Leaders have vision for what's ahead, followers only see what's directly in front of them.
Recently I was hiking some local trails with a friend and since this was my first time, I let her take the lead while I followed behind. I was taken in by the serene beauty of my surroundings. The smells of the evergreen forest, the freshly trodden soil, and the wildflowers growing at the edge of my path brought back memories from long ago. This is my happy place and I was quite content.
The next time I went on those same trails with my daughters, I took the lead and I saw the forest and the trails from a completely different perspective. Not only did I experience the same beauty as before but now I could see the twists and the bends ahead and the tops of the evergreens in the distance. I could see the hills, the crossroads that I faced, and I could see more than just the first few steps in front of me. It was like the forest opened up like never before and I was experiencing it in a whole new way. It was more than just a walk in the forest, it was a spiritual connection with God through the beauty of his creation.
Following my friend on my path was easy and I was content to allow someone else making the decisions at each crossroad we met. Taking the lead, although not quite as easy, was way more rewarding.
What will you choose for your life's path?
If you choose to follow, you might have it easier and be completely content with your view.
If you choose to lead, God will expand your view for what's ahead, opening up a whole new experience that you never had expected!
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Ask God to reveal to you the area in your life where you need to step up and take the lead. It might be studying God's Word on your own, speaking up when it's easy to be silent, or leading someone else toward a closer relationship with Jesus.