The following was originally posted on my Donald Sturgill website. It will help you understand why and how Roadturn’s focus and purpose are changing.
So, here I am with this can of worms I’ve been feeding, trying to get some focus. Remember, the idea is to begin with those two simple questions: Who am I? And who am I talking to?
Here’s the dilemma: I don’t want you to know who I am. You may laugh at me. You may reject me. You may run me down.
So, I’ve blogged under my pseudo-name, alter ego–Roadturn–for years. And I’ve avoided putting my real self out there. Held back by fear, shame, guilt, and lack of faith (in me, in you, and in Life), I’ve tried to figure out what you might want to hear, rather than to concentrate on what I have to say (and to whom).
All of that changes. Starting now.
My Brand is me, Donald Sturgill. That’s my name, my given name, now the hard part: Who is that guy? What does he stand for? What is his message? What are his gifts–what does he bring to the table?
There is an easy answer to that, when I look deeply inside myself. But it’s an answer that’s tough to face. An answer that is sure to bring on ire, derision, mocking, and laughter. But it’s the truth. It’s the only real truth, perhaps, that I have to offer.
I’m a believer. I’m one who has been touched by Grace and Love. I’m a follower of the one called Jesus, the Christ. And that colors every ambition, every desire, every option in my life.
You see, I don’t lay any claim on a special relationship to the Creator, other than I have heard His call. I don’t belong to a denomination. I don’t think it is nearly as important to “go to church” as it is to be the Church, and it seems to me that Christian talk (Are you going to Heaven? Have you invited Jesus into your heart?) can serve to obscure the Gospel, rather than announce it.
I don’t claim to know much, but I know the One who knows everything. I don’t claim to have much, but I know who has it all.
The bottom line is this: The Dream Into It program was developed, ostensibly, as a program to move entrepreneurs from the idea stage to the into-action stage. It was designed to build a bridge between a Navajo with a Dream and the business incubator at the Small Business Development Center.
But there’s more to the story.
My job was to build that bridge for would-be entrepreneurs–but my heart’s desire was to build a bridge that could move those with little hope, those who are wandering aimlessly . . . to a life of purpose and confidence in the Call.
I know that Dream Into It can restore and define the Dream. I don’t just believe it, I know it. Because the Dream Into It program has done that for me. And it can do that for you.
Dream Into It is really a tool for discipleship. It is a tool for the Church (maybe not for the little c church, but certainly for the big C Church).
So now . . . I know who I am and I know who I am talking to.
How about you?