“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go but ought to be.”
— Rosalynn Carter
I stood at the threshold of the garage door and took in the valley of miscellaneous objects stacked in awkward piles. Years of treasures, memories, and plain old junk all waited to be escorted out of our home. This valley of mine has been causing a storm of emotions from sadness and stress to anticipation and excitement.
To lead, one must first follow. And for my family, after nearly a year of radical, rug-burned knees kind of prayer, Jesus asked us to say yes to the adventure of picking up our cross and following Him… to Nashville, Tennessee. But when you’re carrying your cross, you haven’t the ability to carry much else like treasures, memories, and plain old junk stored up in a garage.Continue Reading
The emotional storm that comes upon the heels of a dramatic life change is daunting. To leave behind everything and everyone you know is heartbreaking. To follow the Shepherd when you’re not quite sure where He is leading can make you question your gifts and abilities. And all the feels of loneliness and inadequacy can dig their roots into your soul a little too deep. Because sometimes where He has called you isn’t necessarily where you want to go but ought to be.
But the only way to lead with courage and conviction is to follow the greatest of leaders who created us with a purpose and a plan.
John 14:6, Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Christ never promised that it would be easy nor flawless. Hidden gems like security and false gods began to make face unearthing themselves from my soul. Treasures, memories, and plain old junk had taken up too much precious real estate in my heart forcing me to recognize how very heavy a wooden cross can be.To lead, one must first follow. In whatever capacity we lead whether our families, a ministry organization, the PTA, or Fortune 500 company, we must always follow Christ’s footed path. When we battle the lies of the world, we must fight with the weapon of Christ’s truth. And when we say yes to the adventure of Jesus, let us leave our fears in the valley keeping our eyes ahead on the mountain.