Growth brings challenge. Challenge brings opportunity. Opportunity brings progress or digression.
In two classes this week (Family Builders and Think About It!), one of the core principles of personal responsibility was covered.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. Viktor E. Frankl
On September 27 from 9am to noon, I’d like to offer each of you an opportunity in excellence in leadership development. On that morning, we will have a workshop on Finding Your Place. You will see yourself in scripture. You will identify with God’s design for your life. You will grasp more fully your place among the full house.
As leaders, our ideas, presuppositions, thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and approaches should be under constant pressure. Yes, they should be under constant pressure. That pressure of leadership is a powerful choice of growth in our ability to lead under varying and changing circumstance.
Jesus calls us to lead in diversity. To be a professional listener is the first law of leadership. Seek first to understand before you seek to be understood writes Covey. He who answers a matter before he fully listens to and understands will bring a shame and a foolishness on himself and others. Proverbs 18: 12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility. 13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
James 3:17-18 The wisdom that comes from God is first utterly pure, then peace-loving, gentle, approachable, full of tolerant thoughts and kindly actions, with no breath of favouritism or hint of hypocrisy. And the wise are peace-makers who go on quietly sowing for a harvest of righteousness—in other people and in themselves.
Questioning of our decisions is not an assault on us personally. Maybe someone just needs time to understand. Maybe we need to lay out our thoughts a little more clearly in a manner more conducive to their perspective. Maybe we need to relax and enjoy our own growth alongside others.
At Hope Connection, God has knit a diversity of people, understandings, approaches, and engagements in pursuit of being more like Jesus. Jesus was able to adapt and live with prostitute, gambler, business executive, military leader, tax collector, fisherman, construction worker, religious leader, politician, and just people. He calls us to do the same with His same patience and persistence to fill each of them with faith, hope, and love. That is a tall task. It is one that will bring humility or humiliation according to our choices. One is not the other.
Humility is an open willingness to absorb the perspective of another on a subject we hold dear. It means allowing our ideas to be counted as nothing for a moment or a month, while patience allows another assigned to walk beside catches up. It means giving no personal attachment to an approach, talent, gift, or professional skill so that no hint of hypocritical defensiveness is discernible. We are FULL of tolerant thoughts and kindly actions and are bent on sowing quietly wise peace so that a harvest will come of right action and inclusion in us and others. That is tough leadership. That is servant leadership.
My heart is full, my friends. God is shaping us into something new. It is not a church we wish to become but a people molded and merged into the image of Christ. He calls us like no other group in the Texoma I-35 corridor to be the church not go to church. He calls us out of our darkness into a fresh light.
To those that have an ear to hear, let them hear. Let us apply these words to the face in the mirror and be changed more into His eternal image. To make the next steps in our journey with excellence, I offer this great opportunity.
On September 27 from 9am to noon, I’d like to offer each of you an opportunity in excellence in leadership development. On that morning, we will have a workshop on Finding Your Place. You will see yourself in scripture. You will identify with God’s design for your life. You will grasp more fully your place among the full house. You will increase your understanding of God’s commitment to others.
Who may come? Anyone. This is an open class. I do need you to confirm so we will have plenty of workbooks. For Hope Connection leaders this is a required component of leadership development that each will need to attend in the next two years. I understand all may not be available that day. I strongly encourage you to make time so you see more clearly how God is building us.
Can outside people come? Absolutely. I pray you get on the phone and call friends and cajole, encourage, promote, provoke or whatever to get them there.
How do I register? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and say, “I’m coming”. If you need childcare, give ages and gender of children and we’ll arrange. I’ll ask that each bring a few dollars to contribute to the kitty for the workers.
For what age is this workshop appropriate? 13 and above.