My favourite part of Michael Bay’s Transformers are the fights. I love it when the Autobots and the Decepticons got into battle because then I get to witness a whole lot of Transformation. I am not sure if I prefer the robots to the cars or the cars to the robots. All I know is they make change look so exciting. They make transformation look like one of the best things in the world, and maybe it is.
“Your life is not your own. Whatever you do, do it excellently for the benefit of community. “
This was the message that rang through out the Transform leader’s gathering at Worship Harvest Naalya on Saturday, 10th September, 2016. It didn’t matter who was speaking, every message was a demonstration of this. Moses Mukisa set the pace by reminding us that we were not saved just to wait for the day Jesus will come and “evacuate” us but rather to be a kingdom influence right here on earth.
Lorna Magara, Principal of Vine International Christian Academy, went on to further display this when she shared her story which to some extent is also the Vine story. A story which reminded us that while we may raise our children in Zion, we are raising them for Babylon. In addition to that, as Claude Nikondeha shared about neighbourliness and the work he was doing in Burundi, it was clear that there’s so much more to life than just meeting my needs.
However, the afternoon session left me feeling like the Lord got me excited for Transform just for those forty minutes. It was near impossible to choose from the 12 sessions that were on offer. It was going to be a “working” lunch. By that I mean, we grabbed our lunches and went to different meeting places according to the session you had chosen to attend. I was conflicted but I finally settled on Personal Financial Management and growth (because money, am I right?)
I resigned from my last place of employment at the end of July this year and have therefore been on a wonderful rest. Contrary to popular belief, I did not jump ship because I had the promise of a better job nor did I leave to join the wonderful world of entrepreneurs. I had lost my peace and joy, and after some back and forth with my Lord and counselor, had made the decision. I left on the promise and assurance that it was time for me to move and that God would take care of me. The issue of money is very dear to my heart because as much as I have spent the better part of my life thinking of myself as low maintenance, I do not enjoy being broke. I was further stirred up by the previous messages about how I am meant to be a blessing. What kind of blessing was I going to be if week-in-week-out, I am believing for money to take me for Garage on Sunday?
I enjoy sitting under Moses Mukisa’s teaching because it is so simple. He gave practical steps to dealing with our financial deficiency. However, the thing that stood out for me and resonated with my spirit the most is the fact that money shows up in my head and my heart before it shows up in my pocket. This does not simply mean that I pray and fast for money and just wait for manifestation but rather that I have to increase my expectation of it. He says all of these amazing things in his book The Wealth Files which I was able to get at Transform for UGX 20,000 only!!! After reading it, I believe it should cost more, but I digress.
At the end of the day, the name made sense to me. Leaders are transformed so that they too can be agents of transformation in the world. I walked out with a mind that had been reminded that there is more to my dream job than just my fulfillment. There is more to the work I do than just meeting my needs and making me happy. I was also reminded that I could have a lot more money. In fact, for the kind of community transformation I have been called to, I should have A LOT of money!
I am grateful that before my next job opportunity makes its way to me, I’ve already gotten an opportunity to be reminded that there’s more to going to work than the end of the month paycheck. I am beyond grateful for the lessons I am learning about money management in preparation for handling a lot of it for Kingdom Business. I am enjoying this transformation. To the organisers of Transform Leader’s Gathering 2016, thank you so much for such a great job! Next year, I want to be on the team packing hampers or something; we shall figure it out.