Life is all about choices. Do I take this road or that one? Would you like tea or coffee? And if you pick coffee and you are at say a Starbucks for the first time you could be there all day trying to decide what kind of coffee, dark or medium roast, bold or light, regular or Latte, hot or cold, hot brewed or cold-brewed? No matter what decisions you make or what direction your life is taking what we all need in life is someone to empower us. Once we have finally come to the decision to pursue our life’s mission, we need a champion to give us the wind and the clearance from the runway to take off and fly.
I shared before that God has wired me in a certain way. 1) To be an equipper. That is a person who pours into the lives of others to help them develop and grow in their life’s journey. 2) To be an encourager. Because life is full of ups and downs, you just need a champion. And the last one I will add to this series is 3) To be a person who empowers others to achieve that mission.
Pushing People out of the Nest
Once people have identified what God has called them to do. As a leader, you need to equip them to carry out that mission and then most importantly allow them the pursue that mission. Give people the courage to spread their missional wings and exercise their God-given talents.
Overcoming that Feeling of Inadequacy
The natural inclination of people is that once it is clear what they should be doing, to get stuck. We get stuck because we don’t feel we have what it takes, the power to accomplish this life’s mission. This illustration may connect with you.
In a seminary missions class, Herbert Jackson told how, as a new missionary, he was assigned a car that would not start without a push. After pondering his problem, he devised a plan. He went to the school near his home, got permission to take some children out of class, and had them push his car off. As he made his rounds, he would either park on a hill or leave the engine running. He used this ingenious procedure for two years.
Ill health forced the Jackson family to leave, and a new missionary came to that station. When
Jackson proudly began to explain his arrangement for getting the car started; the new man began looking under the hood. Before the explanation was complete, the new missionary interrupted, “Why, Dr. Jackson, I believe the only trouble is this loose cable.” He gave the cable a twist, stepped into the car, pushed the switch, and to Jackson’s astonishment, the engine roared to life. For two years needless trouble had become routine. The power was there all the time. Only a loose connection kept Jackson from putting that power to work.
J.B. Phillips paraphrases Ephesians l:19-20, “How tremendous is the power available to us who believe in God.” When we make firm our connection with God, his life, and power flow through us. -Ernest B. Beevers.
I see my mission in life is to point people back to the power they already have in God. If God gave you the talents, the wiring, and the passion, He would also provide the necessary heavenly voltage to carry out the unique mission He has entrusted to you.
Question to ponder:
What is the mission God has placed on your heart?
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