“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
The wisdom writer of Ecclesiastes reminds us of the rhythm and seasons of life. There is a time for everything. It is God who ordained seasons and gives us the opportunity to serve in each season of life.
Time is not ours to control. It is within the hands of our God.
Our service to God continues in his time. While the means by which we serve may change; our call to be his disciples, to follow Jesus, to be salt to the earth and light to the world, and to lead in his name must be our never-ending, earthly mission.
My season of directly working and serving in Christian schools and at CSI has encompassed 42 years. It is a season that is coming to an end. At the end of June 2018, I will be retiring. Having been part time since January, I have had the unique opportunity to transition toward this moment.
The Called to Lead blog has been a means to encourage leaders to follow God’s call faithfully. The first spiritual leadership devotional was published in September, 2012. It is humbling to see that more than 100,000 visitors have read the posts. There are 450 posts that CSI will likely retain for a time in the archives for the spiritual encouragement and growth of leaders.
I hope and pray that they have been and will continue to be a resource for you as you travel along on the spiritual leadership journey.
As Called to Lead comes to an end, I have been asking myself a question. What are the four things that I want to leave you with as the blog reaches its end?
While reducing a multitude of ideas to just four is very difficult, I have chosen these: Choose to Follow! Care for My Flock! Make Disciples! Find refuge under the wings of God! Those topics will be intended to summarize what I most hope that school leaders have gained from this blog as they respond to the call to lead. Each will be the focus of postings during the next four weeks.
May God be with you as you continue on your leadership journey.
Devotionals are written by Jeff Blamer, Vice President of Member Services