Over the last few months I’ve been praying for God to shine His light into the deepest, darkest corners of my heart. I’ve learned a few things…
- Buckle up – this is much like praying for patience. If you’re not ready to do the work, don’t pray this prayer. God will reveal things you don’t want to see in yourself and you’ll be left with no alternative but to do the work.
- It’s difficult. This prayer is a perspective shift-er like no other.
- The work, like people, is always worth it.
The words ‘growth’ and ‘leadership’ can be very polarizing. Both words conjure up our deepest darkest fears and put them on full display in our minds. In my mind, they set off a full suite of “what if”s. What if I can’t… what if they don’t like me… what if I mess it up… what if _____. When we are isolated in our own mess, we are right where the enemy wants us. It’s easier for him that way.
Both words also imply community. Growth doesn’t happen alone! It happens by the power of the Holy Spirit and the support of a loving community. Sure, you can lead yourself, but why stop there? If you’re doing a good job leading yourself, others notice and, dare I say, grow from your example.
As followers of Christ, we are all called to lead others to Him. If that brings the terror of public speaking to mind (or the thought of an equally awkward one-on-one conversation) and you’ve already checked out, hang with me! In some cases, yes, that’s what it means. HOWEVER, the cool thing about God is that we’re not all called to lead people in the same way. Paul talked to the Corinthians about how the human body has parts that are individual and function in specific, designed ways. So too is the church as the body of Christ, and so too are you.
God designed you on purpose for a purpose. He doesn’t make mistakes, and He doesn’t choose junk.
PROPEL exists to discover that purpose and activate it. Regardless of where you are in your journey, the next PROPEL Series on “Growth” will move you forward in your passion, potential and purpose. If you haven’t yet discovered what those are for you, do the work! People are worth it.