Preparation for Speaking Up
Why does the best learning have to come from the worst failures?
Tune in today to hear why I hate this speak-up-journey and the lessons I’m learning because of all my mistakes. (I don’t really hate the journey. I just hate all the painful failures!) If you’re subscriber, go to the website to watch my short videos.
This week I talked about four steps to building emotional resilience to face the push-back that comes with speaking up. Listen to the video to hear more about these steps:
- Pre-deciding not to be offended.
- Reminding myself that God strengthens me.
- Infusing my responses with the fruits of the Spirit.
- Taking breaks for laughter and joy.
To join me where I often speak up, follow me on Facebook and be part of the conversation. I’d love to see you there. Note: I took a break for laughter and joy this week, and I’ve got a couple of shares in posts that made me belly laugh. Go check it out!
You can also request to join the private Facebook group that I referenced in the video “30 Days Toward Unity & Love.” It’s inactive with the comments turned off, but there’s a free download that will help you journal through it on your own.
I really needed to review these steps as I am working through some stuff with my church. On the surface, it seemed like their refusal to require masks during services (it’s optional for churches in NH) and ensure capacity limits was what bothered me the most. Then watching online the end of January, my pastor preached a sermon, beginning with a 20 talk on the global elites plan for “a great reset” and their dark agenda against conservative Christians. This was purely political, complete with slide containing quotes from Bill Gates and others who attended the World Economic Forum in Geneva. I was stunned. I am now looking for a new church home, that while stays true to the Bible, can be less focused on conspiracy theories. I will be having a conversation with a pastor soon. Unfortunately, the pastor at my old church doesn’t take meetings with individual members.
Mary, those are very tough circumstances. I feel your pain in this, and I would be walking the same path as you. I’m praying for you as you seek to schedule this conversation. This could be a hard one, but if God is prompting you to have it, I know He’ll fill your mouth. Much love to you!
Thank you so much for these four steps. I loved your idea of printing out the fruits of the spirit and actually looking over the list before we respond. This is very good timing in my own life. Thank you! (I loved hearing you share this by video!)
Leslie, thanks for being on this (sometimes painful) journey with me! You know all the failure is tough for a recovering perfectionist.