I spent an amazing Saturday at “She Leads: Her Voice,” a conference to empower women to lead where they are and release them to become who God designed. I was blessed to be included in the line up of speakers. However, at the end of the day, I felt that I had received so much more than I had contributed.
The Lord took 12 Ted-Talk-style messages, delivered by 12 women with diverse personalities, styles, and experiences (who did not confer ahead of time), and wove them into a tapestry with one common thread—being the leader God has called you to be.
I wish you had been there with me, to soak in the passion for Jesus and authenticity of heart for yourself. In an effort to give you a taste of the rich wisdom imparted through this event, I pass along some nuggets of truth.
- Authentic leadership requires the willingness to be vulnerable, keeping an open heart during difficulties instead of numbing.
- Only go where the Lord leads you, and then move forward with courage.
- Separate seeking affirmation for what we are doing from seeking affirmation for who we are.
- Stewardship involves more than money. It encompasses everything that we are and have. And, it all belongs to God.
- Learn to manage God’s call to avoid burn out.
- It’s never too late to be who you might have been. It’s time to take your future back.
- Learn to trust Jesus with your broken places. Hiding from brokenness creates a destructive emotional cycle.
- God is concerned with the condition of your heart rather than how you look on the outside.
- Make it your goal to reflect Jesus, not your expectations of who you should, could, or ought to be.
- God’s goodness is seen through creation and His plans. The core of His goodness is seen through Jesus. When things are difficult and there are no answers, Jesus is enough.
- When God calls you to lead, don’t limit His plans by your preconceived notions of what that looks like.
- “You’re not doing it wrong.” There’s no “right way” to lead. There’s no “right way” to do you.
Be encouraged to lead where God has placed you, using the strengths and passion He has given you.