14 Dec Flexibility can Change the World
Dear Christian Radio,
Alright, friends – get your stretchy pants on…warm up those muscles…because today we’re talking about FLEXIBILITY!!
What in the world does flexibility have to do with radio? In truth – everything! To see the validity of this statement, simply look at any single day on your personal calendar. How many days over the last year went exactly the way you planned them? Like most people, I’m sure your answer to that is, “none.” That’s because life doesn’t always go the way we plan; the same applies here.
You may be the best planner in the world, but you cannot possibly account for every potential scenario that may or may not happen. And if you try, you will most likely slow down any progress you could be making by trying to plan for something that may not come to pass. So we do the best we can with the information and resources that we have. Then, we lean into our flexibility skills to cover us when things go awry.
What Does it Mean to be Flexible?
Consider these wise words (author unknown):
“A bend in the road is not the end of the road, unless you fail to make the turn.”
When you get thrown a curveball – adapt. Apply this practically to your own station. For example, let’s say you and your team have worked tirelessly for months on a big women’s conference; the big day is approaching fast, and you’re ready to reach hearts for Jesus Christ. Three days before the big event, your host church has a water pipe explode and what was planned to be your prayer room is now a wading pool. Even worse, all of your attendees will now be subjected to porta-potties. Do you cancel? Most likely not—unless, of course, the fire marshal requires it. You have listeners who have already purchase tickets, vendors and sponsors who have already invested their dollars, as well as speakers and/or artists who are still expecting to be paid.
So what do you do? You make adjustments and find a way to get it done. You encourage your team. You innovate with them to find creative ways to work around the issue. You do these things because you are a great leader and because these are the things great leaders do. You know that backing out is not an option—and even if it were an option, it may not be the right thing for your ministry.
Flexibility, Grace, and Prayer.
The truth is I have to be flexible every single day…in my agenda…in my list of priorities…and in my expectations of myself and others. There are times when I make mistakes in these areas, be it prioritizing the wrong thing or making the wrong decision. That’s one of the many reasons I am a huge fan of grace; without it I would eventually sink my own ship. There are mornings that I want to throw in the towel, especially when trying to “make things work” just feels impossible. On those days, I turn off the radio and spend my entire 35-minute drive to the office in prayer. My prayer is usually this:
“God, I cannot do this on my own today. I know that I am completely incapable of figuring this out, or making this happen. So God, if it is Your will that this ‘thing’ happen, I need you to show me the way. I am already giving thanks and praise for the mountains that I will get to see You move.”
From there, I pull up my bootstraps and walk inside to face my team with my head held high. I make sure my let’s get this done face is on. I have yet to experience a time where God did not come through; perhaps it wasn’t what I planned, but that’s the whole point—this is not about us, it’s about Him.
Dear Christian Radio…
1. Don’t be a stick in the mud. Be willing to adapt and flow when things go wrong, because at some point things will go wrong.
2. Be an innovator. One of the biggest parts of being flexible is tapping into your creative juices to find a workaround to a crazy situation. Not feeling super creative or innovative? Lean into your team; you will be surprised what they have to offer.
3.Lean into Christ. It is highly possible that the kink in the road is a result of you following your plan and not walking in His. That may not be the case, but prayerfully consider it before you continue to push yourself and your team down what might be the wrong path.