[leaders’ bootcamp: control & planning]
I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
Jeremiah 29:11, the Message
It was a long time since I have been just one of the “kids” in the camp and not a leader. I got so used to the fact that for so many years I was the one who had control, the one who knew what will be next.
At first, I relaxed.
“Well, they know what to do, they just can tell me what’s going on and I’ll be fine just following instructions.”
HA. As a person who likes to be on time and therefore plan accordingly, I could not plan my time in this camp. The reason? Our coaches never told us the entire schedule. When one event was finishing up, they would tell us something like “You’ve got 2 minutes to change shoes and we’ll meet outside.” Those who were late had to do push-ups (for guys) or sit-ups (for gals)…
There were a few lessons that I have learned from this tactic.
You can do quite a lot in 1.5 minutes if you have to.
Seriously. The main problem for us was that there was only one women’s bathroom and so in those tiny time-outs there was almost always a line of women. But I’ve learned to use the time wisely, not just wander around the camp, thinking what to do.
Not having control is humbling.
When you have no control, you don’t have a choice but to rely on the one who does have control. Sometimes it sucks in life, but when you rely on the One who has THE Control then you’re all set. It does take humility to accept the fact that you do not control everything.
Not having control is relaxing.
Many people have told me that I am a great leader. I do not view myself as such, but I’ve noticed myself assume responsibility of a leader when there is a need. However, whenever a person appears who wants to be a leader and whom I trust with the ones I’ve led, I happily give up being a leader and become a follower.
In life we do not have the entire schedule laid out.
Yes, God knows perfectly well what the schedule is, but He often just tells us “Well, now it’s time for this” or hints that there might be some pretty bonfires later. Sometimes, He just says, “Wait a minute.”
Someone once said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.” Another wonderful quote, which is originally in Russian, but translated it goes “Man proposes, God disposes.” We can plan all we want, but if we do not ask Him, our plans might or might not become reality
My pastor is in a good physical shape.
Yeah, that was random. But since he was late a couple of times, all of us had a wonderful opportunity to see him do push-ups.
Thoughts, questions, comments?