Do you ever feel like you “have no idea where you are going?” You plan, prioritize and schedule your activities but then still wonder “where am I really going with all of this?”
Now, you may be saying, “This is no help at all! I read this newsletter to get help and grow my confidence - not have someone tell me to doubt myself!” If that’s what you are thinking, don’t stop reading just yet.
Believe it or not, having no idea where you are going may be the very quality needed to open up a pathway for moving forward. Now take the next couple of minutes and read through Thomas Merton’s prayer (maybe a couple of times). As you read and reflect, answer this question:
“What leadership qualities expressed in this prayer would you like to more deeply develop?”
Thomas Merton's Prayer
MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am
following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem
to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
Source: Thomas Merton, "Thoughts in Solitude"
Leadership Qualities Worth Developing
1. Not knowing opens doors to exploring new possibilities.
2. Not knowing puts me on my knees in dependence on God.
3. Over confidence of what should happen may block deep change.
4. To please God as your top priority sets you up to perform for an audience of One.
5. It is often darkest before a break through.
6. If we walk with Jesus and fully depend on Him, He promises to never leave us to lead alone.
Now add the leadership qualities worth developing you came up with and click here to post them as a comment on the blog.
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