loren Eric Swanson: Allowing God to entrust you with big ideas

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Allowing God to entrust you with big ideas

I pulled this off of Bob Buford's Active Energy this week. It captures our the need for people to allow God to entrust them with big ideas...if we are to change the trajectory of the church.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
From: A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson (used in Nelson Mandela’s May 9, 1994 inaugural speech)


At Friday, May 05, 2006 12:27:00 AM, Blogger jerry said...

Thursday afternoon in Shanghai, we were winding up 10 days of class with Ray Bakke and Brad Smith along with 30+ others from around the globe.
we visited SMIC, a "fab" which manufactures wafers for others. SMIC broke ground in 2000,began manufacturing 18 months later and today have 10000 employees and 5 locations in China. The CEO, Richard Chiang, is a strong believer and seems to do one of the all time great jobs of seamless work and faith. Each site is built on a model of providing first class facilities, housing, schools, medical facitities, recreation and educational training. It is a throw back to the old China SOE model, only they lose billions and SMIC makes billions. I am certain that this is not without problems which we did not hear about, however Richard is a strong proponent of looking after the total person.

As I was marveling over mattel's inovation-market cycle, i asked Richard about their cycles. They only manufacture,not design anything. However, because they service a multitude of companies who are constantly innovating, they average haveing to change their models/cycles every three months. I think it is an engineering make over. it is difficult to comprehend having to assimilate 10k people in such a period of time and retain one's sanity yet they're doing it.
Plus, they, as part of their service to customer function, they work with over 400 design firms which have sprung up in Shanghai to service their customers.
And, the government built a church on their premises for them, or split cost with them.
it was a good model of being a light on the hill and being invited into the conversaation of the community; in fact, they are the conversation.
Richard also told us that now other provinces are coming to SMIC and offerring a site and willing to build a church for them if they will come and build in their provinces, providing the jobs, etc that come with it.


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