Dabar [theme]

He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Walk Softly & Carry a Big Stick




The title is from a line in a movie called Walking Tall. It's a great bit of advice, a great way to lead. The idea of just coming up behind people and beating them into submission, realigning their thoughts to conform, adjusting their intents, persuasively, without further fear of retribution (unless of course they have a biigger stick or walk more softly). Compliance of this sort would not be that which would develope a following of any great significance, the following would be a people who would bail at the first advent of adversity. There would be no staying power, there would be no decision to stick it out in spite of situations and circumstances. Friendships would be none existent, or at best of little value, the power of a person to lean on when I'm not strong, the opportunity to have a brother beyond that of blood to help carry on, the understanding of a fellow travelor who shares or is willing to share the experiences of life.

There are those who would use intimidation and power to master and control, in order to achieve an agenda of thier choosing. Absoloute power corrupts absolutetly. Power under control is the theme of leadership in the New Testament. Mastery is a servant term in the new covenant instituted by Jesus. Mandates for leadership are given and their appropriation by the men and women of the times are seen as gifts from God. The giftedness carried with it a sense of accountability that left leaders humbled by the awesome responsibilty of the care for a people purchased at such great cost. It has a tendency to leave me breathless (not speechless) in anticipation of the calling. It leaves me searching for the means to teach into lives, to bring change, to be a part of a canvas being painted by brush strokes and weavings of colour beyond my vision to comprehend. Truly who would not be humbled by the workings of a God full of grace and understanding?

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