When God places the same message in my path over and over…I get it. He wants me to “LISTEN UP”. Listening has become my “theme” of the season. Hense, the cover of my current prayer journal.
A few weeks ago a ministry friend sent me a copy of an article called Becoming a Leader of No Reputation. Like many forwarded “you have to read this” emails I receive each week, it sat for a long time in my “in box”.
Lucky for me, it was not deleted.
Something about the title made me hang on to it for later. “A Leader of No Reputation”. Hmmm…….
The article was written by an organizational President (I connect with that) who, due to a ministry Anniversary (This year is my 25th Anniversary of serving as Founder and President of what has become an International Sanctity of Life Ministry), was reflecting upon his “legacy” (I connect with that).
He starts off saying he has a confession to make about a personal failure in his leadership position (I connect with that).
I read on and spent the next hour reliving my past 25 years as a ministry leader through his written words.
The article* was so full of truth and wisdom, I just couldn’t bear to have it dropped into a pile of “great reads” and highlighted truths. I wanted a way to capture Mr Rodin’s insight. So, I decided to break it apart this week, out loud, here on my blog.
Maybe some young leader who possibly happens upon it, might get a heads up ahead of me and Mr Rodin.
“Christian Leadership” requires nothing less than a complete, wholesale sell-out” of your life in service to God and God only. It is the “losing of your life” to the work God will do in you TO BENEFIT YOUR institution, school, church or organization”. And the stakes are high.”
When I stepped into ministry 25 years ago, I had no clue I was even STEPPING into a lifetime of service to God, much less that I was about to “loose my life” for heavens sake :). I simply had a passion to share the amazing grace God had poured upon my past so that others might experience the same freedom. I blindly stepped into a role that I begged others to take but no one would. I simply took up a cause that needed to be heard, always assuming that it would be a short gig. Here I am 25 years later. I have been a wife, a mother of 3 and now am Grandmother of 5, all the while, wondering if the “gig” is done.
God has captured my life, one day at a time.
One failure at a time. One miracle at a time.
One friend lost at a time. One friend gained at a time.
One low bank account at a time. One big donor check at a time.
One baffling decision at a time. One successful risk at a time.
One morning of laying on the tear drenched carpet begging God to set me free at a time. One jumping up and down shouting and singing His praises at a time.
One lost life at a time. One saved life at a time.
Christian Leadership is surely a “complete, wholesale sell-out of your life in service to God and God only”.
I am kind of glad I had no idea, I might have run away as fast as I could and missed it.
How about you??
ALL who serve God are leading SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE.
What direction do Mr Rodins words throw your thinking??
I almost Forgot….In honor or my own Birthday month—FEBRUARY—
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