I read #hashtags

  

I’ve been told that leaders are readers. So I read. One of my fondest memories is when I was 10 years old, being curled up under my blankets with a flashlight finishing the latest release of Nancy Drew or the Babysitter’s Club!! 

Now, I read blogs. I read non-fiction books, I read magazines, I read news articles, I read billboards, I love reading hashtags, I read menus and I try the adventurous items, I read biographies and autobiographies, I read novel and I adoring reading children’s stories, alot.

In one of those instances this week, I read Debbie Lindell’s book She Believes, in chapter seven the header begins with:

Pattern yourself after me [follow my example], as I imitate and follow Christ

1 Corinthians 11:1 (AMP-CE)

Then she defines:

Lead-ing: showing the way to those who are following; initiating movement

 

I put the book down. 

Initiating a movement…

When I focus on me, I ask questions like: why am I a leader? Somehow, I lean to disqualify myself, I know ALL my flaws, and more. It’s like I have a doubt lens that ZOOMS into my inadequacies and imperfections. If I stay stationed peering through that lens, I’ll get discouraged rather quickly and miss the purpose of my existence. Paul said in Corinthians to imitate him as he imitates Christ. Why? Why could he be so confident?

I recline back on the not so comfy couch in my office and reflected on my question. Christ initiated a movement that changed the globe. Paul carried it on by showing the way to those that were following to continue their belief in Jesus and spread his good news to their sphere of influence. Today, it’s our turn. What are you initiating, what are you showing others to follow? Are we leaders that can point others to Christ and boldly declare to others ‘pattern yourself after me, follow my example, as I imitate and follow Christ?’

Whoa! Mind blowing…

Am I striving for unity with Christ in every area of my life? My finances? My marriage or singleness? My parenting? My friendships? My sex life? My hobbies? My education? My work ethic? My leadership? Every area.

I read the Bible too. It informs me about who God is and the mission of Jesus. “The Word of God teaches us not only about life but also about who we are and what He has created us to be” 

As I read through the lyrics of an ageless song I am reminded that we are not leading something entirely new. Listen here .

 

We've come to join the song

Sung long before our lives

To raise our voice along

Heaven and earth alike

 

We've seen Your faithful hand

Your mercy without end

A King who bled and died

A God who sacrificed

 

//Be enthroned upon the praises

Of a thousand generations

You are worthy. Lord of all

Unto You, the slain and risen King

We lift our voices with heaven singing

Worthy, Lord of all//

 

All through this life we lead and onto eternity

Our endless praise, we'll cry Jesus be glorified

 

//Highest praises Lord of all//

 

#thousandgenerations #ifollowchrist #initiatingamovement #leading #ireadhashtags

By Anne Miranda

  

Born and raised in Canada with a Lebanese heritage, Anne understands the challenges and beauty of being a first-generation Canadian. Anne is passionate about seeing the lives of women transformed by Jesus and loves encouraging others to reach their full potential as they advance the kingdom of God in their lives. She loves the Bible and is dedicated to training up women to be students of the scriptures as she directs the women’s ministry at Village Church in Surrey, British Columbia. 

Anne and her husband Carlos have been married for eleven years and are parents to Nathaniel and Hannah. She enjoys walks on the beach, cheerleading really loud at her kids sporting events, and exploring new cafés.

 

[1] She Believes by Debbie Lindell (p. 40)

[2]  “Be Enthroned” (http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/bethelmusic/beenthroned.html)

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA4zOAtPeJ0

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