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At the Heart of It

November 14, 2011

I have been out the past two weeks one week at a conference in Dallas, Texas and one week at our annual staff retreat.  It’s a little like drinking from a fire hose.  I have spent the past 3-5 days processing the past two weeks.  The conference helped in reminding me about the centrality of the Gospel in our lives.

Leaders, we are spinning our wheels if we are doing this in our own strength, or out of some sense of duty.  Sometimes we need to be reminded of the basics, even if we’ve been leading for years.  The first and greatest commandment is found in Matthew 22:37-40 “…Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind…”   Everything we do, every interaction we have with others flows from our love for God.  If it doesn’t flow from our love for God it is legalism, or God-forbid, duty (maybe the two aren’t any different, I don’t know).

If we don’t get the first commandment right then we most certainly can’t follow the second “…Love your neighbor as yourself…”.  Our love for others flows out of the overflow of our love for God.  In order to love people, we must love God more, we have to spend time with Him, and we have to communicate with Him in prayer and that will begin to naturally overflow into our relationships at church, in our families, in our hoods, and at work.

There is no substitute, there is no potion I can create to magically set you in a right relationship with God.  If you want to run a marathon, you have to train.  If you want to get an education, you have to do the homework.  If you want a loving relationship with God, you have to be in His Word and be in prayer.

To tell you the truth, all the training in the world on how to be a better leader, teacher, friend doesn’t amount to much if it doesn’t start with a right relationship with the Most Holy.  Everything we do flows from loving God with all our heart, soul and mind.  We won’t get it perfect all the time, but as my mentor used to say “This side of heaven, perfection is a direction, not a destination.”

Lead with Love,

Dave

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