To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions


Posted on Jan 15, 2019 by Brad Sneed


“I am more of a Robin Hood and Toy Story kind of guy.” This was my response recently at work when asked about my favorite Disney movies.  Kind of weird to think that favorites Disney movies were a topic of discussion in the workplace but I digress…  I actually thought about the song “Let It Go” from the Disney movie Frozen this Sunday as Pastor Wes was sharing with the church about our Relaunch.  Wait…that came out wrong….not that Pastor Wes needed to “Let it Go” …but what did I need to let go of in order to be relaunched. 

(side note: I apologize to all adults who now have the song “Let It Go” stuck in your head)

I thought about the story of the monkey and the coconut.  You know the one where people who wanted to capture a monkey would cut a small opening in a coconut and place a small piece of fruit or nut inside.  They would then place the coconut in a tree frequently visited by monkeys.

Soon after, a monkey would swing on by, smell the treat inside the coconut and place his hand inside the coconut. As those seeking to capture the monkey approached, the monkey couldn’t climb down the tree because he was clutching the treat inside the coconut.  Because he was making a fist in order to hold on to the treat he couldn’t get his hand out and thus his escape was hampered.  If he had let go of the treat, he would have made a quick getaway. The monkey got caught because he wouldn’t “Let It Go”.

I am like the monkey sometimes.  I am stubborn and hold on to things and thoughts that keep me from glorifying, growing and going.  I like to be right. I like to think others think that I am right.  I hold on to the familiar even if it is not the best.  I settle for the same because I am apprehensive of change.  I like the repetition rather than the random. I need to “Let It Go! 

What is keeping you from being relaunched?  What is keeping you from Glorifying, Growing, and Going? What do you need to let go of?  Why not “Let It Go?” 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) 

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