Follow the Leader

“Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2 (NRSV) 

One of the most jarring aspects of adulthood is the unknown. As a child, you think adults have all of the answers but as an adult, you quickly realize that was never true because you have literally none of the answers. In fact, the older your get, the more questions you seem to have. You probably have more doubts about your faith, more worries about your future, and more uncertainties filling your brain every single day. 

When my own life gets confusing or riddled with doubt, sometimes I think back to my childhood. What did I do when I had questions? I looked to someone else who was smarter than me, kinder than me, or wiser then me and I asked for help. Sometimes I just followed their lead. I wasn’t afraid to need guidance or to look silly. I never operated under the fake ruse that I had everything together. 

We can learn a lot from the game we used to play as kids, “follow the leader” and the way we used to follow the leaders in our lives. When we don’t know what to do as adults, which we often don’t, why is it so hard to ask for help?

We can look to our grandparent who lives with pure faith and radiant kindness. Our old Sunday School teacher who consistently showed us love and care. And Jesus, who we should seek to imitate, living selflessly and compassionately.  

Those old games like “follow the leader” taught us important life lessons. It’s okay not to have all the answers. It’s okay to need someone to follow, to learn from. God put people in our lives just for that. Christ became the ultimate example of how to live so we could have someone to guide us. Look to those people, seek out their wisdom, and follow their lead. 

Reflection: What questions or doubts do you have right now? Who is someone in your life you could turn to for advice? What are some scripture passages that could offer your guidance? 

Call to Action: Ask the person you thought of in the reflection questions to have coffee or lunch. Open up to them, in an act of trust and community, and ask for their help. God gives us these people for a reason. Use them. 

Photo by Jelleke Vanooteghem on Unsplash

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