The Lord says, “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
– Isaiah 43:19 (NRSV)
So, I have started my “new thing.” The schedule I have lived for the last 12 years has just changed. All of the roles of Regional Director that I had become accustomed to are now gone — I still find myself saying the wrong phrases from time to time, saying “Area” where now I should say “Region.”
I have spent the last two days in L.A. In the next 6 weeks I will be in the other 6 Regions in the Division. My prayer? “Oh Lord . . . do your new thing . . . help us perceive all that you are trying to do. Lord, please make your way through the wilderness . . . and make rivers in the desert.”
How does one embrace a new thing? New calendar, new job, new schedule, new role, new people, new territory, new thing? Here are my 5 ways to embrace a “new thing.”
- Walk the Walls. Seems like to do a new thing, a person has to have an overview. So, do what Nehemiah did and walk the walls. Survey the situation.
- Ask Questions. One of my good friends Angel said to me when I asked him what was the #1 thing he did when he went to a new place — “I ask a lot of questions.”
- Take your time. “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” What this means to me is this — don’t feel compelled to do something too fast. I have my dad in my head right now — “measure twice, cut once.” Take the quality time needed prior to making decisions.
- Pray for God’s favor. “Whatever you want to accomplish, must first be accomplished in prayer.”
- Assemble your team. Yesterday we talked about little kids sports teams – I didn’t put kids names on their shirts this year. I wanted them to know they were on a TEAM and we didn’t need individual names on shirts. The most important name was the team name on the front of the shirt! I may have a title, but to accomplish what God wants to in the Southwestern Division is going to take a TEAM.
Thoughts for the day!