Leadership & Mountain Climbing
Isaiah, the Old Testament prophet, reports a promise of God: I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them (42: 14-16). Is it possible to take this seriously? Is it possible to follow paradigms no longer, old or new, borrowed from other institutions, books, or leaders, but to become truly innovative and creative in the way God is: ex nihilo (from nothing!), to cross all boundaries and stretch wide the corners of our tents and cross new frontiers and boldly go where no one has gone before? I m challenging all! It demands enormous courage. Incredible risks must be taken. But we will be guided one step at a time, if only we accept our blindness. It is a frightening way to lead because we always plot out where we d like to go, or where we are actually going. We like to be and appear organized, precocious and visionary. This is how we ve always done it, and where has it gotten us? We have only renovated the old and created recycled paradigms. True leadership means one day at a time. It appears haphazard and messy, but this is what it is like to walk blindly along unfamiliar paths. If we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5: 25). This is a new paradigm that isn t a paradigm. It demands tight relationship with the Spirit. But it also demands a tight relationship with the leadership. There has to be trust, longsuffering, and patience. It is high-risk, and probably too high risk for investors. It is like mountain climbing on a mountain face you ve never been on. You have no idea where the next spike will go until you are right upon it. You can plot your general direction Up! but that s about all the pre-planning you can do. What it takes is self-preparation more than anything. Are we ready to make such an ascent?