Jenni Catron’s is the Executive Director at Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee where she leads the staff and ministries of 5 churches that have grown exponentially under her leadership. Her writing shows her desire to help each of us to grow exponentially as well! This book lent itself to kind of discipline me but at the same time help me feel deeply encouraged.
“You have Clout. Have you discovered it yet? We all long for significance, even as we fear we will never be good enough. We listen for God, but hear only voices of doubt and practicality. Listen again. There is a call that only you can answer.”
Jenni’s book breaks down misconceptions about power and influence and the traps that are set to keep us from using that God-given influence to help us tap into our strengths and overcome our fears to understand and unleash our own Clout.
There are some common traps which short-circuit our clout. Jenni discusses seven clout killers and teaches us through scripture how to avoid these traps:
– Confronting Fear
– Putting a stop to comparison
– Understanding the Impact of Jealousy
– Squeezing Out Scarcity
– Identifying Insecurity
– Purging Pride
– Relinquishing Control
She doesn’t stop there. She goes on to share how we can cultivate our clout, making the most impact in our area of influence:
– Discovering Your Identity
– Developing Your Confidence
– Defining Your Mission
– Determining Your Passion
Below I will leave you with some of the highlighted material that I enjoyed.
– We often confront our greatest fear at the crossroads of influence. We face our greatest fear at the threshold of our greatest opportunity to make an impact.
– Every time we make a fear-based decision we lose a bit more influence.
– Fear magnifies our weaknesses and it hides our potential.
– Jealousy keeps us on a perpetual quest for the attention, affection, and affirmation of others.
– Jealousy makes other people even people we like and respect our enemies.
– our constant longing robs us of finding peace with who we are and being content with the work we’ve been given. Envy is one of the greatest distractions to our influence. It takes our focus off our opportunities for influence and temps us to fixate on everyone else’s.
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