The Greatest Advantage You Have

Lessons from a Divine Appointment

A few years ago, I was introduced to Matthew Geppert, President of SEAPC, and got to spend an hour with him over coffee. At that time, Laura and I were praying about starting L3 Leadership. He confidently affirmed that the vision in our hearts was needed in our city and in our world. That affirmation helped give us the confidence needed to launch.

Since then, Matt and I have followed each other on social media, but haven’t been able to connect. A few weeks ago, I was walking my daughter and praying, when I felt led to pray for Matthew and his ministry. That night, I got an e-mail from Matt asking to connect. We grabbed coffee again and shared what God was doing in and through our lives and minsitries. When I shared with Matt what we were doing through L3, he shared a few things that greatly impacted me.

He said, “Doug, you have 3 advantages:

  1. Your greatest advantage is that you are called by God 
  2. Your enthusiasm, passion, drive, and charisma
  3. The pen in your hand (he encouraged me to write a book)”

The Greatest Advantage You Have is that You Are Called By God

God used those words and my time with Matthew in a significant way. I was reminded how amazing it is that God has a plan and a call on our lives. As I reflected on that, here are a few things I thought about when it comes to God’s calling:

1.) You have a Call from God

Romans 11:29 says, “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” As a Christian, our greatest advantage in life is that God has a plan and a call for our lives. I am so glad that we don’t have to figure out what we’re supposed to do with our lives, but simply need to discover what He has planned for our lives. 

2.) God will Affirm Your Call

I’ve found that there are times in our journey where we need to be affirmed that we’re on the right track. In these moments, God often sends people to us that will affirm what’s in our heart and challenge us to dream bigger. I would encourage you to make it a point to consistently schedule time with spiritual leaders in your life. You’ll be surprised how much God use those meetings to keep you going in the right direction.

3.) God will Direct Your Steps

The Bible says that God directs the steps of the Godly. I don’t think it was a coincidence that I was praying for Matt’s ministry one random afternoon and then got an e-mail from him that evening to meet. Our meeting was a divine appointment in my life. God used Matt to speak things to me that I needed for this specific time in my journey.

Mark Batterson often says, “God wants you to get where God wants you to go, more than you want to get where God wants you to go.” When you’re called by God and following that call, He will connect with you the right people and the right opportunities at the right time. Trust Him and His timing.

4.) Your Call has Nothing to do with You

Of course your call has something to do with you, but in reality, God’s call on our lives is not about us, it’s about others. When you’re walking in your calling and using the gifts God put inside you, it can be easy to think that you are something in and of yourself. When you do that, you will tend to focus on what is in it for you. That is a dangerous place to get to in your heart.

The Bible says that in ourselves we are nothing, have nothing, and can do nothing, but in Him, we can do all things. Always remember that everything you have going for you is from Him. Your call is from Him. Your gifts are from Him. Any favor you’ve had with what you’re doing, is from Him. Always remember why you are called: to make a difference in the lives of others for His Kingdom.

5.) Always Go Back to Your Call

In times where you feel confused or want to quit, ask yourself, “Did God call me to do this?” or “Is God still calling me to do this?” If so, keep going. When you remember that you’re called, it makes difficult seasons easier to navigate. Remember why you started.

Your greatest advantage is that you are called by God! 

Questions:

  • What have you learned about the call of God on your life? Comment below!

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Episode #137: Q&A with Next Level Leadership Academy Students

In this episode of the L3 Leadership podcast, you’ll hear a question and answer session from the Next Level Leadership Academy students with our founder, Doug Smith.

L3 Leadership Podcast Episode #137: Q&A with Next Level Leadership Academy Students

Questions Asked:

  • Do you have a system on how you apply the things you learn?
  • Character development? Can you develop character alongside leadership?
  • How do you remain confident when you’re in a season doing things you don’t think have anything to do with what you’re called to do?
  • What was the price you’ve had to pay to get to where you’re at?
  • How did you become more self-aware?
  • What’s your personal definition of teachability?
  • How have you grown through the insecurities in your life?
  • WHat do you do when you find yourself being complacent?
  • How do I find rest?

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Episode #136: Doug Smith on Becoming the Leader You Were Created to Be

In this episode of the L3 Leadership podcast, you’ll hear a talk I gave at the Next Level Leadership Academy, entitled, Becoming the Leader You were Created to Be.

 

L3 Leadership Podcast Episode #136:Q&A with Next Level Leadership Academy Students

Notes:

Becoming the Leader You Were Born to Be

How to Discover what’s Inside of You:

1.) Determine to make it you life’s pursuit discover and develop everything that God has put in you! (more…)

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In this episode of the L3 Leadership podcast, Bill Evanson, SVP & Senior Corporate Director at Pocket Nurse, shares what it takes to be an effective leader. His argument is that too often we only focus on the attributes of a leader instead of focusing on the actions of great leaders. Enjoy listening to Bill unpack what it takes to be an effective leader.

L3 Leadership Podcast Episode #135: Bill Evanson, SVP & Senior Corporate Director at Pocket Nurse on The Effective Leader

L3 Leadership Podcast Episode #135: Bill Evanson, SVP at Pocket Nurse, on The Effective Leader

Connect with Bill:

Bill’s Bio:

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L3 Leadership Podcast Episode #126: Lessons I’ve Learned from Starting and Running a Business

I was recently challenged by a friend to record a podcast lesson on the lessons I’ve learned from starting and running L3 Leadership. This lesson is a result of reflecting on that challenge. I hope that this podcast will encourage you and give you the confidence you need to launch a business, non-profit, or ministry that you’ve been afraid to start. If you are a business owner, I hope these lessons challenge and inspire you. Enjoy!

L3 Leadership Podcast Episode #126: Lessons I’ve Learned from Starting and Running a Business

L3 Leadership Podcast Episode #126- Lessons I’ve Learned from Starting and Running a Business

Notes:

Start a Business because You Have to, Not Because you Want to 
 
Just Do It 

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