This past week, I went to Catalyst with our staff from the church. It was a special time for us, and truly renewing. I highlighted some of the key points from the first day, you can read that here, but was unable to update as, well, I have a regular job and needed to prepare a couple of sermons.
This second day, there was a TON of content, so I think I’ll need to break it down from the morning sessions individually, and I might combine a few sessions depending on my notes. Unfortunately, weren’t able to stay on Friday, so there won’t be any updates from that.
+Andy Stanley: He gave a great little talk and revealed some history of how his church started and the impact of many difficult circumstances that define your life. When you look back on your life, it’s not going to be what conferences you go to, it will be a defining moment and someone said something and it intersected with your current life – and then you changed. The information intersects with the insight. When you tell your story, you will tell your story, it will involve three things:
Your response to difficult circumstances are what make you a leader. And these things will be part of your story. Whoa. Andy went on to explain that your current response to opportunity, adversity, and calling is making you currently. There are things that you’re looking at right now and it is creating in you as a leader. No matter how old you are, you are currently in a place where God is making you.
Here was my favorite quotes:
“Burdens become vision.”
“God has a plan for your life and you don’t want to miss it.”
“Actions don’t merely speak louder than words, sometimes they echo into the next generation.”
“It is better to make a difference than to make a point.”
“Leaders are made one response at a time.”
Andy emphasized that we have no idea what hangs in the balance in regards to how we respond to these three different phases in life. At the end of all our days, and our story of our lives is over, all of us would wise to respond differently if we fail to do what God has told us to do. So, we should embrace the opportunities that God puts before us.
This was a powerful message and I’m thankful for the opportunity to be challenged in my leadership. For me, it confirmed so much as to why were are in Bellville and all that God is doing in me. Hope you enjoyed this!