The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of learning. There has been a consistent topic along the way… funny how that works…
When you were a child, you had dreams. We all did. We all wanted to do BIG things and change the world.
Along the way, we get comfortable, we get content, we get angry, we get afraid, we go through some sort of tragedy that crushes our spirit and slowly but surely we realize that we are not the world changer we had dreamt about as kids. So we settle in and bide our time hoping someone else can change the world. Putting our hopes and dreams into the hands of an employer, a spouse, a child or, heaven forbid, our government.
A little depressing isn’t it?
I am writing today in hopes that what you read here re-ignites that tiny spark deep down inside of you in such a way that you take a step forward TODAY to become that world changer!
This past weekend, one of the senior Pastors at my church spoke about vision. He talked about the HOW to become a world changer. Here is a summary:
Where to start:
Your Family – it has the power to set the trajectory of a human life
Teachers – they have the power to open the mind and create a life-long love of learning
The Church – because it taps into the power which can change human hearts, and that changes everything!
NOTE: The church referred to here is not the building on the corner, but a group of people whose lives are interconnected for the purpose of serving one another in love and carrying out the mission of Jesus in the world
- You change the world one small world at a time
- You change the world by being a divinely empowered, living expression of Jesus
- Become a better person (Philippians 2:13; Galatians 5:22-23; Matthew 5:14-16)
- Make the church a better place (Acts 2:42-47; John 13:34-35)
- Tell a better story (1 Peter 3:15 NLT)
In addition to this message, I had the opportunity to attend the 2018 Global Leadership Summit last week as well. Hearing from 15 different speakers over two days about influence and leadership. There was one speaker in particular who made me sit up a little taller as he spoke – Erwin McManus.
Some of my notes:
I am amazed at how many people need permission to get started… but not to quit. Did you fail or did you just quit?
Freedom is on the other side of your fears.
What you fear has mastery over your life. Fear creates boundaries for your life. It is a cruel master.
Pain is a boundary to greatness! Learn how to walk in your pain.
Future is on the other side of your failures!
People define us by our worst moments.
God defines us by HIS best moments!
So… my hope and prayer is that we can all take a moment and think about how we can be the change in our worlds. Invest in ourselves, invest in our children, invest in our teachers, invest in our churches, conquer our fears, walk through our pain, drive towards our future as we live in confidence that God is by our side!
John Maxwell also spoke at the GLS this year. He said, “Ask God to do for you what you cannot do for yourself. (Ephesians 3:20 The Message translation) The CEILING of my potential is the FLOOR of God’s room! Do something so BIG that people who know you say, “that was beyond their abilities… only God.”