Memos from the Middle

Smack-Dab in the Middle of Living

Leadership with Purpose: Walking Tall

Ever feel like this…

scaredOr this…

running away

But you have to show the world this…

a confidence

Even though you’re up against this?

confidenceWell, that’s been my life for the last three months! And it’s not ending any time soon. I’ve taken a brave next step in my career, and moving up an oil slicked hill on roller skates can truly characterize my journey.

I know how astronomical the odds are stacked against me. I know how many have gone before me and have been unsuccessful at the same work I’m endeavoring. I know how some have written off my tenure as another eventual failure. I can see it in some eyes when people talk to me. The faintest curl of the lips, a knowing smirk, glides ever so quickly across some mouths. And I notice some fear, shot slightly with the haste of unbridled truth then reeled back in, a moment of self-composure (obviously for my benefit). I get the phone calls: “Are you really sure this is what you want to do?” The firm tugs on the arm for a private discussion with a seeming confidant: “You could do any number of things. This does’t have to be it.” The whispers over the shoulder while leaning in for a hug: “You can still back out, you know?”

Yes, I do know, and I also know that when God moves in your life, giving you clarity about your assignment, you have to walk tall, even when all around you can understand, and even sanction, early exit.

Here’s my truth:

I know what it is that God wants me to do! I know what He expects me to bring! I know that if it were easy, He would not have given me the blessings, gifts, and stubbornness to stand against the storm and keep swinging!

So even though I have moments of fear, flashes of indecision, lapses in confidence, the totality of my experience will not equate to failure because the God I serve would not have moved me here to leave me all alone.

So back off, and let me do what God has put me here to do.



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9 thoughts on “Leadership with Purpose: Walking Tall

  1. Dedicación, responsabilidad, seriedad y sobretodo ilusión con lo que hacemos son las máximas garantías que os ofrecemos para celebrar la despedida de soltera
    más amena y especial que puedas imaginar adaptadas a todos y cada uno de los presupuestos.

  2. Anonymous on said:

    Well put, continue on your journey. I wish you the best.

  3. Amen. When God is in the mix, people do have to and often won’t understand it, but their stamp of approval is not needed. Hopefully, most have good intentions with their “advice”, but God will give you the discernment needed to sift the tare from the wheat. Be encouraged and keep moving forward knowing that God chose you for such a time as this and He is with you every step of the way!

    • Thank you! I think the key for me is remembering that “their stamp of approval is not needed.” Oftentimes, one may feel very convicted and then start to wane in the face of difficulty, allowing doubt to creep in. My goals are to keep my prayer room open so that I am ever mindful of He whose approval I really do need! LOL

  4. Anonymous on said:

    Continue to tune out words and body language of people that mean well but do not know your drive for excellence. You know the Lord’s plans for your life (…”to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”).

  5. Mary Funnye on said:

    Be encouraged and stay strong!! You will do a GREAT job!!!! Keep the faith it is God’s plan.

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