From Sunday Highlights to Sunday Lessons
I’ve decided to change my “Sunday Highlights” posts to “Sunday Lessons”. While some of my Sunday Highlights include lessons I’m learning as a leader, I rarely have time to fully dive into them. The new format will focus on one leadership lesson I’m learning every week or highlighting one of our leaders in action. Occasionally my lesson could come from the message in which case I might include more quotes from the message, but I won’t share those as regularly. You can always listen or watch Cross Point messages online though.
Here’s this week’s lesson:
Occasionally you’ve heard me whine about not feeling very needed on Sundays. My role is such that I roam from campus to campus and occasionally fill in for a campus pastor. We’re currently in a season where all of our key leaders are in place and I often find myself waking up on Sunday morning with no place I “have” to be. I can choose where I want to serve for the morning. This sounds wonderful, but frankly it’s left me feeling very lost and unneeded. Something that can rock even the toughest of leaders.
I’m realizing however that my perspective on this has been very selfish. I’ve been approaching Sundays with an attitude of “where am I needed?”, in other words “who needs me?”, “who can’t do without me?”. That’s a whole lot of “ME”! Feels kind of gross to write it that way, but it’s true.
What would it look like if I changed my perspective to “who can I best encourage or support today?” What if my focus on Sundays was to find ways to champion and encourage? What if I shifted my thought process from “what can I do?” to “what can I give?” I’d love my presence on a campus to be something that our team looks forward to, not because they need me but because they feel loved and encouraged for what they do.
I’m learning that leadership is less about what I do and so much more about what I give.
What I do on Sundays is give:
- give encouragement
- give support
- give love
- give guidance
- give vision
- give a helping hand
What would you add to this list? How are you learning to give as a leader?