This year I have had two main focuses in the midst of all the daily posts – one was to do with my Bible reading and sharing some thoughts about walking with God. The other posts were more leadership focused with a particular emphasis on things that I have learned on the journey since my first leadership opportunity when I was 19.
I have written 29 thoughts on walking with God and 26 thoughts on leadership.
This is the journey I am on – to be a leader who walks well with God. I see this as an absolute necessity to my becoming the best person and leader I can be. Let me make something clear though, these are not two things to be balanced. It should all be in favour of God first. I say should because I am normal and very often I drift from God first to me first. From being led by God to just being the leader.
This is the journey I am on – to be a leader who walks well with God so others can walk well with God. I want to be honest and open. I am not perfect. Never have been, never will be. I am thankful to be made perfect through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. My heart is to learn and help others to learn. It is to know God better and help others to know God better.
This is the journey I am on – to be a leader who walks well with God so others can walk well with God is to be someone who is led well by God. I am so grateful for the Holy Spirit. If, as a Christian leader, I cannot allow myself to be led by the Holy Spirit then I am just leading in my own strength and although I can have influence I don’t believe it will have the same impact that being covered by the Spirit of God can bring. It’s that extra dimension that my leadership needs. Without it I flounder.
This is the journey I am on – to be a leader who walks well with God so others can walk well with God is to be someone who is led well by God and is willing to change. As we talk about grace in Xcel Church I am more aware than ever that it is such a precious gift but only really accomplishes anything in my life if I accept it and walk in it. That means I have to be willing to change. Grace is not my get-out-of-jail-free card. It is my way to a new life. So this week I recognised that I allowed some drift to occur. Too many distractions. Usual good disciplines have slackened.
Grace has nudged me this week and reminded me of the journey I want to be on.
Grace has been poured out again and had it’s rejuvenating effect on my spirit.
Grace is always the antidote to my natural lean towards laziness, unproductiveness and general lack of focus.
Let’s be honest, it happens to us all, it’s just that most of the time we don’t see it, acknowledge it, or want to respond to it.
However, if I want to be a leader who walks well with God, I cannot afford to ignore the promptings in my spirit, to ignore the niggling within that I know is from God. To do so would disqualify me from the journey I believe God has for me and I am determined to not allow that to happen.
How about you and your journey? Still on track?