“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3.-5-6
The older I get, the more I recognize I don’t have all the answers. Unfortunately, I draw this conclusion from the instances I’ve attempted to navigate life on my own and failed to experience the self-affirming outcomes I desired.
The failure I’ve mentioned is a result of pride and our pride is, in part, a result of book shelves lined with resources, a consistent flow of email newsletters, and office door handles cluttered with conference lanyards. All of these resources and experiences are great in and of themselves but they’re not meant to be the central source from which we gain our motivation, creativity, or leadership aptitude.
I will admit that it’s more convenient to lead from past experiences than wait upon fresh revelation but its rarely most beneficial. You’ve heard it said, “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” I believe the difference between an average leader and a revolutionary leader is their ability to take risks. The fear that every leader has is taking the wrong risks and that is where God enters the equation.
We will begin to increase success and decrease failure if we will intentionally and, at times, patiently wait upon God’s direction. God will do something in us that no book, newsletter, or conference can ever do; lead us to the calculated risks that will transform us into revolutionary leaders.
On Saturday, January 1, 2011 television history was made when the Discovery Health Channel became the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). In terms of taking risks this is a risk few would have the stomach to take, largely due to its $160 million price tag and years of necessary planning. According to St. Petersburg Times TV/Media Critic, Eric Deggans, this move is, “likely the first time a 24-hour cable channel has focused on one person’s brand”.
This is not only a risk for the network but for Oprah Winfrey who is now faced with the challenge of converting a hour long syndicated TV show into a cable channel pumping out 1,200 hours of programming each year. The Oprah Winfrey Show began in 1986 and had been going strong ever since. Some would call her crazy for leaving that kind of legacy behind but I would call her revolutionary. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in love with everything that Oprah produces and I don’t necessarily agree with her religious or political views but you have to admit she is a wise business person.
As followers of Christ we have direct access to THE revolutionary leader and we would be foolish not to intentionally keep him at the certain of our lives. We have to submit to the realization that we don’t have everything figured out. In the presence of God we lay down our desires and pursue His revolutionary plan.
God’s waiting. It’s your move.
Shon Bradford is the student ministry pastor of deviate student ministry in Buckeye, AZ.