A confession…


I have a guitar. It’s a pretty nice guitar, an Ovation, and I think it sounds pretty. Unfortunately, it only sounds pretty when I actually pick it up and play, which, unfortunately, occurs less and less frequently. So it sits in my office, looking beautiful, but not serving any purpose.

This past Sunday night, Cliff and I launched Breathe, an organization designed to unlock and unleash the latent awesomeness inside each individual. We had a solid turnout, excellent entertainment (thanks Eric and Robert!) and some tasty fries. I think that people were genuinely touched and moved by what they experienced Sunday night.

But Cliff and I weren’t.

If anything, we were both frustrated by what happened — or more accurately what didn’t happen.

Cliff has his reasons for frustration, but I have my own, mostly fueled by my own personal failure with this Breath vision. The amount of effort I’ve put into launching this thing is laughable; the fact that I call myself a visionary or leader for this thing is laughable. Based on my behavior, I have displayed no leadership, creative direction or a dedication to what Breathe is trying to accomplish.

I’m no more a leader than I am a guitarist.

I’ve been invited into an incredible vision. Unfortunately it’s only incredible if I actually pick it up and play. Something I haven’t yet done.

My prayer is that as Breathe moves forward, I don’t allow the vision to sit, looking pretty, but making not a sound.

Any failings you want to confess? Confession loves company, after all.

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  1. January 10, 2008 at 1:56 pm — Reply

    I have TWO (2) beautiful Martins…one is a 1938 archtop. I play neither. I used to play.

    As far as confessions in leadership, I’ve noticed lately my wife initiating some of the spiritual lead in our relationship. I get so caught up in studying and working and writing, etc. that I fail in leading us.

    And in ministry, I am doing nothing right now…and I miss it.
    Great reminders, brother.
    And great analogy with the dust-collecting guitar.


  2. January 11, 2008 at 4:34 pm — Reply

    as i told cliff … you did what you were called to do. no one else took the step in making it happen, so you should feel at least a little proud of yourselves. but now that you know how pretty it could be (or sound) you should maybe practice a little more intentionally. 🙂

  3. January 13, 2008 at 11:06 am — Reply

    I must confess that I haven’t been a very good teacher lately. I’ve been putting off lesson planning for the kids that I pull out for resource and so I end up just hanging out with them and babysitting for 45 min. They deserve better than that, and if I really cared more for them than I do myself, then I would do better.

  4. January 19, 2008 at 3:54 pm — Reply

    Beautiful things will be discovered.

    This, our short-coming (failure?), is a great opportunity to grow into something significant and meaningful.

    I think we will.

    I’m as much to blame as anyone.


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A confession…