If you have been blog hopping at all over the last few years you probably have run across Andrew Jones’ blog tall skinny kiwi. Andrew is a traveling social entrepreneur, husband, father of five and great storyteller.
Those of us at the CA conference this week were blessed to have Andrew with us. He spoke last night and shared some of his thoughts on faith, risk and leadership. Here are my notes/thoughts from that session:
*incarnational is defined as being engaged in culture until you become a true part of it.
*It’s not always about the spectacular things in life, look for the “tiny stuff”. Focus on the small stuff in life (mustard seed).
*RISK! Don’t be afraid to try something new. (After Andrew’s talk, I spoke with someone who said he tries to do at least one “risky” thing everyday. I like that and will be striving to do the same.) Live with boldness, not fear.
Ecclesiastes 11: Bread Upon the Waters
“Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again. Give portions to seven, yes to eight, for you do not know what disaster may come upon the land. If clouds are full of water, they pour rain upon the earth. Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where it falls, there will it lie. Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.”
*Give yourself permission to fail. This reminded me of William Zinsser’s article of The Right to Fail.
Proverbs 6:6-8 “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” Doing out of passion, not obligation.
*Read Andrew’s thoughts on the emergent theory HERE.
*Stream your life: live out of your God-given talents.
*Take a leap of faith…in good company. Jump holding hands with others. (I LOVE this!!)