Unintended Inspiration


William Wilson, CEO William Wilson Clothing

I attend Transformation Church. My pastor, Derwin Gray, inspired me today in church. That, in itself, is not breaking news. Millions of people are inspired every Sunday by their pastors. I’m no different. But what I think is noteworthy, is how he inspired me. It wasn’t his sermon (which was great). It wasn’t his delivery. It wasn’t his charisma. It was his exhaustion. Let me explain.

I was in the overflow area viewing the service. After calling the ushers to take up the offering, he came out to the overflow area. He saw me, spoke, gave me a hug and said he was going outside to get some air. I followed him and we spoke as we walked. Upon getting outside, he bent at the waist, with his hands on his knees and took a few deep breaths, much like a fatigued basketball player. As he rested, he spoke of us getting together to talk this week, and of preaching his third sermon since last night. He wasn’t complaining of being tired. He spoke as if he was sitting at his desk. Much like Jesus, “He never said a mumbling word.”  After taking a few minutes to get his wind, he stood, walked into the church, stepped up to the pulpit, and spoke as if he had just woken up. I would never had expected that the man, who 2 minutes earlier, was bent at the waist getting his wind, was the same man leading, motivating, and inspiring the hundreds with charisma and energy like you wouldn’t believe.

Derwin Gray, Pastor Transformation Church http://www.TC521.org

It moved me. And it made me ask myself, “Am I leaving it all on the field?”

In front of me was a living, breathing illustration of a man that’s giving everything he has. And it is paying off. Transformation Church held its first service the end of January 2010, (yes less than 5 months ago). Since that time they have had to add an overflow area, and have added 2 more services, including a Saturday service. That’s divine progress. That’s God blessing his people.

I’m a social media nut. I’m on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. All day I hear people talk about being “on the grind”. This is the silliest statement I think I have ever heard. To grind is to wear something away. It’s a burden. It’s a chore. It’s the polar opposite of producing. Maybe that’s why I don’t hear the people who are always on the grind reporting of big things they are doing. They are just constantly “grinding”. It’s not a coincidence that the people I see making big moves, are never “grinding”. They are working. They are planning. they are building. They are succeeding. They are accomplishing.

I saw the evidence that my pastor is leaving everything on the field. He’s giving everything he has. His tweets (yes my pastor ! He’s cool like that) are always uplifting, motivating, inspiring, and at times, if we are honest with ourselves, hard on us. He doesn’t publicize he’s leaving it on the field, he just does it. And now, I have seen it. And it has motivated me to do more. Be more. And give more. Upward. Inward. Outward. Right Pastor Gray?

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