When I moved back to the Northwest in March there was something I was really looking forward to: experiencing seasons again. Don’t get me wrong, I loved many things about living in Southern California and every September I would rebel and war jeans and jackets on purpose to will Fall to the area and usually just sweat through my clothes in the 90+ heat.
Just a few days ago I was not sweating as much as I wore my jeans and jacket, but for the first time in a long time, I felt the cool crisp air of Fall and it took me back to the power of the changing seasons and particularly my favorite season we’ve all just entered again.
From a spiritual standpoint, the changing of seasons is an invitation to look internally at our lives and reflect. There are a few reflections I find myself pondering these days as a leader and a follower of Jesus. Perhaps these will be of help to you as the air is cooling (sorry SoCal friends) and the leaves begin to change color:
Leaders Must Live Out What They Believe
I know it tends to be a statement often floating around for leaders, but it’s imperative this becomes a reality. The love I have for the people God has within the confines of our church community is deep and I’ve learned they want to hear your heart, they want you to be vulnerable, they want you to live out your faith in front of them, and they need to know they are loved.
This takes time, it’s risky, but imperative. In this changing season, perhaps the approach to your leadership movement lies within your ability to be You in front of them.
Growing in our faith is something I believe many people long for in their journey of faith. What I’m learning is the temptation is that this growth is done more with words than in actions. I can be just as guilty of this as anyone else. Yet, I continually find growth in my journey with Jesus happening in moments when I put myself in positions where I need God to show up. I see it when I move toward the life of broken situations. I see it when I’m willing to allow another human to look with me into my deepest self and will still love me there.
This takes time. In our culture it just seems no one has enough of it and yet to journey with someone else is time consuming. It takes your energy. It pulls you from things and people you may want to hang out with (and often these aren’t helpful).
Dallas Willard is quoted as saying, “If you want to be holy, take the hurry out of your life.” Perhaps in this changing season, you could set an alarm, a notice in your calendar to make space for situations or relationships where you could experience discipleship anew or for the first time. You probably won’t find it on Sunday from the pulpit. You may hear about it, but it’s what you do with the information that could free you deeper into a life you never knew was awaiting you.
Christ be with you. You are loved.