I can’t help but think how devastated the disciples were after the death of Jesus. I mean, they walked on this earth with our Lord and Savior for 3 years. They ate with him, laughed with him and were 1st hand witnesses to his power and majesty. Can you imagine walking on this earth with our lord and all of a sudden he was taken from you, which would have seemed to them as a moment’s notice? And even though Jesus warned them, they were not able to see the necessity of his departure.
John 16:7 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”
The truth of the matter is that, the disciples wanted the life they were living with Jesus here on earth to last forever. But fortunately, God had something better in store for them which they could not see and were at 1st unwilling to accept. We see proof of their unwillingness to accept God’s divine plan of Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection by each and every one of the disciples’ responses they had as Jesus tried to continually help them realize that he was not going to be with them forever. Mark 10: 33-37.
There are so many times in our lives that we are trying to hold on to something that we are only supposed to embrace for a season. One of the greatest dilemma’s we as leaders face is that we try to hold on to certain moments too long. And just as the disciples tried to hold on to their season with the Lord Jesus here on earth…we too, try to hold on to certain experiences far longer than we should. If we choose to hold on certain moments (desiring them to last forever) then we would never grow and move on. Neither would the disciples have grown and moved on to become the Apostles of the Gospel of our Lord if that particular season of their life with Him here on earth would not have come to an end.
3 Things we can do as leaders.
1. Renew your mind and do not live in your past experiences, (failures or successes).
If we constantly mediate on our failures we could become stagnant and become spiritually depressed. But most importantly, living in our past successes limits us as leaders and sort of puts a cap on our achievements, there by prohibiting us to move beyond those accomplishments.
2. Pray and set new goals….for you to feel that Christ is alive in you and used by God. (How do you make new memories if you don’t allow God to do something new with you? Proverbs 29:18, “without a vision my people perish”.
3. Make a plan to only use the past as a reflection to prepare for your future….(i.e. so any past mistakes aren’t repeated…KEEP MOVING FORWARD!
Isaiah 43: 18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Remember each and every experience in our lives no matter how great eventually comes to an end in order to make way for a new and even better one!