Sharing is Caring :)
Have you ever heard the phrase before, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care?”
I have seen this phrase attributed to John Maxwell (Read his stuff!), and Teddie Roosevelt. Despite who actually said it first, the leadership principle has been one that God has shown me a lot about this past year.
About a year ago I felt like God starting dealing with my heart about seeing unity among our church grow. As a young leader my mind immediately went to places like, “What event could we throw to make this happen quick?” But as God kept bringing the theme to mind He led me to much smaller events than I originally thought.
If I were God and I wanted to create more of a family among our church I would either have a conference, or a worship night, with tons of people there and it would be really incredible!
Fortunately I am NOT God!
God has continued to lead me to much smaller events in the form of 1-on-1 coffee/lunch meetings. These type of meetings are a place where I can’t hide behind the illusion of caring, but I am confronted with “Do I really care for this person?” Or even crazier, “Do I really love this person?”
Jesus said many crazy things while on the Earth. Very often they show me just how selfish I am, and it feels like a punch to the gut! One of those is found in John 13:35. In the NLT(One of my favorite versions of the Bible) it reads, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciple.”
So long story short, God has led me to a place where my most treasured time with leaders of our church is not when there is a huge crowd, with the lights going crazy, but the simple 1-on-1 time sharing life with real people going through real life, with a real God.