TGIF – On Saturday.
But, this post isn’t about Friday anyway. It’s about the four questions I’m inviting you to reflect on each week:
January 11, 2019
I’m TRUSTING that all the moving pieces of life will come together one step at a time. I have too many projects going on right now. It’s all good stuff, great stuff in fact. It just seems like every week from now until March I have something going on. I’m trusting one step at a time, one project at a time, it all comes together.
I’m GRATEFUL for colleagues. The people I work with, even in the midst of chaos, are great people I enjoy working with because we get things done! I’m especially grateful they embrace my irreverent sense of humor. I guess you could say I’m grateful for a week filled with laughter.
I am INSPIRED by Brene Brown. As I continue to dive into her work (again) I am inspired by the courage she models.
I’ve been working on a podcast that will release on Tuesday at TransformingMission.org/Podcast. Look for episode 050. It’s about what’s getting in the way of disciple-making. We’re talking about the courage to lead and how vulnerability is a part of it.
In case you’re wondering, here’s Brene Brown’s definition of vulnerability: the emotion that we experience during times of uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure. You got it, there is nothing there about weakness. Because that’s not what vulnerability is all about. There’s also nothing there about oozing dark secrets with inappropriate people. That’s just NOT wise. And, no, it’s not vulnerability either.
But, practicing vulnerability is the first skill of courageous leadership. So, yes, I’m proposing that we have to practice vulnerability if we want to focus on disciple-making. For more on all of this head over to the podcast page on or after Tuesday, January 15.
Our office location is moving today. Do I need to say more? Moving is always an act of faith. Maybe I should have said I’m trusting movers as the response to the first question?
Practicing faith this week has also included reading from my current devotional Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals. This week there have been quotes that have caused me to pause. The giants of faith that make me think, reflect, and live out my faith.
Here’s one of the quotes. Brother Lawrence wrote,
“Men invent means and methods of coming at God’s love, they learn rules and set up devices to remind them of that love, and it seems like a world of trouble to bring oneself into the consciousness of God’s presence. Yet it might be so simple. Is it not quicker and easier just to do our common business wholly for the love of him?”
Practice that! Do our common business wholly for the love of God. Our common business of grocery shopping, paying bills, cleaning the house, running errands, taking the kids to their sports practice, attending a meeting with colleagues, the 9-5 job, cooking, sharing a meal, putting gas in the car…can you imagine all those things (and more!)done “wholly for the love of God?”
TGIF! How are you Thankful, Grateful, Inspired and practicing FAITH? Let me know in the comments below.