The Elephant in the Room
Leader, do you ever have those moments when you privately ask yourself, “How am I to lead when tomorrow doesn't look anything like today?” We may not ask it publically but I know it is one of the elephants in the room. When the elephant comes after us what do we do? I am drawn to Genesis 12 where it is recorded that, “The Lord told Abram, 'Leave your country, your relatives, and your father’s house and go to a land that I will show you. I will cause you to become the father of a great nation.... So Abram departed as the Lord instructed him.'"
It is necessary to be reminded that it is “normal” for God to call leaders in His movement to uncertain futures. Futures that sometimes only make sense to Him. New horizons that stretch us by drawing us out of familiar routines, relationships, and comfort zones. As we have all been told before, “God loves us just the way we are but, He loves us too much to leave us that way.” So, get ready to be stretched!
The Father has complete clarity about the future and our role in it. What seems uncertain to us is perfectly clear to Him. It is all about perspective. We can relax because we don’t go alone. He promised Abram that He would “show” him the right tomorrow. We can go confidently because getting to the right tomorrow is not about our cleverness, passion or skill. It is about Him showing us how He intends to bring glory to Himself through us.
The hardest person you will ever lead is yourself. Abram demonstrated that movement leaders practice ruthless self-leadership through their faith, not their skill. When we lead ourselves well, our thinking is transformed. We finally grasp that God’s presence and agenda in the journey to a new and sometimes disorienting tomorrow is the real gift. Oh... don’t let that elephant distract you!
Written by Bob Bumgarner