It’s day two of my interview with Michael Hyatt.
Check out yesterday’s first half of the interview here.
This was an email interview and, to be honest with you, I was a little disappointed when I first read through Michael’s answers to my questions. Somehow I felt like he had been holding back or maybe I hadn’t asked the right questions to get the best responses out of him.
A little later though, as I took a little time to re-read them and really listen to what he said, I realized that there is a depth of wisdom and honesty in what he says that God could really speak to me through.
I encourage you to take the time to read his answers both in part one and in part two (below) and see what you can learn from him.
Richard Stearns, in his book ‘The Hole in our Gospel’ chronicles his fight against God’s call to take over at the helm of World Vision. Have you ever wrestled with God over something he was calling you to do?
Constantly! For me this always comes down to the courage to obey. And usually, there is a cost involved. Years ago, one of our authors publicly proclaimed that Jesus was not God, but was a created being. (This is the old heresy of Arianism.) Even though we had a big financial investment in this particular author, I had to pull the plug. It seemed outrageously expensive at the time, but I believe God honored that decision and blessed us for it.
I really try to pay attention to the little nudges I get from the Holy Spirit. This is especially true if they persist. I know that God is calling me to act.
Do you ever have days when you wish you could get away with acting in a rather unchristian manner, maybe to a staff member or to someone who has given you bad service? How do you deal with those kinds of urges, and are you always successful at resisting?
Honestly, not really. I have just seen too much abuse of power, and it scares me. I am more tempted to go in the opposite direction and get run over by someone who is abusing me or not providing good service. Believe me, I have plenty of sins in other areas, but this is not one I struggle with as much.
Do you find it easier to to be overtly Christian online than in the real world? Do you have any advice as to how we can become more like our online selves in the real world?
I actually think the online world—particularly social media—forces transparency. You really can’t be two different people. Eventually someone will call you out on it. The thing I like about social media is that it makes me think about my life and whether or not I am living up to my beliefs.
I believe all of us should strive for more congruity between our words and actions. I think this is one of the reasons God gave us community. Whether it is our family, our neighbors, our church, or our social media friends, we have to have people who will hold us accountable.
7. Finally… what one piece of advice would you give to people wanting to be more outward with their faith at work and with their friends?
I like what Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words.” People are desperate for love, and I think this is one place where we can express our faith. Be humble, be loving, and be generous. Without this, our words will matter very little.
Thank you, Mike, for being willing to take part in this series, I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us.