One of the stops this week in my journey was the weekly breakfast of a county Chamber of Commerce in Texas. Community Transformation Initiative is active in the area doing Life Skills and Parenting and 1-1 counseling. Each person gets 2 minutes to speak. Lawyers, doctors, mechanics, marketers, resorts, bankers, the county attorney, and this community transformation/business/minister person share. I usually give a quick story and a smile and sit down. Something different happened this week.
Here’s the story I shared and what happened next:
In 2004, our Information Technology team was designated as number one best place to work in IT by Computerworld magazine. That is a Super Bowl moment. We out ranked Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and hundreds of thousands of other businesses.
As one of a handful of directors on that team, it was moment of personal pride and accomplishment. I keep telling myself I’m going to have a ring made. Every day and every year is not the same.
During an annual review with our CIO one year I felt defeated. That year was okay, but nothing outstanding. As I discussed my feelings of struggle with John, the number one CIO of the number one team, he looked at me and said, “Phil, you will find during your toughest times, you grow the most.” He was less concerned about the areas I directed and managed than he was about me. That attitude is part of what made us number one.
After the story was shared, the prayer was shared.
As I finished the prayer, the Chamber of Commerce breakfast group spontaneously and loudly said “Amen.”
More people on social media are responding to this prayer than anything I’ve every posted. I pray it over you. I pray it “Amens” in your life.
May the gentle breath of God’s Spirit lift you, friend, beyond your problems.
May the forceful shaking of His power break barriers that hinder.
May the excitement of His love impassion you, friend, with joy.
May you find Him waiting in your path with answers.