Tuesday, September 13, 2016

YOU LEAD, I’LL FOLLOW


[My wife] and I recently decided to take dancing lessons.  I grew up Swedish and Baptist, and we were not a dancing people.  I also attended a college where it was against the law to dance.  But I have been married for twenty-five years, so I guess dancing would be legal now.

We have a terrific dance instructor who, before we began, pulled us aside.  “I have a very important question,” this instructor said.  “You are going to dance now.  Who leads?”

“And who follows?” Silence.  Then, “I follow”.

It was hard for Nancy to follow for two reasons.  One is that when you aren’t leading, you aren’t in control.  It is hard not to be in control.  The other is that when it comes to dancing, I am a thoroughly incompetent leader.

Jesus, however, is a thoroughly competent leader.  When you wake up in the morning, you can feel completely confident in saying, “Okay, Jesus, today You lead, and I will follow.  Whatever I have to do in my relationships, my body, my health, and my finances are in Your hands.  I won’t try to figure out the rest of my life.  I won’t try to solve every day.  Just today.  You lead.  I’ll follow.”

You don’t want to miss the dance.  It is why you were born.  And God leads it, not just for today, but into eternity.

-- John Ortberg in The Me I Want To Be


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