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When I think back, there are three things I wish I would have understood even sooner that would have helped me. 

  1. You don’t have to know everything. Just surround yourself with the people who do. That is one thing a mentor told me that was so helpful and made me start reaching out for the assistance of others. I would have done that sooner if I had understood that principle earlier.
  2. A strength uncontrolled always becomes a weakness. That, too, would have helped me if I had learned it sooner. The ability to organize is one of my strengths. However, uncontrolled, it can lead to frustration with others who may not be as organized. I have come to realize that sometimes you have to give people grace and realize you are on their agenda, not yours.   
  3. What Proverbs 11:14 teaches about “in a multitude of counselors there is much wisdom.” I have profited so much from that principle. For example, I sought and received some wise advice on how to turn the day to day operations of the ministry over to someone else to free me up to lead, speak, and write.

(Note: This Legacy article was adapted from an interview with Larry in May 2016. The full interview may be read here. The featured picture shows Larry in his office during the late 1980s.)

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