BeliefNet, branded as the world’s largest multi-faith, spirituality, and inspiration website, recently named me on a short list,“8 Christian thought leaders you should know.” I am honored for this inclusion with such names as Dr. Cornel West, Dianna Hobbs, Propaganda, Tripp Lee, and Devon Franklin.
Earlier this year, Ben Lichtenwalner of ModertServantLeader.com included me on his list of the “Top Leadership Experts to Follow in 2015.” This diverse list also featured Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Hybels, John C. Maxwell, Bianca Juarez Olthoff, Ben Carson, Erika Harold, Max Lucado, Michael Hyatt, and Tony Dungy.
Some might ask, “How do you become a thought leader (at least online)?”
My family and I have taken several road trips over the past couple months. Normally my husband drives so I can read. Whenever I’m packing, I always remind myself and him that I want to reach our final destination before dark. There is a certain uneasiness that comes when we don’t know where we are going, and that uneasiness can quickly increase to anxiety when we are traveling in the dark. There is something quite frightful about not knowing where you are going, or worst, thinking you are on the right track and going in the right direction, when in fact, you are lost and traveling in the dark.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the ways we travel through life—whether we seek out the light or choose to continue in darkness. This summer, our congregation is reading James Bryan Smith’s book entitled, The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ. Before I cracked open the pages, I admired the clean presentation of the cover. Then I flipped over to the back of the book where a highlighted quote from the author reads, “I have never met a person whose goal was to ruin his or her life. We all want to be happy, and we want it all of the time.” I nodded my head in agreement, and yet in small and subtle ways we do make choices that can ruin our lives with no consideration of the consequences.
Yesterday I watched TV. I didn’t begin my day committed to television watching. On the contrary, I packed my bag with a laptop (because I have things to do) and a couple books (because I have stuff to read). After getting acquainted with my new beautician and reading for about 30 minutes, however, reality set in. My eyes were tired, my body was even more tired, and I was not going to get anything done. I accepted that, sat quietly in the chair, and looked up at the TV screen.