If you woke up one morning realizing you were a gazelle, your second thought would be, you had to run faster than the fastest lion, or you would be eaten. However, if you wake up realizing you were a lion, your second thought would be, you had to run faster than the slowest gazelle, or you would starve. It doesn’t matter whether you wake up thinking you are a gazelle or a lion, in our ministry or secular world, you have to be engaged and ready as soon as you wake up.
We each have a choice and each choice has consequences. Our world is changing so fast that those who choose to sit, watch and criticize will be left behind. Only those who pray, innovate and adapt within their God given calling will survive.
Note these quotes from leaders of yesterday. Even using the best of their education, ability and resources their future forecasts were unreliable.
In 1902, “I must confess that my imagination, in spite even of spurring, refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea.” (H. G. Wells) In 1969, “We have 10 years to clean up our act, otherwise blooey.” (U Thant Secretary General of the United Nations)
These world leaders, dynamic in their day, were not able to forecast accurately and prepare for the inevitable crisis or keep up and achieve their dreams. The challenge is, as individuals, mission organizations or church, we need to pray, focus and learn to share God’s love on a daily basis. You and I need to daily pray for God’s leading, then focus today and every day to share God’s love.
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1 NASB)
Leadership is … looking ahead and running for God’s kingdom.
Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy