My Brother's Keeper
Keeper – “a person who manages or looks after someone or something.” I.e. leadership.
Fun Fact – I’m currently doing one of those read-the-Bible-in-one-year plans, which is a challenge for me because I don’t usually plan further than tomorrow, and the idea of committing to something for a year is not ideal. To say the least, it’s a change from my usual open-the-Bible-in-a-random-location-hoping-to-receive-revelation-of-some-kind approach.
On the second (or third) day of that plan, I read the words – “Am I my brother’s keeper?”.
It got me thinking about the times that I’ve shifted responsibility onto others, about the people that I’ve overlooked, and it made me think about those that I’ve unfortunately (and stupidly) given up on. But I believe that a leader should take responsibility, see responsibility as a privilege, and be willing to sacrifice.
However, that’s often easier said than done.
At the beginning of 2017 I had just returned from an overseas trip and was in my final year of University, whilst leading a Young Adult’s Life Group (alongside one of my best friends). I had read 1 Samuel and decided that if David could turn 400 rejects into 600 mighty men, then surely God could use me to help influence sociable, loving, and great people into influencers, and those that could bring others to Christ. In the past, too many times I would focus on who wasn’t in the room instead of the people that were. So, for me, 2017 was a year in which I felt the need to focus on what was in front of me, to be responsible, not to overlook people, but to believe that the people in the room (including myself) could change the world.
Then boom. Canada.
Put simply, it’s hard to not focus on who isn’t in the room when you feel your calling is to help create a new room, in another nation, with a bunch of people that aren’t in your current room. However, I overhead Levi once say that the harder it gets to be obedient, the more important it is to be so.
2018 for me is a year to look forward, to focus on the future, and to help build something new for Jesus; to once again be “my brother’s keeper” in a new city, and in a new nation.
Levi touched on this a bit in his first blog, but you know when you’re dropping someone off home and you’ve never dropped that person off before and the classic line you say is, “I’m just going to go straight until you tell me to turn”… Well, that’s my current mindset towards heading overseas. I’m going to head straight until I feel the need to turn. I know there’s a destination, I just don’t know where or what it is yet – I’m hoping it’s home.