Michael Jordan once said, “You are right, there is no ‘I’ in team, but there is in win.” He never lacked confidence. It made him the man, who wanted the ball at the end of the game. It was the attitude which made him the greatest of all time.
News flash – I’m not Michael Jordan.
In a few hours, I will not be playing on national television. I will be speaking in a small Christian church in front of fifty fathers and sons. When it’s speaking, “winning” is difficult to define.
Does change equal victory? If so, I’ve already won!
A year ago whenever I spoke, I did so believing in my message, but with an underlying intent to promote my career. I chose the words. They had God content, but there was a lot of “me” woven through all of it. It was the ultimate statement of pride.
Was there value in what I said? Yes, but it was depreciated by me speaking for me about life and God.
Life has changed! I’m not stupid, just slow. I’m learning. I know my job is to get out of the way. Eloquence may make it easier to hear, but I cannot make anyone listen. It’s the message, not the messenger which matters.
Maybe, I’m the only one, but pride is always right there! I don’t go around thumping my chest saying “Look at me! Look at me!” It’s more subtle. It’s more dangerous. The pride I fight is the “I know what to say” kind.
As I’ve prepared for today, I’ve spent a lot more time praying, “God keep ‘I’ out of it”. He understands how scary that prayer is for me. I’m used to doing things on my own.
My presentation, my polish, my words will mean nothing if they are from me. I do not provide the power. If my words are from God, no one can stop them. Even my stammering and fumbling cannot make the message impotent.
I hear pastors/speakers say, “God put it on my heart to speak about ….” I’m still not sure how that works. Maybe, it happens with me. It’s possible I just make it too complicated. I’d feel better if I got a text message from the “777” area code. I’d know for sure if there was an outline emailed to me from “Godmail.com”.
Will my words make any difference?
I already know the answer. Yes, they will make a difference. I know the world has been changed. It has happened one person at a time.
They’ve already changed me!