I was about to facilitate a leadership workshop in Uganda but wasn’t feeling right about it.
I told Pastor Elijah, “I think I know what you want me to do, but I’m confused.”
He said, “No. Do not say such things. You are not confused. We do not serve a God of confusion. We serve a God of organization and clarity.”
“OK. So what am I experiencing right now if not confusion?”
“You are not confused. You need more information to be confident,” he answered.
This conversation took place a year ago when I was last in Uganda. As you can see, it stuck with me.
Then just recently…
I was talking to a friend who is an executive at an F100 company. We get together from time to time, and it is always a learning experience for me. He says things like, “I’m always thinking about what I’m thinking about.” Now that’s interesting!
Anyway, he told me he decided not to use some words and phrases. They are no longer part of any of his conversations.
“Like what?” I asked.
“When talking to someone, I no longer say words like frustrated, confused, or stuck,” he answered.
“What is wrong with those words?” I asked.
“When I say I’m frustrated, I’m a victim. I don’t want to be a victim, and God did not call me to be a victim,” he said.
That’s when I remembered the conversation a year ago with Pastor Elijah. I said, “I think there is a principle here.”
Only use words to describe yourself which also describe God. We are made in the image and likeness of God. The Bible tells us this truth. Our God is never frustrated, confused, and stuck, so neither are we.
Pastor Elijah was right. I’m not confused.