind about past as well as present things...

May God lead us kindly through these times, but above all, may God lead us to Himself."

Christine Caine writes:

Sometimes the biggest sign that you are doing exactly what you should be doing, is no one but you and Jesus know you are doing it.

So, who are you really living for?

What is the invitation and opportunity of 2020 revealing to you? 

 

056 Help, I just got blindsided!

056 Help, I just got blindsided!

August 31, 2020

In this episode I unpack five things you can do when you get blindsided by problems. I have a bunch of things right now that have blindsided me... a bear visited our trash, my phone audio died, I cut my thumb with a power saw, the server for our learning management system was mistakenly terminated.... all in midst of conference week, new courses being launched, fires, politics, COVID19!!!

What has blindsided you lately? And what do you want to do?

I want to run and hide and eat sugar and chocolate. 

But, I've been around long enough to know that won't help. So what do I do? 

1. Physical Activity

When you get blindsided your body releases adrenalin. This is great if you need to fight or run but for most of us there isn't any external situation to combat. So the BEST thing to do is physical activity. Push ups, squats, lunges, walking, running, climbing... ANYTHING will help.

2. Psalms - Identity

Your identity is what is under threat. If you lose perspective you lose the fight. So the next most important thing to do is lock in who God say's you are. You cannot afford to have a thought in your head about yourself that is not in His head about you! Your performance doesn't define you. Your situation doesn't define you...

I'm locked in on Psalm 139. That keeps me in the right zone to be able to approach all else with the right perspective.

3. Priorities

Make a list. When you get blindsided you can easily get overwhelmed by all that is going on. Your head is spinning. You have a million decisions to make. STOP!!! Lock into your priorites. What is ONE THING you must do today to move foward? What is ONE MORE...? Make a list of the things you need to do to help you stay FOCUSSED on what needs to get done.

4. Fun & Family

Don't let the blindside make you blind. Remember your family. Remember you still have a life. Sometimes the most creative, idea releasing activity is to play with your kids... or do something fun. 

I intentionally did weekend activity with my kids. I built a salmon ladder with my son. I continued doing a 1,000 piece puzzle. I played a game with my daughter. I took the dogs for a walk. We watched a movie as a family on Friday night (Spiderman Homecoming). LOVED IT. 

5. Worship

This is the greatest form of warfare you can do. Just worship. Stand in the middle of the mess and sing out loud how awesome God is. His throne is unmoved. He is not surprised or worried. He is all loving, all knowing and all powerful. He is good, period. He is ALWAYS up to something good... even with your mess. 

So what will you do? 

If you are stuck... check out this 20 minute video I put together that walks through a simple five step process how to hear God for practical decisions you need to make today. If you love it and want more you can join me on the next course I am doing. Hey God What Now?

You 

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055 Success Keys to Live Your Dreams

055 Success Keys to Live Your Dreams

August 25, 2020

This episode we unpack three key principles that will set you up to succeed in going after anything that you want in your life.

1. Daily thoughts - what you think about most - and the beliefs that underly those thoughts - will strength or sabotage your day.

2. Daily goals - it is amazing how small steps done consistently over time will move you powerfully forward into whatever it is you are aiming for. What is the one thing you will do today?

3. Dream friend or partner - who can you intentionally build a growth centered relationship with where you can encourage and empower one another to go after what is on your heart? When will you do that?

Get a full copy of the book that this episode refers to on Amazon: Dream Culture - Bringing Dreams to Life.

Download the activation from this episode here.

054 Beliefs to Build a LIFE On

054 Beliefs to Build a LIFE On

August 18, 2020

In the midst of our crazy times, there is a GREAT OPPORTUNITY to take a step back, refine or redefine our lives. The key to doing this well and succeeding in WHATEVER you move forward with are the beliefs that we build our lives on. Beliefs shape the world we see and preset what we will do when life get's difficult.

This episode covers three core beliefs that a key for us, taken directly from the book, Dream Culture: Bringing Dreams to Life by Andy and Janine Mason.

Here's the link to download the activation for this episode.

Grab your copy of the entire book here.

053 Beliefs to Build a Dream On

053 Beliefs to Build a Dream On

August 11, 2020

It's one thing to have a dream. It's another thing to turn that dream into reality. THAT requires COURAGE and INTENTIONALITY.

The first step is ensuring you have the right foundations to build your dream. Without this, the first obstacle or challenge will knock you flat on your face and you shrink back to mediocrity. You were born with more resilience and tenacity in you than you realize! You CAN do this! 

So what are the beliefs that we have observed are NON NEGOTIABLE in successfully building your dream into your new reality?

Listen, learn and apply this episode.

Here's the link to download the activation for this episode.

Grab your copy of the entire book here.

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