Opportunity In The Midst Of Change

By Michaela O’Donnell

February 5, 2020

De Pree Journal

As we start a new year, in both my life and work, change feels like a constant companion. At home, I have two small kids, so they’re changing literally every week. 2019 was a year of great growth and learning for us at The De Pree Center. All of this has caused me to think about my own capacity to perceive opportunity in the midst of change.

Change comes in all shapes and sizes. There’s the change that’s mostly grief and loss. And, there’s change that’s mostly hope and opportunity. But, in my experience, much of change is part loss and part opportunity. I’m learning, through trial and error, how to be a leader capable of fully grieving the loss and while simultaneously seizing the opportunity.

The ability to do this feels a bit like an eyes-to-see and ears-to-hear situation, which makes me think of the parable of the sower. That’s the one where a farmer has seed that fell on different types of land. Some seed fell on a path and were quickly eaten up by birds. Other seed fell on rocky soil with roots too shallow to endure the elements. But, the last batch of seed fell on good soil, and therefore produced a ton of viable crops.

Jesus explains that when God’s message falls on ears that can’t hear it, it gets snatched away. When God’s message falls on ears that have shallow roots, it won’t endure when trouble comes. But, when God’s word falls on someone who is able to perceive and understand, then it can yield a good crop—a fruitful harvest.

If, like me, your life and leadership involve a lot of change, my prayer is that in 2020 we can be a people who can perceive opportunity and chase God’s callings with all our might. We’re excited for a good year ahead as a center and are grateful for the ways we get to serve you through this work.

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Michaela O’Donnell

Mary and Dale Andringa Executive Director

Michaela is the Mary and Dale Andringa Executive Director Chair at the Max De Pree Center for Leadership. She is also an assistant professor of marketplace leadership and the lead professor for Fuller Seminary’s Doctor of Global Leadership, Redemptive Imagination in the Marketplace progr...

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