Another letter about Change…

The funny thing about change is that it is personal, even when change affects a group of people. I don’t care who you are, or what role you play, there comes a time when there is an understanding that change affects you personally and that no one else truly cares about how change is affecting you because they’re concerned with how that change is affecting them. So today, I will talk about group change…

Over the past several months, I’ve been party to major change. The happenings of this event are widespread and it affects a great many people. One of the gifts that God has given me is a listening ear AND people feel very comfortable and free to talk to me. Sometimes, this gift is very cool to have but most times not. I don’t have to ask about things because people generally just start sharing. So, when it has come to this event, I’ve heard from a lot of people concerning it. One of the most consistent themes from everyone is the longing for someone to understand where they are coming from and how this event is affecting them. But, on many levels, they are all having very similar feelings.

Personally, this event is ripping me apart from the inside out. On one level, I see and feel the hurt and pain that people are feeling. On another level, I understand how those in leadership are dealing with and are affected by the event. Still another level, as a leader myself, knowing how the decisions that I make can have a ripple affect throughout the entire organization. Another level, the family… how does the event affect each person’s families? Then there’s God… What does God have to say about all of this? This level is the end all be all…

The interesting thing about it is that no one really wants to talk about it. We talk around it. We make various insinuations about it. We may even talk in code about it. But, no one wants to just be real. This event is coming at us like a runaway freight train and our car is stuck on the tracks. It has even gotten to the point where I’ve been asked not to write about it. Wow!!! My first dealings with censorship!!! Now, the thing that you fail to grasp is that these letters are based totally on MY LIFE FROM MY EYES!!! When it comes down to it, I am GUILTY of this one thing… I don’t care about how YOU feel about MY life!!! If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, flies like a duck… then it’s a duck!!!

Another interesting piece is support. People may say that they are supportive of whatever your decisions are but let’s be totally honest… they’ve also made decisions and would rather that your decisions would match theirs. What makes this interesting is that as friends, family and associates, we want our people to be in agreement with us and we will rollout a campaign to encourage that agreement. Unfortunately, if a decision had been made and it doesn’t agree with your campaign then someone is not going to be happy.

My prayer is that we all be unified especially, today and in the days to come. We need each other more and more as the days go by, more than anyone will admit. I have to say this, “I need YOU!!!” I am in a very delicate position and I’m not afraid to reach out… I NEED YOU!!!

I pray for the Joy of the Lord to be released, for the Joy of the Lord is our Strength. We need the Strength of God, the Peace of God and Love of God. We need the Wisdom of God to understand of how His Will is being done in us in the midst of our struggles. I speak blessings to each one of you. In Jesus’ name… Amen.

I love you ALL!!!
Stay Blessed,
Jackie

 

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12 Relationship Truths… Pt 3/12

What most people think of you doesn’t matter.

One of the greatest deceptions that we face is our thinking about others thoughts towards us. That was a tongue twister but I’m going somewhere… The deception simply is this. I’m thinking about me. You’re thinking about you. But, most people ain’t thinking about you!!

You see, we spend an inordinate amount of time seeking acknowledgment, approval and acceptance from people. But, in reality, what we do isn’t about THEM but about US. It’s about our heart, motivation and really what works for us, not them.

I have a friend that came to our home the other day. Upon arrival, I made treats for all of our guests. Everything was cool and it was a good visit but at the end, here’s what happened… They made a comment about not having all of the treats. My immediate concern was, “Why not?” Because of allergies… Wow, I totally forgot that they were allergic to Chocolate, Peanut Butter AND Strawberries!!! These were the MAIN ingredients in most of the treats. I knew that they had allergies but I didn’t think to ask what they were. I wasn’t trying to be insensitive. I forgot… But, like it, or not, I wasn’t thinking about her.

Another example, I know a lady that doesn’t like flowers or chocolate. I know, some of you are saying, “How can this be?” Well, it’s true. She doesn’t like those things. What’s funny to me is this… What are the first things that men always go after to impress a lady? Flowers and Chocolate. If you really want to impress her… She loves candy oranges. You don’t know these things until you get to know the person. What’s funny is that as a celebration her office mates bought her chocolate and flowers. They were doing a good thing but, did they think of her, or themselves, when buying these gifts.

As I write, I’m seeing a pattern and that is, we are thinking of what we want, like, or need; not what the other person wants, likes or needs. We truly are self-serving.

I recently went to a funeral and one of the statements that people use is in reference to the dash. You know, on your headstone there’s the birth date, the death date and the dash. “What’s important isn’t when you came or left but what you did in the middle.” There hasn’t been a more accurate analogy. But, at funerals, they always give time limits to everyone in order to stick to the schedule. Well, there was this lady, the daughter of the deceased, who had written a long poem about her father. What was powerful to me was not only the poem but her delivery. She eloquently articulated everything that she wanted to say about her “Honey” and greater still was that she didn’t care about how long it took to say it. Her Dad was 90 years old. Could she get everything she wanted to say into 2 minutes? Of course not… Did she try? No. Why not? She already caught the principle of today’s letter… What most people think of her doesn’t matter. She was talking about HER father and your thoughts about her and the time are insignificant when it comes to her feelings about him.

For many years, I suffered from extreme low self-esteem when it came to my musicianship. I grew up in a home full of musicians. My family crest is known for musicians, singers and preachers. My childhood was surrounded by great minstrels and psalmists. And when I say “great”, I’m not over-exaggerating or kidding. Great as in award winning, internationally renowned artists who as kids we had sleep overs with, cut-up with and drank “green drink” with. But, I never felt that I measured up to them in comparison. Whenever they’d come around in their musical capacity, I’d lock up and shrivel up inside. I still played but not to my full potential because I was concerned about what people thought. Well, within the last 5-7 years, I started my freedom journey in music. I realized as an adult that I was trippin’ over something that was a non-issue. They weren’t concerned with my musicianship. I was. They weren’t thinking about me.

When we ALL come to the conclusion that people aren’t thinking about us… then we can begin to heal and acknowledge that we are great in what WE do because it comes from our HEART.

Ephesians 6:6 KJV says, “Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;”

Don’t go through life trying to make everyone happy, looking for that attaboy or pat on the back. Funny thing about people is that even when they are ‘pleased’ with what you’ve done… very few will acknowledge that they are pleased. People will tell you if they are displeased but live by a different code if they agree. “Qui tacet consentire videtur.” Translated, he who is silent is taken to agree.

Here’s the wrap-up… Don’t worry about people’s thoughts about or towards you because 9 times out of 10, they aren’t thinking about you. Always move from YOUR heart. When we do it from the heart, it’s always done right.

I love you ALL!!!
Stay Blessed,
Jackie