“6 Leadership Tasks for Easter” by Chuck Lawless

Every now and then someone writes a blog post that is says exactly what you are thinking and in such a way that it is hard to write something better. Dr. Lawless did a great job communicating to those of us who are in the ministry. I encourage you to read his thoughts.

Here is a link to his post:  http://thomrainer.com/2014/04/15/six-leadership-tasks-easter/

However, I think there are lessons here for every believer as well. Here are my thoughts based off of his post.

1. Spend time meditating on what God has called you to do. Ministry is not just for those “called”, but God has gifted every Believer with gifts. There is something that God wants each of us to do. You will never feel closer to God than when you are doing what He has tasked you to do.

2.  Reach out to others who have lost hope.  There are people who are hurting all around us:  broken homes, loss of loved ones, job loss, loneliness, and those who are walking a journey with a major illness. The are some many hurts that the list could go on for pages, but what really needs to happen is for us to reach out. You may never know what a phone call, card, or even a text could mean to someone.

3. Give somebody a second chance. We all have people in our lives who have hurt us in some way. Easter is a time of what happened in our lives when someone paid the ultimate price for our forgiveness. It is easy for me to justify my hurts and pain, but in order for me to be in a right relationship with God I need to learn how to forgive.

4. Serve with renewed vigor.  Has your devotional life become stale and stagnate? Easter week is a great time to renew your walk. Maybe you need a new devotional book, a new Bible reading plan, or just making sure you carve out time in your day to spend with God.

5. Let God surprise you.  It is amazing what God will do when we bring our life back into focus with Him. When we are allowing Him to have control of your lives you never know what He will do.

6. Slow down.  Many times our lives are so busy we rarely take time to slow down and just be with God. We become so busy with “doing” that we forget what Easter really means. We forget to do all the things we mentioned. Spend some time this week focusing on Easter and see what God has in store for you.

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About Mark LaGrone

Discipleship and Assimilation Pastor at Collierville First Baptist Church outside of Memphis, TN.
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