No Standing Still!
One of the most dangerous positions you can be in is standing still. In other words, standing still while the rest of the world goes by you. You hear me talk about this a lot. I want to remind you today that you need to always be growing. You need to always be stretching yourself. You need to always be learning new things. You need to always be willing to try new things because leadership is not a destination, it's a journey. What I do not want for you is to stand still while the rest of the world goes by. In your family, in your personal life, in your spiritual life, professionally, in your ministry, I want you to be growing.
"Ryan, how do I grow?" There are books and seminars written on the topic of how to grow, but let me share with you one thing that comes to my mind. If you want to grow and you don't want to stand still, you need to meet new people. That was easy to do when you were a teenager in high school, meet new people. Maybe when you were in your early 20s, but now you look at your life and you're like, "I've got this job, and I've got my marriage. I've got my kids, and I'm scrambling over here at work and at church. How do I have time to meet new people?" I get that because we're busy.
But if you're going to grow, you have to allow new voices in your life and ask the Lord to open up to you new relationships. I wouldn't overthink it. This doesn't mean you have to go out looking for a new best friend. It doesn't mean you have to find somebody to go on vacation with, or somebody to invite over to your home twice a week for a barbecue. It just means to be curious. I'm talking about really being curious, really ask the Lord to bring people into your life, that you would go out of your way to meet new people and to build some new friendships, and to express some interest in some other people's lives. I'm telling you what, friends, you'll be amazed.
When I look at my life and the areas where things have gone really well, where I've seen God's blessing, and where I've had the courage to try new things, nine times out of ten it's because of a relationship. It's because I met somebody or I found somebody to inspire me, encourage me, help me dream bigger, or they gave me a new idea.
Don't stand still. Standing still is for people that want to go backwards. I don't want that for you. You want to go forward personally. You want to go forward in your ministry and in your life work. Always be growing.
Gandhi said, "Learn as if you were to live forever." Why would he say to learn as if you were to live forever? Because he knew something, you should always be learning. You should always be growing. That's my assignment for you. Look at your life and ask yourself, am I growing? Am I allowing and asking God to bring new people into my life? Am I asking God to help me be available to others? Because there is beauty that comes in connecting, and there are wonderful things that come when you choose to have a growth mindset as a leader.
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