I remember meeting Myles Munroe 8 years ago in Kiev. I was attending a conference and although our team was exhausted, we went to his 1 hour workshop.
I remember the room being packed full…we ran to get to the meeting room so we had front row seats, but there were people standing at the sides and spilling out into the hall. I had only recently heard about Myles Munroe but based on the excitement of the crowd and the number of people who showed up to this workshop, I was guessing it was going to be good.
I’m not a note-taker. I took 10 pages of notes.
This man captivated a full room of hungry leaders for the entire 75 minutes he spoke. He had to speak in ‘bite-sized’ pieces because of it being translated, but every sentence had depth and meaning to it.
What I learned from that workshop has stayed with me all this time; no one can steal the purpose God has given you, and you can’t trespass on another’s gifting. When we find out what our purpose is, there is no need to be afraid of missing out on what will be accomplished – the place we fit is uniquely ours!
What he shared with us that day is subtly and HUGELY different than what the world is trying to tell us. Take for example sports and competitions in school. Most of these ‘competitions’ have every kid being a winner. But life isn’t like that. Not everyone can win. I understand that the intention is to show each child they’re valuable, but telling them they all win doesn’t equal value.
Instead, Dr. Munroe taught us that while we are all winners, our callings and giftings are unique. We are different; we don’t need to compete to find fulfillment. It’s a message that builds value in each person, but requires we work together not only to fulfil purpose, but also to enjoy life. We are better together.
In the coming days and weeks many will realize how great a loss to us this truly is. Dr. Myles Munroe was a giant in the kingdom. My deepest sympathies and prayers go to his family and colleagues. My life has been changed because of this man. In this, I know I’m not alone.