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Monday Musings 20/02/12

Oil changes and compost piles…

RTC just finished a series of conferences called “Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership” based on a book by the same title.  One hundred and fifty pastors in three locations were reminded that “leaders who are aware of their dark side and are willing to deal openly and honestly with it before God are empowered for greater effectiveness”.

I used two practical illustrations from the book that relate so well to the African context – oil changes and compost.

Daily we see the effects on Zambian roads of those who fail to maintain their vehicles properly (see my blog “When the smoke clears…” 30/01/12 for more details).  Drive your car hard, never check the oil level or change it, and it is only a matter of time that your engine will seize and leave you stranded on the side of the road.

The concept of composting is also catching on in Zambia.  The agricultural program here at TTC is learning that compost “is the place for garbage with a bright future”.  Rind from watermelon, oranges and lettuce, chicken bones, grass clippings, fallen leaves, weeds etc., find their place in the compost pile.  The chemicals from the various forms of refuse, plus the rain and the sun beating down on the pile break down the garbage into “humus” that can then be spread onto gardens and flowerbeds, nurturing new life

Throughout the conferences, I challenged pastors to choose a spot where they would allow the Holy Spirit to perform a “spiritual oil change”.  In that same spot, they were encouraged to empty themselves of any garbage produced by the “dark side” and let the “Son light” of Jesus and the rain of the Holy Spirit break down the spiritual garbage and turn potential failure into Kingdom successes.  What a thrill to watch pastors all over the room find a private place to get on their knees before God in prayer.

You know, it is not just pastors who need an oil change.  All of us have a dark side that, if not dealt with, will slowly but surely leave us stranded on the side of the road for all to see.  What a great opportunity for all of us to take the garbage in our lives out to the compost pile.

Why don’t you find a spot where you can build a spiritual compost pile?  Why don’t you let the Holy Spirit make a service call in your life and let Him change your spiritual oil?

Until next Monday…

Don

Taking risks for Kingdom impact!

 

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