Follow the Leader

But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then. – Matthew 19:30

followleaderThere’s nothing like a good rousing game of follow the leader… or at least that’s what millions of school children think. Most of the time it seems that’s what grown-ups think as well. And we all know what the coveted role in that game is… everybody wants to be the Leader!

At one point in my life, I was a leader… I led classrooms of children, in both school and Bible class. I led Ladies Bible Class. I led co-workers in committees. I led parents in the volunteer organization for my kids’ school. I led in many areas, and they were all good works! I loved being involved, and most days I loved being the leader.

Then I was struck with chronic illness and disability. I could no longer lead those classes and committees, and some days I couldn’t even follow. I struggled for a long time with how to fit into God’s service in ANY way, and it never occurred to me that I could still lead. How could I lead if I couldn’t know from one week to the next if I would even be present? How could I lead if I had too little energy to put into even being a part of an event, much less planning and organizing it? How could I lead if I couldn’t walk, or sometimes speak? How could I lead if my memory was patchy and my moods shifted like the wind? In my mind, no one would ever trust me with a leadership position again.

But God did. Jesus reminded me that the servants are the true leaders, and I knew that I was going to be ok, after all. By my circumstances and my abilities, I am now “the least of these”. Now I serve in whatever small ways God reveals to me, and I am feeling so blessed that He still has use for me in His kingdom.

I recognize on a daily basis how many small jobs there that are neglected in the Lord’s body, simply because everyone is trying to be the leader. And honestly, I have never felt happier or more fulfilled than when I am filling these roles! Leadership doesn’t hold a candle to servanthood. I wish I had known that all along. But I’m glad I’m learning it now.

Dear Lord, serving you is so much sweeter than I ever imagined it could be! Thank You for showing me a more perfect way. Thank You for the leaders who are still willing and able. Thank you for giving me a place in Your kingdom work. In Jesus’ Name, Amen…

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2 Comments on “Follow the Leader

  1. Thank you, Shelly, for this oh-so-well-written post! Your words surely speak to my heart and are such a blessing as I’m in much the same place of former-leader, now joyful servant! Some day more able to serve than others, but always willing in whatever way God enables!
    God bless you mightily, sister-in-Christ!

  2. Thank you so much for your comment, Jennifer! I am so glad that God used my words to speak to your heart and bless you! It’s wonderful to meet you, Sister!!! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

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