The formation of a leader Part 3  L066

The formation of a leader Part 3 L066

We looked at the importance of time and the role that trials play in our formation, we concluded the last instalment with the idea that when everything goes pear-shaped we need to view the situation through 3 different lenses.

We normally start to look at the situation through the human lens, sometimes known as the blame lens, either blaming our selves for the situation we are in, blaming others, or simply trying to analyse what went wrong. There is nothing wrong with this lens if used appropriately. It is important to learn from our mistakes or the mistakes of our team, to rectify things that we have done wrong, or to ask for forgiveness if we have affected others. But this lens is only a partial view of the situation

The second lens we often turn to is the devil lens, or the warfare lens. We see our situation in the light of the enemy’s desire to derail us, to hassle us, to discourage us and if possible to destroy us. This may well be a valid perspective, but it can be an over-spiritualisation of our situation, and sometimes the devil gets far too much credit for stuff that is not of his doing. A good question to ask is ‘am I really that important to be on his radar, is this activity something that he would deploy his agents to come and try to sabotage?’ Of course the answer may well be ‘Yes’, in which case we need to take the appropriate action in prayer and in addressing issues that may have given him entry to the situation.

The third lens however is the God lens. It asks the questions ‘what is God doing here, how can I join in with his activity?’ ‘What is God doing to bring good out of this, and how do I need to cooperate with Him to see that happen?’ It is often the overlooked perspective, but always the most important one.

This lens is the redemptive lens. It starts by seeing what the Father is doing – Jesus pattern of life – and partnering with Him in it. It may be painful, because, as I have said in the first blog on this topic, what God is doing in us is more important than what he is doing through us; so the most likely thing that God is doing is refining our character, causing us to grow up and take responsibility. Ouch! Welcome to the anvil in the forge.

He may be talking to us about how we handle relationships, how we communicate, how we deal with difficult people, how we delegate, how we exercise accountability, how we plan and execute (that’s plans not people), in fact any aspect of our leadership.

Responding to what we see through the God lens will start the journey to recovery and restoration. It will provide the basis for our learning. This is a great opportunity to use the learning circle and answer the two basic discipleship questions – ‘What is God saying?’ and ‘What am I going to do about it?’

These are vital ways to respond to the trials that come our way as part of the journey of being formed as a leader. To be continued…

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