Mary is so filled with purpose that she immediately travels to Elizabeth’s home to tell her the news. What makes this so beautiful is that even before Mary can spit out the news, the baby in Elizabeth jumps for joy and Elizabeth is filled with the Spirit.
Pregnant leaders bring life to leaders who are pregnant with vision.
The vision God gives to us is not only meant to fill us with more vision but it is to ignite others who are also carriers of vision. Not only should our passion stir others but it is meant to confirm the vision in others.
All leaders need some sort of authentication that they too carry vision. As Mary encouraged Elizabeth we are to ‘breath courage’ (meaning of encouragement) into others.
I absolutely love how Elizabeth immediately focused on Mary’s pregnancy rather than speak about her own. She wasn’t jealous that someone else had a greater vision. She rejoiced!
Recall that Elizabeth has been in hiding for five months. How she must have longed to tell someone! Rather than make the meeting about her vision, however, she shifts the conversation to Mary’s. She loved Mary and her condition more than her own!
Leaders know how to celebrate others.
How are you celebrating others around you? How are you confirming and encouraging the vision of others?
How does this attitude strengthen your own sense of purpose?
Photo of my daughter, Bethany McGrath by Erica Torgeson Photography
Do The Rotten Tomatoes
Don’t want to pay $10 or more to see a movie? Who does? Actually quite a few do but that’s another blog post. Instead, wait a few months for it to hit the dollar theater (of course, it’s a bit more than a dollar). Avoid the high priced concessions and grab an ice-cream cone on the way home. As your eating your ice cream, talk about your favorite character, your favorite scene, an alternate ending that would have made the movie that much better and of course your rotten tomato review.
Put on Your Game Face
Make your favorite desserts or snacks, call a couple of friends, apply game face paint, and pull out a groovy board game, dominos or your favorite card game. As an added twist to the evening play all three at once. Set up all three games and rotate your way through each game. This way you’re always playing something. No waiting for someone to move their piece or choose a card. Grab a bite of dessert or snack following each move or game play at each table. No cheating while the others are focused on another game. Well…
Which one of the two sounds more fun?
Roll Your Own Sushi
There are several easy to make sushi recipes found on the Internet. You just have to fish for them (#JustForPun). Dress in shorts, flip flops and a tank top to set the mood. Have the Beach Boys playing their greatest hits in the background as you prepare your whale of a meal. For a more relaxed evening have an ocean waves soundtrack set the tone as you roll out your sushi creation. Watch your favorite high seas adventure movie, such as Captain Phillips, Jaws, Pirates of the Caribbean, Life of Pi or Moby Dick as you eat your sushi.
Get Your Groove On
Sign up for ballroom dance lessons. In addition to great physical and mental exercise and meeting new people, you might learn how to actually dance. *Husband points are a bonus.
Eat Your Way Through Europe and Asia and South America
Plan your trip around the world, enjoying a delicious delicacy from as many continents as you can. Fill up with your favorite appetizers (many restaurants offer discounted early bird appetizers). Follow this with the exquisite main course, from a different continent of course, followed by sharing a dessert and coffee, from a third continent. I know…it’s cray, cray!
Bonus: Wear an article of clothing representing the continent you are eating from.
Mouthwatering Appetizer Ideas: French onion soup, nachos, quesadillas, crab cakes, spring rolls, calamari, etc.
Delectable Meal Ideas: General Chicken, lasagna, halibut, chicken cordon bleu, vegetable curry, etc.
Scrumptious Dessert Ideas: Pineapple cake, Baklava, Churros, Tres Leches Cake, cannoli, etc.
Of course, you could always stick with touring one continent at a time. I would avoid the continent of Antarctica unless you enjoy lot’s of ice!
Gawk During an Art Walk
Many communities have regular downtown art walks. Bring a thermos of your favorite drink while enjoying the shops, museums and art galleries on your walk. Consider bringing a sketch pad and capture your favorite pieces of art with your own artistic flair.
Bonus: Wear a French artist wool beret on your walk. (OK, maybe not!)