Final Boarding Call (1 of 5)

As a freshman in highschool I had the opportunity to join a four-year program called Student Leadership University (SLU).  This leadership program offered me incredible opportunities to travel and see the world!  This week I will share some of the highlights of where I’ve been during those four years and what I learned…

Hope you enjoy the journey with me, so please direct your attention to the flight attendant up front.  To fasten your seat belt simply insert the silver buckle into the…

“The Eiffel Tower”

The Eiffel Tower was built for the International Exhibition of Paris in 1889 honoring the centenary of the French Revolution.  When the Tower was built, many protested its construction.  It was almost torn down in 1909, but was saved because of its antenna–used for telegraphy at the time.  However difficult its birth, it is now completely accepted and is listed as one of the symbols of Paris itself, receiving more than 200 million visitors since its construction. 

The story of the Tower parallels with a powerful leadership principle.  When you rise in leadership you will undoubtedly have people who will want to pull you down.  You will have your own set of protesting, your own opposition, whether it’s a friend who can’t see past his own insecurities, a well-meaning parent that doesn’t understand your call, or your own self-critical thoughts that tell you you’re not cut out for something like this, no matter our opposition we must remember this important truth.  “Nothing is impossible with God.”

Have you experienced opposition in some areas in your life?  How did you combat it?

eifel4.JPGPhotograph taken by Anna Meadows Copyright 2004

4 Responses to “Final Boarding Call (1 of 5)”

  • Cindy Beall says:

    I’m glad you’re standing tall, Anna. Thanks for the lesson.

  • Hope says:

    Great post! Great analogy. It got me to thinking about the person whose dream it was to build the tower. He did not allow his dream to be st’eiffel’ed. Dream big, always, and often.

  • Anna says:

    Cindy–Thank you for always being so encouraging!
    Hope–“st’eiffel’ed” how cute and creative! You’re so right!

  • That’s so true, it even happens in ministry believe it or not. It may be passive-aggresive, however it does happens.

    It’s amazing how cyclical protests are, they come and go just like those who oppose you and your leadership; they will come and go.

    The one constant is that just what you pointed out Anna; “Nothing is impossible with God.”

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