Archive for October, 2009

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It’s not about me

October 19, 2009

So I am in the midst of exciting things going on at work which also happens to be my church.  It’s a little complicated working where you go to church, but my motivation each day for my work is pretty high.  There is a much higher purpose to the work I do and that makes a difference.

I presented to our church congregation a new marketing plan at South Main Baptist Church.  Explaining the plan is the fun part because I believe in it and more importantly, I believe that it is the right campaign for our church…it’s authentic and “so us”.   It’s a little nerve racking to be asking for the funding to implement the plan, but I seem to be getting more comfortable with it each time  I present.  If the congregation approves it, we ask our foundation board for the funding. Although we know that most folks support the fact that our church needs to grow, there will still be a healthy conversation and discussion and I am praying now that I will be able to answer the tough questions.

So, as I prepare for these meetings, I am getting pretty wrapped up in me.  How will I sound, how will I look (I’m being honest here!), how will I answer certain things…

I took some time to catch up on my blog reading before my presentation and a post from Stuff Christians Like was EXACTLY what I needed to hear.  Here are some excerpts (if you click on the link you can read the whole post):

My friend Joel Thomas is incredibly cool and calm before he speaks to large groups of people. I’m pretty sure my friend Jarrett Stevens could perform lasik laser eye surgery before he takes the stage his hands are so perfectly chill.

Me? I’m sweaty. I’m anxious. The butterflies in my stomach aren’t tangled and nervous, they’re on meth.

Maybe I’ll lose that if I get the chance to speak more, but for right now that’s what happens in the moments before I speak. Except at the North Points Singles Retreat. That one was a little different.

Ten minutes before I jumped up on the stage and did my thing in front of maybe a few hundred people, I told a friend about one of things I was going to talk about.

He casually replied, “Oh, that’s cool. The woman who spoke last night covered that same verse and idea.”

If it were possible to do it without anyone seeing, I probably would have thrown up in my pants pocket at that exact moment.

I missed the point.

The point isn’t me. The point is Jesus.

So, blog friends, please pray for me this week.  I need strength to get through these next few crucial meetings, but more importantly, I need to have the gift of discernment and see our greater purpose for our church marketing plan:  To bring people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

How’s that for motivation?

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It’s not about me

October 17, 2009

So I am in the midst of exciting things going on at work which also happens to be my church.  It’s a little complicated working where you go to church, but my motivation each day for my work is pretty high.  There is a much higher purpose to the work I do and that makes a difference.

I am presenting to our church congregation a new marketing plan for the church on Sunday.  Explaining the plan is the fun part because I believe in it and more importantly, I believe that it is the right campaign for our church…it’s authentic and “so us”.   It’s a little nerve racking to be asking for the funding to implement the plan, but I seem to be getting more comfortable with it each time  I present.  If the congregation approves it, we ask our foundation board for the funding. Although we know that most folks support the fact that our church needs to grow, there will still be a healthy conversation and discussion and I am praying now that I will be able to answer the tough questions.

So, as I prepare for these meetings, I am getting pretty wrapped up in me.  How will I sound, how will I look (I’m being honest here!), how will I answer certain things…

I took some time this evening to catch up on my blog reading today and a post from Stuff Christians Like was EXACTLY what I needed to hear.  Here are some excerpts (if you click on the link you can read the whole post) that describe :

My friend Joel Thomas is incredibly cool and calm before he speaks to large groups of people. I’m pretty sure my friend Jarrett Stevens could perform lasik laser eye surgery before he takes the stage his hands are so perfectly chill.

Me? I’m sweaty. I’m anxious. The butterflies in my stomach aren’t tangled and nervous, they’re on meth.

Maybe I’ll lose that if I get the chance to speak more, but for right now that’s what happens in the moments before I speak. Except at the North Points Singles Retreat. That one was a little different.

Ten minutes before I jumped up on the stage and did my thing in front of maybe a few hundred people, I told a friend about one of things I was going to talk about.

He casually replied, “Oh, that’s cool. The woman who spoke last night covered that same verse and idea.”

If it were possible to do it without anyone seeing, I probably would have thrown up in my pants pocket at that exact moment.

I missed the point.

The point isn’t me. The point is Jesus.

So, blog friends, please pray for me this week.  I need strength to get through these next few crucial meetings, but more importantly, I need to have the gift of discernment and see our greater purpose for our church marketing plan:  To bring people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

How’s that for motivation?

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Having Courage

October 11, 2009

listentogodFrom @prodigaljohn on Twitter:  The secret to being a good writer is the willingness and courage to be a bad writer first.

So that should explain where I have been.  I have interesting ideas to blog about each week, sometimes daily, but I am just afraid it is not going to sound quite right.  I am working to get over it.  So here I go.

Dear friends of ours had a rough patch a few weeks ago.  For some reason, it deeply affected me.  Ever since then, I have been hearing from God a very distinct message loud and clear.  From conversations, to tweets, to facebook posts, to sermons, to stories, to songs it has been like “HELLO!  Are you LISTENING??”  So, here I acknowledge that indeed I am listening, God.

We are focusing this month at church on God’s Hand Revealed.  We are supposed to listen for where God is working in our life and in others. So, I commit to doing a better job of praying each day.  Not just telling God what I need from him.  The list is long, but I need to spend some time listening TO God.

The message that I have been hearing loud and clear is that really, I am not in charge of it all.  As much as I think I can control it all and manage everything in my life, it is not all up to me.  I confess, I have this awful fear that God is preparing me for a big hurdle in my life.  This scares me.  A lot.  But, I am working to let it go and leave it in His capable hands.

In closing, I am including the song lyrics from a Veggie Tales (yes, Veggie Tales!) movie, Josh and the Big Wall. Our wonderful children decided it was the “movie of the week” and I can’t count how many times that we watched it.  Something about the lyrics of one of the songs just stuck with me.

The Lord has given this land to us.  No need to fuss, He knows what He’s doing.

We know that He will take care of us.  If we will follow Him.

God’s way is the best way.  Now that I know He loves me so.

His way is the best way.  And that’s the way for me!

It’s catchy…and every word is true.  Sometimes there is real wisdom in children’s songs.

I will be back soon.  I mean it.