The past seven days of my life have been filled with many things.
Last weekend we took a long day trip home to central KY. We saw an immediate family, had a mini-fundraising event, and went to a birthday party before returning home with two sleeping kids in the car.
Then came Monday which was a mix of study, meetings, family time, and our first NKU FCA huddle meeting. It was a great first week! Fun fact, we had 25 total people in the room and I was one of two dudes...c’mon fellas!
The next two days were also a mix of work and family time.
Then Thursday hits and I’m rolling out of bed at 6:15 am to volunteer at the Unpolished Conference host at Crossroads Church in Cincinnati. It’s a conference that blends the topics of faith and entrepreneurship. A pretty rare combination.
Why go to this? Well, when you think about it, being a FCA area director is a lot like running a start-up business on an ongoing basis. Many hats have to be worn at the same time.
This isn’t easy. I’ve had to repent recently by being so caught up in ministry with different teams and campuses that I neglected the fundraising side of things in order to sustain these efforts.
Unpolished was so refreshing because it not only inspired me to keep putting in hard work but also heart work. Our mind and heart need to be guarded against false narratives, our fears, our insecurities, and our concern for what other people might think.
"I’m learning that heart work is as important as hard work." - Click to Tweet
We can be working hard but if our attitude and our heart aren’t aligned with larger “why” behind what we are doing then we will run ourselves into the ground with our family and loved ones in the wake.
When we lose our WHY we lose our WAY.
"Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” - Proverbs 4:23
One of the best ways I’ve noticed I can evaluate how my heart is doing is by being aware of what is coming out of my mouth and how healthy my thought life has been that day.
"For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:46b
While it would be crazy to volunteer at a 2 day conference every week while also putting in some serious work, the principle remains the same. I want to make sure I’m putting in plenty of heart work and hard each week so that I can walk in confidence in who God created me to be.
Who’s with me?