As promised, I’m typing live from the Global Leadership Summit LifePoint Church satellite location (well it’s as close to live as you’re going to get from me at least). It’s lunchtime and I managed to sneak away for a few minutes to bring you a few insights from this morning’s sessions.
It’s really difficult to put an experience like this into words. These speakers have the ability to stir up something within me. Something great; too great to be described by the simplicity of the English language. Which kind of brings me to the subject of this afternoon’s post.
Bill Hybels hosted a session with 3 incredible leaders and they each left a mark on my soul. Essentially, they were discussing the integration of faith in the workplace and how they have made doing so a reality in their own lives and businesses. It was inspiring to listen to. Truly.
Following their talks, Bill Hybels came back to the stage and explained the purpose of the session once: The Grander Vision. He (once again) explained what’s been on my heart. He said something along the lines of, “Many people ask, ‘Is this all there is? Is this all I am? Will my life ever be used for a higher purpose?'”
Wow. I mean, I don’t know about you, but those questions have run through my mind more than once. It’s what I’ve frequently explained as restlessness. Dissatisfaction. A deep yearning for “more” with an underlying certainty that “more” exists.
I know that restlessness has been placed in my heart for a reason. I know that God refuses to allow me to be satisfied until I come into sync with His purpose for my life. And I’m grateful. I really am. My heart is overflowing with gratitude because I truly have no desire to settle for less.
It sounds so simple. My gut instinct is to say “Of course; I know that.” But if I truly know it, then I have the responsibility to act on it. As Bill put it, my role is to serve people joyfully and without discrimination. That is where I will find satisfaction on this side of eternity.
What came next is something that needs to happen more often in our lives. We sat back in silence and asked God to speak to us; to reveal something to us that was not of ourselves. To give us a piece of His vision for our lives. And can I be honest? I was a little bit distracted.
I was suddenly overwhelmed. At first I was like “How can God answer this question individually for each of the thousands of people offering up this prayer in one moment?” I know He’s God and I know it’s not really an issue for Him. But still the thought crossed my mind. Then–suddenly–I stopped.
What if He was waiting? What if He has been preparing for this moment. What if He is so proud of Bill Hybels for creating an environment where thousands of people drop everything they are doing to pause and turn to Him and plead with Him for direction, purpose, vision, and true satisfaction with the sole desire of aligning themselves with His will for their lives?
I am overwhelmed right now. I can see God rubbing His hands together in eager anticipation. Tears streaming down His face when He hears our quiet cry for guidance and feels our hands stretch out to Him. It’s beautiful.
So what about you? I know I won’t get many comments on this one, but I’d still like to challenge you to answer this question for yourself: