Mike Johnson: Lead {CMLeaders}

Mike Johnson: Lead {CMLeaders}

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Contentment Under the Umbrella of Authority: Key to Leadership

1) Recognize the authority is a God-given thing (Romans 13)

  • Get under the things God has put you under in order to get over the things God has put you over.
  • In other words, submit to your own authority in order to be the best leader possible.

2) Contentment has nothing to do with the authority over you

  • There are no perfect leaders out there.   Jumping from church to church will not solve your problem.
  • Nehemiah’s prayer was, “God, grant me favor in the eyes of the king”  (Nehemiah 1:11)

3) Realize the source of all contentment (Phil 4:11-13)

4) There are adversaries who want to steal peace/contentment away from you

 CONTENTMENT STEALERS

1) Pride

Here’s what happens.  We try to do things with excellence.  Then, when something goes really well, we get noticed.  People start to say things like, “Wow, you’re really great with those kids!” or “That Christmas play was fabulous”.  Then, pride leads to entitlement.   We start to think that we deserve all that attention.  We start to elevate our own importance.  We start to be insulted when the Pastor doesn’t give us an “atta-boy” from the pulpit.    True to Kidmin form, Mike pulls out two props and urges us to be like the mirror (reflecting the praise back to God) instead of like a sponge (soaking it all up ourselves).

 2) Fear

Sometimes fear is paralyzing.  You’re afraid you’re going to let your leader down, so you don’t do anything.  The answer to fear is trusting God.   Remember, God called you to this position.  God did not call you here to fail, but to succeed.  Give your very best and let God take care of the rest.

 3) Anxiety

Things might not follow our timeline.  It might seem like things have stalled out and then.. we start to get anxious.  Maybe I should do this!  Maybe I should do that!  Maybe I should plow ahead.  We start to devise our own plans, our own methods, forgetting that God wants us to wait on Him.

 4) Jealousy

 5) Disillusionment and Disappointment

Mike tells a story about a young boy who LOVED to play soccer.  At the beginning of the season, the coach promises dog tags to the MVP of every game.  At the end of the season, everyone on the team had gotten a set of dog tags except for this boy. Mom sat down with the boy and tried to talk about “important things in life”.   She says, “I know it’s disappointing, but let’s try to think about eternal rewards.  Just last week, your sister invited Christ into her heart and she said YOU were a major influence in that decision.”   The boy went to bed and mom prayed that the Lord would be with him.

A few days later, the kids’ uncle was shopping at a Christian book store.  He wanted to get the little girl a new Bible and also a gift for the boy, thanking him for being an influence.  When the package arrived, soccer boy opened his card and held up with surprise a new set of dog tags!

God uses us the same way.  We might not know when or how, but God is using Children’s Ministry people across the nation to build the faith of others.  Don’t give up.  Don’t get discouraged.  Stay the course.

Side Note: I’m a huge fan of Christian hip hop and Flame has a song on his Our World Redeemed Album called Hold On.  Check out the lyrics here.  The hook on the song goes like this: 

Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a warrior
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a beast
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, look at your neighbor say
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a beast

Don’t you ever give up! (Repeat)

That last line repeats over and over and over and over (about 20 times) and you know what, that’s my favorite part of the song.  Sometimes, as Children’s Ministry workers, we need someone say that to us over and over and over.  Don’t ever give up.  

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