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2010/07/15

Following the Leader

Filed under: Uncategorized — connectingwomenministries @ 7:09 pm

I’m so excited to be in the presence of God.  I love how He does His thing

in the most unexpected ways.  This morning, as I was sleepily scrolling

through FaceBook status’, I came across a friend’s status talking about

teaching her son to play “Follow the Leader” and it really hit me.  It

read, “The boys are playing follow the leader. Josh started trying to tell

Jeremiah what to do but I corrected him. The leader does what he wants his

followers to do. He doesn’t just tell them what to do. I find interesting

application of that to real life.” I don’t think she’ll mind me using her

name, thanks Nicole!

So this idea hit me so hard and it got me thinking about our walk as

Christians.  I call myself a Christian, which to me means that I strive to

be Christ-like. Jesus was the ultimate example of the perfect leader.  God

laid out the ways in which He wants us to live and he fulfilled His

leadership through Jesus Christ.  I just love it.  So it provokes me to

look at my life and see where it is that I need to grow.  It is really easy to

look at the visible things in my life that seem to be fulfilling this idea

but this thought (over the last hour) has really challenged me to look at

the areas that I need to work on.  At BlastZones this week (our churches

version of VBS) we have a verse every day.  Yesterday, it was from

Hebrews 12:1 “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

And I love this analogy.  Running the race that God has marked out for us

means running the ‘whole’ race.  Not just the easy parts, not just the

paths that are fun or beautiful, all of them.  The rocky, rigid, wet,

nasty gunky ones too.

I believe one of the trickiest things about being a Christian is striking

the balance between feeling encouraged by the things we know we do well;

those things that we are good at and are using to benefit God’s Kingdom –

and being challenged by God to move forward in the areas where we know we

need to grow.  The areas where I know that even though I am not running

after Him, He’s after me!  Love you guys!

~Mindy

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