You know when you’ve just returned from a trip, or in this case a conference, and people ask you, “So, how was it?” Normaly, I have a nice short answer with a few descriptive adjectives–maybe a sentence or two about my favorite part.
But this time, I’ve been kind of dreading that question. How do I sum up this year’s Influence Conference for someone who wasn’t there? It feels like an impossible task to put into words how much the conference has effected me.
Last year was my first year going to the Influence Conference, and it definitely rocked my world. I left last year’s conference with a new found confidence in Christ that has truly shaped my year since.
So, this year’s conference… after thinking about it a lot over the last two days I’ve settled on three words:
Good. In the truest definition.
1. that which is morally right; righteousness.
Listening to all of the speakers this weekend, I was filled with so much righteous and convicting truth. Here are a few truths that really stuck with me:
- When we share in His suffering, we understand him better. Our suffering is like little deaths that make space for new life.
- “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). This encourages me and reminds me to reflect this light back to others.
- We have true hope in Christ. He wants us to be with Him, not just for him.
- We will fail, but His grace is sufficient to cover all.
Overwhelming. This might not seem like a positive thing, but it is. I realized that if I’m going to be a part of building His Kingdom, I have a lot of work I need to do. We as resurrection people need to know that our salvation means there is work to be done. Just realizing this is so good. It derails me from my own path and sets me back towards the Lord’s.
I have been feeling like I am going through the motions recently without a clear focus on His vision. I know right now the first thing on my list will be starting my day in the Word. With a better foundation to my day I will be able to live, hear and see what He has for me more clearly.
Community. I know that no matter how overwhelmed I may become, I will never be alone.
Through the Influence Network, my small business community group, Ecclesia, small group, close friends and you… I have an amazing support system that wants to walk along side me. I know we are all working together to build great things. In the hardest, darkest moments the enemy wants us to feel alienated. But it’s just not true.
Overall, I think I can sum up this conference in one phrase: It’s time to build.
Check out other Influence Conference attendees recaps here.