A friend recently sent us
an audio of three of the books from C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. In
“The Horse and his Boy” the boy, Shasta, has had a very difficult life and is complaining to himself when he
becomes aware of the great lion, Aslan, walking next to him. As they walk along, Aslan says, “Tell me your sorrows”.
Later, he asked Aslan why something happened to another person and Aslan said, “I am
telling you your story, not hers. I tell no one any story but his own.”
That theme seems to be
repeating itself a lot lately. I see it in John 21:21-22, When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”
Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to
you? You must follow me.”
So what about leaders for the church? Each leader has his
or her story or as Eph 2:10 puts it, “we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good
works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
THE QUESTION SCOTT AND I
ARE ALWAYS ASKING OURSELVES IS: WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP LEADERS “LIVE OUT THEIR STORIES
Leadership in churches can
be a very lonely role for one to play out. Often Christians “want
leaders to do more than they can do and be more than they can be”, says a famous person (Scott Horn J
One example of how we help
was lived out just last week. Scott and I drove to Palm Desert to check in on the JPL Church. Exciting
things are happening for this young church. They are remodeling an old
movie theatre. As they look forward to the day they will finally be in
the building, they are praying and planning with dreams of how God will use the facility and their church in that
community. For example, they have exciting plans to reach out to the
youth in the area with cool concerts.
I went to a meeting with
Lindy and Scott hung out with Greg and his kids. Since we were spending
the night at their home, Lindy and I were really able to connect and
discuss things of vital interest to both of us. Scott and Greg stayed
up late, talking into the night about strategies, plans, hopes and dreams for JPL.
As the Holy Spirit directs
and uses us, we get to use our gifts from God to reach out and touch His leaders where they need to be touched.
What a privilege! We love loving on God’s people. We love making a difference in his
MAY WE ALL GO FORTH AND – LIVE
OUR STORIES – TO GOD’S GLORY!!
and better leaders, the Church can hope to close the gap between what is and what could be in fulfilling her mission
Loving our Savior,
Delores – for the two of