There is a tugging at the soul of a leader. Something nagging that there is more, that things can be better, that a more perfect way exists. It matters not what task or goal is before him. A hint of discontent is there, an omnipresent force that leads him through a journey of questions, insight, action, and more questions.
Jesus prayed, “Your Kingdom Come” and as creations who bear the image of The Living God we have little choice but for our hearts to call out the same thing. We want the Kingdom here and now. In our relationships. In our work. In the profound and in the mundane.
There is a force that counters this discontent. A voice that tells us “All is well. This is as good as it gets. Don’t rock the boat. You are the center of the story. Happiness is safer than joy because it requires less risk.” This voice, in contrast to the discontent, requires little action from us. Managing a mediocre faith is easy and so fear reigns.
Jesus told His disciples that He would be handed over to the religious leaders, suffer, be killed, and rise again on the third day. Peter took Him aside and said, “Never Lord! This shall never happen to You.” Jesus turned to him and said, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of Man.” Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will save it. What good is it be for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?” (Luke 9:23-25)
Peter cries out in fear. He has become comfortable, has things figured out, and Jesus turns it all upside down. Jesus teaches a new way, one that requires a willingness to risk everything for something more.
Each summer young leaders come to New Life Ranch seeking to confront and find answers to the questions that tug at their souls. Our Nehemiah Program serves high school students and young adults by giving them opportunities to practice leadership skills and apply Jesus’ servant-leadership principles to their individual lives. Just as Jesus changed Peter, quieted his fears and gave him vision for life, we desire to be that haven for change in the lives of our Leadership Development campers. We covet your prayers this summer as we provide open doors for Jesus to teach new ways in young leader’s hearts; ones that requires a willingness to risk everything for something more so that they might choose to say “Your Kingdom Come in my family, in my school, in my life.”