Follow the Leader

18 09 2013

How long has it been since you played Follow the Leader? Marching behind a little one is a great way to get a new perspective. Their imaginations take over, and there are no boundaries to where we can go, what we can accomplish, or the enthusiasm it takes to get there. This children’s game is a great picture of our walk with God. In Follow the Leader, the followers imitate everything that the leader does. They walk where the leader walks, move like the leader moves, mirror the leader’s timing, and learn from the leader’s steps. The followers find joy in following. No need to worry about where to go next. The leader knows the way. No reason to rush or run ahead. The leader sets the pace.

Psalm 37:5 says, “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act.” I love the confidence that flows from this promise. Commitment and trust open the door for God’s movement. God’s action will always bring God’s blessings. His movement will allow His purpose to take shape in our lives. His presence will inspire the transformation that is at the heart of His desire for our hearts. When God acts, He brings the full measure of His goodness, grace, power, and faithfulness into our lives.

My Jesus Resolution today is to Follow the Leader. Following will require me to walk in step with God, rather than rushing ahead as I often do. It calls me to not be in such a rush to reach the destination, but rather enjoy the journey. There are smiles to be had on the way, conversations to be savored, little delights to be noticed. In the end, following the Leader isn’t just about getting where we need to go. It is primarily about learning to imitate the One who leads us.


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