[vimeo id="151653188"] You know, I really enjoy talking with students! They have great ideas about effective leadership, ministry, mentorship, life and just about everything else. The students are the emerging leaders of tomorrow! And I always feel encouraged when I hear them discuss their vision for the future and also their concerns. These concerns are usually doubts about their own ability to be a leader.
What’s surprised me is that many experienced leaders have the same doubts about themselves as well. They’re usually just lies that we’ve accepted about ourselves and they inhibit our ability to lead. So here are three of the most common lies we believe along with some of my own thoughts on what the truth really is.
The first lie we believe is that we don’t have what it takes. Here’s the truth: you have exactly what it takes! Every passion, every dream…every goal, and every vision you have was put there by God. Not only that, but He also gave you the talent and skills you need to make them a reality! It may take time to train and develop those talents. But God has a specific mission and destiny for you. He has a journey all planned out for you and has equipped you not just to survive it…but to thrive in it!
The second lie is that we should have already achieved success. First of all, what does success look like to you? Because here’s the truth: the only way you will have achieved success by now is if you’re not dreaming big enough! God is not on a schedule. He doesn’t expect you to be perfect by the time you’re thirty. He doesn’t expect you to fulfill your mission before forty. He gave you your whole life to do it! Why? Because it’ll take your whole life to do it – it’s that big of a mission! God’s plans for your life are that extraordinary!
The last lie is that we aren’t doing as well as other people. It’s easy to get discouraged. Most of us probably have friends or family who seem to be “succeeding” more than we are. We begin to think we’re doing something wrong. We wonder if we’ll ever be “successful” like they are. Well the answer is probably not. Why? Because you probably have different ideas of success. You can’t measure yourself against somebody else’s yardstick. God has a specific destiny for them. And He has a specific one for you as well. And they’re different! They weren’t meant to fulfill your mission. And you weren’t meant to fulfill theirs. So accept the truth: you’re doing just fine on God’s journey for you.
Hey thanks for checking out my blog! I hope you’ve been encouraged by this post and embrace the wonderful truth about God’s Divine Design for your life. Feel free to leave any thoughts or comments below! Thanks again, and have a great day!