Monday, November 08, 2010
"Right where I am I will do my best to breathe God's light into our world."
"Right where I am I will do my best to make our organization healthy."
"Right where I am I will not use anger as a leadership tool."
"Right where I am I will see to help solve addictive behaviours that numb my mind."
"Right where I am I will own up to what I've done wrong & make it right."
"We will reach out to the untouched & untouchables."
I went to a Leadership conference this past weekend. I came into it with some huge reservations & and also with some things that were crippling me. See, I had allowed something to take place in my heart that was very dangerous. I had bought into the lies of the "enemy" in a spiritual sense. I was at a place of believing I was failing at a whole lot of things, didn't believe that I was doing anything of worth in the many roles I find myself in and that someone more qualified probably should've attended the conference.
The phrases above were stated in the first 30 seconds of the introduction for the conference. And from that moment on, my pen flew on the pages of my notebook, frantically trying to get everything down. To sum things up in a nutshell...this conference messed me up big time! But that wasn't a bad thing, because I truly believe I needed to be messed up to begin realigning my mindset on life.
By the end of the first night's sessions, I got in my van to drive home. When I got home, I finished up some work and then broke down. Those sessions had messed with and that was a good thing. They constantly talked about NOT QUITTING...PRESSING ON...always remembering that you are a treasured child of the most high God and that He'll always be with you and NEVER leave you!
The one speaker spoke about quieting ourselves and listening to God's whispers. He talked about the fact God's whispers are often short...then he gave a list of some whispers:
1. Don't quit
2. Step up
3. Take the risk (You've been too safe)
4. Apologize now
5. Make the tough decision
6. Get help
7. Stop running from God
8. Slow down
9. Show your heart (Your team needs it)
10. Let others lead
11. Feed your soul
12. Bless the team
13. Make the ask (I need your help...courageous leaders make the ask)
14. Doing something more impactful
15. Come clean
16. Embody the vision
17. Celebrate the victories
18. Speak the truth
19. Pay the price
20. Count your blessings
21. End the secret
22. Check your motives
23. Set the pace
24. Give God your best
25. Get physically fit
26. Serve your spouse/kids
28. Humble yourself
Many of the whispers in this list were echoed repeatedly throughout the course of that night and the next day. It was overwhelming powerful...I don't think I could have guessed what was coming when I stepped into that building to partake of that conference! We took in a whole lot of awesome information and we were given many reflective questions & I've come home with a whole lot to process.
That night, one of the things we were asked to do was this:
"For the next couple of days, ask God to speak & listen for what He's saying. Later on we were instructed to take a minute right then and there to listen to God. Then we were to write down what He had said, if anything was said."
As I sit here with my notebook opened to that page, I'm blown away by what I wrote down in a couple of reflection times about what God said. He repeatedly spoke love, worth, peace & strength into my life...all of which was so badly needed. I thought I was the wrong person to be there, but God knew that was exactly where I was supposed to be and He ensured I knew He had shown up.
So I'll end things like this...
Do you believe that God still speaks today? Have you totally surrendered to God? Or are you just living out a script? Will you do everything in your power to hear His voice & heed it? Take a minute to listen God and see what He might be wanting to whisper to you!