I’m not always available. That’s the truth of my life these days. Ministry and family commitments which often includes quiet and uninterrupted times of preparation or travel, means that I can’t always be available to mentees exactly when they think they need me.
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A Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders
Author: Reggie McNeal
What is spiritual leadership?
“The first order of responsibility for spiritual leaders: to reflect the heart of God to the people around them (XIV).”
I’ve come to understand that the first person that I must lead is myself. Self-leadership includes everything from the way I focus my mind, nurture my body, and care for my soul and spiritual well-being, to the discipline in which I pursue my purpose.
When it comes to leadership, you must put your heart in it. The lesson from this book is: “When a leader loses heart, he [or she] loses (xix).” Life is difficult and challenging for every one of us. While some challenges and days are more difficult than others, it is certain that all of us will struggle in this world. When confronting their grief at the reality of his own death, Jesus words to his disciples was this: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33 NIV).” I love that in our English translations, there is the coordinating conjunction “but” in this sentence. In this sentence the word “but” connects and contrasts the trouble of this world with the proper response to take heart. Taking heart is an intentional act and it affirms the hope we have in Jesus. Jesus has overcome this world! In him, we are victorious and can therefore, live as champions in spite of the world’s troubles.
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The past few weeks have been one of voting, speaking, praying, planning, and waiting. This Holy Week has been one of tying up loose ends so my family and I can take a much needed vacation. Of course, we are preparing our hearts and meditating on the ultimate Good News—the sacrifice of Christ—and the new life we are offered through Him.
I did have the opportunity to peek at a few joyous moments on the internet over the past couple weeks. Check them out:
- I love great music! And I LOVE listening to a voice that stands out on its own. It’s no surprise then that Ms. Patti Labelle is one of my favorite old school artists, and I consider Fantasia among my generation’s legends. That says a lot because I don’t easily consider myself a fan of entertainers. However, when you ask Fantasia to give a tribute to Patti Labelle and she sannnngs, yes, sannnnnnnnngs about Ms. Patti being her friend. Well, expect perfection. And it was!
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