Saturday 1/21

Gauging things.  "You cannot use the comments as an indicator of the audience"...that was a remark TD Jakes made in a short preaching snippet.  I was using the lack of participation on one of my Facebook groups as a gauge of my ineffectiveness in inspiring the journey they were on.  Wow...

545 people on a page and nobody engages hardly at all.  28 people on a private page they've paid to be on, and again not the much participation.  20 on a page where they are local and are already community minded and bam!  The community is rocking it...

As the leader, sometimes I look at those places and gauge my effectiveness, and I've been a bit down about it.  Do I release it, and allow it to remain that quiet...My friend, Kristie said to me once, "BUT THEY ARE LISTENING"...and she'd know...she has 20,000 of them...Clearly she is doing something I'm not...or I do something she's not...and we're both right.  

Finding my Voice, like finding my food has been a journey.  One I'm often out there all alone at.  When you know you're called to speak from the voice God has placed within.  You just do IT.  Speak...I speak through words and I release them all day long.  I speak in small groups to groups.  I often stop people and speak vision or encouragement.  There I release my words and move on.  I never wait for a pat on the back.  I never wait to see if I hit the mark.  I know most of what I say has to be digested and accepted and embraced personally...So I go on...

TD Jakes reminded me not to gauge my audience based on their response...but to keep speaking my message to those I know it's for...So I trust the release of the God-inspired words I share and I will move on...