Good Leader

A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.

     ~ John C. Maxwell

     The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out. It’s written,

I’ll turn conventional wisdom on its head,
I’ll expose so-called experts as crackpots.

     So where can you find someone truly wise, truly educated, truly intelligent in this day and age? Hasn’t God exposed it all as pretentious nonsense? Since the world in all its fancy wisdom never had a clue when it came to knowing God, God in his wisdom took delight in using what the world considered dumb—preaching, of all things!—to bring those who trust him into the way of salvation.

   ~ 1 Corinthians 1:18

    Our pastor is such a leader.   His well researched sermons often leave us with a short list of books to read.  He shares what has helped him, sprinkled liberally with heartening tales of his childhood and if there is a finger pointed, it is always at himself. 

    He uses humor, wisdom and selected silences to help our vision of the leader of us all.   There is more laughter in the sanctuary than there has ever been, healthy healing laughter.  There is more weaving of us together as a body, lifting the sick in prayer, giving thanks for the healthy, extending the reach of the body of Christ to an international level, always warm, always in the spirit of love.

    Worship includes an appreciation for the arts, talents of all kinds.  All are valued from youngest to oldest.  He regularly goes on personal retreats, vacations with his precious wife, accepts invitations to speak, to socialize.  Always in love, with a smile, with the knowledge that the speaker is being listened to. Always moving us all closer to the Lord.

Today, pray for your pastor, his or her family, the church family, the community family, the state family..you get the idea.  Look to the Lord for your direction, and the sermons as guideposts for that important kick that wins the game of every day.

Because of Him,

Linda

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