To be a Christian is to live dangerously, honestly, freely — to step in the name of love as if you may land on nothing, yet to keep stepping because the something that sustains you no empire can give you and no empire can take away. —Cornel West, from his book Democracy Matters
Always good when Sojourners sends me what I need for the day (despite my being in no conceivable way in the same league as Cornel West.) Leading is hard, being in front is hard. I want to race like the wind, with all the energy in my body & soul. But I want company in my sprint. I keep thinking, if we just read a bit more, study a bit more, the world is going to turn.
Today I’ve been reminded that it’s not my place to determine how or when anyone other than me acts. My irritable self is of no help to anyone. I’m a reluctant (or semi-reluctant) leader. Admittedly, I do like it when others agree & do what I want.
But why is it so important to me that this thing be done, at this time, by this group? This is where patience is key. Listen, wait, watch. Kairos. I’m lousy at this.
What does transition to leadership look like? Passion. Trust. Encouragement. Letting go. Facing demons. Stepping into the fear. And it’s a cyclic process. Be patient. Hold the space open for awhile.
Truly, the “More” that sustains me does indeed give to me freely, honestly & abundantly in a way that no empire can& no empire can take away. When I focus on that abundance & sink into the knowledge that all is ok, all is welll. Even for my soul in free fall