This morning I got up early with my 3 year old son who is pretty congested and had some trouble sleeping because of it last night. I decided that I was going to bake some more. I started with four pumpkin rolls and as the pans were taking their turns getting into the oven, I was starting a couple batches of cookie dough for after. As my last pumpkin roll is in the oven and I am washing second pan, I realize that I used the wrong sized pan for every pumpkin roll! At first I had a moment, then I realized that they still looked good and although the roll will be longer, it will still be the same amount; and probably still delicious! There is no reason to throw it out because of a simple mistake.
How many times do we see our leaders make mistakes? How many times do we criticize them because we have a picture in our mind of what they are supposed to be?
“Breaking News: Your leaders sin!”
I know it sounds obvious, but in all seriousness, every one of us sins. We are not perfect, yet we need to work hard to become more Christ-like.
“Our leaders need to be held to a higher standard, but not a double standard.”
Maybe instead of criticizing the flaw you see in your leaders, you should take a look at what God sees in them. God doesn’t use perfect people. Instead of beating yourself up because you made a mistake, repent, learn from it, and move on. You need to realize that God isn’t going to throw you away because you made a mistake. God has placed gifts in each of us and He anoints us. He loves us and He loves to use us as His vessels. If we do break, He puts us back together. He is constantly molding us into what we are supposed to be. We are clay in the Potter’s Hands.
Don’t give up on your leaders and don’t give up on yourself. Look at all the good in your leaders and see what God sees. Look at all the good in yourself and see what God sees.
When we see dry bones, God sees an army!
Ezekiel 37 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Dry Bones Live
37 The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones.2 Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. 3 And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”
4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. 6 I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.”’”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.
9 Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”’” 10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
11 Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 Then you shall know that I amthe Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. 14 I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it,” says the Lord.’”