The lectures this week were about discovering the different personalities. We did this through 4 elements: earth, water, fire, and wind. I learned that I am a water-wind. Water: I highly value relationships and I’m willing to compromise for unity. Wind: I am flexible and get restless if I am too long ‘stuck’ at one place or with a specific topic.
As a leader, everything starts with how I am leading myself. If I lead myself well, I lead others well! A team exists out of function and relationship!
Great results require teamwork – Great teamwork requires relationships – Great relationships require understanding and adaptation (Steve Sizemore)
My biggest challenge this week was probably not the lectures, even though I got frustrated because of them. I don’t like it to put people in ‘boxes’. But my biggest challenge was that my work is not my worth and trusting God!
My work is not my worth… Sometimes I can get overwhelmed by the things I have to do. But my identity is not in those things. It is not depended on how well I do my assignments. My identity and my worth is in God! How He sees me – and He loves us! He gave Jesus’ life for His children!
In the beginning of this week, I got an email from a friend and he told me about his (financial) need for a mission trip. He ended with ‘…, but I am not worried. If I am supposed to go God will provide in His timing and His way.’ For me that was an eye-opener! I am worried quickly. About people, about the future, finances, assignments, etc. But what does it bring me? I can’t control those situations and I don’t have to! God has everything in control! He knows what He is doing and He asks us to trust Him! Surrender means: ‘taking distance from…’ Taking distance from what we think are our rights or what we expect to happen in the future, but also our worries! God asks for full surrender, every part and aspect of our lives! He wants what is best for us! There is so much freedom in trusting God! We can stop fighting because we know it is not up to us!
‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’ – Jeremiah 29:11
Mathilde is a student in our School of Ministry Development. She is from the Netherlands, and she really loves pizza. Mathilde is a very good listener, and a very relational person.