Lessons on Life and Leadership Pt. 2
[This is Part Two of a blog series I am doing called “Lessons on Life and Leadership” where I surmise what I have learned over the past few years. If you missed Part One you can read it HERE.]
I found this quote that I shared last week, and honestly I must admit I have never heard of this author, Mary Anne Radmacher. But she said, “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is that quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” Often over the past few years, I felt that if my life didn’t pan out this way [insert “way” here] then it’s all over and I will be doomed to failure. You see, I had written the script for my life. I had decided this is where I will be, this is what I will do and that is how it will turn out. But when I made mistakes, or people bailed out or the pressure mounted, I started seeing my “perfect” plan become hazy. So, here it is…
Lesson #2: You can’t really PLAN for life. You can only PREPARE for life.
Has the plan you hoped for life started to unravel? Maybe it’s because of sin you committed or the mistakes you made. Maybe it’s because life is often complicated or someone threw a wrench in the middle of your perfect plan. The story of Peter in the Bible shows a man whose plan was disrupted by his own denial of Christ, but Christ reinstated him and gave him the hope to try again tomorrow. Maybe Peter planned on being the perfect disciple. Maybe he planned on being the “rock” at all times that Christ called him. But now, Peter fails Jesus and he wonders, “What kind of rock am I?” “What kind of strength is that, to fold under pressure?”
Was Jesus done with Peter? NO. Did Jesus look at Peter and say, “Sorry man, I know I said you were going to be the rock but since that instance the other night at the cross, you’re fired from being the rock!” NO. Instead Jesus looked at Peter and said, “Feed my sheep. Care for my sheep. Feed my sheep.” So, what’s the best way to prepare for life? If you stick with Jesus and let him nourish you, sustain you and, at times, let him reinstate you when your plans fail… that is the best preparation you can have.
- Do you need to let go of a plan and try again tomorrow?
- Is Jesus your sole desire and preparation for life?
- Do you need Him to reinstate you?
Jesus Reinstates Peter
15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”
22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” 23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”
24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.
25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.