My original plan was to write a review of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast @DFWTechPB, but much more happened on September 30th than I originally had planned, leading me to dive deeper.
After the incredible networking opportunity @DFWTechPB, I flew across 635 and up 75 to a small church in Allen for a celebration of life service for my friends’ 25 week old son, who survived only 11 days out of the womb. These two events may seem to have nothing in common, but bear with me a few minutes as I explain.
My friend is in the Technology industry himself and has been working in software development for years. He has lived overseas as well as here working for a California based tech company. Through all they have gone through the last several weeks, Christ has been the Anchor for their souls.
In a very similar way, at the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast, Pat Gelsinger, of VM Ware and previously of EMC and Intel, spoke about his journey in the IT world and how Christ has been the anchor for his soul, especially in this last year of challenges in life and business. The key take away from @DFWTechPB was simply that for those in the technology industry (although this could apply to most other industries for that matter), knowing Christ daily as the anchor for your soul will allow you to survive the heights and depths of stock market explosions and plunges, family celebrations and transitions, and the day to day challenges that happen in between. Pat Gelsinger (@Pgelsinger), who has been integral to the entire technology ecosystem since he stepped into the ring in the 1980s, shared how his faith plays such a huge part of his life and work, and gave great insight into his company’s values, his personal goal in life, the 3 strand chord of relationships that help him to be his best, and so much more. As Pat walked us through his life history including juggling years of PhD work, his job, his wife, and his kids it gave me encouragement to be faithful as an employee, a husband, and a father to 3. Some big takeaways from his message were to not accept a spiritual muzzle at work, to remember that values are the most enduring things leaders create, to be full time ministers no matter what office or boardroom we are in, to have fewer projects that we are more deeply invested in, and to be deeply confident no matter what happens in the world today that God is still on the throne.
It was a full morning, and I am already looking forward to bringing some friends in 2017. Get the word out about this great event, and keep the discussions flowing year round about how IT (or medicine, banking, HR, accounting, etc) and the Kingdom collide. And, today whether you find yourself in the boardroom, lunch room, locker room, or your child’s bedroom, be in the moment and be intentional about sharing the good news that you have an Anchor for your soul during the highs and lows of this life.
If you are in the tech industry and have a company wanting to start up or scale up, consider Pitching at the next The Lion’s Den event. Apply today at this link. http://www.thelionsdendfw.com/register