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Lazy River Leadership

October 21, 2008

One of my favorite theme parks in Orlando is Wet N Wild. I love that place. As a thrill seeker, it has some cool slides, and as a budget oriented person, it is not bad ticket price and you can bring in your own coolers full of food. As a teenager, my cousin and I would be taken by my parents, and we found a game that we liked to play there. There is something there called The Lazy River. It is basically a pool of water about 10-15 feet wide that runs around the entire park powered by a strong current of water. You can get a tube or raft and float around enjoying the day. If you swam with the current you could swim fast, but if you went against it, it was almost impossible. The current is pretty strong. So the game was basically to go as fast as we could around the Lazy River without touching anyone. We would bob and weave through people trying to get to wherever the water was taking us. We went with the flow and had to deal with people along the way. Some would get out of the way, some would try to stop us, some would give us a push to get us going faster, and some would yell at us and tell us “that is not how you are supposed to do it!” The later usually a 300 pound hairy sunburned man on a float that was struggling to stay up wearing a beer drinking helmet filled with a couple of Pabst Blue Ribbons!

Proverbs 21:1 in The Message reads like this, “Good leadership is a channel of water controlled by God; He directs it to whatever end He chooses.” One key to effective leadership is to stay in the water. Don’t get out. Stay in the channel of water that God is directing you through. There will be people along the way that will try to stop you, tell you “church can’t be done like that,” or tell you to try to do it your way by going upstream. And at the same time there will be people that will be cheering you on, believing in your vision, and sometimes giving you the push you need. As leaders, we are called not just to make decisions, approve budgets, hire or fire staff, or a host of other things that we “label” leadership. We are more importantly called to stay in the channel of God’s direction, because only by staying in the channel God has for us will we truly end up in the place He prepared. Stay in the water. Go with God’s current. Be who you are. And when you pass the fat drunk guy telling you that you will never succeed, stick a pin in his raft and don’t look back, it won’t be pretty…

One Comment leave one →
  1. Angie permalink
    November 2, 2008 11:30 pm

    I have to say that it’s been a whlie since I’ve read your stuff.By the recomendation of Ruth,I had to read this one.I like it .It fits what I need right now.I did laugh at the end about sticking a pin in the fat guys raft but it also makes alot of sense.Thank…I needed this.

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