et me share with you a simple secret in succeeding in life.
Don’t ever try to please everyone.
I’ve been a leader of ministries for more than three decades now. If I’ll try to please all the expectations that people heap on me, I need to be Padre Pio and Bill Gates and Francis of Assisi and John Rockefeller and and Clark Kent rolled into one.
Talk about severe schizophrenia!
Some want me to be Padre Pio: “Bo, your early morning prayer time—done at four in the morning—should last for three hours. You should levitate once in a while. When you walk around, we should smell the odor of sanctity and see a beautiful glow on your face.” Jeepers, I have some type of odor, that I know. But I doubt if it’s sacred. (Spell out my name. Reminds you of something?)
Others want me to be Bill Gates, the great CEO: “As our leader, you should manage a well-knit, well-run, well-oiled organization. You should implement reengineering, develop our marketing niche, and work towards ISO 9002 systems in our prayer group.”
Others want me to be St. Francis of Assisi, the ascetic: “Bo, you should live in poverty, wear second-hand clothes, and never touch or own or think of money at all. Drive a beat up, rusty, dilapidated car. And live in a slum area.”
And yet another group of people insists that I be John Rockefeller, the philanthropist. “When we have financial needs, it’ll be nice if we see you dig deep into your pocket and help us in our children’s tuition fees, in our hospital bills, in our shopping sprees.”
Some wish me to be Clark Kent: “I don’t care if your schedule is full. You have to be there for me! Be my personal best friend. Don’t just be my leader! Phone me every day and visit my home every other day.” Uh…, for each of the 12,000 people who attend the PICC Feast—and the thousands more in the 165 Feasts around the world?
I’ve accepted this truth: I believe that if I will do what my Creator wants me to do, I’ll end up disappointing a lot of people.
I’m not all these characters.
I’m Bo. And I like being Bo! God has created me to be this particular person with my own set of strengths, weaknesses, and idiosyncrasies.
Here’s my message: Don’t try to please everyone.
Know your call.
And answer it.
May your dreams come true,