As a leader, what if the next 10 years were your best 10 years?
No matter your age and stage!
The workplace is full of people that have decided that they are too old to make a shift. – William Bridges in Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes
But that’s not today’s focus.
There are a lot of messages flying around that the Kingdom race belongs to those who are faster, younger, smarter…than you.
What if the race does belong to you?
What if the Spirit of God is ready and willing to lead you and equip you?
What if you are uniquely gifted for what God wants to do next in you and through you?
And, the only thing that’s holding you back? Is you?
The challenge is letting go of the person you used to be and then finding the new person you need to become. – Bridges
(I’m rereading William Bridges’ classic text on organizational change, Transitions… Change begins with an Ending! And before the New Beginning there’s the uncomfortable Neutral Zone, or what I call the Muddled Middle.)
What if you summon some courage these last few weeks of summer?
Take the posture of Peter:
But because you say so, I will let down the nets. (Luke 5:5)
What if you put your Bible in your hands in a quiet place?
Put a pen to journal and slow your mind to listen to the whisper of the Spirit.
And you discover in classic Bridges fashion the 3 steps to a new leadership future:
- What needs to end.
- What comes next. The new beginning.
- Where it all happens but doesn’t feel good or look good. The muddled middle. The part that scares you.
And you trust the Sender. (Like lambs among wolves. No purse. No bag. No sandals. Luke 10:3-4)
The emphasis on financial success…dissuades people from (trusting) those haunting feelings that they weren’t meant to spend their lives doing what they’re (currently) doing. – Bridges
Here’s my guess: You’ve been sensing that there’s a next step, something more… Wishing you weren’t too old or too whatever else.
AND/OR… you know a couple of others that are sensing it!
People who have discounted or blocked out their inner callings … have cut themselves off from the very signals that really vital people use to stay on the paths of their own development. – Bridges
It’s hard work to…
- Gain clarity about who you are.
- Spot that deep longing inside of you.
- Pinpoint the gifts and strengths that saturate your life.
It’s courageous to…
- Wrestle with the Word
- Seek a mentor or coach or friend
- Offer it all up. “Lord if you say so.”
Wise men listen to the words of Jesus. Wise men put those same words into practice. Matthew 7:24
So, if this is you…
- Take the jump. Trust the Sender. Start the journey. Use the “muddled middle”/neutral zone to build your faith for the uncertain terrain ahead.
- Share this with a couple of leaders that God brings to mind. Tell them: “I thought you might appreciate reading this. What do you think?”
Gail and I and the 100’s and 100’s and 100’s of others in the PLI family would be happy to encourage you and walk with you.
Finally, if Gail and I had our dream? There’d be a ground swell of leaders that would tether themselves to each other and stop trying to get the old ways of doing church to work in this new world. They’d commit the next season to becoming the leaders (no matter the muddled middle) that create an agile, mission-focused church for the “no religious preference” generation before they die. (smile)
More on all of this next week.
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