I am not a big poetry guy. But I have to tell you; this one by Dr. Tom Lawson has a very special significance to me. I leave it with you, along with our love in the bond of Christ and Crossroads. It is called ‘THE LEADER.’
“Follow the leader. A game children play
On sweet autumn night and bright summer day.
While running in circles and giggling out loud
“It’s me.” “Pick me.” “No, me.” They all shout.
And then something happens amid all the laughter.
One of them runs and the rest follow after.
And all in a line, they dash through the trees.
In play, as in life, one always leads.
‘Follow the leader, you’ve heard it before.’
‘We’re only down three and there’s two minutes more.’
And weary heads nod. They all understood.
A trophy was more than just metal and wood.
It takes every player, each doing their part
But, on every team, there’s one who’s the heart.
And in the tough moments, they know what it means.
That in sports, as in life, one always leads.
Follow the leader, the experts agree.
Whether business or church, that’s what you need.
Degrees and long titles won’t make the man
Books on techniques, models and plans.
No, something much rarer, much harder to find.
A man of long vision, deep heart and keen mind.
Only then, we are told, can you hope to succeed.
In work, as in life, one always leads.
But I knew a man once who believed something else.
That the power to lead didn’t come from oneself.
That serving was the highest of all of life’s calls.
And the greatest among us had been Servant of all.
Though he had all the gifts that make leaders great
When asked what he thought great leadership takes
He spoke of a Man who was nailed to a tree
For on earth, as in heaven, One always leads.”
We’ll see you again… if not here, then there, in the presence of the One… the Leader of Leaders, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Because of Jesus our fellowship is a fellowship of earth and heaven, time and eternity. Until the next time, let’s all determine to faithfully ‘speak the truth in love.’
Pastor Ken & Kaylene