What idea have you been thinking about for a while now that you would be willing to act on if you were absolutely sure that it would succeed?

This in effect, was the question that Bill Hybels asked all in attendance at the Leadership Summit in 2011.

I was in attendance that day and I will never forget how God used that moment in my life.  (As a side note, I attended the Leadership Summit last week for the third consecutive year.  I highly recommend this for anyone who either leads, or aspires to lead as a committed follower of Jesus Christ.  Click here if you’d like to know more.)

Yesterday marks the two year anniversary of that challenge.  After he asked that question, Pastor Bill told us to write our idea down in a few brief sentences on a small piece of paper, and put it in our pocket. Then, each of us were handed a piece of brick that had shattered into small pieces of about 2 to 3 inches each.  This I have come to learn, was to remind us that like the broken brick, we are simply clay pots who have been broken by failed attempts in life and to remind us where our help comes from.

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”” 2 Cor. 4:7

The idea that I had by the way, was to start the band Airwaves.  A band that plays predominantly secular music, but music that tells a story either about our human condition and/or music that subtlety points the way to redemption.

Finally, he asked us to take a pen and write on the broken chip both that date in time and a short phrase describing the emotion that we were feeling at that very moment.  (I remember feeling fear mostly, wondering if such an idea could even work and also wondering what my Christian friends would think of the Life 101.9 guy playing in a retro rock band.  I’m just sayin’ 🙂 )

This picture is my broken brick chip.  This chip sits on my desk as a daily reminder of my brokenness and my need to trust the Savior for every single step of my life.

I am excited to say that yesterday Airwaves, in effect, celebrated our two year anniversary.  For the past two years, we have had the privilege to play at a number of venues including being a featured band at the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival.  We have done a number of weddings and other public gatherings. We continue to pray for more open doors to perform before audiences that need to be reminded of God’s love.

I take no credit for what happened. All praise goes to my Lord and Savior Jesus, who has planned good works for each of us to participate in.

“He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.”  Ephesians 2:10 The Message

Let me be clear, I am not saying that you should act on every idea that comes into your mind.  I’ve tried that, and it’s a formula for disaster.  But here’s what I am saying.

If you feel that the Lord has shown you something and you believe that it is from Him because you have an idea that just won’t go away then I would like you to consider making a commitment to the following four principles:

1) Make a commitment to regular prayer and fasting,  In prayer, we are asking the Lord to confirm his will in this matter.

2)  Make a commitment to the biblical process of receiving counsel and being willing to submit to that counsel.  We do this when we lay out our idea before those who know us well; those we have submitted our life to – these people should be a combination of a pastor or two,  close friends who are willing to tell you things that you may not want to hear, and of course your spouse, if you’re married.  If after sharing our idea, we get encouragement to proceed for the most part, this is a good sign that we might have an idea worth pursuing. – Warning:  When sharing your idea with your inner circle, be as honest as you can.  Don’t leave critical parts of the idea out just to get a positive response.  Just humbly, share the idea and listen to the response you get.  Also, just because someone in your “circle of counsel” gives conflicting advice doesn’t mean you should not move forward. However, it should be taken into consideration with all of your other counsel before proceeding.

3) Make a commitment to move only after receiving confirmation that you should give it a try (see Principle #1)  This may look different in every situation but you will know it when after praying about it and seeking counsel, you DO get the confirmation that you’ve been seeking. God has a way of getting through to us when he needs to.

4) Make a commitment to take courage and press on especially when you face obstacles and stay the course unless you have good reason to change course.

Is it hard you ask?  No, it’s not hard.  It’s nearly impossible because distractions abound and doubts crowd in on our worst days!

However,  if before God you give it your best in these areas, then I can testify that God will meet you in this place to lead and guide.  How I love serving a Savior who is forever faithful!

So if you are willing to walk down the aforementioned “narrow road”, then perhaps it’s time to take the next step.

So the question is my friend, “What idea have you been thinking about for a while now that you would be willing to act on if you were absolutely sure it would succeed?”

Something to think about.

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