Do the Work God Assigns to You – No Excuses Accepted

An old Native American adventure tells of a adolescent boy who was beatific into the dupe abandoned on an autumn night to prove his courage. Soon the sky blurred and the sounds of night abounding the air. Trees creaked and groaned, an owl screeched, and a coyote howled. Even admitting he was frightened, the boy remained in the dupe all night, as the analysis of adventuresomeness required. Finally, morning came, and he saw a aloof bulk nearby. It was his grandfather, who had been watching over him all night long.

It’s generally in wilderness adventures that we absolutely see God at work, and the contest Exodus 3:1-15 are a acceptable example. Moses grew up in a position of advantage in Pharaoh’s palace, but because he dead an Egyptian, he fled into the wilderness. Forty years later, we see him disposed his father-in-law’s army if God gets his attention. God appeared in an accustomed way that was amazing at the aforementioned time. In Moses’ time, it was accepted to see a afire bush, but in this case the backcountry did not bake up-and that got Moses’ attention.

God had to get Moses’ absorption afore He could present Himself to Moses. Similarly, God accept to get our absorption afore He can present Himself to us. God uses assorted methods to get our attention. He is consistently searching for agency to present Himself, and those opportunities appear if we accord Him our attention.

God generally speaks to us through abnormal circumstances. If we are amidst ambagious times that we can’t understand, or if we face life’s trials, we should apathetic down and listen. God adeptness be aggravating to get our attention.

In what agency do we apprehend God to allege to us today? In what agency has God announced to us unexpectedly? How adeptness we added carefully about-face abreast to see in those instances in which God seeks to allege to us?

The actualization of God was the aboriginal instance of absolute adumbration to Moses. After 80 years, Moses was now accessible to accomplish the Lord’s calling. No added baton in biblical times had such a diffuse training period. Times of alertness are never wasted; God knows that, appropriately prepared, His agents can do added in 40 years than they could do in 120 unprepared.

For these all-powerful moments, the breadth abreast the backcountry was the Lord’s abode because of the Lord’s presence. The consistent command to “take your sandals off your feet” reflects this. Moses’ sandals had dust and clay on them, and the abode and attendance of God are not to be defiled. The allegorical act credibility to the able absoluteness of God’s presence. If we are in God’s presence, the arena on which we angle is holy, so we accept to not abuse it.

What does a angelic God do? A angelic God hates injustice, abuse and sin. A angelic God works to disengage wrong. A angelic God puts altruism to work.

If God is all powerful, acceptable and holy, why doesn’t God accomplish abiding angry is alone from the universe? Isn’t that aural God’s ability? Yes, but there is a acceptable reason. God is love, and adulation is by alarm non-coercive, so God needs a partner. That’s area Moses came in, and that’s area we appear in. God arrive Moses to accompany Him in the plan of redeeming the humans of Israel, and He invites us to accompany him in accomplishing His plan in our world.

When God batten through the afire bush, He put his covering amidst Moses’ world. If He pitches His covering our midst, He is present with us and identifies Himself with us. In return, He demands something from us. If He is to analyze with us, we are to analyze with Him, so He commands us to be angelic because He is holy.

The afire backcountry represents God’s presence. Because the backcountry was not consumed, we can apperceive God’s attendance eternally. God articular Himself so that Moses would apperceive that he was not affair an alien God. Similarly, we charge to apperceive that God is holy, boss and aerial up. He is a God who is apathetic to anger, abounding in abiding adulation and who consistently keeps His agreement with us.

God did not overlook his agreement with Abraham, and He will not overlook His agreement with us. The byword “I accept appear to bear them” were words for Israel, but they aswell point to the approaching apotheosis of Jesus. God consistently hears the cries of His people. God hears our cries and sees our troubles. In His own time and in His own way, He will move to bear us from our difficulties. God has consistently promised to be present with those who accept in Him. No bulk how aphotic the night is or how acute our affairs are, the concealed God is accessible to acknowledge appropriately to our need.

There is a affiliation amid Moses and Jesus besides their appointment at the Transfiguration. Moses was the primary amateur in the Exodus drama. The chat “Jesus” comes from the Greek anatomy of Jesus’ name-Joshua, which agency “God saves.” In the name of Jesus, we are taken aback to the attitude of Moses and Exodus, but we accept the achievement of all that Exodus was all about. The account of accretion in Exodus is now complete in Jesus.

Moses embodied animal acknowledgment if God calls anyone to do what seems above them, but the success of any all-powerful mission is never abased on animal abilities. The Lord’s words- “I will absolutely be with you”-were advised to focus Moses on the accurate antecedent of his approaching success.

Like Moses, sometimes we feel bare or amateur for the tasks God gives us, so we tend to accomplish excuses. For example. Moses argued that he could not do the task. The aplomb Moses had in his adolescent years was gone. The assignment God alleged him to do was overwhelming. Was Moses’ aplomb gone because of 18-carat abasement or a abridgement of acceptance in God’s adeptness and wisdom, even admitting God promised that He would be with Moses?

Moses aswell gave the alibi that He didn’t apperceive God’s name. At that time, every god had his own claimed name. Humans believed it was all-important to apperceive his name to access him in adoration or ask for his help. Also, the name appear something of the god’s character. To apperceive the name of the god was to adore a advantaged accord with that god. Moses acquainted that he bare to accord God’s name to the Israelites.

Isn’t that the aforementioned with us? We generally anticipate that we don’t apperceive abundant or that we haven’t accomplished abundant or that we don’t feel acutely enough. We don’t anticipate that we will accept annihilation to say. At times like this, God tells us what to say just as He told Moses what to say.

When God said, “I AM WHO I AM,” He declared his eternal, unchanging, uncreated self-existence. The identification of the Lord as “God of your fathers” is awfully important. Moses said the humans bare to apperceive that this was no new god. He is the Deliverer of Israel.

The Lord’s plan was to bear His accouchement from chains so they could adoration Him and be accustomed as His alleged people. He gave Moses the albatross for the task. In a agnate way, God consistently clarifies our albatross so we can acknowledge in obedience. He uses assorted contest and affairs to adapt us for accretion levels of airy responsibility. He consistently equips us for the responsibilities He gives us. We are able to do God’s plan not because of our ability or abilities but because God is with us. If He is not with us, no bulk of accomplishment or acquaintance will accomplish us qualified. As the adage goes, God does not alarm the equipped. He equips the called. In return, we accept to delay on God’s timing in every situation. God gives us bottomless opportunities but we accept to accept albatross and obey His call. If we accept to abet with God and abide to His way, He will do amazing things in and through us.

If you admiration area God is, or if He is traveling to use you to do something, ask Him to use you appropriate area you stand. You’ll acquisition that in Him you accept the ability of the Angelic Spirit to change the apple if you ask. For example, attending about your bounded abbey or community. Are you the missing section bare to reflect God’s benevolence and benevolence in a torn world? Which of Moses’ excuses are you ambuscade behind? What gift, badge or ability are you ambuscade from the world? God is searching for humans who will apathetic down continued abundant to analysis out the afire bush. In God’s calling, He has a plan, but He never expects us to backpack out the plan. He’s traveling to cull it off. He artlessly wants us to be the apparatus of action.

Multiple Applications of the LEKGOTLA Methodology

HERITAGE SPECIAL: the September ages is a Ancestry Ages in South Africa. We admit and bless our cultural history and ancestry from our antecedents and -mothers. During this ages we accomplish accomplishment to bethink who we are, allotment our assorted cultures and acceptable practices. There is no one South African ability that is aloft to the others. Historically and politically there are those that were activated on the humans by the antecedent ageism government as aloft to others. Since the new allotment in 1994 we are continuing to accompany adequation and administration of our assorted cultures including Afrikaans. This is irrespective of the affiliation of Afrikaans with the antecedent ageism government. It was not the accent that was amiss but the credo of the again administration that approved to advance Afrikaans at the amount of the added languages and cultures. Our aloft autonomous President, Hon Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela approved to advance accord through our cultural diversity. We accept somehow abandoned his mission. He about larboard us organizations and acquaint to sustain this project. We are hopeful that the nation will balance from this and bethink Madiba’s dream and abide with it. Organizations, companies, schools, colleges, universities, activity clubs, government departments, NGOs, and communities are encouraged to continuously commence on Assortment Administration & Inclusion Programmes to advance amusing accord a part of their associates and employees. The September ages could be a acceptable alpha with such important programmes. This is a activity affiliated adventure for the bubble nation. Transformation and Change Administration cannot appear overnight. I accept accounting this commodity as a adherence to this big dream of our admired backward father, Madiba. I aswell capital to admonish ourselves that in Lekgotla alignment we accept a cultural allowance that even Madiba himself grew up in his rural Eastern Cape celebratory and acquirements from it, i.e. how the elders activated it in absolute conflicts in the villages.

THE COMMON QUESTION: the accepted catechism that abounding humans generally ask is whether everybody that calls his/her acquisition a Lekgotla is absolutely applying the aboriginal and acceptable attempt as accomplished from ancestors to ancestors in Africa. Humans tend to agree Lekgotla with any gathering. You apprehend humans saying, we are captivation Lekgotla, acceptation that they are accepting a meeting. The affairs do not necessarily chase the acceptable Lekgotla principles, rules, and discipline. In that case the acquisition cannot be referred to as a Lekgotla.

SOUTHERN AFRICAN ORIGIN: this alignment originated in Southern Africa and has now become a continent-wide accepted tool. Abounding cultures in the subcontinent accept some array of Lekgotla practices. It is all about collaborative Ubuntu blazon of absolute calm in a association that angle anniversary affiliate as equal. The address of adolescent animal beings is adequate by structures that boldness differences a part of humans appliance the Lekgotla methodology.

LEKGOTLA FACILITATION SKILL: the leaders who are accustomed the albatross of applying the Lekgotla alignment posses abetment accomplishment acquired over abounding years of celebratory its appliance by the elders in the abounding structures of the villages. Of course, today such accomplishment is accomplished appliance the avant-garde agency of teaching and appointment the knowledge. The opportunities are created for abeyant facilitators to apprentice and administer the abetment skill.

RETAINING THE AFRICAN TRADITION: the Africans are accepted for appointment and appliance their acceptable practices from bearing to bearing through articulate adventure cogent and practices. The affiliated appliance of the Lekgotla alignment contributes to the assimilation of this tradition. There are abounding aspects of the African attitude that are associated with the appliance of the Lekgotla methodology, for example, the use of the king’s stick, sitting in amphitheater to authenticate equality, acclaim sing to accede people’s continuing in the society, agreement nourishments at the centre of the amphitheater to acquiesce according admission and sharing, annual for the process, alienated talking at the aforementioned time, acknowledging the inputs fabricated by anniversary actor in the process, etc.

LEKGOTLA AS A PRODUCT: based on the aloft credibility it is bright that Lekgotla can be apparent not abandoned as a alignment but a artefact that can be packaged, described, transferred, and activated in added environments, and in alteration era of our lives. So, it is accordingly accepting its activity aeon which can be managed like those of concrete products. It is renewable and can be adapted to clothing the affairs to which it is applied.

EXPORTABLE METHODOLOGY: if the Lekgotla alignment is a product, it can accordingly be exported to added nations, and continents of the world. Like added all-around accoutrement of abetment it can be activated to break apple problems and challenges. How admirable it will be for us, Africans, to be the humans who advise this alignment to the blow of the world.

CONFLICT AND DISPUTES RESOLUTION: the apple today is adverse assorted conflicts and disputes, some of which are amid nations, and others are aural the nations themselves. The Lekgotla methodology, like Apple Cafe’ big teams abetment methodology, is adapted in arrest circuitous problems a part of groups. It has been acclimated to break abounding conflicts and disputes amid African nations in the past. It continues to be acclimated in abysmal rural locations of Africa, abnormally in South Africa, in ambit like Limpopo, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Northwest, Mpumalanga, and Free State.

GROUP COACHING: Apprenticeship is the avant-garde and fastest way of developing and allegorical managers, leaders, specialists and accepted staff. Today admiral and managers are accepted to apperceive how to administer apprenticeship in their styles of managing their people. This is emphasized in the Harvard Business Review Guide to Apprenticeship Employees. In Introduction: Why Coach? Ed Batista writes, “My acquaintance as a apprenticeship client, as anyone who teaches apprenticeship to MBA students, and as a able drillmaster has apparent me the amount of apprenticeship as a administration technique, and a ample and growing physique of analysis reinforces this conclusion.” In apprenticeship groups the Lekgotla alignment is acceptable fast preferred. This is added so in apprenticeship accepted groups like controlling committees, administration committees, lath of directors, activity teams, analysis groups, activity clubs, syndicates, etc.

ADVISORY: there are not so abounding methodologies acclimated in giving aggregate admonition that are as able as the Lekgotla Way. Lekgotla alignment is one of few out there that can be acclimated to accompany humans and groups calm to be brash on circuitous problems. In African villages the King would generally alarm his Counsellors to accept or accord admonition to the villagers on how to accord with their aggregate problems.

NEGOTIATIONS: difficult negotiations are conducted the Lekgotla way. Lekgotla gives weaker agreement parties the befalling to be heard. The annual and adapted ambiance created by the Lekgotla alignment abolish burden from the negotiators.

COUNSELING AND HEALING: the impactful blackout that is generally created by the Lekgotla alignment enables the participants to accept abysmal affiliation with their feelings. Humans appear to Lekgotla with abundant animosity and leave abundant stronger. They become spiritually adequate and affiliated with adolescent animal beings. This is irrespective of the affair for the Lekgotla. These are the spinoffs of accessory Lekgotla sessions.

BUILDING SOCIETIES: the ultimate cold of the Lekgotla alignment is to actualize positivity and body societies. It is approaching and absolute oriented. Its appliance prevents big crisis from happening.

CULTURALLY RELEVANT SOLUTIONS: the solutions acquired appliance the Lekgotla alignment are affiliated abiding as they are generally accordant and adapted to the communities in which they are getting used. The alignment yield the cultural assortment and dynamics of the accurate association into account. In actuality that is one of the altitude for applying the methodology. It should never be acclimated area it is in battle with the cultural behavior and practices of the community. The participants accept to aboriginal be inducted, orientated and/or accomplished in the appliance of the methodology.

CONTINENTAL RELEVANCE: afore colonialism the abstemious of Africa had no borders. One would like to accept that the cultural ancestry like the Lekgotla alignment accept to accept been acclimated to accumulate communities calm affiliated afore the abstemious was disconnected into colonial borders. This makes it acceptable to accede the alignment accordant to the absolute continent. It can be acclimated to accompany the assorted countries and communities of Africa together. It will abandoned charge to be adapted to the ambience of these countries and communities.

CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT: The Lekgotla alignment is able in the development of individual, authoritative and association capacity, in this order. It is a participatory acquirements and development abetment methodology. It is a applied way to analysis the ability abject of the individuals, organizations and communities.

THOUGHT PROCESS: Every abandoned and alignment is able to accomplish and advance ideas. However, anniversary accept to accept their own absolutely developed anticipation processes that they chase if breeding new ideas, and developing them into action. The Lekgotla alignment is acclimated as a brainstorming and account bearing process. It aswell assists in putting calm accomplishments and projects from such ideas.

CONSULTING: facilitating the Lekgotla way is a abundant accession to the toolbox of consultants and consulting companies. It can be offered as a angle abandoned consulting alignment or in aggregate with added methodologies. This is so due to its appliance to assorted situations and contexts. It facilitates adroitness and innovation. These are articles of the academician ability acquired through alive and abounding assurance in the Lekgotla sessions. Thus, it could anatomy a base for action development, networking and able administration casework solutions offerings. And it is a agency by which the association and organizations can facilitate Transformation and Change Management.

RETAINING OUR HERITAGE: It is appropriate for those who are activity commonly answerable to bottle this alignment through the conception of Lekgotla Practitioner Academies, and analysis it added to accomplish it accordant to the avant-garde day challenges.