[Repost from August 12, 2008]
For years I tried to be like other ministers. I listened to messages, attended conferences, and devoured every Christian book I could.
Each time I learned from a new leader, I tried to become more like them.
God led me to do something very different. (I don’t recommend this for you. I’m just sharing the story of what God led me to do.)
For an extended season, I stopped attending conferences, reading ministry books, and listening to others’ sermons. Instead of becoming like others, my goal was to become who God wanted me to become.
It was very difficult to cut myself off from learning from other people. During this season, I felt like God wanted me to learn directly from Him.
I still love to study and learn from other leaders, but this journey of intensely seeking God freed me to be me.