Kudos to Brian Barela for putting legs on a fantastic idea – the Blog-ference. Well done, Brian. Thanks for inviting me into the conversation. I’ve learned a lot – for free. I’ve been impressed with DJ’s discussions on contextualization, Brian Virtue’s thoughts on servant leadership, and Shane’s crazy ideas for people in the mission. I appreciate everyone who took time to read and comment on my thoughts. Thank you for the gift of focused attention.
To close the week, I am considering Jesus’ last 6 hours with his men, the night before he was arrested and taken away. The apostle John allots 5 chapters out of 21 to these special moments. After Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, he wrapped a bow around three years of life-on-life discipleship by his actions, sharing his heart, and praying for his men to change the world.
“Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:17).
This verse has been a guidepost for me during the past 10 years of my spiritual leadership. No matter what scope of responsibility we’ve been given, leading and serving other people gets complicated. There is always another idea to run up the flag pole, more demographics to research, more needs that I can meet, more teammates to consult, more trends to analyze. Jesus cuts through it all: Do What You Know.
I can think of no better four-word summary of what change leadership is all about. Change begins with me. If I know it, own it, and act on it, by God’s grace and power, change happens and I am blessed.
The world is waiting for each generation to show the Way. May we all lead well by loving well. Selah.