What does Maximum Expression look like? Everyone has within them a dream of what they could be if they only had a chance, if they only had someone to believe in them, to help them gain a foothold leading to success. I am one of those someones. I agree with you that you were born for greatness.
- You are one of a kind.
- You are uniquely wired to be wonderful.
- You are uniquely shaped for significance.
- Where have you been?
- What have you done?
- How did you arrive at this place in this moment?
- What lenses focus your view of the world?
- What gets you up in the morning and keeps you up at night?
- What context fits you best?
- Where do you go from here?
- How will you get there?
- What will you require to achieve this dream?
- What giants will you dispatch?
- Which injustices will you resolve?
- How will you make the world a more loving and life-affirming place?
Catalyzing is a great descriptor for how I do what I do. Because of my background in chemistry, I know specifically how a catalyst works. It reminds that I don’t create change in people or organizations, that is between the person and God. But I do come along side and help that change proceed faster and with less energy. Development is what I am looking to catalyze. Development does not just mean change. Development means change with peaks and valleys, learning and unlearning, broad spaces and times of testing. The journey of development can be depicted with an s-shaped curve and it is the adventure I help people and organizations embrace. My two words came to me pretty easily. As I walked thought the Younique process and considered what specific thing I brought to every room, they just seemed to emerge. Since then. my two words became a focal point for me to guide my life based on who God created me to be, beyond the expectations or desires of others. Over the past few years they have helped me know what to say “yes” to and what to say “no” to. That has been invaluable. But the greatest thing that my two words have given me is permission to be who I am. To recognize that God made me in a specific way and that I don’t have to be all things to all people in my vocation has been empowering. Also, my two words help me guard against my life drifts – the motivations of my heart that can undermine the work of God in my life. They remind me of what I am created to do even if no one notices. I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today without the journey of uncovering my two words, and unpacking how they name my future.
David Loveless exists to love God & love others by helping church leaders integrate healthier personal and professional identities, so they live more fulfilling and fruitful lives. I’ve found in my life and the 1000’s of leaders I’ve worked with over the years, that everyone wrestled each day with identity. The wrestling match of identity is found in seemingly contradictory things that they feel, believe, and have experienced. I’ve discovered that a significant part of becoming more whole and healthy, both personally and professionally is to the ability to integrate all the parts, instead of trying to live in denial of one or the other. Jesus said…. “you all have wheat (good) and weeds (not-so-good). Don’t pull the weeds.” He knew that the healthiest people learn to integrate and live in the tension of all their polarities:
- We have both a true identity and a compulsive one
- We have both personal and professional lives
- We have access to the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of this world
- We are two but we can become one
- We are human and divine
- We are to engage in rest and work
- We possess both perfection and imperfection
- We have both the long-term dream of Jerusalem yet a short-term plan of Babylon
My life has always been marked by curiosity and a sense of adventure. Perhaps it’s because of the multiple moves our family made when I was younger. I was born in Ohio, moved to New Jersey, and then Southern California, and then finally to Texas. Not only is leaving your friends and home behind difficult, but I don’t have to tell you that each one of those places is very different from the other. Yet as I look back on each of those moves, each place held a key relationship or moment that would shape me into the person I am today. Along each step of my journey God was revealing to me the joy and adventure of following His leading. Perhaps that’s why verses like Romans 8:28 or Ephesians 3:20-21 have always been so important to me, as they reminded me God had a plan and each step on the journey had a purpose. In his book the Art of War, Steven Pressfield wrote, “Most of us have two lives: the life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.” Maybe that’s why I get excited when I encounter people, communities, organizations, and ideas find themselves stuck. Often times, in those moments, the focus is on the resistance, but the Gospel reminds us that the old has gone and the new is here! I love to bridge the gap between the old and new; the now and next. Perhaps that’s why…
- When I’m driving and see an old empty building, I begin to imagine what new thing could revitalize that space to be a blessing to the community?
- I love to watch my children and dream about what God is calling them to be and do, and how to parent that makes that more likely.
- I walk around our house dreaming about knocking down walls, adding on a room, or reconfiguring our backyard.
- I love coaching my daughter’s soccer team, helping each girl discover their strengths and talents, and empowering them to leverage them in a way that helps the team be successful.
- I love to look for the next in which God is leading our church, so we might be His Kingdom blessing to our community and city.
Entering the Younique process I had an overall sense of my purpose being one that engaged relationally with others with a desire to see them live whole lives. Yet there were several gaps for me in what that looked like and how I could truly own that purpose in the everyday of my life. Journey 1 brought several revelations one of which was the meaning of my given name and in the process paved the way to greater clarity of my call. Heather is by definition a “flowering evergreen plant that thrives on peaty barren lands, as in Scotland.” One of the reasons this hearty plant survives is that it clings closely to other plants as it grows. Connecting this special meaning to all of the insight gathered within my sweet spot of passion, ability and context, I began to understand what it is that I am always doing in everything I do. Cultivating is language that communicates a posture of both faithfulness and dependence. A gardener or farmer recognizes their part of tending and drawing out plant life from the earth is completely dependent on a greater source that ultimately provides the means necessary for that new life. Cultivating, as the first of my two words, reminds and motivates me that in each moment, within each relationship, with every responsibility given to me I can step forward confident of my purpose AND provision as one who nurtures AND challenges others. Cohesion was an interesting word choice for me considering that it is a physics term and I am not remotely a science person. Nor is it simply a matter of alliteration. Cohesion is “the action or fact of forming a united whole” and in physics it is “the sticking together of particles of the same substance”. These two definitions together communicate the idea of “sticking together to become whole”. For me the beauty in this language is the focus on what is happening in the process of becoming whole. A challenging reality for us as individuals and communities is that we are fractured and scattered in so many ways that we were not created to be. The longing in my heart is for people to know they were not designed to live divided lives but rather ones where every aspect is bound to, redeemed and shaped by, their Divine Designer. In the same way I want to spend my life spreading the glue of the gospel that unites the differences that we have a tendency to allow to become battle grounds within communities. Cultivating Cohesion is meaningful and motivating language to me of something God has purposefully designed in me to do with endless energy in every single area of my life. The words are personal to my unique self and rooted in the truth of THE good news that anchors and empowers me to step daily into my LifeCall as a follower of Jesus.