Last year we went camping as a church and the weather was awesome. It was great to spend time and laugh – and laugh some more – with a bunch of great people. On Saturday before lunch, we decided to go for a walk. This was a walk, that I discovered after about 10minutes, was being led by some adults… who in turn were being led by kids…. who in turn were being led by Oscar the dog….
Now dogs are great, but not the best leaders in walks for the human types. Oscar was far more interested in finding something to roll in, or chase, and ended up leading us through bogs and brambles. Needless to say after a few muddy shoes, some scraped legs and a few U-turns, we were back on track.
Paul talks about us all being different parts of the body, we all have different gifts and abilities, and it was so clear that the right people (or canine..) doing the right things makes for a happy walk. Some knew how to avoid mud and brambles, others didn’t. There were some great discussions going on, different people doing different things, some leading the way, some kids eager to be leading the way and some people just enjoying the walk. On our walk, a few things dawned on me.
1) Sometimes you don’t want to do what you need to do, but we have to it. When the path was clear, I got caught up chatting away, but had to break away when dogs and kids went in all directions. And bogs were a plenty. It’s important that someone is always keeping their eyes and ears open, whether it’s in your family, personal life, or in church, we do need to keep an eye on the goal.
2) Sometimes the path is clear and it’s easy to see that if we all wanted to lead the way, we would not really get anywhere, likewise, if we all wanted to sit around and chat, we also wouldn’t get anywhere. I can’t remember who it was that summed it up for me, but good leadership gets everyone in the right direction and on the right path, great leadership encourages and helps those who should lead (or are better at it!) to go ahead and take the lead.
3) And finally, sometimes the path is just rough and possibly a bit dangerous. We came across a lock in the river and crossed it. Kids all had to hold adults hands as there weren’t any barriers along the side, so we do need to look out for those on the journey with us. Sometimes a thorn gets stuck in a foot, but we pretend nothing is wrong as we don’t want to slow the group down. So remember Pauls words to the Hebrews (Heb 10:24) “24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Keep an eye out for each other.
However, wheres oscar?
That’s about as far as the analogy goes… In the end, Oscar the dog refused to go over the lock, and we chased him around for ages trying to get him on the lead. We came across people racing hovercrafts through fields. And somehow ended up in a car boot sale. So, no, we can’t plan for everything, but we can enjoy ourselves along the way.
Lifes a journey, enjoy the ride.