“Take Me to Your Leader” – Who Is Your Leader?

A common refrain from extra-terrestrial beings in science fiction movies was “Take me to your leader.” The visitors from another planet would land on planet Earth and their first comments, through translator software, was “Take me to your leader.” There was an assumption that we were governed by, ruled by or were followers of a single individual. The visitors had important information to present to this one sovereign person. They did not want to go through individuals in the middle or on the lower rungs of the hierarchy. They wanted Number one, the Boss, the person in charge.

“Take me to your leader” was an important question. The question I have for us today is who is your leader or to be more precise, who are the leaders in your life? In my poetic interpretation of the 23rd Psalm, I answer the question by saying the Lord is my Leader.

Please read the Lord is my Leader and answer the discussion or reflection questions to stimulate additional thought and conversation. They may be used individually or as part of a group discussion.

The Lord is My Leader

The Lord is my Leader I shall not lack
Direction for He is standing at my back;
While in front of me He makes decisions
To meet my needs with ample provisions.

I shall not want for his abundance fills
My cup with affluence and as it spills,
As water flowing from a mountain top,
His goodness and mercy will never stop.

He mends my brokenness
And I find rest,
As He restores my soul,
He refreshes my spirit,
Changes my countenance
And makes me whole.

He leads me where the waters are still;
He tutors me as I study His will;
He comforts me in righteousness;
Though I walk through the valley
Of difficult times;
Disease, disasters and immoral crimes
I fear no evil for He
Protects me from my enemies
And loves me though there is sin in me,
And promises me an eternity
Of matchless splendor and serenity.

(Adapted from Psalms 23)

Copyright © 2013 Orlando Ceaser

Discussion Questions

1. Have someone read the poem allow or each person should silently read to themselves.
2. What role does God play in your decision-making process?
3. Do you believe in the second stanza to be true? How powerful is your faith?
4. God is making you whole as you read this. Discuss the importance of these words. The Lord is your leader. How are you following?
5. How are you resting on his promises and finding comfort in His words?
6. God as a leader has a vision for your life. Discuss your thoughts about his vision for you.
7. Ask for final comments from the members of the group.
8. Pray and conclude the session

The Lord is My Leader is reprinted from my book Daily Resurrections, published by Watchwell Communications, Inc. The questions are added separately to stimulate conversation.

A Greater Story to Tell

Challenges are part of our development and survival curriculum. With a change in perspective we can see them as exercises making us stronger and providing opportunities and data that will be useful to us and those we influence. These challenges, struggles and tribulations can also make us more interesting and therefore, give us a greater story to tell. I have used the poem and process in a workshop with cancer survivors and their care givers as they shared their cancer journey and other challenges faced in their lives.

A Greater Story to Tell

When you reflect on hurdles in the race;
The many times you stood after you fell.
When you think of dreams you’ve chased
And replaced;
They give you a greater story to tell.

With struggles intense and continuous
Life buckled your knees, but your back was straight.
The footing was unsure and strenuous,
But you managed through faith to challenge fate.

You wonder why circumstances are hard,
But remember the woman at the well;
His living water made her disregard
Her plight with a greater story to tell.

The magnitude of His majesty smiles
On those who ask for wisdom in the storm.
To pray for optimism in your trials
For mercy, grace and the strength to perform.

If you will seek you first the kingdom of God
Within you the Holy Spirit will dwell.
His joy will guide your footsteps as you trod
Through life with a greater story to tell.

As subjects of the omnipotent King
With blessings unmatched without parallel;
Amazed we find, in our suffering,
There’s often a greater story to tell.

Copyright © 2013 Orlando Ceaser

Discussion Questions

1. Please discuss hurdles you are facing that are challenging you and
keeping you up at nights.
2. Discuss how you have shown strength in your current circumstances.
3. What are your practices, routines, disciplines to stay connected with
God?
4. How has your story become greater?
5. How are you using it to influence, role model and help others?

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