It was a big year to be an abolitionist. I really wish I’d been ready for it! There were milestones and celebrations and remembrances—some worldwide, some national and some just for me. Over and over, I was given opportunities to honor the work that has been done, rejoice in the part I’ve played, and prepare for the fight still ahead.
Here’s a look back:
150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation
I can’t believe it’s already been two weeks since I was at Catalyst East. It’s been a whirlwind since then. But hey, I guess the countdown continues until next year!
This year’s theme was “KNOWN,” which was awesome because there was a lot of talk about identity and foundational faith issues alongside leadership, which is the conference’s main focus. Good, deep stuff.
I would say of all the main stage speakers, my favorite would be Malcolm Gladwell. And really, I can probably say that any time he speaks. If you’ve never read his books, you’re really missing out. Utterly fascinating. I definitely feel a lot smarter after reading them. And, well, I’d like to say he’s someone I’d like to sit down over coffee with, but honestly, I don’t think I could keep up with him. But I’ll listen to him all day long!
The iconic Catalyst “C” welcomed everyone to Labs.
Last week I was at Catalyst, one of my favorite things each year. It’s a chance for me to hear speakers I love, speakers I’ve never heard of, and get in some quality learning time. My friend, Daron, and I always start with the Labs on Wednesday, because you can never learn too much. This year, I was able to hear some people that I love, but have only admired from afar. It’s awesome when that happens!
So, here are my highlights from Labs. The theme for the conference this year was KNOWN, you’ll see a lot of identity talk both here, and when I post the main conference highlights. Good stuff, and great theme.
Dr. Henry Cloud, Author and Psychologist (Read Boundaries immediately, if you have not. It’s life-changing)
The brain forms who you are and what you do through the attention it gives and is given. Attention brings things to reality.
Grace and Truth still allow for failure, but also provide acceptance.
The brain runs on food, glucose and relationships.
You were only designed to control YOURSELF.
Jason Russell, Co-Founder of Invisible Children(I’ve admired this org for a number of years.)
Your life is BIGGER than your best dream for it.
What’s worth living for?
What’s worth dying for?
Jen Hatmaker, Author and Church Planter (Her book 7 was probably my favorite thing to read this year.)
Jesus never said to start a church. He said to make disciples.
Does our Jesus look like our church?
The Church is currently malnourished. Young adults want: community, social justice, depth, and mentorship.
Incarnational living is the front door to discipleship.
Ann Voskamp, Author and Devotional Blogger (Never heard of her before, but she was great.)
Everyone you know is fighting a daily battle, whether they show it or not.
Battle strategy: 2 Chronicles 20:20, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever.” Give thanks in all things. Give thanks for what He’s doing in your during the battle.
Count the ways God loves you, and you’ll learn one thousand ways to change the world.
Eugene Cho, Church Planter and Entrepreneur (Always enjoy him, and really excited for his new book!)
A study in Nehemiah Chapter 1.
How do I take my conviction from A to B? 1) Shut up and pray. 2) Have the courage to ask the hard questions. 3) Be committed to be an expert in what you start. 4) Clarify the vision/conviction. 5) Develop a strategic plan. 6) Build on the power of social capital.
If you take away free choice from someone, revolution will happen at some point.
Bob Goff, Recovering Lawyer, Philanthropist and Guy You Want to Know (Read Love Does.)
What if we stopped just agreeing with Jesus, and started acting like Him?
I’m trying to become love, and that’s really hard but worth it.
Everyone who stands at your door and knocks ain’t Jesus. Be careful who you let in and listen to.
These are just a few of my favorite things from Labs. If you want my full notes, let me know and I’m happy to share them once they get typed up. It was an awesome day, and probably my favorite of the three.