Below, CYT co-founder Sheryl Russell reflects on what she took away from her recent attendance at the Global Leadership Summit, a two-day event that serves pioneering pastors and leaders through world-class leadership experiences and resources.
I had the opportunity to attend the Global Leadership Summit in August and Bill Hybles was the opening speaker. His latest book is Simplify and I would recommend it for every leader.
“If you’re not in the daily habit of reaching for God’s hand and listening for His agenda, let me offer you a challenge: Find a spot in your home—for me, it’s a wooden rocking chair by the fireplace—and sit there for fifteen minutes a day, connecting with God. Read His Word, open up your life to Him, and listen for His whispers. When you’re in that chair and you’re in a right relationship with God, it secures your identity. It simplifies your agenda. You won’t be so tempted to run out and do all the other stuff that doesn’t matter a hill of beans to God. So, chair time. Start there.” – Bill Hybles, Simplify
“The biggest battle you will face in life is your daily appointment with God; keep it, or every other battle will become bigger.” – Ravi Zacharias, Christian apologist
“But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’” Luke 10:40-42 NIV
What was Mary doing? “Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said.” 10:39
My challenge to you…
Start by reading a Proverb a day that correlates with the date. As you read it through the first month, September pick out verses that refer to “words”. October look for “wisdom”, November “poor” and December, any verse that speaks to you.
“My son, if you accept My words and store up My commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2:1-5
Being a “doer” has had its challenges. Most of my life, I have been the Martha, squeezing in a little of the Mary. When I began making it a daily routine and started renewing my mind by “putting off the old and putting on the new,” God’s word began to change me from the inside out. The peace that surpasses all understanding is real. Life will always be difficult… we will never be problem-free but remember, Jesus said He left us with His peace… it’s in His Word; we just have to dig for it.