Aaron Summers

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Becoming Brave

In Faith, Life and Culture on February 26, 2014 at 9:40 am

bravery

I sat behind her and watched her shake and sob.  I knew who she was dating and wondered if that had anything to do with what I was seeing.  We had just a few minutes before class would start so I asked her what happened.  She was tired of being treated poorly.  She was tired of being yelled at.  She was tired of being “handled”.  The problem was she did not have the strength to be brave.  Because he was such a popular person she felt trapped.  I told her that she was worth being treated better.  I told her to be brave and break it off with him.

Guess what she did?

She did not try to break out of some mold and kiss a girl or swing on a ball.  She did not quit eating.  She did not cut herself.  She did not do any of those things.  She went to the bathroom and washed her face.  She took a deep breath and ended the relationship.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.  1 Tim 1:7

Being brave is important for self-esteem and social confidence.  Here are a few thoughts:

1.  Talk it out.  Living in silence is a result of fear.  Expressing what we are feeling in healthy ways to God and others reduces what can shift into shame and guilt.  How many have experiences that demand our silence?  Find someone and talk.  Tell your story.  Share your pain.  Express your shame.  If you never get it out, you can never deal with it properly.  The result could be deadly.   David was among the soldiers and he began asking questions about why they were so frightened.  He talked to them.  He talked to the leadership.  He talked to the King.  He opened a conversation that was not pleasant for him, but needful for Israel to have.  What conversations do you need to have?

2.  Call it out.  In the case above the boyfriend was to blame.  Maybe you have that problem.  Maybe you were abused.  Maybe you were bullied.  Whatever the problem may be it is time to call it out.  Israel was shaking in her boots as they were lined up against the Philistines.  God and His covenant were being questioned as Goliath stood and spouted vulgarities.  David called him out.  The problem was addressed.  Until you decide to address the problem you will live in fear rather than courage.  David could not believe what he was seeing with Israel’s army.  They were cowering in fear rather than storming the enemy with force.  What do you need to call out today?

3.  Surrender it all.  This is not throwing in the towel or raising the white flag to the enemy.  Often, when we have no hope or live in fear, we just give up.  We stay with the abuser.  We keep losing jobs because of drugs.  Our homes are repossessed because of gambling habits.  We surrender to the wrong entity.  When Jesus went to the cross he did so after surrendering to God.  “Whatever You want Father” was His final word.  He surrendered to God and then acted in the most brave way possible.  Surrender your life to God’s will and watch what happens next!  David did and the giant fell.  The hope in God and the covenant was restored.  All was well again.  Have you surrendered to God’s plan yet?

4.  Win it all.  The joy of victory is incredible!  The girl came the next day to school with a new outlook and a smile I had not seen in a while.  I have seen those who have dealt with cutting and/or eating disorders come to the other side bright, happy, and stronger.  The abused spouse finds new value and strength.  The victimized child finds new hope.  You may be facing one of these problems.  You may know someone else who is.  Are you in it to win it?

Be Brave!

O Little Town Of Bethlehem You Are Worth More Than You Know

In Christmas on December 24, 2013 at 7:39 pm

O little town of Bethlehem

As we gather together on this Christmas Eve and into Christmas Day, I am reminded of the journey the young couple took back to their home town.  So often families travel back to their hometowns and college kids, fresh from the urban life, return home to the place they only dreamed of leaving.  So many times, bad memories or rough situations await us during this time of year that attempts to steal our joy.  How did Bethlehem feel?  That insignificant dusty little suburb of Jerusalem held little relevance.

How many of us feel like that today?  But you, like Bethlehem, are just the right spot for God to do miracles!

Bethlehem may be small at this moment in Scripture, but she has a rich history.  That history was just what God wanted.

  • Through Rachel BIRTH & DEATH are associated with Bethlehem.
  • Through Ruth REDEMPTION is associated with Bethlehem.
  • Through David the ANOINTING OF A KING is associated with Bethlehem.
  • Through Micah the MESSIAH is associated with Bethlehem.

Now God’s greatest gift, the Messiah, was going to be brought into the world IN Bethlehem!  Everyone else might overlook her, but God did not.  You may feel people overlook you.  You may feel you have no value.  You might believe you are of little use.  However, God is preparing you for a larger work that you could ever imagine.  You have more value than you know.  You are completely relevant and important to God’s plan right now.  During a time when suicides are the highest, let us remind people that Bethlehem was considered useless except in the mind of God.  Your family issues are not to be discounted.  Your educational, spiritual, and cultural realities are all a part of the way God wants to place you into His grand plan.

Bethlehem would usher in a new age that would change the world.  What if your life right now is just the moment God chooses to change the world.  Are you ready?  Will you accept your lot in life?  If God can use a dusty dirty town that housed the low life shepherds to house his baby, then he certainly can use your life.  Keep your chin up, your mind alert, and your heart soft.  Watch what God can do!

Are the Christmas Ghosts Haunting You This Year

In Christmas, Life and Culture on December 16, 2013 at 9:17 am

Christmas-ghosts

What you have done never seems to escape you.  Where you are now is painful.  Where you are headed is terrifying.  Every Holiday season has the capacity to wear you out emotionally, physically, and financially.  The stress can be overwhelming!  How can we defeat the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future?  How can we restore joy in our hearts and a spring in our step?  How can we rise out of bed with a smile and go to sleep in peace?

Ghost of Christmas Past

We all have a past.  We all have regrets in life.  We can go back to a moment where

  • I wish I had not said that
  • I wish I had not done that
  • I wish I could change my reaction
  • I wish I could have that moment back

The problem is we cannot.  Our past is just that….past.  It is gone, but the hurt and harm lingers for some still today.  The thought of the Baby Child reminds us of the abortion years ago….or last year.  Mary and Joseph in the stable reminds you of poor upbringing and the issues that surrounded your home.  The small insignificant town of Bethlehem overshadowed by Jerusalem reminds you of the small town where you grew up.  You fight it.  You relive it.  You hate it.  The chains of the ghost of Christmas past are clanking in the back of your mind.

Ghost of Christmas Present

Far too many people live in stress and struggle to survive.  Our past controls us.  Our past haunts us.  The present circumstances we face are daunting and we do not have the esteem or confidence to deal properly with people or projects.  We overspend trying to wash away the guilt or shame of the past and now we multiply it presently.  We are deep in debt and have no hope but to be buried.  Our marriage is in shambles and our kids are crazy.  We find ourselves cranky the whole month and wish it were just over.  We are alone in a sea of people.  Either we see the bad in everything that is happening and cannot see the good, or we mask ourselves with made-up joy in order to avoid the stares and inquiries of family and friends.  There is no life in that life for sure.

Ghost of Christmas Future

Where we have been and who we are today are inexplicably tied together.  It is our choice what we do with all of those experiences.  Our future is still a thing to be shaped, or resurrected.  Our future has not yet come and can still be altered from the path on which you travel today.  Without some change, hope is all but dashed.  With some moment of awakening, the slumber of our soul and moral compass will be something from which you never recover.  The future as you see it now may be bleak, but it can be bright.

O Little Town of Bethlehem

And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee.  He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant.

The little, insignificant, bedroom community of Bethlehem has a rich history.  God had prepared her for centuries.  He had a great work He wanted to accomplish in her.

God used the event of Bethlehem’s history to shape her for just this moment so she could receive the Christ child.

God Bless Us Every One!

Your past that haunts and the present that hurts you does not have to bind you in the future.  Those events and circumstances that you have viewed for so long to be negative could actually be what propels you into a great work tomorrow.  These have all shaped you to be who you are today:

  • Family
  • Education
  • Spiritual Events
  • Cultural Circumstances

You, like Bethlehem, may view yourself or be viewed by others, as being without value.  You might not think you are worth a second glance.  But God has watched and waited for just this moment.  You are just the right spot for God to do His greatest work.  There is someone God wishes to reach with the Gospel and another to whom He wishes to grant great joy!  The former is yet to be known, but the latter is you.  God wants to bring you joy as He works through you to reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Silencing the Voices

There are 3 things you must do in order to overcome those ghosts who haunt you.

1.  Be aware.  Slow down and consider that God wishes to use every part of your past and present.  Nothing happens by chance or fate.  God is control and allows what He deems necessary in order for the greater good of the Gospel and His Kingdom.  Evaluate your life experience based on this new consideration

2.  Be a friend.  There is someone who needs your life and experience in order to find God.  Someone near you is going through a life event: birth, death, graduation, grief, promotion, bankruptcy, divorce, marriage, etc.  These are great moments to be their friend.  Laugh and cry with them.

3.  Be ready.  Silence is golden unless God calls you to speak.  Be ready to share your life and story.  Bridge the gap and heal the hurt they may have with God.

Don’t Get Picked Off

In Life and Culture on October 28, 2013 at 8:06 am

The last thing the first base coach probably reminded Wong was to not get picked off.  Wong will, now, be forever remembered as the first to ever get picked off at first base in a World Series game.  Down by 2, the Cards had Beltran at the plate.  There was not reason Wong should have ever been in a situation to get picked off in the first place.  His run was not what mattered.  Certainly he needed to score, but he was not going to steal and he was never to be picked off.

What can we learn from this moment in history?

Knowledge and action are not the same thing.  Wong had the knowledge, I suppose, of the game situation.  He knew he needed to score but that would not be enough.  He knew that this was a critical moment.  He knew that under no circumstance was he to get picked off.  He knew that he needed to stay in play to provide the possibility for extra innings.  Wong knew all of these things, but he still got picked off.  Knowledge that does not lead to action is wasted.  Paul writes to the churches in Colossae expressing this same sentiment.

We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God.

Gain knowledge.  Go to Bible studies.  Go to seminars.  Learn.  Just remember that all this learning is to be put into practice.  Paul prayed they would grow in knowledge for the purpose of walking worthy and bearing fruit.

Check your position.  In the video, I noticed Wong took one step too many and the dirt was loose.  When he went to jump back he was too far and his foot slipped a little.  He had put himself in a position that cost him and the team a significant advantage in this series.  The difference of being up 3-1 and tied 2-2 is huge when game 5 is in St. Louis.  It could have been over.  Now it will be finished in Boston where the fans will want retribution for the difficult, but accurate, call in game 3.  One wrong move can cause a wave of difficulty.

In the spring when kings march out to war, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah, but David remained in Jerusalem.

The rest of the story is how King David committed adultery, plotted and murdered the husband, and watched his family fall apart.  He put himself in the wrong position and it cost him his reputation.  Despite all the good David did, everyone knows this story!  Wong will never be forgotten, but for all the wrong reasons!  Check your position.

Put your knowledge to good use.  Don’t get caught in the wrong place.  Making a mistake because you are trying to “make a play” is one thing, but that is not the case here.  A poor choice was made.  Don’t make this same error.  One step less and things might be different.  The series could still be tied, but the news would be different.  You don’t want to make the headlines at school or work or in the public in this fashion.

Don’t get picked off!

Cash or Credit?

In Chrisian Life on September 30, 2013 at 6:28 am

cash-or-credit

Will that be cash or credit?

How many times have you been asked that question?  At its core, you are being asked whether you can afford what you are buying now or not.  Are you paying cash and settling the bill today?  Are you putting it on credit, in the hope of being able to pay the bill later?  Don’t get me wrong, I use plastic too.  However, there are many other decisions in life that are important enough that we should “pay cash” for them.  Listen to what Jesus said,

Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not  sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?    And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.      — Luke 14:31-32

What king goes to war without first having counted the cost?  Why engage the enemy if you do not know you could win?  Sports teams have a schedule and do not have choices.  But kings?  They could negotiate.  They could opt out.  They could fight and become the laughing-stock of the continent.

Jesus expressed this parable to help us realize that when we choose to do something…anything…we should take careful steps.  Let’s walk through 3 careful steps together

Ability.  Before you engage the enemy or take on that project, get a sense of your ability to finish.  I have been awful over the years to get psyched to start a home project, go buy all the materials, and then not get to it for months.  Then the lumber has bowed and warped to the point I have to buy new when i finally get to the actual doing of the project.  Maybe you want to accomplish a project but just do not have the physical ability to do so.  Overestimating your ability causes frustration and fatigue and likely ends in failure.  Be accurate.  Evaluate your ability to finish something before you start.

Call.  Before a king goes to war he must have a sense that God is calling him to do so.  Whether it is a new job, getting married, college, or having a baby, we must have a sense of God’s call on our lives.  Just because I want to do something does not make it mine to do.  Even though I have the ability, do I have a call?  David wanted to build the temple.  He had the ability.  He would have seen it through.  But God said it was not for him to do.  Humbling ourselves before God and accepting what His plan is for our lives is a critical part of maturity.

Finance.  Before a king goes to war he needs to be able to finance that war.  I believe that if God calls you to something He will finance it also.  However, this is not just about having enough money.  When God enables you and calls you to a person, project, or purpose He will likely challenge you in your  finances.  We all spend money on things we do not need.  The issue is not guilt.  The question is whether or not God is leading you to rearrange your expenses in order to make room for the next spiritual adventure.

Education, marriage, parenting, house-hunting, or building that addition on the back of your house all need to be taken seriously.  Just because the clock is ticking or you get an itch to do something  does not mean to jump in without thinking it through.  How many times, myself included, have you said in the middle or afterward, “I didn’t think that would happen.”?  These 3 careful steps will help to insure that you are on God’s path and not your own.

The Splatter Effect (Thoughts About the Syrian Civil War)

In Life and Culture on September 5, 2013 at 6:00 am

APTOPIX Mideast Syria

I was standing there sort of minding my own business when I was splattered with water. The target was close by, but not me. Why did I get wet? The splatter effect happened. The oncoming water balloon was on target. It hit the target. However, the collateral damage got me wet too. I didn’t want to get wet. I had “not wet” clothes on but that did not matter. The one throwing the balloon wasn’t aiming at me so they felt exonerated. They hit the target correctly. That didn’t help me much at the time.

Syria has been in a civil war for 2 years. There have been uprisings and marches. There have been captures and chemical weapons. Our national leadership is currently discussing/debating whether or not to get involved. Here is an excerpt from a longer article:

This means that if the U.S. took any kind of military action in Syria, the Syrian government might retaliate with strikes against Israel, which could then propel the entire region into a much larger Middle Eastern conflict, potentially even drawing Iran into action.

In other words, to quote Michael Corleone “Just when I thought I was out they pull me back in”. The splatter effect happens. We could target Syria. We could hit Syria. However, if and when this is chosen there will be collateral damage. Israel gets hit. We retaliate. Iran gets in the game. Then others start pulling up there proverbial chairs to the table. We continually seek to bring about peace in an area of the world that is destined to never have peace according to Genesis 21 and following. The boys fought early. The boys fought over land and their descendents still fight today. There will never be peace until Jesus returns.

Should we get involved? This is the volatile decision at hand, isn’t it? Israel is an ally and we feel burdened to protect her. Yet, this war is in Syria. Some feel there is a human interest perspective since so many have died at the hands of the current regime. At what cost should we intervene? Have we learned nothing from the last 20 years? We are not equipped to fight the kind of war this region is prepared to fight. We do not strap bombs on children. We follow a code and convention unrecognized by parts of this world. Are we ready for the splatter effect?

Let’s learn a lesson from history. King David was out on his balcony one evening when he should have been at war. He looked at Bathsheba and desired her for his own. When he could not cover up the incident, he murdered her husband. Later, the child dies and the family is in turmoil. Lastly, another child from this union becomes King over another who felt they were the rightful heir. That one action caused a splatter effect of problems onto so many. David never intended for that to happen but it did and he was made to be accountable for that action.

  • 1 out of 6 children in America go hungry everyday.
  • Our debt is skyrocketing in part because of war-time expenditures.
  • The president has pledged to get out of this type of war and now here we are again.
  • Why fight an un-winnable war….again?

I believe in helping people. I do it everyday. However, there are situations that cannot be helped. We live in a fallen world that is rapidly spiraling out of control. We cannot fix every problem brought to our attention. Domestic policy and needs should triumph foreign policy needs in priority. In the same way, we are told to put the air mask on ourselves before helping someone else as the plane is going down. Why? Because who can you help if you already died? Our country is at the threshold of civil war over a variety of issues.

Why not stop the war at home before jumping into one on the other side of the world?

Deregulation

In Church, Jesus, Leadership on October 11, 2011 at 8:31 am

Who is in charge of the church service?

Some might say the worship leader. Some might say the preacher. Actually, Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath. If this is true, then those who are in public positions on Sunday are merely responsible for their portion. If Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath, then those same people are not accountable to the preferences of a constantly changing culture. They are responsible to a never-changing God.  Jesus often did things on the Sabbath or in the Synagogue/Temple that just burned the Pharisees.  He was not intentionally trying to disturb the Pharisees, their regulations were so vast and strict that no one could actually worship anymore.  Jesus in Matthew 12 calls for a deregulation concerning the Sabbath.

1 At that time Jesus passed through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick and eat some heads of grain. 2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!” 3 He said to them, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and those who were with him were hungry 4 how he entered the house of God, and they ate the sacred bread, which is not lawful for him or for those with him to eat, but only for the priests? 5 Or haven’t you read in the Law that on Sabbath days the priests in the temple violate the Sabbath and are innocent? 6 But I tell you that something greater than the temple is here! 7 If you had known what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the innocent.  8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

Since we worship corporately on Sunday, instead of the Sabbath Saturday, what does this mean for the people in church on Sunday? Here are three brief things we can learn from these verses:

  1.  God (Father, Son, and Spirit) is to be the focus not the people.
  2.  Mercy overrides any natural response.
  3.  Rigidity to certain styles and orders denies the Spirit’s leadership.

Before you enter another church service here are three simple prayers we need to say.

  1.  Help me to focus on you God and nothing else. Clear my mind and cleanse my heart of any selfishness.
  2.  Fill me with mercy, God, so that it flows out of me when things do not meet my expectations from those leading the people.
  3.  Soften me and make me flexible for the next 90 minutes.

May we truly worship the next time we gather together in the name of Jesus!

Going Up the Food Chain

In Decisions, Direction, Leadership, Parenting, Suffering on May 5, 2011 at 11:31 pm

I was sitting in Kansas City taking a few days with my wife.  We had recently purchased a new car and it came with a trial of XM radio.  The trade-in also had XM and we loved having it.  The subscription was overlapping the free trial we were getting in the new car so I called to try to figure out what could be done.  While my wife was in a store, I decided I had a little while to make the call.  I couldn’t have been more wrong!  The service agent I received had a difficult time understanding what I was describing.  After an hour, we had not sorted out everything.  I asked to speak her supervisor.  After spending some time with her it seemed to all get fixed.  I got off the phone after almost 2 hours.

Then I got the next statement. I was now being billed for two accounts.  I climbed all the way to a VP before I was done.  I had free months and refunds.  Sometimes you just have to climb up the food chain.  The agents on the first level are well-meaning and fairly effective, but some questions and issues simply need higher authority and greater power to make necessary decisions.

1 I lift my eyes toward the mountains.
Where will my help come from?

2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 121

David recognized that the help he needs, true help, only comes from the Lord.  There are many things we turn to in times of need:

  • Education
  • Experience
  • Friends
  • Family

God can certainly use all of these to help you, but we cannot turn to these without God.  We must realize our need to go up the food chain.  How often do we use the customer service agents listed above?

John gets into a jam financially and looks to the graphs, charts, and budgets.  He reviews where he’s been and going.  Maybe he goes to the bank and gets a second or third mortgage.  Maybe he goes down to the local “finance” company and get a quick loan to make it through the week, or month.  Maybe he goes to the family and borrows money.  Why not call out to God?  Why not obey His Word?  Cut back, tithe, and watch God work. Why not go up the food chain?

Paula’s marriage is falling apart so she looks back at how her parents handled the divorce and proceeds accordingly.  She has a girls night out with her friends.  They empathize because they, too, are divorced or separated.  The advice they give is toxic to rebuilding a relationship.  She gets angry.  She seeks revenge.  She needs to go up the food chain.  God brings peace, love, and help.

We could share story after story just like these couldn’t we?  Maybe your life is a mess right now.  It’s possible that you have been stalling out at the customer service.  Your education isn’t bringing peace.  Your experience isn’t bringing a solution.  Your family and friends are getting tired of helping.  Where can you turn?  Where does your help come from?

It’s time to go up the food chain.

Leaving the Cave of Adullam: Handling Transition

In Anger, deuteronomy, Faithfulness, Grief, Leadership, Trust on March 29, 2011 at 7:17 am

Every organization deals with transition, some even handle it well!  For the past 30 years I have been well acquainted with the transition process organizations go through, whether it be food service, security, or church.  Because the common denominator is people, the response is similar despite the organization.  When leadership changes a few truths come into play that will follow many, if not all, of the Kubler-Ross model of grief.

Panic – while this may not be widespread, there is a fear and anxiety that establishes itself in the group.  There is no sense of direction.  There is a feeling of dread, especially on the part of those who enjoyed the established leadership.  In these moments people do crazy things.  Some will quit or leave.  Others will rise up and demand power.  Many will sit in shock and awe and not have the ability to function for a period of time.  When we found out the security company was being sold, widespread panic filled the office.  No one was guaranteed a job.  Everyone would be interviewed by the new company to see if there was a position available.

Anger – there will be those in the organization who get angry at the situation, but will take it out on others.  The sense of loss a group feels can collectively turn to rage.  The night I resigned a church a few years ago was a life-defining moment because it was not my sole decision.  This was a mutual agreement between two parties for the good of the whole.  During the evening, there were several unsolicited responses in defense of me and in offense to others.  This anger was a result of the initial panic and outrage of what was unfolding before them.  Given their history, Israel probably had issue with Moses not being the one to lead them into the promised land.

7 Moses was 120 years old when he died; his eyes were not weak, and his vitality had not left [him].

Deuteronomy 34

According to this scripture, there was nothing wrong with Moses.  How often do we feel this emotion?  A leader exits and there seems to be no reason.  The people mourned for 30 days, which was a traditional amount of time.  Certainly there were those who feigned the mourning while others genuinely did so.

Guilt – there will be those who will consider what they did to cause this transition.  What could they have done differently?  How could they have retained the leadership.  Unfortunately, there is often nothing that could have happened.  This guilt, while admirable in leading toward responsibility, can be destabilizing if allowed to run too far.  On different occasions, Moses told the people that God was angry at him because of them.  Now that Moses was gone, how many ask the question, “What could we done differently?”

25 Please let me cross over and see the beautiful land on the other side of the Jordan, that good hill country and Lebanon.
26 “But the Lord was angry with me on account of you and would not listen to me. The Lord said to me, ‘That’s enough! Do not speak to Me again about this matter.

Deuteronomy 3

21 “The Lord was angry with me on your account. He swore that I would not cross the Jordan and enter the good land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance. 22 I won’t be crossing the Jordan because I am going to die in this land. But you are about to cross over and take possession of this good land.

Deuteronomy 4

Acceptance – after a period of time the organization realizes stagnation is imminent unless a new leader is chosen.  Those who sit on the board of directors or church leadership refocus and begin a search for the next leader.  God had already chosen Joshua.  Moses had relayed this truth to the people already.

9 Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites obeyed him and did as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Deuteronomy 34

How does an organization move forward?  Once acceptance has been reached, even if just barely, what happens next?  I think there are a few things that we all should review.

1.  Express how you feel in community.  Moses was mourned for 30 days.  The leader of the people and voice for God over 40 years was gone.  Their emotion was deep, heartfelt, and necessary.  Every organization needs to allow for emotive communication.  David, while hiding in the Cave of Adullam during a transition of leadership wrote these words.

1 Be gracious to me, God, be gracious to me,
for I take refuge in You.
I will seek refuge in the shadow of Your wings
until danger passes.
2 I call to God Most High,
to God who fulfills [His purpose] for me.
3 He reaches down from heaven and saves me,
challenging the one who tramples me. Selah
God sends His faithful love and truth.
4 I am surrounded by lions;
I lie down with those who devour men.
Their teeth are spears and arrows;
their tongues are sharp swords.
5 God, be exalted above the heavens;
let Your glory be over the whole earth.

Psalm 57

2. Establish your point of reference. David was very emotional!  What artist isn’t?  Throughout the Psalms, David would share his pain, grief, anger, need for vengeance, and more.  He often concluded his songs reminding himself that God is sovereign and worthy to be praised, worshiped, and followed regardless of the current circumstances.

7 My heart is confident, God, my heart is confident.
I will sing; I will sing praises.
8 Wake up, my soul!
Wake up, harp and lyre!
I will wake up the dawn.
9 I will praise You, Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to You among the nations.
10 For Your faithful love is as high as the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches the clouds.
11 God, be exalted above the heavens;
let Your glory be over the whole earth.

Psalm 57

3.  Engage the process of discovery of new leadership. While Joshua was already chosen like the eldest son of a sitting Monarch, the people needed a process by which they engaged this new leader.  They did not have search teams and interviews, but they needed to be a part of the process.  Joshua was commissioned for the task in Deuteronomy 31.  As a follow-up to this procedure, Joshua had the people reaffirm their commitment.

16 They answered Joshua, “Everything you have commanded us we will do, and everywhere you send us we will go. 17 We will obey you, just as we obeyed Moses in everything. And may the Lord your God be with you, as He was with Moses. 18 Anyone who rebels against your order and does not obey your words in all that you command him, will be put to death. Above all, be strong and courageous!”

Joshua 1

The next time your organization experiences a transition be sure to handle it with care.  Just make sure you handle it!

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