embracing your DNA
My childhood dream was to be a stand-up comedian. But I didn’t quite have what it took and didn’t have the motivation to get what it takes. For years I looked for what I should be doing with my life, trying to find a role model for a career that fit me. That’s been elusive for me. I couldn’t find a job or career that really fit me.
Now in my 40s (having turned 42 in July), I’m feeling more comfortable in my own skin. I don’t fit. I’m unconventional; unpredictable. Not a good corporate guy. I look at the world differently than most people. I’m not the kind of guy that colors within the lines, nor thinking outside the box. I’d say, “What box?”
I’m not a focused goal-oriented guy. I have racing thoughts, random and wild ideas. I’m a hacker, great at short-term projects where I can find a creative solution. I’m a networker, great at connecting people to people and people to resources.
Question #1: “Who are you?” Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” I’m (beginning to) embracing my DNA. I’m learning to be the way God has created me to be. God created you with unique gifts and talents. The more you’re true to yourself, the more God’s workmanship do its good work. You don’t have to force it. Just let it flow. Embrace your DNA. God’s called your church to be a light in your community. You don’t need to copy someone else. Be who God has called you to be.
Question #2: “What do you see?” Jeremiah 1:11, “The word of the Lord came to me: ‘What do you see…’ ”
As we’re in this Leadership Community together for the next 2 years, let’s see God at work in each other, and call that out. Let’s encourage each other, let’s celebrate together.
As you look around your community, what do you see? We see what we’re looking for. Ask God to show you what you need to see, and what you need to do.
This is a picture of the notes I took up with me. And, look at these 5 senior pastors — they’re all so tall! I’m 5′ 8″. You know any shorter senior pastors?