Sunday, October 23, 2011
Sitting around the conference table was a group of capable women leaders each with tremendous responsibility: family responsibilities, work responsibilities, and ministry responsibilities. The agenda for the meeting had been completed and each was eager to move forward with their day.
And then the Holy Spirit “interrupted” their schedule and showed up at the meeting as only He can.
Just as the meeting was about to close, the facilitator asked each woman about her passion…what makes her heart jump…what does she pray for in her quiet moments…what spurs her on.
One by one, each woman began to weep as she shared the dream of her heart. The facilitator observed the tears and wondered what had touched each woman so deeply to evoke such an emotional reaction. And then it occurred to her, she had touched upon that which was most precious to each woman – passion. Each woman in this group was a great leader not because of her capability but because of her passionate love of Christ!
A woman that is fulfilling the call of God on her life and living in the passion zone is a woman that is most fulfilled. Some of these women were living in the passion zone and some were awaiting the dream to come to fruition.
Leadership skills can be taught, but passion is ambiguous and intangible. It is a beautiful commodity that resides in a person and creates enthusiasm that can spread like wild fire. Peter was a man filled with passion which at times got him into tremendous trouble with Christ. Up until the book of Acts, the reader sees Peter in blunder after blunder after blunder which culminates with denying Jesus three times. BUT Jesus loved Peter and after His resurrection fully restored him to full fellowship (John 21:1-23). In Acts from Pentecost on Peter is a leader. All the passion he had for Christ was channeled into leadership that impacted the world and continues until this day.
So the question becomes, what is your passion? What evokes tears within you? What spurs you on?
Saturday, October 8, 2011
The Fragrance of Influence
Residing in each one of us is something so powerful that it can shape the destiny of our lives as well as the lives of others. That something is influence. Influence as a noun means an effect of one person or thing on another, and as a verb it means to persuade or induce.
While everyone has influence, women wield their influence differently than men. A woman has influence with her husband. Perhaps this is why the enemy targeted Eve. He knew she had influence. It is in our DNA to use our influence to connect, network, and gather people together. Twitter and Facebook have nothing on us! We seek to give to others and find joy in advancing a cause. That is why there are more women leading non-profits than men. Christ-followers live our lives to advance the cause of Christ in our families, the market place, communities and in ministry.
We can wield influence for good or for bad. Take Herodias in Mark 6. Not only was she married to Herod but also to his brother, Phillip. John the Baptist told Herod it was not lawful for him to be married to his brother’s wife so Herodias held a grudge against John and wanted him executed but she had no power to get this accomplished. However, she did have influence over her daughter who eventually asked Herod for John’s head, and Herod had him executed. Just think what could have happened had Herodias been under the influence of Heaven!
Influence is like a fragrance – it lingers when we pass by. What does our fragrance leave: bitterness, envy, strife, and anger? Or does it leave peace, joy, grace, and mercy? What fragrance are we carrying into our kitchens, our work place, and churches? By cultivating a relationship with Jesus through reading the Word, praying, and staying in fellowship, we can ensure a life-giving fragrance as we seek to influence others for Christ.