Quiet morning and thoughts on writing this message are up as they are down. Little I share, so much more to come. But in the gentle hours of this soft morning, I think of two simple sacraments of leadership. These represent sincere leadership styles that may or may not have been researched; yet, important just the same.
Joy– Philippians (1:7) highlights the significance of partaking in grace. A recent experience brought truth to my consistent adaptation of grace in life. Let’s just say, the person I poured out my grace to, can sometimes be construed as impossible to work with. However, in a difficult decision concerning future research in my field, I was able to correct a gigantic error made by this individual, who then thanked me for my gracious behavior concerning the matter. Through grace, we found joy!
With leadership and any other area of life, it is vital to always remember that like mirrors like. If in our positions, we expect support when all is transmitted through a leadership spirit, is wrath to goal-supporters, then ire, distrust, and anger are what are to be expected. If one is pinched hard enough a bruise ensues. We must never bruise the hearts of others based on drive, greed or missteps. Pray first, think second!
Peace of Mind-Interesting enough, I know of some individuals who believe three hours of sleep, living on coffee and junk food, and persistent in work and goals, offer a platform of heroism. I’m here to say those representing this group are not heroes in God’s eyes and should never be praised for consistently being on the move. This is a system of dishonest mysticism Paul discussed in Colossians (2:14-23). When we begin to recognize there are elements in life we can and cannot control, then clarifications on the imperative of letting go and allowing God, often morphs into the construct of peace of mind.
In the expressive salutation of leader, much is expected from us. However, I acknowledge the importance of slowing down to really enjoy the beauty around. God consistently gives and wants us to relish in the riches of His goodness (Romans 2:4).
In this holiday season, let’s welcome every moment. See the Christmas lights as representations of the one Light in you. Enjoy every bite of God’s provisions, and allow yourself time for rest in His words, rest in a motivational good book, rest on your soft pillow, rest by just being still. Allow this time of renewal in you to come from within you as you stroll into the year 2021. This stroll led by new and freshened thoughts and ideas to strongly and most effortlessly continue to do what you’ve begun to serve God and His Kingdom.
With joy, utmost peace of mind, and from grace,
Enjoy this most holy season,
Rev. M. Charlotte Oliver