Leaders Are Called To Be Moment Makers

Be a moment makerCarlos Whitaker, the worship leader for Andy Stanley’s Buckhead Church in Atlanta, recently released his first book. The premise is very promising. You can live your life or it will live you. The choice is up to you.

Carlos sees our lives as a series of choices. We have the ability to choose to make a moment in our lives or to pass it by.

In Moment Maker, we see Carlos live out his choice to help people make moments. We see his family birthday tradition, how he made a transgender feel love and special, or how he had to rescue a beautiful moment of releasing pet butterflies with his children.

Moment Maker is full of moments that stand out as special. Moments that will touch you and show you simple ways you can leave an impression on the lives of the people you lead and do life with.

Carlos believes there are three types of moments: Created, Received, and Rescued. Knowing these three types of moments, you can begin to live a moment-making life where you can greatly influence others.

Created Moments

Created moments are, simply enough, moments where you create the moment. You design a special birthday party. You create a romantic engagement proposal. You rescue a pet fish from your broken down car.

Or, as a leader, you create a special award ceremony for the team members who have been trying hard and seeing improvement. You create a project the whole team can rally around. You create an atmosphere of excitement.

Created moments are something you plan and execute upon. They don’t just happen. They take planning and time.

Received Moments

Received moments are different than created moments. Received moments are moments that just kind of happen. And you’re there to experience the action.

Sometimes it’s silly how received moments happen. You’re sitting there, minding your own business, when someone, out of nowhere, needs your help. And you’re able to provide a sense of peace or healing or hope to the person.

Carlos shares his story of an airplane flight and an unhappy passenger that became a Received Moment.

Leaders may become aware of received moments in other ways:

The staff member who lost a loved one and needs the comfort of his leader

The opportunity to hold a team member accountable for poor performance but grace is shown instead

The church member who, out of the blue, decides he wants to receive Christ. And you’re the one he approaches

Received moments aren’t planned. They just happen. You’re in the drivers seat and responsible for receiving the moment or not.

Rescued Moments

Lastly, there are Rescued Moments. These are the moments that were screwed up. Something went wrong. And you know it.

However, screwed up moments can be rescued. That’s where rescued moments come into play.

When things go sideways, there’s still hope for a recovery. Don’t doubt it.

You may lose it with a co-worker and rip their head off. Afterwards, you know what you did was wrong. Instead of tucking your tail between your legs, you scrounge up the courage and apologize. You rescue the moment.

A deadline may have been missed with an important client. They’re hot and frustrated with your apparent lack of concern. You come and rescue the moment by showing the customer how much you care, going above and beyond the call of duty.

Rescued moments are awesome because there’s a save involved. You take the time to make things right, even with the possibility of the other person not accepting the rescue.

That’s okay though. Sometimes the rescue isn’t for the other party. Sometime the rescue is for you.

A Moment Maker’s Moment

One of the last things Carlos shares in Moment Maker is the story of God Of Second Chances and his meeting with Danny. It’s a beautiful story and moment that was captured on film. Here’s what happened.

 My Thoughts On Moment Maker

There’s a lot to take away from Moment Maker. We’re all able to make moments, if we’re willing. And that’s what I got out of the book.

We’ve got to look for the opportunity to make moments. If we don’t, life is going to pass you by. You’re going to wonder why life is so bland and boring. It’s because you’re not looking for those special moments.

With that said, Moment Maker did leave me feeling a little wanting. I’ve been processing my thoughts as to why since I’ve finished reading Moment Maker but I can’t place my finger on the reason. Maybe it’s the fact I haven’t been living a life of moment making.

This doesn’t mean I wouldn’t recommend the book. On the contrary, I think it’s a valuable read and everyone can take something away after finishing the book.

I’d suggest this book to anyone who’s looking for a new way of making moments. Or for the person looking to make a moment that’s special for others.

If it sounds like something that interests you, you can pick up the book at Amazon.

Question: What are you doing to make defining moments in the lives of those you lead? Please share what you’re doing in the comment section below.

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  • Other ideas…

    Capture Moments – be careful of fast-forwarding thorugh life. Look for moments.

    Embrace Moments – whether easy or challenging, embrace each moment.

    Live in the Moment – more than embracing, live each moment. Wisdom and depth is the gift of learning all you can from each moment.

    • Love those Kent. Thanks for adding to the list of moments!

  • I’ve had version of the song in my head for months, man. Good to watch it again. I’ll have to check out the book for sure!

    • I think you’ll like it Matt. Sounds like it’s right up your alley.

  • ragamuffinsoul

    Thanks for the review!!! Wish you would have left this one on Amazon!!! 😉 Appreciate it. Sincerely. Will link to this today from my twitter feed!

    • My pleasure Carlos. I’m sorry the review on Amazon wasn’t as involved as this one and went more into my feelings. But the more I began to write this post, the more things started to flow. I’ll hook you up and add some more to the review.

  • Moment maker – love the term!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the book, Joe.

    • Moment Maker is a fun term, isn’t it? It’s challenging and encouraging in the same breath. What are you doing to be a moment maker?

  • Kingsley Iz

    If you don’t make things happen, you’ll always be taken by surprise

    • So true Kingsley. What are you doing to prevent that?

  • I love this concept. I’ve been reflecting over my teaching this past year, and thinking about what I can do to make things better next year. One thing I’ve been thinking of is finding a way that will create great moments for the students that will help them to become more enthusiastic and engaged in learning.

    • That’s an awesome way of thinking Joshua. What ideas have you come up with for the great moments?

      • There is a list of those that have demerits. I was thinking of having an honor list or sorts to highlight the students doing things well.

        • That’s a good start. Though what about those students who are good but still struggling? Is there a way to make a moment for them?