I came to Christ when I was 16 years old – a very dramatic experience for me. As a result I decided I was here to serve God – how could I do that? Work in the church, avoid any career path and that would be the way. Well I think differently now. I do not have a career / expertise in the business realm – and sometimes I think that would be great if I did. What do we do here in Mallorca / Spain – or wherever in Europe in 3 or 4 years time? No career to fall back on – no expertise to draw on… but this has been my journey for which I am very thankful.
I have learned to believe God to be my source (and to doubt it too!!!). I have learned that there are values in life that do not become visible in the Western economies, but count for a lot in God’s economy.
Church leadership – I was privileged to be appointed as an ‘elder’ and then to begin to ‘lead’ the church community, when I was 29, that Sue and I were joined to. A privilege to hear the stories of others, to discover that so many ordinary people are indeed the most extraordinary people of all time… Regrets? Wow I learned so much but…
I also have now realised that ‘small people’ can be forgotten and ignored. That when the corporate body has a vision that vision can simply be the vision of a few, or a vision that is motivated by survival.
Yes I would do it differently today.
I hope I will never be so impressed again with corporate vision, and that I might not so easily confuse self-preservation with following God.
So much has changed – check out my birth certificate. But questions remain. What does leadership look like (does it ‘look’ like anything or is it less visible)? Having a vision together cannot be a bad thing, after all God places us in community, but how do we crack this thing of self-preservation?
Wow – heavy duty questions!!!