Monday Kingdom Coffee Chat is back and with the upcoming Palm Sunday, I did a lot of reflection around the word Leadership. More specifically the question “Who do I follow?” came to mind. I can’t wait to share this with all of you. Let’s grab our cup of joe or tea to just sit and chat a bit. Before I forget, just so this is clear, this post may contain affiliate links. Which means if you purchase from one of these links I will receive a commission.
Let’s dive into what led me down the path of Palm Sunday and Leadership. For myself, as an online business owner, I want to know who I am serving and reaching. Even if you don’t run a business or ministry on social media, your personal social media is centered around who you follow.
As I thought about this more, I saw one glaring truth-“If I am so focused on who is following me, I am losing sight of who is leading.” All of a sudden I had put myself in a leadership position when I focused on my followers. I want to be a resource that points you right back to Jesus.
Of course, I will still be taking care of you and continue to send goodies your way but I should NOT be leading you.
Walking with you…yes.
Lifting you in prayer…yes
Standing by you… yes.
Teaching Leadership & Raising Our Children
Now how does this concept relate to more than our personal lives but the lives of our children. This concept can be difficult to teach our children because everyone wants to be the “line leader” from Pre-K until 5th grade; and maybe even longer. I mean even at my age, I have the tendency to want to lead when really it’s a time for me to follow.
The world we are raising our children in has recently been in an upheaval. Lots of fingers are being pointed at our National Level Leadership. And as parents we are facing many obstacles around what and who to follow-especially after this pandemic. Hear me out that yes I firmly believe that there is a time and place for us to follow leadership to the government, our boss, our spouse, our followers. My question/challenge to you is this; “Should we give full leadership to the government, our boss, our spouse, our followers BEFORE submitting ourselves and our lives to the leadership of Jesus.
It is so vitally important that we focus on the right leader. This is the same man that came down to this earth to save us and even rode a donkey down the street while palm leaves were waving. Jesus was the perfect example of how he led everyone into Jerusalem.
DIVING INTO THE WORD OF GOD
Let’s dive into our bibles and look at a few passages around this very topic:
In Matthew 21:1–11, Mark 11:1–11, Luke 19:28–44, and John 12:12–19, we see Jesus descends from the Mount of Olives towards Jerusalem. The crowds lay their clothes on the ground to welcome him as he triumphantly enters Jerusalem. The very actions of these people SHOW how they felt about Jesus as their leader. I am sure there were children of all ages there watching the actions of their parents and family members welcoming Jesus in the most humble and honoring way.
While it is hard in today’s world to teach our children to follow Christ’s leadership and not of the world, our actions will show them how to treat leaders with respect as well as what makes a good leader.
I have a fun way to do just that-help your children about Jesus is the only leader we should follow.
The Palm Sunday craft will be a palm leaf cutout that has a number on it.
Here is how you play:
- The family will roll the dice and jump to the number they each roll.
- Then on the back of the leaf they will each write down the things they think make a good leader and why.
Pretty simple as well as a fun activity that can be used over and over again. It’s also a sweet tradition to do each year. Continue to reprint the leaves and have them write out their thoughts. It’s a great way to keep and watch your child’s understanding grow.
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Be on the lookout for our new “Character Camp Critters” on IG. We are welcoming Heidi the Husky who teaches leadership. Perfect timing huh?
Until next week friends pour a cup of coffee, take a moment to breathe, and remember that you too can make the ordinary extraordinary in the lives of those you love most.