what?One of the constant things I am asked is: How did you have crazy success 3 times in planting? First, of course, I didn't...I truly am Spirit-led and without our great God and great team, none of this would have been possible
But one of the most important things I can zone in on is that: I am always learning, growing and pushing to make things happen for the Kingdom. No excuses. If God gives the vision, we will do EVERYTHING He asked without cutting corners...When we don't, we see less impact. When we do: WATCH OUT!
Not being afraid to say yes in the face of insurmountable challenges, and not being afraid to say no or stop or change course as you learn and grow is also a key. Whether a church planter, a banker, a teacher, a student, whatever and wherever God has you in His story...don't forget that. This isn't just for the "professional" clergy. HE has a vision for ALL of us!
I just had a friend who was pretty wild like me in High School stop by recently. He has been radically changed by Christ. He wanted to say how proud he was that we were stepping out, and then he told me he was going to take a HUGE pay-cut because he felt God was calling him from his great engineering job to teach math to kids at juvenile detention facilities. ONLY GOD.
The disciples must have been overwhelmed with their marching orders...and so am I. But to push through and not fear, to always learn, grow and push yourself and your team to the limits with the sole goal of seeing HIS KINGDOM COME is one huge life lesson I have learned. And not being afraid to change course along the journey is the ultimate X factor. Stop/observe/re-orient/move...from week 1 of the Advent Conspiracy teaching.