We all need hope. It’s a bit like oxygen for the soul. Yet still in the midst of on-going global crises, hope seems in short supply. A leader’s role involves inspiring people with hope – staff, supporters and those they exist to serve. This is a huge personal challenge for many of us today. It’s certainly not easy, but there are plenty of first-hand experiences to learn from and encourage us.
If you want to find out more about what it means to lead with hope, do sign up for a Space for Grace webinar on Friday 26th November 2021 at 9.00 GMT, 10.00 CET.
Email: Elaine Vitikainen email@example.com to book your place. We will send out a Zoom link nearer the time
I just want …………… The answers? Some are personal. Others repair hurts or mistakes. They may be practical or esoteric. Many are organisational, structural or systems-based.
Mine usually center on control, for processes (personal, the team, yearned-for program results) to unfold according to my criteria. Other times it is for institutional well-being and predictable inter-organisational collaboration.
Disappointments, actual or perceived, generate wants. We question God. He should bless O-U-R plans, smoothing the way for positive organisational dynamics or extra funding… as defined by the person in the mirror, the donor community, so-called innovative approaches or even our marketing people.
We are all restoration projects, but disdain and run from the remodeling. It is too close, too painful. We do not value what God is working to produce in us (Is 55.8-9). We neglect His values, goodness and deliverance even though we (purportedly) acknowledge they are enduring (Pro 19.21). Our prayer is to align ourselves to His plan and see our organisations as agents of the reconciliation of all things (Col 1.20)
Stop for a moment and consider: What are your ‘wants’ as you begin this week? What do you think God is saying to you about them? What remodeling do you think God wants to do in you?
As Space for Grace takes its own annual break over the next couple of months, why not take some time to reflect on how God has spoken to you during this time of pandemic? How did the pandemic affected your relationship with God?
Over the coming months we wanted to showcase your own thoughts and experiences to the topic ‘Leading out of COVID’ (though we know many of us are still in the midst of it). Please do send your own responses to that question (however you interpret it). We’ll help you turn them into Weekly Thoughts that can be shared with this wider community…
COVID-19 has been a massive ‘interruption’. It has forced me to try and change my attitude to interruptions. Interruptions take time from my administrative tasks. More fundamentally they undermine my attempts to generate order. So naturally I try to ‘refuse’ them. But more recently I have been trying to allow interruptions a place, giving them “space and grace”. Not in order to control them, but trying to listen to what they bring to me, looking out for how they might influence what I was about to do or write. Sometimes they inspire me to include things I had not thought about. Although this is still not easy to do, it does make sense.
I find it a way of identifying ‘anchor points’ where I allow my faith to surface during the day. In this way, interruptions paradoxically become a breath of life, a surprising experience of God’s transformative presence (although at the time this may feel more like disruption than transformation!). Interruptions enable my generosity to grow. They change my attitude to my work and my life. They turn my leadership into servantship.
Instead of a weekly thought this week, we would like to set you a challenge. Over the next few weeks we wanted to showcase your own thoughts and experiences to the topic ‘Leading out of COVID’ (though we know many of us are still in the midst of it). Please do send your own responses to that question (however you interpret it). We’ll help you turn them into Weekly Thoughts that can be shared with this wider community…
Change is all about planning and action – or so we think. I’m learning that it is much deeper than that. For me it is about repentance – but not the superficial repentance of my youth where I simply confessed, but left sins and patterns unchanged. I am beginning to understand that repentance is a process involving observing, reflecting, discussing, planning, being accountable and acting.
I am now holding on, to ask myself “what is actually going on here?” As I ponder that I also ask the Holy Spirit to speak to me. From there, talking with other people – and what God says through them – is helping me to discover the roots of my challenges. It enables me to make a small plan, be accountable about it to someone and to act upon it. The effects: more peace and rest – fruits of the Spirit. And I’m more effective too, as it is not my own striving, but more about doing what God has already planned for me.
So much of our capacity development is superficial. We focus on organisational action plans, but in doing so we booby-trap good intentions with human failure. We also need the personal development element that only comes from regular repentance.
Where do you see the need for change in your organization or yourself?
Where does reflective repentance fit in this process?