Kingdom, or Worldly Problems

I found this to be a very interesting take on leadership from Scott Rubin on Junior High Ministry.com. It also took me back to the sermon that was preached at church on Sunday. Here is a sample of the post from Scott Rubin.

“The penalty of bad leadership: you’re always stuck with the same problems; The reward of good leadership: you get to solve new ones.”

I’ve heard it said that when it comes down to it, “Leadership” at its core is figuring out how to solve problems. And I think I buy that. But sometimes, when I have to try to solve the same problem over & over, I subconsciously blame outside factors. (If parents would only _______, If students would just _____ … then this problem would be so much easier to solve!)

But this tweet has made me re-examine the recurring problems I’m trying to solve. And It’s made me think: maybe they’re repeat-problems because my l need to find a new way to tackle them. So this month, I’ve been trying some new strategies. And although it’s not been “perfect” – I do see progress.  And that’s been encouraging.

The sermon on Sunday was on anxiety and all the minor things that we fret over. The scripture was Matthew 6:25-34.

25-26″If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.

27-29″Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.

30-33″If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

34″Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

I guess what got me thinking about both of these texts was the question,

What is it that we are fretting over?

Is it kingdom related, or is it worldly rooted?

What I mean by that is as a leader are our problems how to get more students to establish a relationship with a loving Saviour, or are we worrying over how to enter into their world by blending both culture and kingdom?

I am wrestling with how many problems I think I have are kingdom issues and how many are worldly issues because Matthew 6 says that the only problems that we should fret over are kingdom problems.

This is my dilemma this week.

via My Favorite Tweet of the Last Month | Junior High Ministry.

 

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