Monday Musings – 06/02/12
At the time of the writing of this blog, you in Canada will know which team won the Super Bowl. Here in Zambia, on the other hand, I have to discipline myself for the next twelve hours not to look at the Internet or watch any news so that I can watch it live “African style”.
You see, for me to watch the Super Bowl live means staying up all night. So, a group of us will gather tonight (7 p.m. Zambian time) and watch our live version of the Super Bowl. The trick is to avoid anything that will give the score away over the next twelve hours.
Presently, the African Cup of soccer is taking place in Equatorial Guinea (bigger for Africa than the Super Bowl by far). Zambia has reached the semi-finals. This nation is going crazy. After every goal, you hear an eruption of jubilation across Kitwe. After every win, the people fill the streets to celebrate. The only thing that subdues the celebration is the heavy rains accompanied by thunder and lightning. This is the one time I thank God for roaring thunder and skies filled with lightning as it keeps the celebrations from happening all night long.
The work “kick-off” takes on a whole new meaning for RTC this week. Tomorrow kicks off our 2012 season of conferences and seminars across Zambia and other parts of the Continent. There is a growing anticipation amongst Zambian pastors as the “Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership – turning potential failures into Kingdom successes” conference approaches.
I have learned over the years, that all of us have a dark side. For some it is more acute than others, but left unchecked, the dark side will eventually catch up to us and overtake us. No one has to tell you what your weak link is. You know when the dark side raises its ugly head, and you know its effect on you personally if you do not deal with it. The concept of the conference is based on a book by the same title. The author, Gary McIntosh, says: “The dark side, though sounding quite sinister, is actually a natural result of human development. It is the inner urges, compulsions, and dysfunctions of our personality that often go unexamined or remain unknown to us until we experience an emotional explosion.”
The Super Bowl kick off is history. The winning team has embraced the coveted trophy (although I do not know who that is). RTC’s 2012 conference kick off is twenty four hours away. Pray with me that every pastor who attends will be a winner and that all of us will find victory over our “dark side” so that not only will history speak well of us, but more importantly, we will receive the eternal reward that says: “Well done, though good and faithful servant…Come and share your Master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21).
Until next Monday…
Taking risks for Kingdom impact!