Bigger Than You – Part 1
“The following blog post is an excerpt from a new book by Errol Lawson called “The 5 Core Abilities of Highly Effective Leaders”. Errol is a business coach, best-selling author and youth pastor. The book is written primarily for the Christian community but readers from all beliefs can gain great insights from his writings.”
PRINCIPLE #1: ITS PERSONAL
Jon’s entire life has enabled him to empathise with people who feel spiritually lost and discouraged. “I grew up in a Jewish-Italian family. A lot of food, a lot of guilt. A lot of wine, a lot of whining,” Jon joked. “But we never went to church or temple. I was a seeker throughout my twenties and early thirties.”
Later, Jon experienced a very stressful period in his life, when his marriage was struggling, his career was faltering, and he felt utterly lacking in purpose. “My wife was tired of my negativity,” he said. “I opened up a burrito place so that I could fund my writing and speaking. And two weeks before the restaurant opened, I lost my job. I didn’t have insurance for
my kids, didn’t know how I was going to pay the bills. It was during that time that I said, ‘What was I born to do? Why am I here?’ I wanted to live this life that I was meant to live.”
During that time, Jon could never possibly have envisioned how this pain would help him to relate to others. God gave Jon exactly the kind of experiences that would allow him to empathise with others going through periods of turmoil. Jon could have easily let his personal background shape him with bitterness and anger. But his intimate relationship with God allowed him to see the deeper value behind his pain.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
A personal conviction can only come from one place: a passionate and transformational relationship with our Father. “You can’t know your purpose without a relationship with the One who created you for a purpose,” Jon shared. “God has you here for a reason. It’s up to you to say ‘Use me, I’m open! Show me what you want me to do. Make me an instrument of your peace and love. Make me a vessel for your Holy Spirit. Make me a conduit for the miracles you want to see in the world.’ If you’re open to that, then God uses you. That spiritual transformation changed my heart, my soul, everything about me. In the past, it was all about me. But having Jesus in my heart changed me from the inside out.” See, God gave Jon exactly the kind of experiences he needed to be grounded in purpose.
Everyone wants to be transformed. We can see this fundamental desire in our society’s obsession with everything from fad diets to self-improvement seminars. This is just a manifestation of our God-given desire for renewal, which can only be fulfilled through a connection with the God who gave you that desire! Is your relationship with the Lord a core aspect of your being? Do you continually look for the empathy-growing experiences He has given to you?
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
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