The wind moves the water. The water does not move the wind. The wind moves the leafs. The leafs do not move the wind. The wind moves the grass. The grass does not move the wind. The wind moves my hair. My hair does not move the wind. The wind has authority. It initiatives movement. It is a powerful source, and yet is familiar with softness, invisibility, gentleness, subtleness, and freedom. Herein lie lessons on leadership from gentle wind:
Wind is not always gentle, but today it is. This gentle wind holds secrets on the use of authority.
Behold; the power of gentle leadership.
Until they could NOT GROW anymore
And then -
With their flowery heads and orange eyes
turned toward one another with a nod -
And the release began -
The letting go
The giving in
The freedom to be
And not reach anymore.
Decorating their earth with white
They sprinkled their surrender around
And let the scent of it float.
And that -
THE RELEASE -
Proved to be -
Their awaited glory.
I think there is something worse than burning out -
And that is being a wet log that doesn't burn at all.
Cheers to the passionate.
I like when the paved road becomes a dirt road. I like it even more when the dirt road becomes a trail. My favorite is when the trail becomes a slim clearing and then … that slim clearing disappears.
… which to some is the end of the road...
BUT … to others it is just the beginning.
I like exposed ground beneath my feet; moist dirt, bumpy pebbles, protruding roots. I like the raw, untethered land, unbroken ground, unhappening potential.
Find me on the less-beaten trail.
Find me off the trail.
Find me creating my own trail -
and there walking - long.
Getting lost on purpose is under-rated.
After all, who wants to only ever go where others have gone before?
There is a time to follow -
and there is a time to stop following -
Sometimes we are the most beautiful
When we feel the most out of control
Because our colors are liberated
When we truly - let go.
God is my light.
It is His job to dispel darkness for me.
God is my salvation.
It is His job to provide for my needs.
God is my stronghold.
It is His job to keep me safe.
If God is my Light, Salvation and Stronghold, then why am I so concerned about warfare, needs and safety? Do I think He is not enough to fulfill those roles for me? Do I think that I have to help Him out by spending my energy to assure they are done well?
If I could just let go - let God do His job in my life, I would lose my need to fear. Gone.
When trouble runs at me, I could run at it with boldness. When people make me crazy, I could stand still and not duck out. When war breaks out in my life, I could take a nap and still be confident.
If I could just let go - let God do His job, I would lose my need to fear. Gone.
I would be free to put my focus where my heart is;
To stare at His beauty until He unveils something new,
To chat and ask questions until I'm fully expressed,
To live in a habitation with God and never leave.
Friends. Consider this. When we find ourselves without time to enjoy God's presence, it could be because we are multi-tasking unnecessarily, trying to accomplish both God’s job and our own in our lives.
What if I told you that you don't have to worry about warfare, needs or safety today? What kind of fun would you throw yourself into instead of worrying about those things?
God is my Light. He is my salvation. He is my safe place. He is good at His job. I can let go. You can too.
Let's let go.
Let God be God.
Then … we will be free to put our focus where our heart is and enjoy the ride.
A meditation on Isaiah 60:1-2
Stand up. Stand tall.
Emerge from the shadows.
Come out of hiding.
It’s your time to shine.
What’s in you needs to come out.
Your voice needs to be heard.
Do you know that your personal expression matters?
You are not an extra.
Your output is important.
The world awaits your mark.
Nations will come to hear you.
Influencers will fall under your influence.
People will scurry into your sphere to find out what you’re about.
But none of it happens if you remain silent.
Nothing changes if what’s in you stays put.
Come into the light.
Put yourself out there.
Its okay if it’s unrefined.
Take a risk.
Your expression is going to pierce darkness with light.
You are covered in glory and you will stand out.
The fear you feel is only there because it fears you.
Arise and shine.
This is your time.
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Isaiah 60:1-2
Ahithophel was a wise counselor during the time of King David. His advice was so good that talking with him was considered to be like inquiring of God himself (2 Samuel 16:23).
Some stuff went down, and Ahithophel had an instance where his advice was not taken. His counsel was rejected while a colleague's was recieved. His response to this rejection was to saddle up, clean up his house, and take his own life.
Seriously?!?! After years of glorified advising, one instance of rejection sent this man to the grave?
I read this story last week and got to thinking … it is so important that our self-worth is rooted in what God thinks of us. If it is rooted in how others respond to us, it could get dangerous.
Ask God, "What do you think of me?" Let truth permeate. It could save your life.
Katie Luse is a speaker and writer who is passionate about navigating life with eyes on a hunt for beauty.