Jesus, Life Coach: Learn from the Best

Jesus, Life Coach: Learn from the Best

by Laurie Beth Jones


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In the game of life, only one Coach will do.

Best-selling author, Laurie Beth Jones takes her uniquely passionate brand of motivational writing to a new level and lays out a faith-based program to get your whole life in shape?with Jesus as your personal trainer.

This is your playbook for success?a wealth of information and inspiration that will motivate you to excel in and enjoy all walks of life. Jones, a coach for some of today's leading CEOs, uses her skills and experience to get you thinking, working, and achieving all your goals and dreams.

The secret to success can be found, she says, in the most successful man who ever lived?a man who changed the world like no other. And by using Scripture and thought-provoking questions, Jones will show you with practical instructions how to get your life in high gear?at home as well as at work. So don't be left in the stands just watching the game of life when you can become the star pitcher, the starting quarterback, your team's most valuable player.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785287834
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 02/19/2006
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 443,646
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Laurie Beth Jones, author of the national bestsellers Jesus, CEO; The Path; and Jesus in Blue Jeans,
is a highly acclaimed speaker and consultant who conducts seminars worldwide. She is also the founder of the Jesus, CEO Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to "recognize, promote, and inspire the divine connection in all of us." She divides her time between offices in California and a horse ranch in Texas.

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Jesus, Life Coach

Learn from the Best

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2007 Laurie Beth Jones
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ISBN: 978-0-7852-8783-4

Chapter One


* * *

My friend Joe Mathews shared a poignant story with me recently. His best friend's wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given a short time to live. Joe said he watched in awe as Dan and his wife, Christine, began to live each day with tremendous clarity and love. When it was nearly the end Joe finally got up the courage to ask Christine the question: "What does it feel like to live each day knowing you are dying?" She raised herself up on one arm, and then asked him, "Joe, what does it feel like to live each day pretending that you are not?"

One of the most powerful questions for focusing is asking yourself: "What would I be doing with my time if I knew I had only six healthy months to live?" It can immediately cause you to reorganize your priorities.

Focus is the beginning of power.

Last year I spoke on the phone with a client that I have been coaching. A highly successful entrepreneur, he had a vague idea of what he wanted and needed to do next in his life to take him to a higher level. He said he had read The Path but had not written down his answers to the questions. For his first assignment I had him go back and write down the answers to the questions. In writing his vision specifically, he got very clear about what he wanted to create and experience in his life.

I ran into him recently, and he was laughing exultantly. Everything he had written in his vision since our first discussion had come true-not in three years, but in ninety days. He said, "As soon as I got clear about the 'vision thing'-wham! Everything started coming to me so quickly. Now you need to write the next book to tell me what to do when all of my vision starts coming true all at once." We laughed about the dilemma of the fishermen who followed Jesus' instructions to throw the net on the other side of the boat and hauled in such a catch of fish that it threatened to overwhelm their vessel.

Such a catch of fish is waiting for you, too. Are you ready?

When Jesus, your personal Coach, looks at you, he will ask you one question: "What do you want me to do for you?" That was the question he asked again and again in his ministry-whether it was a Roman soldier, anxious about the failing health of his favorite assistant, or a woman who had been suffering a hemorrhage for twelve years. "What do you want me to do for you?"

Jesus is asking you to focus now. All the power is here. All the goodwill is here. All the intent is here right now.

It is up to you to decide on who you want to be and what you want to be about in this world.

The following chapters are designed to help you focus-to help you go from being a lightbulb, illuminating a small space, to a laser beam, powerful enough to cut through steel.


Have Your Tent Stolen

* * *

Now we see only reflections in a mirror ... but then we shall be seeing face to face. -1 Corinthians 13:12 (NJB)

Recently I had the pleasure of hearing Ray Anderson, founder of a textile mill in Georgia named Interface, speak to a group of business leaders in Santa Fe. He told the following story.

It seems that one day Sherlock Holmes and his assistant, Watson, went camping. As the night wore on, Sherlock woke up, leaned over, and asked Watson, "What do you see?" Watson responded, "Sherlock, I see the North Star, which has helped guide us to this spot. Beyond that I see the Big Dipper and the tail of Orion. I also can make out the edges of the Milky Way and know that there are universes expanding beyond that."

Watson was about to continue his rapturous explanation when suddenly Sherlock elbowed him and hissed, "Watson, you idiot, someone has stolen our tent!"

Laughter rippled through the audience as the multiple real-life applications of this story became apparent. Watson was rhapsodizing about the beauty of the universe, and Sherlock the detective was concerned with the crime that made their new view possible.

Jesus once described himself as coming "like a thief in the night." I love the idea of his coming to steal our tent-the tent of our limited perspective-the tent of our fragile and segmented understandings-the tent that we think is keeping us safe, but is really just keeping us from seeing the universe.

Like children huddled in a tent, we talk to each other in the light of our little flashlights, considering ourselves bold adventurers-but we haven't even left our own backyard.

I wrote a chapter in Jesus in Blue Jeans regarding God's impatience with "stiff necked" people. Stubbornness is first cousin to arrogance, and pride always precedes a fall. When we think that we know it all ... when we refuse to try another way of doing things ... when we are determined to remain inflexible and ignorant, we are doomed to failure.

Some time ago I hosted a birthday party for a friend. When one of the invited guests arrived, she admitted that she was a little late because she couldn't find her glasses. She laughed and said, "I finally just grabbed the closest pair I could find. I think these are my mother's." We all chuckled as she described how difficult it had been to drive over to the house, looking through lenses that belonged to somebody else.

How often do we just grab our parent's glasses when we head out on a journey, and not use "new eyes" to view the world? I am continuously amazed and chagrined at how often we repeat our parents' negative patterns. It is how a culture is created, I suppose, and how one declines.

If only we would open our eyes to new ways of relating, seeing, and doing. If only we would focus not on the tent that has been stolen, but on our suddenly expanding view of the universe. Watch out, oh you who desire growth.

Jesus will steal your tent.


1. Where in life are you using your mother's or father's glasses?

2. How big is your tent?

3. How limiting is it?

4. What is the value of the kind of "thievery" we are talking about in this chapter?

Dear Lord,

Thank you for stealing the tent of my small-mindedness and limited thinking. Help me realize that nothing is lost, but much more is gained, when you steal away my oh so comfortable limitations. Amen.


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Table of Contents

Focus: With Jesus as Your Life Coach, You Will ...1
Have Your Tent Stolen4
Practice Planned Abandonment8
Keep Your Focus14
Learn to Use Your Sword19
Redefine Reality23
Be Asked Open-ended Questions27
Identify Your Source of Light32
Have Your Readiness Assessed38
Have an Individualized Education Plan42
Be Seen50
Have Fun56
Overcome Procrastination61
Use Your Greatest Strength69
Be Off to a Rough Start74
Balance: With Jesus as Your Life Coach, You Will ...81
Have Help to Find Your Balance84
Know That Your Ladder Is Secure90
Do Succession Planning94
Have to Justify No Longer100
Be Given New Perspectives109
Hear Outrageous Requests114
Respect Your Fragile Things118
Have Some Bad Hair Days123
Leave Regret Behind130
Honor Your Ancestors134
Not Lord It over Others140
Know The Difference Between Archetype and Stereotype145
Learn a New Way of Dusting152
Know That He Is Driven by a Desire to See You Succeed156
Be Bathed in Loving Words160
Productivity: With Jesus as Your Life Coach, You Will ...165
Come Alive with New Possibilities167
Understand Relationship Economies171
Not Receive Borrowed Armor177
Not Be "Childized"182
Practice Positive Confrontation187
Receive Bread--Multiplied193
Swim Upstream196
Show Yourself Friendly202
Learn to Listen208
Get Wet213
Receive Continual Feedback219
Take Action224
Be Willing to Ask for Help228
Think Inside the Solution234
Maintain a Sense of Wonder238
Remove the Chip from Your Shoulder243
Give No Weight to Negative Thoughts248
Fulfillment: With Jesus as Your Life Coach, You Will ...255
Have New Stories258
Improve Your Self-esteem262
Be a Voice, Not an Echo266
Learn of Your Divine Connection271
Be in a Future State276
Understand the Power of Presence279
Have a Safe Space283
Know That He Is Always Reaching Toward You289
Experience Amazement292
Become the Message295
Look at the World Through New Eyes300
Have Unbounded Joy304
Paint What You Love308
Thoughts and a Prayer313
About the Author317

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very inspiring book for everyone that can read English. You do not have to be Christian to learn many things from this book. The authors use of scripture, personal stories, and inspiration talk is wonderful and very helpful. You will soon find yourself becoming a better person, all because of one amazing man! I loved it and would recommend it to anyone. You will not want to set the book down. I have re-read it over and over many times, and have found new and wonderful lessons to be learned every time. I loved it, and I know you will love it. The author has written many books that focus on the benefits of living and leading like Jesus, and this is the best one yet. I cannot wait for the authors next book to come out, I am sure it will be as good. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
shdawson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Short chapters, relevant reading, positive mindset to approach the day-to-day problems all business personnel face. Cordiality is well addressed in how to deal with non-cordial co-workers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you for all your time and effort writing this book. God bless.
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