A few days ago a friend sent me a text. She said when she saw it, I was the first person she thought of. It said “Pray Before Answering” and when I saw it I knew why she instantly thought of me. You see friends, I’m going through a transition in my life. Well…there are a few things happening at once, but it is a result of my transition.
For nearly 20 years I’ve been a fundraising and nonprofit professional. I love the nonprofit sector, as I am currently the Executive Director of A Chance to Learn, and I serve as a consultant for a few other organizations. I love my life’s mission. However, as of late I’ve been finding it very difficult to enjoy my work. And after lots of prayer, good advice from trusted friends, and self-examination…I finally understand why.
Three years ago I began the journey of Hatching….breaking out of my shell and becoming who God created me to be. Well my hatch happened, and last year I entered to the Leaping stage…moving from my comfort zone to pursue purpose. And now, I’m on the road to soar. And this is not an easy journey. It has caused me to examine myself, my goals and motives.
If you know me…..then you know that I’ve always been a cheerleader, and now I’ve been elevated to Team Captain. Whew! What an overwhelming, yet amazing position. My challenge until today was, I did not properly accept the elevation. I was still trying to be a cheerleader, wreaking havoc and not meeting expectations for myself and others.
As a fundraiser, I’m sought out a lot. There are so many great causes and events, and they need people like me. In the past, I’ve always been successful in raising money…meeting and often times exceeding my goals. But lately, it’s been tough. I could not understand what I was doing wrong. Then I realized that I am doing anything wrong….change is happening. There are things that I need to do for my purpose, and my time is now to step into that Team Captain role. Things are not going to be the same. But, in order to soar, I have to focus on me. This is very different for me, but it’s for my good.
I know…what’s my point? My point is….pay attention to your elevation. Things change. Don’t be afraid to adjust to the growth in your life. The reinvention process is inevitable when you pursue purpose. There’s always a “getting better” process. I’ll leave you with this, it will help you to understand the elevation process. Pastor Rischer said it best, he said “elevation is when you have no choice but to move.”
I’m moving, and I have no choice….because I am accepting full responsibility as a Team Captain. I want you to do the same. I’m a Motivated Mom – and I approve this message.
LaToyia Dennis – The Motivated Mom