Happy New Year! Well kind of because it's already February and surprisingly I don't need a do-over...yet. Give me time though and I'm sure I will want to hit the reset button.
As you can see from my absence it has been an incredibly ridiculous and ridiculously incredible five months or so. After a year of planning, the Leadership Conference and the Leadership Summit Series final came and went. It was an incredible time and I am so thankful for what these events gave to me and my colleagues as well as added to me personally.
Wow! I can't believe it has been two months since you have heard a word from me smh. I am so so sorry for going dark. These last two months have been more than a notion. I have been putting the full weight of my effort and focus into ministry at Turner and earning my keep as Minister of Leadership Growth & Development. We have some exciting projects coming down the pipeline and I have been absolutely consumed with both anxiety and excitement. And I already know all of the faith-filled phrases I should be speaking, but in my humanness I just can't help but to be a little (well a lot) anxious about all of this.
I am not one to show up to places just for the sake of showing up. If the purpose of me being present somewhere- anywhere- is to put in facetime, I would sooner stay home. Unfortunately once I entered ministry, facetime became a huge part of the expectation while I was in training. We were always expected to be in place- at meetings, at services, at conferences, etc.- just in case we were called upon (which we seldom were). It did however teach me discipline and the importance of being faithful.
If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times- titles aren’t important. Most of the time the people who are making this statement either don’t have a title or benefit from entitlements that come from being white, male, or older. Since I am none of those things, my titles (I happen to have two) are important particularly in my vocation
Everyone wants to be a visionary. In fact most people, especially preachers and creative types, like to describe themselves as visionaries. Why? Because we have lots of visions. Big visions. Awe-inspiring visions. As grand as that sounds, ‘vision’ is just a high-minded word for an idea that may or may not come to pass depending on what you do about it.