[leaders’ bootcamp: epic fail… or not? part 2]
Yesterday I shared about the experience in the woods. The post today will talk about the lessons learned from that experience. The post yesterday was long, but I still encourage you to read it so you would understand what I am talking about.
Yep, this is one of the few phrases of my Bible teacher that I agree with. Assuming most of the time leads to disasters – big or small, doesn’t really matter – disaster is a disaster.
Both the gal in front of me and I assumed that the bonfire on the hill was where we were supposed to come after the trip. Like moths, we were drawn to that fire… and got burned.
Thankfully, in our case, no one got hurt, but I can think of thousand things that could’ve gone wrong taking into account that we got lost and stumbled upon a wrong company.
FOLLOW THE RULES
When the Pharisees heard how he had bested the Sadducees, they gathered their forces for an assault. One of their religion scholars spoke for them, posing a question they hoped would show him up: “Teacher, which command in God’s Law is the most important?”
Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.”
Matthew 22:36-40, the Message
Some of you are thinking, “Duh!” and maybe some of you are thinking “Why the heck would I follow some rules?”
Often in life we think we got the situation under control, we think we know what we are doing, and rules seem redundant. Another extreme would be trying to follow all the rules forgetting to enjoy whatever we’re doing, whether it is our work, our family life, our ministry.
We need to find a balance here because this issue becomes a pendulum moment for a lot of us. Some rules are indeed redundant because they were made by men, but there are rules and commandments given by God and those were given for our good.
WHO IS LOST?
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
John 8:12, NLT
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
John 14:6, NLT
I had to laugh when most of the people in our group started saying that the people who were in front got lost. After I realized they were not joking, I told a gal who stood next to me:
“We are the ones who are lost! They’ve got a coach who knows the way and they have a lamp!”
Whenever we are not sure what the others are doing, we assume (yeah, here it is again) that they got lost. Sometimes it is true, sometimes it is not. It was especially graphic for us since our pastor was with us and he is the person we all look up to when we are not sure what to do. This is my personal battle as well because, hard as I try not to, I still sometimes put him on a pedestal and look up to him instead of the One I should look up to.
The pastor does not have all the answers. He can get lost too. The one in front of the team with a lamp is the one we should follow. The One who is the Light is the One we should look for.
IF SOMETHING GOES NOT AS PLANNED, STILL TRY TO FIND SOMETHING GOOD IN IT.
This has been my thing for the couple past years, I guess – looking for good things even when everything seems chaotic and clearly wrong.
In this situation, I was determined to enjoy my time with God – whether it went as planned or not.
To be honest, I suspect that this is how He planned it. It was a great example of what do we do when something goes not as we planned. The first impulse is to panic and panic blinds us. It looms over us like a big black boulder that blocks the light out and we run headfirst into that boulder, and then sink to the ground, helpless.
And it was a lesson to learn how to trust Him more than our own instincts. Besides, the magnificently lit sky was still there, the stars were bright, I even spotted a meteor as it swooped across the heavens, and most importantly, God was still there, waiting for His date with me.
What was one lesson that you have learned recently that deeply impacted you?