At times I like to go back and review my journal to see where I've been and get perspective on my present direction. Tomorrow is a monumental day....I turn 40. My kids have been telling me that it's really the new 30. I hope so.....I've been thinking that I'll have to begin shopping in the Dad section of J. C. Penny's.
I may not be as old as Moses but his words really stood out to me last year..
Leadership has its
limits. In Deut 31 Moses has come to the
end of his tenure as
Moses came to a time where he was no longer able to lead.
“I am now a hundred and twenty years old and I am no longer able to lead you.”
What are my limitations as a leader? When will I no longer be able to lead?
- Physical limitations-there will be a time when I no longer have the energy or capacity to lead at the pace presently do. What am I doing now that is preparing me and our church for a day like that? Am I building into other leaders, forging structures and systems that are not dependant upon a leader who has extensive energy reserves? Am I moving at a pace that is age appropriate for me and my family?
- Knowledge limitations-where are there gaps in my leadership knowledge that cannot be overcome by reading, seminar attending, coaching or skill building? Some are effective with 10’s, 100’s, 1000’s and 10,000’s…each requires a different level of knowledge.
- Capacity limitations-in the same way as the items above, a church or ministry may grow beyond my capacity to lead and shepherd…in that day will I hang on or get out of the way? God help me to be sensitive and discerning in understanding my maximum capacity.
- Spiritual limitations-are there areas in my life where I am unyielding to God’s hand and correction? What areas do I need to lean into and learn, digging deeper into what I believe, what I practice and what I teach? Discipleship and Doctrine matter.
- Stage of Life limitations-for a time I wanted to be a church planter, I was ready to pack it up and move to Denver Colorado and capture the city for Christ….while I was ready I did not discern that my family wasn’t…what seemed and adventure for me was a disaster waiting to happen for my wife and ultimately our kids. If I had not heard and been sensitive to her needs and God speaking into that situation I might have made the move and ultimately lost my family. Consider carefully the family that God has allowed you to have when it comes to your leadership.
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