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Equal to the Task?

Written by Chuck Olson

So I’ve got a riddle: When does five days of total chaos equal five days of total fun?

That’s easy! When you log those five days in a Palm Desert Marriott villa with your six grandkids—ages 8-12!

Here’s the typical morning run-down: At the top of the show is a power breakfast (waffles; sausage; hash browns, muffins), followed by the shuttle bus ride to the Desert Springs Hotel to feed the ducks.

Then it’s off to the pool. Sunscreen. CHECK. Pool toys. CHECK. Snacks. CHECK.

Then it’s back to the villa for some by-popular-demand mac ‘n cheese (is that its own food group?). Then it’s time for squirt guns and water balloons. Then some puzzles, games, and more pool time. Dinner. Dessert. Then back to the pool for movie night. Story time. Prayer time. And bedtime. (NTF: all of the above is subject to any number of audibles called at the line of scrimmage!).

One night, before I crashed into bed, I found myself leaning over one of my grandkids as they were in a deep sleep (undoubtedly recharging for the next day’s line-up of activities!) and began praying over him. I started to pray that his life would be free of challenges and disappointments and complications. But as I meandered down this prayer pathway of a trouble-free life, I had to pause and admit that my grandfatherly petition was not tethered to real life.

The fact is that my grandson will have challenges and disappointments and complications. So I shoved my prayer into reverse and began to pray the words that author and pastor Phillip Brooks penned back in the mid 1800s:

Do not pray for easy lives; pray to be stronger people. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be a miracle. Every day you shall wonder at the richness of life which has come to you by the grace of God.

Powerful words!

So I’ve got a question: When you consider those words through the lens of leadership, do you find yourself convicted?

I do.

Too often I want a quick fix. Too often I want things to run smoothly. Too often I want my leadership world to be sans complication.

But I also find those words energizing. Empowering. Inviting. Because in my heart of hearts, I long to be a leader who brings supernatural strength to the unpredictable twists and turns of leadership. I want to be a leader who matches the task at hand with power from above. I want to be a leader who is a walking billboard of a miracle-performing God.

I want to be a leader who matches the task at hand with power from above.

I believe that is the spirit and message behind the Apostle Paul’s doxology: Now to Him Who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!

Note the interplay, the connection. It is “His power that is at work within us”. In short, we are the delivery system for God’s power.

Perhaps you and I share a common pursuit. At the end of the day, I want the commentary on my life and leadership to be less and less about my resume and more and more about His power. That’s because God finds great delight in doing extraordinary things through everyday people.

God finds great delight in doing extraordinary things through everyday people.

It all comes down to this: have I postured my life is such a way that God’s power can be displayed through my life?

It’s an important question. Because He is seeking someone to be His next miracle.

Will it be you?

 


Chuck Olson
Founder | Lead With Your Life

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  • Janna Howe says:

    Again Chuck, thank you for these wise words. I too have prayed the first prayer but with eyes opened realizing we live in a broken world and prayers for my loved so dearly bigs and littles needs to first an acknowledgment of our Lord and to depend on Him for wisdom and strength to guide them over and through life’s hard places which I believe are sprinkled on our earthly journey.

    Always Chuck thank you for the encouragement to Lead with our Life by seeking God’s wisdom✝️

    Striving for that goal,

    Your grateful sister in Christ
    Janna

  • Gil says:

    Great insights Chuck! We are so accustomed to TV shows which have conflict resolution in 30 min, 60 min or 2 hours. 2 Corinthians 4:17,18

  • Pattie says:

    How blessed are our six pack to have a grandfather who daily sends petitions to our Father on their behalf. You model well what it means to live with eternity as a focus of what you say and do and how you live this brief earthly life.

  • Gwynn says:

    Sounds like fun! Wow, 6 under 12, you are blessed my friend!

  • Randy says:

    Good start to the day Chuck! Thanks for sharing.

Chuck Olson

As founder and president of Lead With Your Life, Dr. Chuck Olson is passionate about inspiring, resourcing and equipping Kingdom leaders to lead from the inside out.  To lead, not with the external shell of positions, achievements or titles, but from an internal commitment to a deep, abiding and transparent relationship with Jesus. Serving as a pastor and leadership coach for over forty years, Chuck has a track record of building these truths deep into the lives of both ministry and marketplace leaders.

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