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Andy Mason gets real and raw sharing personal stories, insights, mistakes and lessons learned on his journey with God.
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- Rejection and promotion
- Success and failure
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As the Director of Heaven in Business, Andy Mason is catalyzing a global movement of people who are partnering with God at work and building cities.
For more than 15 years, Andy has been helping people and organizations discover and align with purpose and then develop practical steps to make their dreams a reality.
He has worked for a national consulting firm and a leading financial institution while also investing in international community development.
Andy is the author Dream Culture: Bringing Dreams to Life, God With You at Work and the recently released Finding Hope In Crazy Times.
Originally from New Zealand, Andy and his wife Janine are based in Redding, California, with their four children.
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180. Case Study: Generosity, with Aaron Christopherson
What happens when God tells a 16 year old to give away his favorite clothes... or his car when he is 18... or his house deposit????!!!! Listen in as Aaron Christopherson of Pinnacle Wealth shares his story and unpacks radical generosity.
179. How To Create Your Decision-Making Credo
Over the last few weeks I've been praying and planning and now I can say I'm super excited about what is unfolding this year. Actually it's a little overwhelming and has been challenging making decisions what to say yes to and what to say no to! So here's HOW I'm using a credo or decision-making tree to help me make decisions in alignment with my values and assignment. It's easy making decisions when it's been good and not good. It's hard making decisions when it's between two (or three or four... ) GOOD things. The process I'm working through will help you also.
If you want the notes and free worksheet on this, go to Heaveninbusiness.com/decision-guide
178. What I’m Excited About This Year
I was afraid that things might not work out... I chose to walk in faith regardless...and God has done exceedingly abundantly better than I could ask or imagine. So here's what's happening this year....
Find out more Heaveninbusiness.com/events
Washington DC Workshop - February 8-9
Birmingham AL Workshop - March 16-17
Atlanta GA Workshop - April 20-22
Harrisburg PA Strategic Retreat - May 17-19
Zimbabwe and South Africa - end of September/Start October
Stuttgart, Germany Workshop - third week October
Nashville TN, Redding, CA, Portland OR, Largo FL... watch this space
177. How to Manage Worry, Anxiety and Fear
Do you get worried about stuff? The cashflow. The future. The other people doing things that affect you. The relationship conflict. The cultural conflict. If I keep going down this line I'd have to include the local and national and global conflict over values... this list goes on. Full confession, I can get anxious and troubled really fast.
Then I read what Jesus said about worry, anxiety and fear...
The context was Jesus telling his closest companions that it was about to get bad, real bad...but that they should rejoice?! And that He was leaving but would return (?!) and that people would hate them and harm them because they followed Him... Awesome!
Let not your heart be troubled;
you believe in God, believe also in Me.
=> So if [or when] I fully believe [trust] in Jesus, the result is I wont let my heart get anxious, troubled, worried... Hmmmm.
And there's more...
Peace I leave with you;
My [own] peace I NOW give and bequeath to you.
Not as the world gives do I give to you.
DO NOT LET your hearts be troubled,
NEITHER LET THEM be afraid.
[Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed;
and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]
John 14:27 (AMPC - emphasis mine)
=> Oh, so I only worry when I don't trust God and in fact I have been ALLOWING or LETTING or CHOOSING worry. Oops.
So, how do I fix this? What's the plan?
That's where I read John 15, paraphrased it says this
1. Remain (abide, dwell, be constantly connected and present with) in Me
2. Let my Word remain (same definition above) in you
3. Don't let your hearts be troubled
- about evil doers- about wicked schemes- about what you need- about others prospering - about trouble when it comes- about tomorrow…
For the Lord will be your confidence and Will Keep your foot from being caught. Proverbs 3:25, 26
And it all connects with other passages of scripture:
Psalm 91 - remain with God and He watches over you. MAKE the Lord your refuge...
Psalm 37 - rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him... Do not fret
Psalm 16 - SET the Lord always before you and you will never be shaken AND you get joy
Matt 6:34 REFUSE to worry about tomorrow..
Joshua 1 - Be strong and courageous; do not fear
2 Timothy 1:7 God hasn't given us fear but power, love and a SOUND mind (self-control of our thoughts - the ability to manage what we are thinking)
So the bigger question is...
How do I believe Jesus, remain in Him and let His Word remain in me? THIS is the key to never being (or allowing yourself to be) moved or shaken or anxious or troubled. Choose to remain in Him rather than choosing to remain in fear. This is not some wave-the-wand-and-instantly-you-are-better trick. This is the result of a LIFESTYLE of leaning into Jesus and His Word. It is allowing His WORD - His Voice to be louder than all the other voices. It is choosing to lean into the truth that He is always with me, never leaves me and with the Spirit of Jesus inside, there is nothing that can keep me down.
So let's get real practical...
HOW do I remain or abide or lean in to God - in His Presence - face-to-face with God.... (lot's of different terms through scripture effectively meaning the same thing). Jesus said it like this: "I only do what I see my father doing." He was walking conscious of the Spirit of God Almighty with Him. Always.
Here's some ideas to help you:
- Be intentional. Nothing of depth/substance is built without intentionality. You don't have to be crazy legalistic about it but you do need to choose what you will do. It's either DAY ONE or one day... Choose TODAY what you will do.
- Be accountable. Tell someone what you will do and give them permission to ask you about it. Anytime.
- Be consistent. Give us THIS DAY our DAILY bread. Set aside focused time daily. If I am serious about REMAINING in good physical condition I must (especially as I get older) consistently invest in activity that ensures this. Left to my own devices I am guarant
176. What I’m Focused On RIGHT NOW
This short episode gives you an inside look at the Mason family over Christmas and why I tell you that... something I'm learning and will be focused on all year!
175. Behind the Scenes - HOW I’m Planning for Next Year
How do you partner with God for strategy concerning the coming year? How do you know what to start doing, stop doing and keep doing? Is God even concerned about the little things like your budget and your marketing plan and your target customer?
Here's a behind-the-scenes look into what I do, why I do it and how I am partnering with Heaven in my business.
1. Set aside time
I prioritized a day. In truth this is not enough. But it was a good start and has given me the foundations and ingredients to refine over the break (allow it to 'percolate' internally) before taking another take early in the new year to consolidate then execute. There are no major changes - simply confirming and refining focus.
2. Find a place that helps you be still, reflect, remember and refocus
A prayer house is excellent for this. Perhaps your local church or a church in your city where you could go and sit before the Lord. Perhaps it's a place out in nature that works for you to be still and quiet any distractions.
I went to the prayer house at Life Center Harrisburg. It's a two hour drive from home and I intentionally left my laptop at home. Getting away was totally worth the effort!
3. Remember the Lord
This not a transactional meeting but a relationship you are continuing to build. So take time to be together. Worship. Express gratitude.
I took a couple hours in the morning to do this first. I've felt more recently with so many opportunities and things opening up I really need to focus on connection and keep myself from running (back) into solely accomplishment/transaction mode.
4. Remember the results
Reflect back over the last year and write down your metrics and results (key performance indicators - KPI's). Record the highlights - the testimonies that happened through the year that you want to see repeated. Consider personal and spiritual growth, financial growth, customer base, product or service development, systems and procedures, relational and emotional growth, marriage and family... How much did you give this year? What were the surprising areas of growth? What did you learn?
I wrote down our growth and demographics with social media and email correspondence. I listed the places we did workshops and conference and retreats. I listed all the mastermind groups and advisory relationships that I am working with. I then sat back and remembered and wrote down the testimonies from across those places plus what has happened in my life and family and our move. In doing this it is impossible not to overflow with gratitude and awe!
5. What do you see and hear for the coming year?
Where is there favor or opportunities? What does looking back over the last year tell you about what could be coming next?
We have significant favor with retreat and workshop opportunities and how the conference is literally falling into place for Atlanta in April. There are a couple of locations that also have unusual amounts of connections/favor that I have identified and will lean into making a priority. One is NYC with Markus and Claudia Kirwald, and another is Lancaster and/or Harrisburg, PA with some other key connections. We will be spending a day a month in NYC and looking to do a workshop or retreat in PA in May.
As I pondered this before the Lord I have three key scriptures that are guiding us for the foreseeable future, which give clear objectives:
A) Isaiah 55:5 - Summon / call the crowd through a nurture sequence that invites them into a growth opportunity where they can access tools and resources to grow in identity and partnership with God at work. This encompasses our social strategy through to annual conference and membership community.
The community piece is something we continue to lean into to find ways to make this more effective in facilitating purposeful connection. We have a promise that the Lord will give us the strategy to do this so waiting on more clarity before we implement. Of note, the website host we use has purchased a leading
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