To Lead or Be Led


This week, I have noticed that I have been letting myself get pulled in whatever direction happens to be pulling at a particular moment. I love to be available and to have time for people and issues that need attention. The trouble with this, is that it isn’t strategic in any way. When I am living this way, I am not really leading, but I am being led by immediate events around me. I being mildly effective.

Getting involved in events around me isn’t a bad thing, but is it the best thing? I have been working on where to lead the production team and instead I have been responding to events and not leading the way I would if there were no external factors.

I love history, and I read a great biography of Eisenhower by Steven Ambrose.  When Eisenhower was president, he led the world when it came to defense issues; the world looked to him, he set the course and the tone.  When it came to civil right issues, he only reacted to what was going on.  Instead of leading the way toward desegregation, he was only sending out the National Guard to respond to the issues of the day.

I don’t want to spend all my time putting out fires.  I want to be strategic with my time and with the opportunity to lead.  I don’t want to be dragged around by circumstances, I want to choose the circumstances to engage with and to lead with all diligence.

The Willow Arts Conference

I am sitting here working on my breakout talk for the Willow Arts Conference coming up next week and doing my usual freakout.  What to say.  What not to say.  Where to start.  Where to end.  How much PowerPoint should there be?  Should there be walk in music?  If so, what should it be?

The funny part to me is that I have been reading the story of Mary and Martha and how at the end Jesus tells Martha to just abide in Him, and like Martha, I am getting caught up in all the details and not trusting in Him for the results of my breakout.  If everything isn’t perfect, the breakout will be a disaster.

The reality is that I need to do what God has called me to be about and then let Him worry about how it affects people.  There is a mysterious point at which I end and He begins.  I am hoping to reach that and that I let God take over.

I am really getting excited about the potenial for what God can do through all the teachers, all the music, all the drama, basically everything happening next week.  God is going to impact the lives of thousands of people.

Will I get out of the way enough to be one of those affected?