2016 has been a big year for me. I experienced some “I’m proud of myself” moments, some moments when sheer terror was trying to cripple my steps, and other moments with emotions in-between. As I reflect back, I realize that it has been an alignment year, the final touches on the “Now” season that is upon so many of us (see August’s article, The Timing of the Lord).
I have a testimony and I can hardly wait to share it with you! In April or May of 2010 I had one of those God dreams that you can’t escape. It went like this: I am riding in the backseat of either Bill (my boss) or Brad’s (co-worker) black Volvo. We are riding across the top of a grassy hill when the car stops and they get out. As they do the car starts to head down a grassy hill, out of control.
Several years back, scientists told us that there is only a 1.23% difference between the DNA of a man and a chimpanzee. More recently, National Geographic reports that humans may be closer linked to orangutans than chimps. Let’s say for a moment that this is true. The only thing separating you and King Louie from the Jungle Book is around a 1% difference in DNA.
The writer of Ecclesiastes lays out for us a crucial topic to take note of: from birth to death and every season in between – season’s change! While most of us are probably able to recognize the shift from the dying of fall, to the harsh cold winter, into flourishing spring, and through the summer heat, most of us (myself included) have the hardest time allowing things to end, or die, if you will, so that God can establish a new pattern for our lives.
Generous leadership is the liberal and open-handed use of personal influence to enhance the capacity and purpose of others. A generous leader makes room for the development and advancement of other people. Generous leaders recognize the glimmer of greatness in someone else and respond to the capacity they possess.
I am a fourth-generation Pentecostal, and I have served my entire adult life as a shepherd who believes and practices what that implies. I believe in dreams, visions, prophetic words, and the various manifestations of Spiritual Gifts. So, you can understand how puzzled I was when I first began to deal with these two scripture passages...