By all means, CONNECT!

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The Kingdom of God is an organization whose topmost core value is intentionality of purpose.

This is why I believe that everyone that was in Jerusalem on the day the Holy Ghost descended must have been there on Heaven’s invitation to hear God glorified in his own language.

God desires every meeting in which He gathers people to hear His word, to be like that first meeting of the church; that each man will hear the Word in His own language- the language that only him by virtue of his past unique experiences, vision and exposure can understand.

God always desires to connect with people on a personal basis. He always desires to do more than speak but to connect.

We as speakers, preachers and messengers of the Gospel must understand this. We have to do more than speak. We must connect. In our daily conversations: speaking, writing, consulting or counseling engagements, we must reach out to people in their own language from their own models of the world.

To do this, authors like John Maxwell have suggested several principles. For instance, John Maxwell usually arrives at the venue of his engagement earlier to interact with the people who will be in his audience. He tries to memorize their names so that he can help them see that they matter to him. Matthew Femi-Adedoyin, Family life coach and Master Practitioner of the NLP teaches in his coaching classes that asking questions with the goal of understanding your client’s worldview can help you connect with them better. He says that to connect with people you must create rapport by inspiring a sense of commonality.

No doubt, these are great instructions from the experts. God clearly applied these principles everywhere he connected with people in the scriptures. This is the whole idea of speaking to people in their own language, isn’t it?

But beyond these, we must understand that our greatest help in connecting with people is the Holy Spirit. He alone is able to create such connections like Philip had with the Ethiopian Eunuch. He alone is able to give such insights into the past of a woman who was serially haunted  by her past failed relationship.

He alone can empower you to speak the right words and ask the right questions so that you can connect with your audiences and resonate with your listeners.

So, you must cultivate your relationship with Holy Spirit. Cherish your relationship with Him and yield to His impulses as He gently points and nudges your heart towards the issues God wants to attend to in blessing your audience.

We must by all means apply all known principles of communication and human relations in the day to day activities of our pursuit of purpose. However, most importantly, we must key into Heaven’s purpose for every of our conversations so that we speak just the right words in the right way and at the right time.

How has the Holy Spirit helped you to connect with people around you? What principles have you learnt to apply to make definite impact on the people you lead? Please share by leaving a comment.

I call you blessed!


Quotes and Thoughts on Potential


John Maxwell is one of my favourite authors. Asides his teachings and principles on leadership, I also love to read his books because of how he delivers these principles through stories and quotes. From his books, I have learnt that how a message is conveyed is many times as important as the content of the message itself.

Recently, I stumbled on his blog and I was connected as usual to a pool of resources to help my thought process and make me a better leader. This week, I want to share some quotes which Dr Maxwell calls his favourite quotes on potentials. These are the thoughts of some people, both famous and unknown, on our potentials and how we use them. I was inspired reading them. I hope you are too.

An unused life is an early death. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is very dangerous to go into eternity with possibilities which one has oneself prevented from becoming realities. A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it. -Soren Kierkegaard

If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. -Soren Kierkegaard

The real tragedy is the tragedy of the man who never in his life braces himself for his one supreme effort, who never stretches to his full capacity, never stands up to his full stature. -Arnold Bennett

The real contest is always between what you’ve done and what you’re capable of doing. You measure yourself against yourself and nobody else. -Geoffrey Gaberino

We throw all our attention on the utterly idle question whether A has done as well as B, when the only question is whether A has done as well as he could. -William Graham Sumner

On our track to success, we have to fight the tendency to look at others and see how far they’ve come. The only thing that counts is how we use the potential we possess and that we run our race to the best of our abilities. -Denis Waitley and Reni L. Witt

A man is a good deal like an automobile. You can’t tell how much gas he’s got in his tank by the sound of his horn, and you can’t tell how much horsepower he’s got under the hood by the noise of his exhaust. There’s usually the most noise where there is the least quality. -HP Thompson

What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God. – Eleanor Powell

This last one is my addition and my personal favourite

One of the greatest tragedies in life is to watch potential die untapped. – Myles Munroe

Take some time to think about each of these thoughts. Which would you like to copy and share on your Facebook or Twitter timeline?

Do you have other quotes on potential you will like to share? Please leave a comment.