Next week a moving truck is arriving to pack up our 'stuff' and then we begin the drive from California to Pennsylvania. There are a lot of goodbyes and see-you-later's happening (and a few leaky eyes). In the midst of this time I have taken some moments to reflect on what I have learned from my time here. I was privileged to work directly with Danny Silk, then Kris Vallotton and through both of them connect and receive personal feedback from Bill Johnson.
So what did I learn that you will never read in a book? Here's some inside stories...
Danny silk - Trust people more than they trust themselves
- Relationship is more important than being right
- The level of trust is the level of connection and means EVERYTHING when you are trying to lead people they don't want to go: tissue paper vs. leather 'connection'
- Two new words for my vocabulary: "What do you need to feel from me in order to thrive?"
- Keep walking and stay close: when you have someone in disagreement or conflict
- Why do you trust me? Because you recognized the culture and protected it...
Kris Vallotton - Confrontation and courage to go after what God has spoken.
- Humility and confrontation: "You are a father in the house, you carry the culture better than anyone I know, including me and I'm sorry for any pain I caused you."
- Then WE made a mistake story
- The value of disagreement pushing back on ideas, challenging to get a bigger perspective
- Texting every few weeks when our daughter was going through crazy physical asking how she was doing and praying for us
Bill Johnson - Unwavering resolve to pursue Jesus and His kingdom on earth above all else. That friendship with God is entirely possible and accessible for all and is simple - surrender and trust and keeping your eyes on the Father
- Family above everything : Earl Johnson leaving his own annual conference to go watch Bob play basketball...
- Courage under fire: Enduring Faith - the message week recorded the before and the week after Bill's father died of cancer. Also, watching Bill now navigate his own wife battling cancer and yet Bill is on fire for the Kingdom of God and miracles.
- Love for word of God and voice of God above all else - honors people who disagree including writing them a check... Early on at Bethel turning to Beni saying 'this is it...'
- Passion for the Kingdom - I've had this as a philosophy for years but haven't known how to do it - you are doing it.
We came here with a career and left with a story
We came here with cracks in our foundation and left knowing if God is for me then no other opinion matters
We came here with 12 suitcases and leave with a moving truck
We came here with four children under the age of 8 and leave with four young adults who are more confident and secure in themselves and God than I was
We came here out of obedience, we leave here out of vision and love
We came here as a fat caterpillar and leave as a butterfly, having broken out of the cocoon
I'm sad. I'm excited. I'm grateful.
Thank you Danny and Sheri, Kris and Kathy, Bill and Beni: my life in Christ and His Kingdom is stronger and more secure AND more fruitful because of you.
The things that I heard from you among many witnesses, I have committed these to faithful men and women who are now teaching others also!