How to Lead . . .Trees

“The trees once went forth to anoint a king over them.
And they said to the olive tree,
‘Reign over us!’
But the olive tree said to them,
‘Should I cease giving my oil,
with which they honor God and men,
And go to sway over trees’?” Judge 9:8-9

Good leaders desire to lead people, not to hold sway over them.

Lord, we pray for You to raise up leaders among us who lead by serving You. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Eyes on Him

So hard
for leaders
with power
and influence
to keep
their eyes
off of
themselves.

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22 Comments

  1. Keep us fed girl! Hope all is well with you and yours. As I, you light the midnight oil.

    Thanks for your good thoughts. My midnight oil, as usual, is right on time, and God speaks to me during this time πŸ™‚

    hugs

  2. Wow, Deb!

    I like! πŸ™‚ So pointed and direct, yet it can go in many directions

    The thoughts came flooding as I read this piece. I thought of the leaders in the Bible who looked at themselves instead of towards Him… The grass-eating king in Daniel 4 probably the most popular but we can be assured that God “will not share His glory with another.”

    I am thinking too how important it is for others to see Him in us whether we lead or are being led.

    Makes me wonder how many we have placed in leadership positions who weren’t ready (or suited) to lead us… I also think of us getting into pickles by walking where He didn’t lead … I think of us heading elsewhere for direction because He wouldn’t sanction what we asked of Him… I also think of all the consequences that come as a result of our deliberate actions that didn’t follow His plans….

    I am thankful that He forgives and heals and restores (There goes that word again!!)

    Thank you Deb. This is very good food for thought and much to pray about!!

    “Lord, we pray for You to raise up leaders among us who lead by serving You.”
    Echo!!

    Pensive,
    ann

  3. God bless you, dear Elizabeth as you listen in these night shifts! So thankful that you are safe! Thank you for coming by and leaving a beautiful message for me and others!

  4. Oh Ann full of grace . . .all that ways that you allow Him to lead you and comfort you, counsel you and love you . . .amaze me! I clicked published on this one, but like so many times, didn’t feel it was very “complete”. Then here you come and show me it doesn’t have to be, because God will send “completers” to finish the job. Very humbling and very beautiful! Thank you!
    God bless you as you seek and find Him wherever you go!

  5. What is it about us that wants any kind of human leader at all within our Christian context? Why not have just wise persons who give guidance but don’t mandate? We could have guidance from the ultimate guide, the Holy Spirit, even in place of wise ones, but teachers do sometimes show us things we might not otherwise or quickly have come by. But even teachers or wise ones shouldn’t replace the Holy Spirit or God in our lives. They might contribute, but not lead, not make choices for the group, not be the ones that have the vision for the group. I think all those things are the domain of God the Father/Son/Holy Spirit and we as humans just can’t get the itch out of the britches to so quickly hand that unique provision of God over to other humans.

    Some people do better than others with this, as do some groups. There are groups that aren’t lead by a person or persons, but rather arrive at group consensus after praying, etc. Even these groups can fall off the trail of truth, so it is all risky, and potentially rewarding when it goes well, but I think the greater risk is placing people in positions that they were never designed for (at least it seems to me they were never designed for). Even when God began anointing kings, he warned the people of the pitfalls of having a king. He knew it wasn’t the way to go even in this fallen world. He knew their best bet was still to seek His leading and guiding as individuals first, then corporately as groups albeit groups without kings, priests, etc. He added those things only at humans’ persistent demands or disobedience, it seems to me.

    I think he wants us ALL to be the good leaders that He raises up with no one of us being ‘more leader’ than any other. Some of us might be more wise, if we have been walking with Him longer, but that shouldn’t make us ‘more leader’; it should just make us more humble. And I think truly humble people don’t seek or accept leadership. Those are my excessive thoughts here. πŸ™‚

  6. The leaders in the Bible lead by example and seldom by words.

  7. Love that, Larry! Such a cool way to ‘lead’ and so easy to ‘follow’! Following by example would be the result, wouldn’t it?

  8. Deb, Thank you so much for your prayer. A servant leader is what I want to be in my church. To lead by example and to serve in love, relying on Christ as my strength and pointing to Him as leader of all. Love the poem. πŸ™‚ I think I might share this with my fellow board of elders members. Peace, Linda

  9. I love your excessive thoughts here! πŸ™‚ “I think He wants us ALL to be the good leaders that He raises up . . .” I think so too. Why do we want human leaders so badly? Speaking for myself . . .maybe to avoid the responsibility of having to pray and think and work things out with God myself.
    God bless you, Angel A. and all the ways He is leading you!

  10. What a straight point Deb! Thanks! πŸ™‚ I pray God would help me to keep my eyes on Him as I care for those He has charged me with!

  11. Oh . . .excellent insight (again!) Larry! Thank you!
    God bless you as you lead the way He asks you to!

  12. I love your servant leader heart, Linda, and know that God gave it to you. πŸ™‚ God bless you and the call He has put upon you this day!

  13. That is a very humbling place to be in, Pastor J , and not one that everyone is asked to do . . .or is trusted by Him to do. God bless you and tenderly care for you as you care for others, in His name.

  14. I’m praying for a Christian president soon. Can you imagine the difference that would make in “keeping their eyes off themselves?”

    Even people who are not (yet) believers would be very blessed by this…

  15. God bless you, LInda, and your desire to see others led by Him, through someone who knows and honors Him. πŸ™‚ Okay . . .when are you thinking about running for president? πŸ˜‰
    love you!

  16. Oh Deb, this was so good!

    Love,
    Theresa

  17. God bless you, Theresa, as you follow Him and in so doing, lead others to as well! πŸ™‚
    love for your day!

  18. In my imaginary life, I already am… Hahaha. : )

  19. I love this post…right to the point!

    I beg to differ with your response to Ann…not only is the post complete, it is brilliant in its simplicity.

    You are awesome, and I thank God for using you to continually bless so many people…including lil’ ole me! πŸ™‚
    love you!!
    p.s. I hope this is not a duplicate, I posted a comment and not sure where it went…and then I couldn’t remember exactly what I said! haha

  20. I have done that duplicate post thing before! haha! But nope, you are good! πŸ™‚
    You are my cheerleader Bee, and I appreciate you so much. So thankful that God can do something with these, that He keeps giving me a time to be with Him and write and a way to share what I write. Before, it was always about sending stuff out . . .trying to get published. God changed all of that and I am so blessed to get to do this and to have wonderful friends like you to share with too!
    God bless you and keep you today in His tender loving care!
    love lil’ ole you!

  21. “Lord, we pray for You to raise up leaders among us who lead by serving You.”

    Amen and amen to that!

  22. Thanks for being here Loren! And for being a leader in Christ today! God bless you and yours!


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