The road leading home is the road of obedience. Unless your course is fixed, you are powerless before a thousand options, regardless of how “empowered” you may feel.
This reference to the wilderness, tho I am not sure it was CS Lewis’ meaning in his original statement, has a curious parallel to the children of Israel’s trek, a trek we are all on, in a manner of speaking. Our individual journeys will fill up a lifetime, but will it be a lifetime of wandering here and there, filled with false hopes & failing motivations, distractions, misleadings and unfulfilled promise? The choice was theirs, and it is ours, as well. Continue reading “One Road Leads Home…”
One thing the Lord did for me on this trip was to reshape my view of ministry. It’s a recurring theme that He started showing me before the trip and on which He continues to elaborate since. Basically, He’s been showing me that relationships are perhaps the most important part of ministry. It’s not the “what,” nor the “where,” nor the “how many.” It’s the “who,” even if those “who” are just a few. Jesus loves the few. He comes and ministers to just a few. He returned to and spent time with and taught and ministered to the same few over and over again. Even though His life, and especially His ministry, were so brief. My previous focus in missions has been the “what” and the “where” and the “how many.” There were bonds formed on previous trips as a team, some of them that lasted a long time, and I was thankful for that; but the main goal — at least to me — was to help as many people as I could as quickly as I could and make sure I feel somewhat uncomfortable while doing so, so that I could relate to them in that sense; but don’t really bother to get to know them otherwise because this is a one-time thing and you’ll never see them again — you’re just there to help. It was work and duty and obligation at the expense of relationship. It was religion.
Some years ago, I came into contact with the idea of 5 Levels of Leadership, I believe through a “cassette tape”… remember those? 🙂 To my knowledge (and memory, haha) it was an audiobook by John Maxwell, entitled, Developing The Leader Within You. Even tho it was years back, I haven’t forgotten it. It has helped my perspective on leadership and influence since that time, and has helped me understand more about how leadership works.
Recently I had an encounter that reminded me of this concept, and discussed it one of our core team members. I pass it on here, in hopes that it will add to your growing perspective and worldview on the subject of influence, authority and leadership.
At the time I initially encountered the 5 Levels of Leadership idea, I have to admit most of the authority I was familiar with (and was operating in) was level 1. Surprisingly, that was no discouragement to me. I was happy to find out that this was a good place to start and that you could only grow (or go up) from there.
A good friend and I have just returned from Nicaragua, where we spent a week visiting and affirming friends and brothers, intending to encourage them of God’s goodness and nearness to them in the midst of difficult time. This title comes from a song that is sang in Nicaragua, and it is sang there as an expression of affection. Nicaraguans are proud of their country, heritage and have a hope for good things to come. Let’s join them in that hope. As you likely know, violence and bloodshed gripped the country in the Spring of 2018, with much loss and damage reaching on a far scale. While estimates vary, it seems 500+ were killed, thousands wounded, and several hundred are still unaccounted for. This is not including those who are currently political prisoners. (To read our post from the time surrounding the eruption of violence in Nicaragua in 2018, click here)
We knew we had to get there to stand and show love to those who are dear to us, and weren’t sure what we would find, and what danger was looming…
What we found, in my opinion, was a country in trauma.
Seems like, for the most part, we Christians continue to primarily organize ourselves around public, group meetings. Doesn’t it seem like the “Sunday morning meeting” is highest priority in the congregation you attend? This is the one you get the most social demerits if you miss, right? Continue reading “An open letter to my brothers and sisters”
In this continuing conversation with Terance gets into the deep end of pool… What do you do when you leaders, prominent as they may be, show their humanity? Check it out for the benefit of our experiences (and pain)! If you are just joining us, double back to episode 157 for the start of this series. Thanks for joining us.
Past the halfway point in our series with Terance Clark! BTW, check out gtalk.media, if you haven’t already done so. The leadership process…. ah, yes, we are all in it! Character and humility are highlights from this session. Grab Terance’s wisdom experience and put it to work, today!