Brian and I are learning all about lessons in leadership in a series at our church called “King Me.” It is an amazing church…so focused on speaking truth…bodly, lovingly, gently, but unapologetically. I love that. It is the truth that sets us free…and it is beautiful.
I have struggled with the application of leadership a bit in my life. I’ve always had a desire to be a leader. It’s something that has always been a part of me. The Lord has impressed upon me the importance of being a follower for some time now…and I have been embracing being a follower. Coming out of a school that was very focused on leadership for 4 years and then another 5 years of application of that leadership…I was actually very happy to be unknown…to be a follower…to be unseen for a bit. As I have been learning to do that, the question of leadership keeps popping back into my head. As my heart has been changing toward what the application of leadership looks like in my life, I have had many questions to submit to the Lord. And He has graciously answered.
You see, God never asks me to do something that is contrary to His Word. Or Spirit. If I am seeking with an open, contrite heart, He always shows me what I need to be doing. As I was listening to the sermon on leadership…I kept thinking, how is this going to look like in my life right now? As a homemaker? As I drove back home…the Lord gave me glimpses of how I can be a great leader in my home. I want to be a strong woman. I want to be a great leader. But, I want to do it in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. God showed me the best way to be a leader in my marriage is to set a good example as a disciple of Jesus, to serve my husband, to love him, to enjoy him, to partner with him. To do the things that God asks me to do as a wife. God showed me the best way to be a leader with my children, is to be a servant to them, to enjoy them, to train them up in God’s ways, and to teach them about Him always. God showed me the best way to be a leader in my oikos (the 10-15 people God has supernaturally and strategically placed in my life right now), is to LOVE them and serve them and if prompted by the Lord, to disciple some of them. Basically, I can be a leader to everyone around me by seeking to demonstrate and declare who God is in everything I do. THAT is great leadership. (And I am so far from it!)
There was more to the sermon, more parts about how to be a leader, no matter what role you play in life. You can check it out at highdesertchurch.com. It is an incredible church and has God’s blessing all over it!