Lift You Up

Have you ever been lifted up?  I mean, literally, people gathering around you and picking you up.

At a leadership summit this past year, I had the opportunity to be lifted up.

As I stepped into the middle of this group of guys, in my mind, I was wondering if they could really lift me up.  I’m sure they were thinking the same thing.  I’m kind of a big guy!

Then there’s that moment of truth…. they gathered around me and I had to take the first step and lean back, allowing them to support me.  That’s not too tough…. I was only leaning.  Then they picked me up and they carried my full weight.  Pretty impressive.  I was ready to get down.  Then they lifted me up above their heads and there was nothing I could do.  I simply had to lay there, trusting them to hold me and not drop me.

It’s quite a feeling to be held up. It’s a little humbling and I

felt pretty vulnerable.  Why am I like that?  Why is it so hard to put my trust in other people?

It’s because I want to be in charge.  I want to be in control.  I want to be the one doing the heavy lifting.  I don’t like depending on others to do that for me.  Doesn’t that sound like it’s all about “ME?”

One of my favorite verses from the Bible is 1 Thessalonians 5:11:  “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (ESV)

We are reminded to “keep on” encouraging and building others up.  We’re reminded that it’s not about us.  We’re reminded that all of us need to continue doing this, over and over again.

Who are you encouraging?  Who are you lifting up?  Are you allowing others to do that to you?



Russ Cline has wide experience in church, mission, and global leadership. Beginning in the local church in Southern California, then moving to Ecuador for 16 years to be a part of launching three distinct organizations, Russ is now back in Southern California working with Extreme Response International in providing leadership coaching and organizational development to leaders around the world. Russ' passion is to come alongside organizations and to help them identify areas of growth, focus and change, resulting in greater impact and effectiveness. Russ graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Business and Christian Education and completed his graduate work in Organizational Development. He has been married for 31 years to Gina, and they have three kids: Rheanna, Riley and Raylin. To learn more about Russ, visit: Write directly to Russ at: twitter: leadwithruss, leadermundial

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