Jeff talked a lot about himself and his failures during this session. Essentially, he said that in order to help change other people you have to first change yourself. Before you can begin reaching a community for Christ, you first have to evaluate yourself. The process of evaluation isn’t something that ends, either; it’s a process that should continue on a regular basis through which a person makes a built-in training regimen. The reality is that people will criticize, and a leader takes criticism seriously and asks the question: What can I learn from this. In order to grow, a person has to reflect. And in order to reflect, a leader has to make time for reflection.
A few good quotes:
- The first person you need to ask God to change is yourself
- What have I learned over the last nine months?
- Fatigue makes cowards of us all – Vince Lombardi
My personal thoughts:
Jeff challenged my pride in a number of ways by honestly sharing his own issues with pride. Here are some lessons that Jeff shared that I have also learned in the last year:
- Fear usually leads to an attempt to take control
- Face-to-face confrontation works better than email
- Not everyone will like me
- The primary reason I’ve thought about writing a book is to promote me
- I empower others by giving away as many decisions as possible
- Difficult circumstances are opportunities to increase my integrity
- How I treat others is an open reflection of my spiritual life.
Wow! Powerful stuff!