Enter Another’s Story

Being a leader isn’t easy. But then again, being a follower isn’t always easy either. Maybe “easy” isn’t what we should be going for.

I work at WMU and it’s a huge blessing. My team recently had the opportunity to visit a ministry site where I made a new friend. God gave us a moment together on a bench outside. “Easy” wasn’t in her vocabulary, if you know what I mean. What she shared was more like a journey. She is trusting God in new ways and taking one step at a time. I look forward to going back and seeing her again. But what if I had missed the opportunity to make a new friend, to enter into another’s story?

It isn’t easy to slow down, to listen, to act, to love, and to find the time. As leaders, we sometimes feel the pressure to be a few steps ahead, setting the pace, being responsible. What if we could learn to be more intentional in our presence with people? What would it look like to lead others to do the same?

In John 3, Jesus entered into the story of Nicodemus. He heard his questions. He shared truth. He spent time. John 3:16 is one of the world’s most recognized verses. It was spoken to Nicodemus. Jesus knew that Nicodemus was seeking; he was in process. And Jesus met him where he was. We are continually blessed from their conversation, even now.

Our God’s love is deep and wide. Truly only He knows the plans He has for us. Only He can walk us through the valleys. In our relationships with others, we have the opportunity to enter into someone else’s reality to the point that we can sense what God is doing in their lives. It is rarely what we think about on the surface. Something always lies deeper. We must listen well to even begin to see His ways. He often surprises us in the journey.

My new friend is a blessing in my life. I wonder what other new friends God has just around the corner. Let’s ask God to lead us as leaders. We can follow His example and be present with others, trusting Him to take care of the rest.

Laura Harper is ministry consultant at WMU. She loves her family, coffee, chocolate, and all things missions.





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