Wednesday--5Oct16: ...a beautiful fall day here in CO
In the leadership mentoring I've the sacred privilege of doing in many of the hours of my days, I have the truly amazing opportunity of experiencing people, from around the globe, grow and change in ways some thought not possible. Few moments are more rewarding than seeing good men and women move, by their creative and courageous choices, from impossible.......to possible...to new life-changing potentials for growth in all 8 dimensions of their own lives.
Today, from the southeast corner of our country, like in Georgia, y'all, another mentoring moment began with a young leader I've been mentoring for almost a decade now. Listening to him, watching him on FaceTime, having had him, his wife and kiddos in our home, I had to smile as the man I was interacting with today is such a long growth-filled distance from the man I first met at at conference in Texas, way back when.
It's easy to cheer on his own growth and development in all of the 8 dimensions of his own life and relationships and growing influence. He is a brilliant learner who is hungry to keep growing, evolving, changing, living into who he was created to be.
To hang with me for awhile is to know that one of my "gifts" is "library enhancement," as my dear wife once said when asked to introduce me at a conference. I read a lot. I recommend many books to others to read and be encouraged for where they are in their life journey. I sincerely enjoy it when one of these exceptional mentoring friends let's me know about I book I should also read...this is a Circle of Life we are living together. ;-)
At my young friend's encouragement, I've added Visions of Vocation by Steve Garber to my next Amazon order. In today's FaceTime mentoring moments we were further talking about vocational training for this friend, which he is accomplishing in a grad school to the north about five hours from where they live. He quoted me the following from Steve Garber:
...to embrace our calling
is “to see ourselves implicated in history,
to see that we share a common vocation
to care not only for our own flourishing,
but for the flourishing of the world.”
In 50 words, or less, what is your calling? How, in what ways, are you currently living out that calling? Where do you need more encouragement, training, hope to even more fully live into and out of your calling?
I am one of those who firmly believes we all have a calling. No one is without one. To help others discover that...and to be fully alive in that calling...what deep joy.
Not to be redundant,
but to be hope-filled for you,
what calling is calling you out
to be more fully alive
in all of who you
were designed to be?