It’s been almost one year since the transition here at Westside and it has gone so well. There have been challenges, mostly in my leadership. I just started a 30 day devotion from John Maxwell on leadership and the following really spoke to me in this season (devotion at bottom).
The distractions have been numerous. I knew a lot would start coming to me, but really had no idea how much would come to me. It would be so easy to allow disagreements and disputes to derail me from God’s calling and purpose. I have also had adversaries that have unknowingly helped me get back to mission.
Thankfully I am not self-absorbed and I am still unimpressed with the whole big church thing. But I see the temptation to think I am something more than I am and how easy it would be to start believing what other people say about me. I am reminded how easily people can turn, as they did in the last two weeks of Jesus’ ministry.
At the end of the day, I am still desperate for the presence of Jesus and do everything I do to please Him and not people. It’s a constant tension, but with God’s help and a church that is as desperate as I am for Him, we will see the glory of The Lord in our lives and communities.
Distraction, the Enemy of Direction
1 Kings 11:1-43
How could the wisest man in history turn away from God? How could the leader whose gifts and focus once made him the talk of the world get distracted from his calling? The temptations that enticed Solomon continue to attack every leader. Once we “arrive,” it becomes easy to stop feeling hungry for growth and excellence. How quickly we become satisfied—and how soon we begin to spiral downward. Note how this process of decay looked for Solomon:
– Distractions: He deviated from his call to lead and be a light to the nations.
– Adversaries: God raised up adversaries to steer him back to his priorities and call.
– Self-absorption: He became consumed with himself rather than his call.
– Loss of God’s presence: God withdrew His anointing.
– Pursuit of pleasure: He became even more obsessed with his own pleasure.
– Emptiness: He finally grew weary of his pursuits and recognized his emptiness.
I just finished day 2 of the @YouVersion plan ‘The Maxwell Leadership Reading Plan’. Check it out here: http://bible.com/r/GE