Are you looking at the “Big Picture”?

Young girl in a field, looking up

Young girl in a field, looking up

This weekend I had the privilege of speaking during one of the sessions of a leadership conference. The theme for the conference was the value of teamwork. I have read and went through a lot of John Maxwell’s material over the years. So, in preparation for the session I was going to lead, I reviewed John Maxwell’s “The Law of the Big Picture”.  A quote from that is: A servant leader, serves the mission and leads by serving those on the mission with him.

Also during the week, as I was preparing for this conference, I heard about John Wooden. John Wooden was the head basketball coach for UCLA, he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period. It was said that he coached basketball for a living, but that he understood his calling was to impact people, and that is his greater legacy.  Quote from John: “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” 

My husband and I have had some opportunities to go on mission’s trips. Our team is going there usually to do some construction, some painting, and a medical team. Our Pastor that leads those trips always reminds the team, no matter what area we are working in, the main goal (big picture) is to take every opportunity we can to show love and give value to the local people.

When I was at church the Sunday before this conference. We sang “Heart of Worship” by Michael W. Smith. Here is a sampling of the lyrics:

I’m coming back to the heart of worship            
And it’s all about you,
It’s all about you, Jesus
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
When it’s all about you,
It’s all about you, Jesus

I found myself standing there with tears running down my face. There is a big picture when you are at church, when you are at home, when you are at work or any other area of your life, you should know what the big picture is, the vision you or the leader has. What this song reminded me was that above the big picture is a BIGGER picture! Think of it like a pyramid. With God at the top and then the big picture for each area of your life and then below that all the other details.

If we will start by making sure we are well fed spiritually, by spending time in God’s Word and spending time in prayer.  I know for me, all other areas in my life become more clear. My path for work, my path for home life, my path for what I do and don’t do in my free time, all become clearer! It’s easier to make a decision more quickly and have peace about it, when we are clear on what our big picture is.

Hebrew 12:2-3 (MSG) Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed…

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