In looking back, Thursday was Leadership Celebration, and our keynote speaker gave a short message in terms of what we should be doing during and outside of leadership. I feel that with ASSP I’ve heard a million of these spiels this year, and it’s become apparent that people who do this motivational speaker gig have a handful of speeches they cycle through and get paid loads to adequately perform. I should jump on this. One of his points of concern was that we should have direction on what we want to do in life. If not, you’re essentially a boring person. And if you’re a boring person, nobody wants you. Dang.

From my understanding, our speaker is a God-fearing man, and I’m sure if given more than 15 minutes to speak he would have expanded into something far more articulated; but the truth is, many of us were left skeptical and jaded at the fact that we may potentially be one of those boring people. But is that so true? I agree that people who don’t have dreams are quite dull, but I also agree that those who wait on the revelation of God for future clarity are going to find themselves doing things “correctly.”

Though this “correct” way isn’t clear cut by any means, I think there’s something to be said about blending both ambition and prayerful anticipation into an interesting, hopefully outcome for life. Just because you don’t know what you want to do doesn’t mean you’re lacking in passions that can’t be directed anywhere. And just because God hasn’t given you the blatant go-ahead on what to pursue doesn’t mean you’re supposed to sit in a mopey puddle of unguided curiosity. To those of you who are too hasty in your decisions (me), I say to you, “Slow down, pray, and don’t allow your arrogance and immaturity to eclipse your ability to do God’s work.” To those of you who are wondering where to go next and won’t act or think until God gives you that rare (if ever) vision of your next adventure, I say to you, “Get up! You’re worth more than you think and you’re life has not been called to mediocrity. Don’t allow others’ successes to blind you of the gifts you were specifically equipped with for the building of His Kingdom.”

“For through the grace give to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly.” – Romans 12:3-6

Don’t be afraid to make something of yourself. Or to plunge into bold and humble surrender.


~ by Chris Kyle on May 22, 2010.

One Response to “struck(IGNOMINY)through”

  1. I like this A LOT! Especially the paragraph before Romans. You’re wisely speaking to yourself and those who have the opposite problem. This is real great. Real great. And of course, Romans 12 is one of my favorites ever. so kudos!

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