May 2007


John Eldredge makes an interesting point in his latest book, The Way of the Wild Heart. He writes that God is a God of process. He points out that in order to create an oak tree God starts with an acorn, and in order to make a man God starts with a boy.



Obviously this statement does not apply to the initial Creation story, but I think that Eldredge makes a good point in terms of today.



We have become a drive-thru culture. We want everything as fast and as cheap as possible. We are unwilling to pay the price – whether in time or money. We want to get it now and on our terms.



But King David offers us an example of what it means to live according to God’s expectations. When given the chance to take an easy way out and save some money King David declares that he will not offer a sacrifice that costs him nothing (2 Samuel 24:24). Often the sacrifice that we are called to make is giving up our agenda, and understanding that things take time. That God has a plan that He is working in our lives, but that it often does not happen overnight. That sometimes the lesson is learned in the process of getting to wherever you are going, and not in the arrival.



Having lived two years on the road, I can assure that this phenomenon is true. I have learned more lessons between destinations that I ever did once I finally got where I was going. It’s just hard to think about God taking us through a tough road to get to where He wants us to be.



To be continued…





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Some events transpired yesterday that shook me to the core. The actual events are discussed in other blogs out there in cyberspace, but the effect of the events is what really hit me.



I have come to learn in the last two years what it truly means to be a leader.



Sacrifice.





As one of my teammates was laying unconscious on a field yesterday, I could think of nothing more than the fact that I would gladly trade places with her…in a heartbeat. It would be worth it, without a doubt. And I believe that this is the essence of what it means to lead. To serve. To lead in a Biblical manner is to serve. Jesus said it Himself when he declared that the full extent of his love was washing his disciples’ feet.



Oftentimes being a leader is the most lonely place in the world to be. It feels that you are the only one who understands all of the implications of everything that is happening, you are the only one who has the gumption to stand for what’s right, the only one who cares about someone other than himself. And that is a hard place to be. And it seems that the only other people who truly understand are those who have been there before. It seems like you give and give and give and give, and get nothing in return. I firmly believe that this phenomenon is a main catalyst for pastoral burnout. But then something happens and it all seems worth it.



One of the people who you have invested in for the last year of your life calls your name as she is fading into unconsciousness. The only name she can think of, the only person that she wants to make sure is by her side…is you: her leader. Suddenly, you realize that it is all worth it, every single second.





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