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Preach, pray, be…

Around the dinner table one evening about five years ago, our family was having a conversation about the various abilities that people have. Then the conversation shifted to the various gifts each of us around the table had. My eleven-year-old daughter looked at me and said God had given me the gifts to “preach, pray, be…” It was one of those moments when the earth seemed to spin just a bit slower. I felt like God was speaking into my life, so I asked her what she meant by “be” and she said, “I don’t know, I just had to say that…” It was a season when I was asking God again to confirm or clarify my life mission. My daughter spoke into my life with her words. It was the last part of her sentence that really caught me however. God was calling me to be. I know it’s critical for me to just “be,” but her words affirmed it’s also part of the call of God on my life. I know that when my leadership loses its focus, it’s often because my primary connection to God has lost its focus. Doing is critical to leadership, but on its own leads to burnout. Activity isn’t the primary task of leadership, its movement out of a sense of being grounded. I’ve returned to my daughter’s words many times as a word of grace in my life. JLT

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