offline act of kindness
My afternoon meetings with Tim Keller and a few other people his side and from my side was dynamic. As it is with these closed door meetings, I am not at liberty to comment much more. I don’t do well at formal meetings, and I do put some of them together occasionally. I made some perfunctory remarks, smile broadly, head noddingly. There’s a place for polite conversations, and I tend to keep it overly polite here on my blog also (knowing some of my readers would prefer a more raw and authentic voice.)
I’ve long had this dread/ fear/ dislike/ anxiety/ discomfort about strong leaders, because I don’t like leaders that run over people, when leaders force their will on others, when leaders aren’t able to show compassion for people’s feelings, can’t relate to people b/c they’re too driven with tasks.
After the formal meeting was over, I was invited (okay, elbowed) into an one-on-one personal dialogue with Tim. Those were treasured moments. I will go on the record and say this: Thank you, Tim! You’ve showed me much grace in your act of kindness to check-in with me, and exercised keen adeptness at decoding my remarks. And thanks for the invite to the Redeemer open forum tonight too.