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He leads Me...

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He  leads me besides still waters…
Spiritual directors take note Jesus is a leader not a manager.   Jesus doesn’t manage us (beside still waters) he leads us.   There is a profound difference between leadership and management.    We manage things but we have to lead people.  
Management is a science leadership on the other hand is an art. Managers exercise control whereas leaders give direction; managers think about structures and procedures leaders think about people. 
Peter Drucker, the highly respected management consultant once famously said that, “Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.”   Let me go ahead and just say it - I think that is doubly true of ministry.  In fact most of what we call church makes it impossible to be a Christian.  To quote Drucker once more, “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all”  and that about sums up most of what we're trying to in religion
Most pastors are at best managers (and if you ever need counseling you’ll discover they’re most are actually micro-managers) they’re consumed with  doing things right, whilst a leaders sole interest is in doing the right thing. 
The world can manufacture managers and seminaries can produce clergy but God makes servant leaders. Only God makes good shepherds.  Businesses need them, families need them and spiritual communities need them.    
We need their energy, their resonance, their vision.  It has been said that, “dissatisfaction and discouragement are not caused by the absence of things but the absence of vision.”  Vision guides, vision restores our soul, vision helps us keep moving even through valleys overcast with the shadow of death, vision prepares a table for us in the presence of our most deadly enemy – our self-doubt.
Spiritual vision requires both spiritual sight and spiritual insight; to move a group of people toward their preferred future, a future in which we prefer others; one in which we value our relationships more than our rights; one where we our allegiance is deserved not demanded.   And follow they will in response to and in proportion to your Psalm 23 servant leadership.  
If we are to lead others to still and not troubled waters then, we as leaders must up our SQ game.   Only as we come to understand who we are, will our spiritual intelligence increase.  And as it does so the Christ-in-us permeates more and more holistically in our lives and so “the house is filled with the fragrance of perfume.” (John 12:3)   
When fully defused this fragrance, the very perfume of life to those who are being saved clings to the walls of all that we do. This diffuse life of Christ impacts the whole of our being.   
The Christ life in us is potent, radiating hope, healing, kindness and compassion through our head, heart, health and hands, impacting the way we lead ourselves and others, the way in which we love ourselves and others, influencing our being and creating in us a desire to serve one another in love.   
We don't need another church vision masquerading as a new vision from God we need a new vision of God and of ourselves.  We need leaders who have the ability to communicate a person’s self-worth to them so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves; without such a vision the people will continue to perish Proverbs 29:18.


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