This Spoken Word piece was written for Baptist Youth Ministries Youth Pastor's & Emerging Leaders Conference, 2019.
So we come as we come
from many places we come
some of us feeling undone
but each of us together,
we are being
You cannot expect the instrument you are trying to play
to sound the same as it did on the day it was made
unless you are willing to take it out of the case
and be retuned and renewed by the tools of the trade
Are you neglecting it by leaving it hidden from site
or do you abuse it by using it day after day and night after night
without ever pausing to let things rest and be made right?
If your leadership is an instrument
what kind of song are you playing?
What kind of sound do you leave
in the ears of those listening?
Who are you teaching how to play this song?
Who are you learning how to play it from?
Leadership can be:
But easy to forget the words of the rabbi:
‘In this world, leaders lord it over the people
but not so with you'
Ironically the Lord of all
doesn’t lord it at all
He inverses it
flips it and reverses it
You want to be a great leader?
Then learn to be a great servant
Techniques, life hacks, programs, podcasts
I love ‘em,
I use ‘em
but you learn pretty quickly,
you can’t outsource or fast track
the fruit of just being with the one
‘be with me’
here let me shift it
to take note of and implement
Let these words just be a song from instrument
A song for fellow pilgrims
let us be orchestral
whether you are from Wagga Wagga
Toowoomba, Narara or Thornleigh
whether you reach hundreds of young people or just 2 or 3
We play the same song
We follow the same conductor
We are filled with the same power
that conquered the grave
Sometimes is hard to believe
Every day new mercies come
Breath, a reminder of spirit in lungs
Taste the grace on your tongue
with every mouthful of oxygen
every beat of the drum
every movement, the strum
of your heart being strung
together into one
with the cosmic son
Do not miss the reminders of the miracle of resurrection
Occurring even in your cells right now, the progression
of new life bursting forth from yesterday’s graveyards
Yes, today’s hard
But you are a vessel
waiting to bloom with power in weakness
when you are feeling defeated you are closer to Jesus
than in your moments of strength where you feel you don’t need him
A whole lot liberating.
You don’t need to be amazing.
You can let go, let grace in.
Power begins in powerlessness,
in the moment you acknowledge
you are not at the centre
you are not holding things together
you are animated by forces beyond your control
are you pushing against them or embracing the role
of an instrument
a branch in the vine
meeting place of the dust and divine
May you and I be water turned into wine
May we lead like water turned into wine
May we serve like water turned into wine