Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Spiritual Leadership

I have officially begun my "sabbatical" today. It really began tonight, as today I had to tie up some loose ends of my personal responsibilities. But tonight has been great, in fact right now I am taking a break. I haven't turned the TV on all night except when we watched a little bit of "The Incredibles" while hanging out with our son. I really want God to speak to me during this time, and am disciplining myself, that even though some of this time will be spent at home, that I will stay focused. My wife has been awesome, and I told her tonight that this week is for me in many senses, but I want to go through it with her. I want to share what I feel God is saying, and what I am praying about, and for us to be joined together in it. The majority of my reading has been, and will be scripture, and books that deal with me, and being a spiritual leader. My prayers leading into this time, is that I would totally surrender to God EVERYTHING. Even though I don't totally understand how to do that. I don't want to become passionate, about my vision, goals or whatever. I really wanted to hear from God.

I will share just a snippet of this book that spoke to me, and confirmed things in me. He talked about God authenticating leaders, and was God authenticating us and some things to consider. He says, "Leaders who continually present new ideas and visions for the future but who never see those dreams come to fruition are clearly presenting their own visions and not God's"

Ouch! I have so done that for a while, putting plans together, praying for God's touch on my plans, put scripture around it to spiritualize it, and moving forward. This isn't spiritual leadership, instead ask God for revelation for your life, ministry, and pursue that, then the plans will materialize.

Next he says, "If nothing unusual or divine is happening under a person's leadership, the leader may be operating in his own strength rather than by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Ouch, again! I will leave it at that, but I have taken time after each chapter, prayed and meditated, seeking God. I am thankful for all that He is doing in my life right now. I am seeking his revelation for my life, leadership, and ministry. It was neat to start this way in prayer even before the book, but it is clear what God is saying. It is also cool that Lisa emailed me wishing a great week and encouraged me with this verse...(she added the bold)

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths." Prov. 3:3-6.


Blogger KJones said...

Wow, that is right on. Very cool, Jeremy.

8:36 AM  

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