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Proverbs Study

Proverbs Study

It has been so fun going through Proverbs together! I cannot wait to share with you some treasures in Proverbs six. If you are just now joining us and want to catch up, I got you! Here are the previous posts:

Proverbs 1 + 2

Proverbs 3

Proverbs 4

Proverbs 5

Now let’s dive in!

Honestly, if you take the instruction of this Proverbs I think it is going to put some pep in your step, and help you make some decisions that you might have been putting off for quite some time. This chapter addresses an issue that this generation who is obsessed with sloths tends to struggle with, laziness!

The chapter starts out strong by talking about if you get stuck in any kind of binding contract situation that you do not need to be in, it gives the advice in verse 3, “QUICKLY get out of it if you possibly can! Swallow your pride, get over your embarrassment, and go tell your “friend” you want your name off that contract. DON’T PUT IT OFF, and don’t rest until you get it done. Rescue yourself from future pain and be free from it once and for all. You’ll be so relieved that you did!”

I know for those of you who do not like confrontation this verse is one you want to sprint over, but there is so much wisdom in this. The passion version just really lays it right out in front of you. What is the hard phone call you need to make?  I used to have a hard time making these kind of moves myself, but I was at a leadership conference once Craig Groeschel said something that helped me not to put off things that I knew might be hard for me to do. He said, “Surgery hurts, but death hurts worse.” Essentially, it is hard to make a decision to cut something out or someone out in your present even though you know it may hurt your future, but the price you pay by not cutting out what you need to will kill your business, dream, relationship, and really just anything that it touches.

Verses 6-11 also address the issue of laziness and it is a good life lesson.

Life Lessons

When you’re feeling lazy,
come and learn a lesson from this tale of the tiny ant.
Yes, all you lazybones, come learn
from the example of the ant and enter into wisdom.
The ants have no chief, no boss, no manager—
no one has to tell them what to do.

You’ll see them working and toiling all summer long,
stockpiling their food in preparation for winter.
So wake up, sleepyhead. How long will you lie there?
When will you wake up and get out of bed?
If you keep nodding off and thinking, “I’ll do it later,”
or say to yourself, “I’ll just sit back awhile and take it easy,”
just watch how the future unfolds!
By making excuses you’ll learn what it means to go without.
Poverty will pounce on you like a bandit
and move in as your roommate for life.

This is one of those moments I am just going to let Solomon, the writer of proverbs, have a mic drop and ask y’all not to kill the messenger.  Act as if Solomon is your mentor right now and take that advice to heart, because it will help you fulfill your purpose on a day-to-day basis. Verse 11 is something I want to highlight – reread it.

When my little brother turned 16 he is a very good example of who this is talking to. My parents told him that if he worked hard in school and met a certain grade point, then they would bless him with a car. It was not an impossible grade point to reach. I would say it was pretty grace filled if you ask me. Well, he turned 16 and did not have the grades, so he did not get the car. Keep in mind, my brother is an incredibly talented, smart, and creative guy and my parents and our whole family see that potential in him. Because of that, they then extended it and said whenever you reach these grades we will get you the car. It has been almost two years with the same offer on the table, and he still has not made the grades, so he does not have the car and the only thing standing in between him and this car is his own laziness and excuses. I want to ask you, what is your car? What is the thing that could be the very thing that takes you to the next place in life, but the lack of a little work is hindering you from reaching? “By making excuses you’ll learn what it means to go without” is very true.

Throughout the whole bible it talks about not being lazy. Romans 12:11 “Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically! Wake up sleepy heads! You all have purpose to walk in every single day!”

XO,

Sadie

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Idols

Idols

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In Sunday school, when I was young, I learned the Ten Commandments, just as any other church-going child did. Some of you learned them as teenagers or adults, and some may never have learned them at all. Well let me refresh your memory of the first two: “You shall have no other gods before Me,” and “You shall not make idols.” In my mind these have a pretty straightforward meaning- we should only pray to God and not mold gold into statues that we pray to and worship. I always thought these were easy commands to follow, just like “do not murder” or “do not commit adultery.” (As a kid, the more difficult ones to follow were “honor your father and mother” and “do not be jealous,” but that’s another story). Anyways, as I am getting older, I realize that the first two commandments can actually be pretty tough to obey. I mean, I don’t pray to anyone but God, however the whole “idol” thing is an entirely different battle. I have all kinds of idols in my life that I haven’t ever quite realized how much emphasis I put on them until recently.

Things that pull me away from God, things that I want so badly that I convince myself I need them, and things that are of this world are all idols. Perfectionism. Social media. Relationships. Marriage. Work. Exercise. Comparison. Dreams. Television. Internet. Cell phones. These are just a few things in my life that I see taking up so much of my time and thoughts and energy. If I am consumed by all of this, what do I have left for God? A prayer as I’m falling asleep at night? A quick devotion once I’ve checked my phone for text messages or notifications? Not all of these things are bad, when cultivated in a good way, but when one or more of these things takes precedence over our relationship with God, then it becomes a problem.

Let me clarify something here- when I listed marriage as an idol earlier, I didn’t mean my own marriage…I meant I idolize the idea of marriage. I am single right now, but I’ve always dreamed of getting married someday. I think it’s a good dream, and I do really hope it is in God’s plan for me. However I have finally come to the realization that I have put way too much pressure on that dream. I have begun to idolize it in a way that is not healthy. For some reason I seem to think that once I get married everything will be better. I’ll be more whole. I’ll learn to do more things. I’ll always have someone to talk to. I won’t ever feel alone. My relationship with God will be stronger when I have someone to push me closer to Him. I will be CONTENT.

Another huge idol in my life is social media. I constantly am scrolling through Instagram, passing by other peoples’ seemingly perfect lives, wondering why mine isn’t as perfect as theirs. If only I looked like this person, or if only I got as many likes as that person, maybe then I would feel SATISFIED.

But whoa. Hold on a second…

How can another human being satisfy all of those things in me? How can something of this world make me whole and content? How could they make me like myself more then than I do now? How could social media fill the empty void in my heart? The secret is…they can’t. Only Jesus can satisfy me. Only Jesus can make me whole again when I feel broken. Only Jesus can help me find contentment in this world. The hope and promise of getting to see HIM one day is what will get me through this broken world. If I can’t be content with who I am in Christ right now, how on earth do I think I could be with another person? God has to be more than enough for me before I can even think of letting someone else in for the long run of marriage. Only He can complete my heart. That’s how it’s supposed to be. Sure, other people and talents and things can complement us, but only God can complete us. It’s not fair to me, my future husband, God, or anyone else to expect something of this world to fill all of those voids.

It’s impossible for a human being to live up to that task. I have idolized the man that I don’t even know and marriage so much to the point that I think they can fulfill me, and that is not okay. I have idolized people on social media that seem to have it all together to the point where I compare myself to them. If I could do this or that better, I’d be content.

No. We can’t fall back on things of this world. We can’t expect people or things of this world to take His place. He alone is worthy of all of our praise. Nothing and no one can ever come close to Him. He has done amazing things for us…the least we can do is offer Him our hearts and let Him in all the way. We don’t deserve any gift He chooses to give us. He just chooses to do that out of love for us. And even with all the good gifts He gives, He alone satisfies. Everything else is temporary. Everything.

What are you idolizing in your life? What have you let satisfy your heart? Take a step back and ask God to diminish the idol in a way that will put Him back in the number one spot of your heart. Whatever stage of life you’re in, He must always come first, or you won’t end up having room for anything else. Make space for Him and everything else will fall into place.

“My soul finds rest in God alone. My salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation. He is my fortress. I will never be shaken.” Psalm 62:1-2

“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all these things will be given to you. So do not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Living faithfully is a large enough task for today.” Matthew 6:33-34

Emily is a member of LO Fam and graduated from Malone University in 2018 with a degree in math education. When she am not teaching math, she enjoys Irish dancing, painting, journaling, and hanging out with friends! During the past year, Emily has navigated lots of life changes by learning more about God’s faithfulness and expressing that through writing.

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Patience in the Process

Patience in the Process

In our little corner of the world, we are very excited about a new road we are getting. It’s a two-lane road that seems to lead to everything necessary for the thousands of people who travel it every day. In fact, we are so excited about the new five lane road that we dream of the improvements to our daily lives. We’ll get to and from work quicker. There will be no more sitting behind trash trucks or school buses or a great-grandma who goes ten miles an hour. We will be able to zip into Dollar General and get back into the traffic easily and effortlessly. Yes, life will be much better when the construction is done. But, for now, and for the next three years, it will not be good.

The road, our already very busy road, is lined with large equipment, fallen trees, piles of dirt and downed power lines. So, as we wait for improvements, we have to put up with a few messes.

Isn’t this true of any improvement project? Think about how God works in the lives of each of us. Improvement doesn’t happen overnight, does it? Oh, many things can happen on the spot. Hearts can change and attitudes can change and actions can change, but generally speaking, for real change to happen, it takes a little–or a lot–of work.

But, what happens with any construction site? We get impatient, don’t we? We get tired of the mess. We’ve stepped over or moved around or taken the detour too many times and we’re tired of it! We’re eager for the “new.” When we look at our fellow followers of the Jesus, many times we lose patience with their “growing” process.  We want to cry “Enough already! Let’s move on!” When we look at ourselves and our spiritual process, we do the same.  We pray for God to change us—NOW!

But here’s the good news. Life is a journey. It’s a story that doesn’t end until we take our final breathe. Just recently I was talking with a friend whose son is struggling with addictions. We talked about his long journey in recovery and how each day is better, but the journey isn’t over. Like all of us, his story doesn’t have an ending yet. It’s still being written and God will not leave him. This young man has parents who poured Jesus into him, but he got caught up in sin and addiction. The last few years have been very hard on him and his family. But, there is hope, for sure. His story is still under construction. He is still living in a mess.

Philippians 1:6 tells us this: “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” With this verse, we are assured, if we desire to grow and change, that God will never leave us in a mess. His desire is for every mess to become a message. As long as we continue to look to God for guidance, He will never leave the construction site of our life. When things seem to pile up, He is there like a mighty machine plowing His way through the junk and debris and making way for the new person He is molding and shaping us to be.

I have been able to watch many life stories get rewritten. I’ve also been witness to many life stories where the words “the end” were added to their story. While there is always sadness at the ending of life, there is also victory when one can see God’s promises lived out. I have witnessed drug addicts become leaders in the church. I have watched broken marriages made whole and those same couples lead marriage seminars. I have rejoiced as lost children have been restored to their faith in God and gone on to lead their own families to be strong, powerful faith leaders. I have seen God take down-trodden, broken-hearted, and sin-filled messes and give them a life that shouts, “Jesus is Lord!”

Don’t ever give up on YOU or anyone else! When you think you’ve had enough with a fellow believer who continues to walk down a broken road, don’t give up! Keep bringing their name before the Father. You may be the only one doing that for them. When you get discouraged with yourself, wondering how you can keep making the same mistake over and over again, don’t give up on you. Keep praying. Keep studying. Keep worshipping. One day, that struggle you had will be a super highway to help others get through their tough days. Your mistake will be a thing of the past and your message will light the way for someone else’s future.

Hugs and blessings, 2 mama

How to: Lead a bible study

How to: Lead a bible study

So many people ask me this question: how can I start leading a bible study or a group? I thought it would be fun to share some practical tips and encouragement on how to lead. This is something I’m super passionate about because I believe that every one is a leader.

All my sisters out there who are ready to lead, to host, to start something, today is your day! Side note: if you’re also looking for a study to start, check our our BOLD CONFIDENCE study. This box equips you with everything you need to start a bible study.

I’ll start by saying that leading a bible study doesn’t have to be perfect or fancy.

The power if God is so much better than any fancy set up. The power of God is what draws people in. So Let go of any excuses. You’re already equipped to lead.

Leading is more more than encouragement, it is about leading people into a place to encounter Jesus. Are you ready to see people dive in, see who God is and wake up to His incredible power? I promise this will strengthen you just as much as it will strengthen the girls that you invite in.

Here’s how to get started: 

1. Text your friends – get your phone out. For real, stop what you’re doing, grab your phone, and text your friends. It can be two, four, six, eight, twelve people, or the whole school. Tell them the time and place. Don’t wait any more 🙂 Just set the date, set the time and invite people in to see what happens.

2. Pray over your house – fill your home with worship music. Pray that people are invited by peace and joy as they enter the room. Pray for love and refreshment. Pray that people walk out of your home with greater strength and encouragement. Pray against fear, shame, insecurity that leaves at the door. By praying ahead of time, you are creating the space for change to happen in girls hearts.

Be a leader who believes for your group. Louie Giglio always says that if we want to see change happen out there, we have to see revival happen in here first and that’s inside your heart, and your home. So go and pray!

3. Make a meal for everyone – practice hospitality. Maybe you’re older and can cook a full meal, or perhaps you are younger and want to have pizza for your friends. Both are great. Meet your friends where they are at. Love on them and consider providing a meal or snack together.

4. Worship together – spend time praising God for who He is and what He as done. For at least 10 minutes, invite God to move. This is the moment that things change, and things happen. My friend Laney always says that you don’t have to have the best voice to worship, just sing with the voice He gave you! As a leader, just turn on some worship music and don’t be afraid to sing!

5. Study together – this is one of the core parts of your time together! If you are leading a study you need to already have studied what you’re covering as a group. Before you gather with your group, study the text, verses, book, topic, ect. As a leader, you’re teaching and guiding discussion. Prep. Read before. Please. And as you study together, teach the girls where God is at in the season, where the people are at (in the Bible), what’s happening in the book (or book of the Bible), and how it relates to our lives.

6. Be vulnerable – share your story that relates to what you are studying or talking about as a group. This is important. When you share your story, you are leading and opening the door for others to be vulnerable. Though you are encouraging them, you’re also leading them to consider their hearts, and to their own encounter. Give them time to reflect and respond. And don’t be afraid to ask questions, or let the girls ask you questions!

7. Get crafty – create creativity based on something that you learned! If you don’t have a craft, consider bible journaling, or taking minutes to write out prayers. It’s a great time of reflection and connecting with God, too!

8. Close in prayer – pray for each other, for your community, state, family leaders, and country. And some of you may be thinking that prayer time takes forever – don’t think that friends! Prayer is powerful source that we have. Pray into the things and ask God to move.

9. Do life together – meet up with friends, hang out, follow up! Cheer and champion each other on in your community.

No matter where you are at I hope that these are practical tips that lead you on your way!

And I can’t wait to see the world changed by the change that happens in your heart when you step into leading!

XO

Sadie

Centered on God

Centered on God

Love the lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.  I remember singing this scripture to a little tune in Sunday school growing up and doing a little dance with motions to reflect the words of the song and the love I have for the Lord. A different motion represented the words “all my heart”, “all my soul”, “all my mind” and “all my strength.” Ya know, friends, I’ve got to say, it is a whole lot easier to sing and dance to this biblical command as a child than to act it out as an adult.  As an adult, just doing fun motions won’t cut it anymore. Those motions need to be actions. You actually have to put this command and, yes, this is a command, into action. It is the first commandment that Jesus gives us in Matthew 22:37.  Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

In a funny, odd sort of way, I think that little game we used to play as kids, where we rubbed our tummies and patted our heads at the same time, would more actually depict this verse. To love the Lord with all of your heart, soul, and mind can feel like major multitasking. It takes will, concentration and focus to master all of those things at the same time. Is it even humanly possible?  To be honest, there are times when I can love the Lord my God with all of my heart and with all my soul, but my mind has trouble going all in. Perhaps it’s so hard to let your mind completely go because loving totally means complete trust and total surrender. Loving fearlessly means to love with everything in you and that is a challenge.

I am six on the enneagram (a personality test I highly recommend taking). There are nine numbers that represent nine different personality types on an enneagram chart. A test is taken to find out what number you are, but the bottom line has to do with a person’s biggest fears and biggest desires. You won’t understand everything about an enneagram until you read and study about it, but I’ll try to explain it as I make my point about loving God.

There are three centres on an enneagram chart that point to the basic feelings behind the actions of the people who fall into that category. I’ll just let you read a paragraph from an enneagram site to help explain:

The nine Enneagram types are grouped into three centres: Body (Instinctive/Gut/Belly), Heart (Feeling), and Head (Thinking), with three Enneagram types in each centre. Body centre contains types 8, 9 and 1 are formed as a response to anger. Heart centre contains types 2, 3 and 4 are formed as a response to shame, and create a self-image. Head centre contains types 5, 6 and 7 are formed as a response to fear or anxiety.

Basically, there are people whose actions are displayed and thoughts are formed because of and centered in the body, heart or mind. Pause– go back and look at where a 6 is. I’m a 6 so my headspace is right in the middle, between types 5 and 7, and all of them had the head or mind as the center. It’s interesting that in this in-depth personality test, I would discover what God was talking about from the beginning.  It’s also interesting that of the three—heart, soul and mind–I would struggle most with my mind, which is what a 6 finds it’s center.  The next paragraph in this article I was reading shook me to the core. Keep reading this excerpt from the book:

No matter what Enneagram type we are, we have all the three centres in us, and they interact with each other, we cannot work on one centre without affecting the other two.

In fact, the centre that our Enneagram type resides, it is the psyche (makeup) that we are least able to function freely because its function has been blocked or distorted by our ego.

https://www.theenneagramsingapore.com/three-centres-of-intelligence/

This sentence validates my struggle to multitask by saying you cannot work on one without affecting the other. But it also exposes the reason my mind struggles the most with the love part. My mind has not been able to function freely, because my ego is in the way. As many of us know the opposite of love is not hate, the opposite of love is selfishness. When we let self get in the way, we tend to let ego, control, and fear block the way to love.

It may sound funny to think about an ego when you talk about your heart, your body or instincts, or your mind, but I can see how this is very true. Brene Brown in her book Dare to Lead speaks of ego as her, “inner hustler. It is the voice in my head that drives pretending, performing, pleasing, and perfecting.”

Being someone whose center is in her headspace (mind), I struggle with fear and anxiety, but I also use my mind to find my strength. My mind can become the safety net when I’m going through hard things.  I use reasoning to cope. A man name Ryan O’Neal does a podcast on enneagrams called In the Sleeping at Last.  In his sixth song, which is about enneagram number 6, he is spot on with his lyrics, “these invisible walls just might keep us safe.”

 My mind cast visions, dreams, ideas, and deep thoughts. It also cast visions of worst-case scenarios that could happen and nightmares, self-doubt, and whispers of irrational fears. But to give my mind fully over to those fears would mean to surrender the control of what I see is my selfish strength. So, in a worst-case scenario, I have this weird self-centeredness that gives me warning, if you will, and an invisible wall of protection. But a self-centered false security does not come with peace. In fact, it comes with a lot of fear and wasted time of worry because I know I will not be able to protect myself or others around me from the thing I am fearing. My invisible walls will not stand and the attacks are unpredictable.

As I look at this concept of loving the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind, I have to wonder if I will ever be able to get to the point of fully loving with all of those parts in me. Then I remember the verse that says perfect love casts out all fear. The part of you that seems the hardest to fully let go of is probably the part of you that leads you to the most fear.  Even though it’s difficult to surrender, it is necessary for total peace. Read these verses that I found on mind, heart, and soul.

2 Timothy 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Psalm 73:26 – My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Philippians 4:7 – and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

Isaiah 26:3 – You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you

Our human heart, body, and mind will fail us. God does not ask us to get it together – He asks us to trust and to find peace in Him. It all points to trust and trust requires a surrendered spirit to the Lord. When we do that, we will be able to function and live freely in peace – in your everyday life, with the world around you, with your own self, and with God.

No matter what your enneagram number is or where you find yourself centered, you can not allow that to be an excuse for why you struggle. You have to find some humility to admit you can not humanly, by your own strength, be centered in all three aspects of what makes you who you are. The only power that can center you in all three aspects of you is in the One who created you. When you find yourself centered in Him and fully loving Him by the power of His spirit then every part of you can freely live. That is the moment you will begin to fully live out the life He has commanded you to.

XO,

Sadie

10 Takeaways: London

10 Takeaways: London

Last month, the LO Team had a BLAST at Alpha’s Leadership Conference in London, England. It was full of leaders from literally ALL over the world. We learned a priceless amount of wisdom and insight from our time there.

Remember as you read this, each one of you are leaders and have been given something in your life to steward well, and we pray you are encouraged and equipped after you read our list of takeaways.

Here are our top ten takeaways from London:

1. The church is the sleeping giant and it is time to wake up: Nicky Gumbel, founder of Alpha, kicked off the conference by explaining that we have been given immense power as the body of Christ (the Church) and it is time for an awakening. He said that instead of being mindful and awake for what God wants to do, we have become a “head down generation.” Leviticus 26:13 says,“I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.”

2. 5 values of Leadership: Nicky went on to speak about the values we should be using as our guiding principles. These are the values that make up true leadership.

Audacity: Aim high. Jesus was a risk taker and we can be, too!

Unity: Jesus prayed that we would be one as Jesus and the Father are one. A good leader listens, apologizes, and forgives in order to maintain unity. Remember, the war is over.

Generosity: Give it away. The son of God loved us and gave himself for us. However, take caution he warned: You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving. Something will be expected of you if you really love God.

Humility: Have a heart that bows down just as Jesus did. Jesus didn’t come wrapped in the clothes of a king, He came with an humble heart. Be someone who doesn’t care about your own name, but live to exalt the name of the savior.

Tenacity: Never give up! Jesus endured the cross to the end so we can endure all of lifes battles.

3. Showing weakness in leadership: Craig Groeschel, head pastor of Life Church, shared that leading will never go without its struggles, setbacks, and temptation to quit. But, anything that is worth accomplishing will never be easy.

If it’s going to be hard, we might as well embrace our weaknesses and struggles and let others see them. He explains that people may admire you for your strengths, but they will connect with you because of your weaknesses. Be a leader who meets people where they are while being relatable and empathetic.

4. Sometimes you just need to re-enter the room:

Spiritually, God can take us out of something that is lost — and take you back in. Does that hit you? Does that relate to you? Charlotte Gambill opened our eyes to the reality that there are times in our life when we need to step out of a room, whether it be a relationship, a job, a position, a perspective, etc. When we step out of the room it allows God to adjust you, your heart, and your perspective.

There is space to re-enter the room. Sometimes we fear stepping away from something because we will miss out. Or perhaps we will be forgotten, replaced, or un-welcomed back in! That’s not the case! When we come back to those rooms, places and situations with an adjusted heart and a renewed perspective, there is room for us.

People who let God adjust them walk differently when they step back in. How many of us feel like we need adjusting? Raising our hands over here. There are always ways God can adjust and refine perspectives. And especially as a leader, as a friend, whatever your position is, you will need adjusting at times. Lean into this!

How do we re-enter the room? Peter is a great example of this:

  1. Re-enter the net (aka your skills!). Jesus asked Peter to throw his net back in the water. What do you need to pick up and try again?
  2. Re-enter the water. Peter was passionate and stepped (literally) into the water. What kind     of renewed attitude or passion do you need to step back in?
  3. Re-enter commitment. Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?” Then lead and build and be a fisher of men. What kind of people, places or situations do you need to re-commit to?

Friends–lead with love and patience. If you’re about to re-enter the room, do so with thankfulness for who God is and what He has already done.

5. Stride, don’t strive:

There is a pace of grace. Mike Todd shared about when God asked him to let go of his striving to discover his stride. There’s a deep revelation in the meaning of stride.

Stride: to walk, with long, decisive steps in a specific direction. There are so many of us striving, trying hard to use our energy and efforts for the wrong things. Everyone is trying to use our own power to provide what God said He would do. Check your pace. What are you currently striving for? What do you need to say no to? Do you believe that God can do more with less? Are you leading and walking by your own spirit or God’s power?

When we stop striving and start striding, our lives will change. Begin to ask God where He is leading us in the here and now. He has set out steps for us. And when we begin to change the pace of our lives, things will look differently. Psalm 37:23 says, “The Lord directs the steps of the godly and he delights in every detail of their lives.”

Soak in this truth. Let’s learn to lead and walk with dependency on God. It’s not too late for you to step into the pace of grace. So today friends, stop striving, start striding.

For the full series on STRIDE, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OoNGGttnTk

6. God is moving in our generation and we all have an influence:

In the historic Royal Albert Hall, in a room full of leaders across the globe, Sadie had an opportunity to take the stage, along with another young gentleman who has overcome a severe physical disability and share their heart for their generation. Make no mistake, God is moving among the young people in this generation. He is calling our generation to stop looking down at our screens, to stop looking around at those around us and to start looking upward to see what God is doing! Will you join us? Sadie had a unique opportunity to challenge leaders across the globe with this same encouragement – and we are inviting you on the journey with us!

7. No matter what you are creating, always create with the purpose to touch someone’s heart: Charlie Mackesy, brilliant English artist, who is famous for his paintings of the Royal Albert Hall, explains that his core motivation of being a leader in his craft is aiming to be a storyteller and a stirrer of people’s affections. He says, these days people overthink things, and, through that, they miss the whole point of doing what we do: to love. “People don’t always like religion, but they can understand love. Keep the bits about the reason you’re alive and cut the fluff.”

When asked what makes people look up to him as a leader, he says it isn’t just the paintings. “You’re most impressive when you’re kind.”

Whatever you are called to, do it for God’s glory and to touch people’s hearts and God will bless your work.

8. Leaders are willing to make big change: During this powerful talk by Craig, he point blank said that the difference in a decent leader and a great leader is their willingness to lead change. Although change is hard, these points on change can lead us to more confidence in order to take the steps that are necessary for a healthy life.

  1. Change how you think about change. People don’t hate change, they hate the way we try to change them. Great leaders don’t cast blame, they take responsibility. When trying to affect change, don’t shame those who you think need help, encourage them by kindness and setting the example.
  2. Discern what needs to change: If we try to change the wrong thing, we will have the wrong outcome.
  3. Obsess about the “why” over the “what.” People will go along with the “what”, but they will give their life for the “why.”

Friends, it’s time to be bold. And be encouraged! Obedience is our responsibility, and the outcome is God’s responsibility. He will guide you through the tough decisions.

9. Shared Experiences Deepen Friendship: It was such a privilege that the whole Live Original team had the chance to travel to London TOGETHER!  We laughed together, cried together, drank way too many oak milk lattes together, created inside jokes (Cashews, anybody?), spoke in British accents and explored a delightful country together!  Although we all have the privilege of working alongside each other on a daily basis, it was truly special to carve out time with one another to intentionally get to know each other on a deeper level! It doesn’t have to be London, it could just be grabbing your friends, putting phones on silent for a few hours and going for hike together, but don’t miss out on taking time to pause and intentionally invest in the friends around you — even the ones you see every day!

10. LONDON or BUST:  Okay, closing with a very practical takeaway – London is worth visiting! If you ever have the chance to travel there – you must go! The city is home to some of the kindest people, incredible coffee shops, stunning architecture, deep history and let’s be honest, the accents are absolutely lovely to the ears. Shout out to all of our readers living in London – your home is delightful.

 

XO,

Team LO

 

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