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Turning Point Tips to Leadership

Updated on January 18, 2023
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Jo Anne, founder of Inspired 4 U Publications, publishes books for clients and also her own poetry, self-help, and relationship books.


A Call To Leadership

In order for a turning point to take place, one must change direction at some point in time. My initial turning point began in the summer of 1989. The Lord had been dealing heavily with my spirit concerning my place in ministry. Like Jonah, I had not been going in the direction God had called me to go.

Although I had an inner desire and a burden for ministry, I had also been contending with a deep, fearful spirit that hindered me from committing to God’s call to step into a higher level of leadership. As God began to deal with me, I knew that it was time to settle the conflict and make some decisions. It had to be all or nothing because 99 ½ would not do. Therefore, I purposed in my heart and mind to surrender all to Jesus, realizing that for me to overcome, I had to do that which I feared.

Subsequently at that time, when I was approached by Judith Thompson, the Youth President of First Church of God in Far Rockaway, to assist with the development of the Youth Ministry I slowly voiced my acceptance. A few months later when I was asked to assist as co-teacher for the Church School Ministry, I also accepted. As for my writing ability, I had determined to be more disciplined and consistent.

In changing direction, my motto became: “Just Do It!” I had to just do what needed to be done without yielding to anxieties. I determined not to hinder myself nor allow anyone or anything to do so either.

My purpose then and now is to be available and allow God to use me completely and effectively in His service, so that He may get glory in all that is said and done.

Turning Point Insights

For those of you who can relate and are approaching a crux in your own lives, the following insights outlined the process of my turning point:

1. Acknowledge – Acknowledge the fears and the fact that you are not on your truest path.

2. Determine – Decide to make different choices, to set goals and take steps in the right direction in spite of fear.

3. Act – Respond to the decision with a tangible action. Do something that has been pressing on you and you know to be right, but have been avoiding.

4. Learn – Recognize what transpired through your experience and document what it was, how you handled it, and what lessons you learned.

5. Remember – Remember the experience as a positive testimony to review and share during a time when you may need to encourage yourself or someone else.

Be Blessed,

Jo Anne Meekins
Inspired 4 U

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2009 Jo Anne Meekins


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