This week I asked you to share your convictions, and over 60 of you did. Thank you. Thanks for being bold, being honest and risking offense (and some of you offended!). You wrote your burdens, frustrations, angers and pains. I have a few things for you:
#1 Topics brought up
If you didn’t read the initial post, or haven’t gone back and read the comments, or didn’t catch the live show I did to discuss it, go back and check it all out – “I dare you to post a conviction“. The comments are profound and sparked a wide array of responses. Here is just a sampling of some of the topics discussed:
- Church on many levels
- Negative people
- TV hate
- Medical community
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Church music
- Financial security
- Men as head of household
- Modern biz practices
- Modern school teachings
- Men providing only money
- Being a victim
- ‘Christians’ bashing politicians
- Responsibility to care for widows and orphans and elderly
- Praying couples
- Filthy rich Christians
…and that’s as far as I’ve gotten so far, there are more
#2 Follow up additions and show
With so much activity on this post, I did a follow-up show on Wednesday to read more comments, showcase some videos on conviction that are just killer (poet Taylor Mali) and included more on the topic regarding ‘Being bold’ and Mr. Conviction Himself, Jesus Christ. Here is the audio for this show:
Free Agent Underground Show – “Now, will you serve in your conviction?”
#3 A winner
During the live show I asked for people to state convictions that hopefully stepped on MY toes. Offered to send them Free Agent Academy bar of custom, hand made soap made by Brett Traudt, “The Rugged Soapmaker” and owner of www.SmoreOutdoor.com. Nobody stepped on my toes. Which I guess just attests to this crowd being kindred spirits. If anyone had starkly differing views than I did, I imagine they wouldn’t be here reading, eh? So I’m sending the soap to Jason Gary. He posted a conviction about couples coming together to pray, for each other and their family. That ‘convicted me’. It’s not that I don’t do that with my wife, but I know we aren’t doing it enough and harnessing the power and truth that comes with it. So thanks Jason, you’ll have a great smelling package in your mailbox soon.
#4 Serve with your conviction
Now, YOUR CHARGE: How can you take your conviction(s) and serve people? Specifically leading with that conviction, or how can you gain influence with people that allows you a platform?
I’m convicted about people being free from culture and free to fully live out their calling, so I ‘sell self-employment’ because I think it’s THE BEST vehicle for those freedoms.
But let’s say that wasn’t my core conviction and I just knew business and could do it well and make a business (like I have) out of it. And my core conviction was really being a full-time parent. It is a conviction of mine, but not primary. The platform I’ve build doing something I can do well (self-employment) affords me influence with an audience and I can espouse…whatever I want to.
Gary Veynerchuk grew famous for taking what he was good at, tasting, commenting on and selling wine, and used it as a platform to espouse things he cared about, such as people pursuing their passions, and the NY Jets.
Remember, a conviction that you keep to yourself, is robbing humanity. It’s taking a gift and hoarding it. And humanity is slowly becoming more and more sheep with few shepherds.
I’m asking for more thought and ultimately, action. Who do you care about more? You? Or others…
The best resource to help you serve with your conviction? Free Agent Academy membership. Our ‘School for calling and self-employment’. You can go read about it here, or jump straight to our inquiry questionnaire that will help you see what you’d be getting into, and help us see if you’re ready for us. Please, only do this if you are serious about your interest.
*Also, Carolyne Jiminez is a dear friend and member of Free Agent Academy. She had written a blog recently on “What she stands for” and it’s just excellent. I highly recommend you check it out:
**Picture at the top is an unknown high school cross country runner that I personally snapped yesterday. My son Caleb was there taking top 20 in the JV race (an incredible feat after having major chest excavation surgery in Feb. and only running now for 7 weeks) and my daughter Autumn ran a great race amidst severe shin-splints. This guy finished last. Last in his race, and last overall, as even the last girl who started 10 minutes behind him had passed him. I don’t know the story, but I guarantee you there are convictions at work. I’d like to think it came from someone who cared about him and shared a conviction that led him to this. It was the most inspiring thing of the day. Who can you help and veritably save…with your convictions?