i called you answered

I am preparing for a leadership seminar on TRUST.  Trust is a missing ingredient in the marketplace today but can be reintroduced when using the right formula.  I have been testing formulas for the past five years with the leadership team I work with each day.  We have also tested the formula for trust with 100 team members who are part of my organization.  I have introduced building a relationship of trust to business leaders in 10 countries around the world.

Trust creates amazing results.  Trust creates community.  Trust creates a high performing team.  Trust changes lives.  The lack of trust brings the very opposite results.  Most organizations suffer from some form of a lack of trust.  Lack of trust will cripple an organization.

Trust is achieved by forming relationships.  Relationships take time.  Relationships are formed from sharing your story with one another.  Sounds simple.  Don’t kid yourself.  This has been one of the toughest most rewarding things I have ever done.  As my preparation continued, I was thinking of the questions each person would answer for each other as the relationships were being formed.  Where were you born?  How many brothers and sisters?  What were your mom and dad like?  What was your neighborhood like?  What were your favorite games as a child?  When I have asked these simple questions to members of my team, without exception someone cried as they told there story.  Many people carry pain deep inside but would long for someone to know who they are and the pain they feel.

When I am with people of faith, I ask some deeper questions.  These questions came from the words of Jesus in Matthew 5.  “How happy are those who know their need for God for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”  Here is question #1.  When did you recognize your need for God?  Secondly Jesus said “How happy are those who know what sorrow means for they will be comforted.  Question #2.  What is the most sorrowful thing you are facing today?  If a person answers these two questions you will know them.  When you know someone you can trust them.  As I was thinking about these questions, I was reminded of when I recognized my need for God.  I was 21 and a student at The University of Tennessee.  My life was a mess.  I had been exposed to Jesus but was not interested.  I was trying everything else and was running out of answers.

“I called you answered”  Jesus came into my heart and changed my life.  I have never been the same.  I changed my course and began to walk in a relationship with Jesus.  The lyrics and song by Hillsong below reminded me of that special time when I called out and Jesus answered.

I called you answered
And you came to my rescue and I
I wanna be where you are
Came To My Rescue