Jesus has been frustrating my life ever since I met him. Jesus hardly ever goes where one expects him to go, hangs out with the people one expects him to hang out with, and says what one expects him to say. Frankly, Jesus isn’t as religious as we think he should be.
If you happened to be flipping through the channels this week and thought you saw Steve on TBN preaching radical grace, no, somebody did not slip you one of those “special” brownies. It actually happened, and it was awesome.
Why are we all so anxious just to get to the next thing? God, in his grace and freedom, wants us to do the thing that is presently before us…like enjoying a good movie with our family, drinking a milkshake with friends, playing golf or maybe even playing poker (or, if that offends, tiddlywinks).
Leadership positions, using a narrow definition, typically include tasks other than “leading”—like planning goals, organizing resources and controlling finances—“management” tasks. Good stewardship often demands strict oversight of the “things” of the organization, but ideally, when it comes to people, the leader in the leadership role actually “leads.” The challenge of leadership—the scary part—is that the “leading” part of a leadership role means abandoning the illusion of control.