SOAP – Legacy & Leadership

So there is a lot of scripture in this one. Check out 1 Chronicles 22

I love how you can read the Bible and on one day something can go by you and then the next it smacks you in the face.

When I looked at this verse it smacked me in the face: 5 David said, “My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the LORD should be of great magnificence and fame and splendor in the sight of all the nations. Therefore I will make preparations for it.” So David made extensive preparations before his death.

This SOAP is a half reminding me that there are always those coming behind you (in age) and I need to have an awareness of legacy and mentoring. The other half is a bit of an open letter to those more experienced in the church. In a nutshell: David had a desire to build the temple. David had too much blood on his hands and God said, great heart, but not you. David was aware of Solomon’s weakness: young & lack of experience. He was also greatly aware what the house of the Lord should look like. David made preparations to see that Solomon would be successful in the task. He brought together the right people, the resources and the training.

There are people all around us that need this kind of trust and in turn young leaders (for now I am still in this category) need this too! Not every project belongs to us no matter how great or amazing we know it needs to be. It might be for someone else and we are robbing them of their birthright by our inability to release control. Serious words right? Acknowledge the areas that need to grow but don’t change the person into you or what you see is right. If you love the project and the person… bring the right people, resources and training to them. Watching someone flourish in leadership is amazing but they can’t do that if we don’t step aside. That doesn’t mean we can’t help with a course correction but it does mean trusting someone enough to make the mistake. David made mistakes, so did Solomon. It is part of being human. And we need to trust that God is big enough to be God over the mistake! If we can’t do that, we won’t grow, those around us won’t grow and the church & the world will suffer for it. Even more serious.

My take away is
1) Ask God if this is my project (ministry, purpose, event, group, etc) or if it is time to release it?
2) Ask God to make me aware of those around me that are “ready” or rather “chosen”?
3) Acknowledge their areas for growth and bring the right mentoring and training.
4) Build them up. Encourage! Love! Guide! Encourage! (Feedback sandwich with a little extra meat)
5) Trust God.

Thank you for your word. You speak to me in so many different ways but I am always most thankful for your word. Help me to be a leader that has legacy in sight as I work with others. Bless my family today. Bless Generation Grace & Grace Church.

Start to Finish

I’m on a kick. Project kick. My last post described my plan to redo our living room. I have put that sort of on hold because Matt informed me that I had many unfinished projects going on and called me a hoarder. Now I am definitely NOT a hoarder but I will admit to some unfinished projects. I find that when I post about my projects, I finish them. Accountability? Desire to brag about accomplishments? I’m not sure but it is fun to share either way.

1) The house needs a good clean (two Friday nights in a row of events will do that). That isn’t fun to write about though.

2) I bought some plants that I need to put in planters. This project did get sidelined a bit due to what I found when digging in the backyard… no dead bodies.. just boards and boulders. I have to rethink the backyard now. But I have plants! I need an adult sized shovel & a new plan. Seriously. Anyone had an issue with this before? We have real boulders, clay soil, and so far a really large board. Oh and by the way.. our “garden” is only a patch of dirt of about 6 x 6ft. Serious drainage issue.

3) I found on craigslist a metal patio set. I was only needing the chairs but I figure I can sell the table after I fix it up. Goal.. sell it for what I bought the set for or more. We’ll see. I’ll post before and afters soon.

4) Found a cute side table at a thrift shop for $6. It is really an old sewing table but it needs some paint and maybe new knobs. That would go upstairs and host the super cute and sentimental items my aunt sent me this week. Auntie Liz sent me a small pitcher and dish & some beautiful shells that belonged to my great grandparents.

So break out the sand paper (asking for a sander for Christmas) and shake those spray paint cans! I have to finish these projects before I even look for the round table. Start to Finish.

Spring Cleaning.. er moving

Here I thought I had already accomplished the spring cleaning task and the bug would be gone.. however, I think years of moving at the end of semesters, dorm, apartment parsonage life leaves me feeling a little stuck at this time of year after becoming an adult and purchasing our first home. So May rolls around and I am stir crazy. There are no finals, no leases coming up, no major life changes. Stir crazy. Break out the paint cans and the frenzied craigslist searches. So here are the current plans.. I have already edited quite a bit and had to “cast the vision” to my Matt. He isn’t totally down with the TV not being parallel to the couch but we’ll work on him.

So here is our current set up..

and here is what I am thinking (notice the furniture is different sizes and so is the room.. awesome)

Rundown of furniture…
1. Green couch
2. Side table yet to be made (yep.. made)
3. coffee table (for now)
4. Entertainment center
5. My fav blue chaise lounge
6. Chair I am eying to recover (yet to be purchased)
7. Round table (yet to be purchased)
8. Lovely brown velvety chairs.

So if you see a round table CHEAP or a fun chair CHEAP… let me know. I’m looking.

This project also includes painting.. lots of painting.

I’m also looking for a set of patio chairs (metal) for my continued adventure in spray painting.

If I ever get this done, I will post pictures.