Leader: Are you Weary in the Wilderness?

Desert and Camels

God uses the hard realities of life to expose our deepest fears and internal struggles. These experiences make us more self-aware so we can cultivate the spiritual disciplines necessary to lead ourselves and others well. Consider what happened to Moses, the humblest person on earth (Num. 12:3). After the people complained about their misfortunes yet again in the wilderness, Moses was miserable. He cried out to the Lord: “What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised? … If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me” (Num. 11:11–12, 15).

Who would have thought that the humblest man in the world could fall so deep into despair? Have you ever found yourself in such a state of weariness? There are many days in my life when I find myself praying: “God, please don’t let me become weary in doing good, for I know that at the proper time I will reap a harvest if I don’t give up. Help me to press on and do good to all people, especially to those who belong to your family” (see Gal. 6:9–10). This prayer is particularly helpful when I’m going through a wilderness experience or dealing with difficult people. Prayer disciplines us to humble ourselves before God, and it also provides revelation for how to move forward.
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A Desperate Need: The Way of Heart

The Way of Heart book coverThe Way of the Heart: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers

Why I picked up this book:

This book was required reading for one of my leadership courses in seminary. Because of the some of the spiritual disciplines shared in it, I have revisited it several times since. During this difficult time in our country, I am reflecting on this book again.

Who Should Read The Way of the Heart:

The Way of Heart is authored by Henri Nouwen (1932-1996), a priest born and educated in the Netherlands. In this small resource, he shares about the spiritual disciplines of silence, solitude, and prayer, and how these disciplines have sustained the lives of leaders. These disciplines have proven effective for many in spite of “historical, theological, and psychological differences.” I need these now, and I offer them to my brothers and sisters who are leading, ministering, pursuing justice, and committed to the work of reconciliation.

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The Best of the Year & The Way Ahead for 2014!

The year is drawing to a close and it has been a wonderful time of learning, growing, sharing, and writing. I will be taking a Sabbatical over the next few days and look forward to connecting with you in the New Year. There are some exciting things on the horizon and I can’t wait to share.

What to Expect in 2014?

In January, I will start my final independent study and blog series on the topic of biblical justice. I plan to continue some of my regular topics on Mondays, but will primarily be focusing on various justice topics and introducing you to a few new friends who care deeply about this topic. As part of this series, we will also have a “Refuse to Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery” chapter-by-chapter book discussion on Tuesdays beginning January 7, 2014. I hope you will join in.

In the meantime, I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Here are highlights from the year to keep you company as you hopefully enjoy some days of rest:

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