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Have you ever seen a really good movie that you just had to share with your friends? Or, a book that you couldn’t stop talking about? Or, just about anything that was really good and you just had to share?

A friend of mine is totally like this. Whenever she sees a good movie, reads a great book or goes to a really good restaurant, she tells you all about it with no hesitation whatsoever.

This sharing of hers goes all over the internet too. She makes comments on blog posts she likes, news stories she thinks are worth commenting on and just about anywhere else where she can provide encouragement for the one who has posted the work.

We were talking about this propensity of hers recently, and, she said she and her brother and sister were always sharing all the good things they liked with each other and others from an early age. It was just a part of their family dynamic to share. But then she said an interesting thing, she said that what all of them have found as they’ve gotten older and seen how people are, is that most people don’t share.

I asked her what she meant. She said that she’s found that most people don’t share if they’ve seen a good movie, read a good book, gone to a good restaurant, they just stay quiet and don’t say anything about it at all, which is really foreign to her because there’s no risk in sharing those sort of things.

She said she and her brother ands sister have often discussed this and they just don’t understand it at all, as she put it ‘Why wouldn’t you want to share good news?’

I don’t have an answer for that, because when you’re excited about something and it’s good, you naturally want to share it with someone, whether it’s a really good friend or just an acquaintance. But, for many of us the reality is even if we have the inclination to share something stops us, and, I’m sure for each of us that something is a little different.

Sharing good news should be as natural to us as breathing because it’s an exciting thing to share something good that we’re excited about with someone else, which includes sharing the good news of reconciliation with God through Christ. I mean, it just doesn’t get better than having a way to be in a relationship with the person who created everything, and the LORD is just so amazing that sometimes it’s hard not to talk about Him.

Yet, the reality is that we don’t talk about Him, or, for most of us, very much that we we’re really excited about and think is good, which makes you really think about the question, why don’t we share?

“This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. It began just as the prophet Isaiah had written: “Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way. He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him!’”

Mark 1:1-3

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There are leaders, and there are followers. Generally we are told, are led to believe, that you either fit into one category or the other.

At 12 -years old, my son is going into the uncharted territories of Jr. High School where the rubber hits the road and the inner mettle of most of the kids is really tested for the first time. Will they be leaders? Followers? Or that in between group that most people don’t really acknowledge because they don’t fit into a tidy little box? Those would be the kids who feel comfortable enough with themselves to lead when they need too, follow when they need too and to walk away when they need too.

Some of the best leaders I have ever seen are those who don’t cling to leadership. Like that third group of Jr. High School kids, they lead when they need to, follow when they need to and walk away when they need to.

Leadership doesn’t come naturally to me, I’d rather sit in the back row and let someone else take those reigns, but over a year ago, God opened up a opportunity for me to serve Him as a small group facilitator in Community Bible Study. I put the emphasis on facilitate, not leader or teacher, because if I had to actually lead or teach the wonderful ladies in my group, they would get the short end of the stick in a huge way.

Although God has been amazingly faithful to me in trying to get me to facilitate the learning of His Word every week, the real miracle I see  is the woman He has put over the facilitator’s themselves because she is a leader that exemplifies the shepherd leader that we see in Christ Himself.

I often tell her that trying to get over 25 different facilitators and children’s ministry leaders together is like herding cats, and, I’m not joking.

The group that God has put together is disparate to say the least. Most of us come from different theological and dogma backgrounds. We go to different churches and have varying degrees of scriptural training. We run the gambit from seeing everything spiritually to seeing everything with a pragmatic eye. I could go on, but the reality is that no one but God could put such a group of radically different individuals together and, quite frankly the only way we hinge together is through Him.

Keeping us all together is a momentous task, yet, the leader He has put over us never looks like she’s leading. She’s caring, loving and thoughtful, bringing us into decision making processes by asking our input, while putting us all before herself. And, that’s all after the fact that she turns to God with pretty much everything and is so excited when he shows her something new in His Word that she has to share it.

Leaders who are caring, loving and thoughtful, putting the needs of those who they lead before their own are a rarity in the church, let alone in the me-first-world we all live in.

Yet this exactly the type of leader God is. Scripture tells us He is far from the proud and close to the humble, and it goes even further when its says He Himself was humble even to the point that He gave everything for those who are in His care.

He is the ultimate servant leader, and should He lead us in that direction, we should feel comfortable enough in who He is and who we are in Him to be the same.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Matthew 11:29

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