19 March 2010

Leadership Fridays: A dose of sovereignty opens the eyes to what is in front of you

Leaders are, by nature, often thinking ahead. They are continually answering the dual questions "Where do we go from here?" and "How do we get there?" Good leaders will be praying about these questions and asking God for wisdom and creativity. They will get advice. They will strategize.

But there is a potential weakness of which leaders must beware.

Our heads are so often in the "what's next?" that we forget the "what's now?" The "what's next" is so much bigger than the leader. There are always more people to reach. The church always needs new leaders. Our heads can be so much in that future that we are constantly seeking to lead people who don't exist. When we do, we miss what is right in front of us.

We need a good dose of God's sovereignty to remind us that what is in front of us is from God and that what is in the future is not (or at least not yet). Oh the glorious and precious faces of "what's now"! May we remember that God has sovereignly given us today's responsibilities and He provides grace for them alone.
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6.34)

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2.10)

shepherd the flock of God that is among you, (1 Peter 5.2)
Additional Resources
The Reformed Pastor
Leaders Who Last - Dave Kraft


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