Our church is honored to host a local chapter of Propel Women, and tomorrow we will have our monthly luncheon. Propel is an organization founded by Nick & Chris Caine which "helps women to internalize a leadership identity, and fulfill their purpose, passion, & potential." (For more information, check out their website!) As we prepare for tomorrow, I reflected on the notes from our last gathering.
At last month's luncheon, I was honored to share for a few minutes about assisting. When preparing and praying about what to say, God laid this scripture on my heart and some thoughts for both bosses and assistants. Here are the notes:
1 Samuel 14:6-13 Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.” 7 “Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.” 8 Jonathan said, “Come on, then; we will cross over toward them and let them see us. 9 If they say to us, ‘Wait there until we come to you,’ we will stay where we are and not go up to them. 10 But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the Lord has given them into our hands.” 11 So both of them showed themselves to the Philistine outpost. “Look!” said the Philistines. “The Hebrews are crawling out of the holes they were hiding in.” 12 The men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, “Come up to us and we’ll teach you a lesson.” So Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, “Climb up after me; the Lord has given them into the hand of Israel.” 13 Jonathan climbed up, using his hands and feet, with his armor-bearer right behind him. The Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer followed and killed behind him. 14 In that first attack Jonathan and his armor-bearer killed some twenty men in an area of about half an acre.
LEADERS: Lead with Vision and Grace (v.6)- Jonathan was quick to share vision about what he wanted to do. People will always be willing to follow someone who is not perfect, but honest and vulnerable enough to say, "I can't promise 100% success or a definite victory, and I don't know for sure, but maybe just maybe, perhaps the Lord..." This is vision that motivates, excites, and inspires others.
ASSISTANTS: Believe in your leader (v.7) A great assistant is one who trusts the vision to which God has entrusted their leader, and is committed to both that vision and their team. We all want to serve alongside people who will go to battle with us. I love that this assistant is all in, no matter what. Let's be the kind of assistants that are confident enough to say, "Whatever you decide, I am with you heart and soul. I've got your back."
LEADERS: Communicate the How and Why (v.8-10)- It is so important for leaders to give others clear understanding of the how and why. You don't have to share every detail about your decision, but the more you can cast vision and explain the direction, the more likely it is that your team will all be on the same page. This helps to bring unity and success to any task.
ASSISTANTS: Embrace your role/season (v.13)- Seriously, this armor-bearer inspires me. He is in it to win it. Whatever Jonathan does, his assistant follows right behind him. Not lagging behind or hesitant about his role. It could have been totally justifiable for him to question his leader, doubt the idea, turn back and get Saul. But this guy was loyal to the end. He knew that the promise of victory was in the faithfulness of His God and in his service to his leader. Together, Jonathan and he were able to kill 20 men in the first attack and ultimately bring victory to Israel. As we embrace our season, God is able to do a great work through us.
BONUS: The Lord dropped this line in my spirit that morning to bring encouragement to the women, and I hope it will be a reminder for you today:
"You are never to old to dream. You are never too young to lead."