Pastor Brian Houston said “When we realize that leadership is always the problem and the solution…” It is such a true statement; but I forget about the fact that as a leader my everyday life is very important. The routine boring stuff actually makes or breaks me as a leader. It is important for me to take responsibility for my life because of the impact it has on others. It is important for you too!!
Place Your Life Before God
12 1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. – (Romans 12:1-2 The Message )
- Your Sleeping: Who ends up in your bed matters!!! Choose your spouse wisely, you will sleep with them the rest of your married life! Who we have a covenant relationship with affects our life and our leadership. Also, getting enough sleep matters. I can’t be irresponsible with how much sleep I get. I have a family to take care of and a job to do. I don’t want to be kicking on 50% percent just because I decided to do a netflix binge one night. It is my responsibility to be mentally clear and stable because I got the rest I needed. Sleep.. it seems is important!
- Eating – Well.. this one is a struggle for me. I have never really had weight issues because of some health issues that I used to have. Therefore.. I ate whatever I wanted. Currently, I am realizing that this is not the the healthiest way to live. Thin doesn’t mean healthy. I have a total love affair with food. I love the way it smells, I love to prepare it, cook it and enjoy it with family and friends. However, I want to think more about the kinds of foods I need to be eating to maintain a healthy lifestyle now and for years to come. Sometimes, if I have a carb heavy lunch.. a few hours later I am a zombie. That is not good leadership. I need fuel to get through the day energetically! It is an everyday, seemingly ordinary thing; but I encourage you do what this scripture says and quit letting our culture of fast food drag you down to its level.
- Going to Work – Work is a part of our life. A very important one. I love the series we did at Oasis by John Bevere, “Called”. He talks about our work being part of our calling. It may not seem that way, but we are supposed to work. God made us with unique gifts and talents. Whether we are currently flowing in them or not, our attitude about work matters. Culture tries to convince us that work is bad and just takes all of our time, but the Bible says we have to work to eat! Culture tells you to always complain, be negative, and hate your job. Culture tells you the grass is always greener at another job. But, what if we rise above the culture and fix our attention on God? What if we work as working unto the Lord? What if God is trying to bring out the best in us through working on our character, but we just won’t let Him? Are we setting good examples at work of right attitudes, hard work, dedication and character? Or are we being drug down by the culture around us?
- Walking Around Life – I think this just means all of the in-betweens, like running errands to the grocery store. Today, because I just learned today, I have to run to the store to get chips for something at my son’s school tomorrow. I could get irritated that I have to run a last minute errand; or I could gladly accept the fact that this is just another everyday ordinary thing that I GET to do. I have the money to buy the chips, I have the car to get to the store, it is a beautiful day and most importantly… it is for my son. Our attitude about our lives matter, and it makes a huge difference in our leadership.
I want to be able to recognize what God wants from me and respond to it! I want to embrace the fact that God knows what is best for me and to trust Him fully. I want to place my life before God as an offering! In doing that, I find the simplest joys in the everyday ordinary things. When I fix my attention on God, I find Him there in the everyday ordinary things. My life and leadership matter and so does yours! Whether you are leading in a church, at home, in a classroom, on the job or in the grocery store… your everyday, ordinary life matters!