She lied to me. There’s no doubt about it. My wife, who met me almost four years later, can attest to it. Her name was Sue Aubrecht. She was the brand new teacher at my tiny little Christian school. She had red hair and a temper to match! It had been a while since we had a music program, so she came in to rekindle a love for music in the hearts of the students. Music had always been an interest of mine. My parents made me take piano lessons, and I sang in kid’s choirs and even in the junior high choir. But, it was a side interest; as you know, basketball was my focus. But when she announced that we would be starting a new choir, it didn’t interfere with basketball so I signed up. Her passion for the choir was contagious, and I found myself more and more drawn to it. One day, she stopped me to tell me that I had a really nice voice and a ton of potential. I don’t know about you, but when someone I highly admire says something like that to me, it makes an indelible print on my life. That day was the start of my music career. Fast forward several years to me auditioning for a traveling singing team where my now wife and I had our first significant interaction. Significant not because I wowed her with my vocal abilities, but in her words, “He sure is cute, but he can’t sing a lick!” Thankfully, she didn’t tell me what she really thought until much later in our relationship. Just to be blunt, I wasn’t very good, but I did have potential. Thanks not only to Mrs. Aubrecht but also Mrs. Cash and then Mr. Hancock, I was coached to a place where I became a decent singer, and I didn’t stop there. I kept working on singing and working and working and working until I actually became pretty good and served a church by being worship pastor for almost 15 years. Where did it start? One conversation with me at fifteen when someone whom I admired and I knew cared about me inspired me by saying “I see in you ______.”
God has given us a high position of influence in people’s lives. We have been given the power to inspire, deflate or miss people. I’d say by how I read the Bible, we are called to inspire. We have been given our positions in people’s lives to help them see how God has gifted them to make a difference in other people’s lives. We can help people become who God has designed them to be. People need someone to believe in them. I get it. Now, this is risky…to put yourself out there and say you believe in somebody, but that somebody desperately needs somebody to believe in them! They need you to use the words God has given you about them, and then they need you to walk with them as they take on God’s call on their lives. This is what leadership is all about. Leadership is influence.
If “The Best Is Yet To Come” at Brooklife, it is going to require more than doing the hard work of reaching this community; it requires us to empower other leaders to empower other leaders who will then empower even more leaders to go out and make A Place For Everyone! But, it starts with one person. Who’s your one person?
I challenge you to take some time over these next couple of weeks and identify someone you can pour into to help them become who God created them to be. I’ve added some questions to help direct your thoughts:
- Who has God been putting on my heart? What has God shown you about this person?
- What do I have to offer this person? What do I not have to offer?
- What is keeping me from stepping into this person’s life?
- What will it cost me to do this?
- How can I do this well?