I have been a bit absent from the blogging world for a few weeks. First I was wrapping up a busy end of the semester, and then I was home in the lovely state of Nebraska for 2 1/2 weeks. There is nothing like going home. But, here I am, back in Texas and will try to get back into putting out some thoughts from time to time.
While I was home I heard a pretty great sermon in a series on characteristics of a servant leader. The pastor was highlighting a different characteristic each week, and the week I was there the focus was on the Adventurous servant leader. I’m not sure if I would have used “adventurous” to describe a servant leader before, but after hearing the sermon I got excited about the idea. Here are a few points from the sermon and my thoughts.
The first point of the sermon was that the adventurous servant leader has a cause and they are committed to that cause. Acts 20:24 says, “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me- the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace”. Paul’s cause was the Kingdom of God and sharing the Good News. He was not only committed to this task but he took action and he inspired others along the way.
The life of the adventurous servant leader will involve risk and hardship. But that is where faith in God comes in. We do not walk blindly without a Guide. Corrie ten Boom described faith as the “Fantastic Adventure in Trusting Him”.
I think walking by faith makes each day an adventure. Sure, not everything we do each day involves stepping outside of our comfort zone or taking huge risks. But for me, the adventure begins when I ask God to help me see the people around me with His eyes. I don’t know when that means I will stop to talk to someone or just offer a helping hand, or when God might ask for another step of obedience. But I’ve said, “Yes, Lord” and I’ve taken off any strings or “Yes, buts..”. I don’t always feel very adventurous, actually most of the time I don’t. But what better place to be, then to have to say, “Lord I’m trusting You in this because I’m in way over my head”, and then watch how He provides the strength and resources you need. I hope that you will see what adventures God has for you in the small things every day as well as in the grand journeys He may take you on.