Who Are You Following?

As I mowed the lawn this evening a trio of children traipsed behind me in varying degrees of imitation. Ethan, our second child, with a toy lawn mower, our third child with a hockey stick—clearly an imitation weed whacker—and our youngest with a scarf around her neck—the logic of which escapes me, but must have been clear to her two-year-old mind.

At one point as they jockeyed for the position closest to me I heard someone say,

I’m the leader!

This struck me as an interesting perspective given that they were all following me up one row and down the next. I wonder if this is what we sometimes do to our Lord? There is often precisely this kind of discussion happening in blogs and blog comments, as “followers” vie for the veracity of their pet teacher.

…For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human? What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:3-11 ESV)

11 thoughts on “Who Are You Following?

  1. good reminder Nate!

    and i believe the logic of the scarf may be simply that nana bought it for her!

  2. Oh the fruit of seeing life theologically…I’m sure if we paid more attention to and were more present in the situations we find ourselves our learning about God would be way more effective. Perhaps that what our grand-forefathers did.

  3. I think you’re on to something, Joel. Live life aware; live life intentionally, live life in light of meditating on His law day and night.

  4. I have heard quite a few times recently that somewhere around 80-90% of people are always living in the future, or in the past (or both). If we are to truly make an impact on those around us, I believe that we need to learn to live in the present, recognizing that we are precisely where G-d wants us to be.

  5. That is a challenging word for me these days…for the last 6 months I’ve been largely putting life on pause as we waited to get to North Carolina…and now it looks like that is not going to happen, I’m wondering what to do now…in the present.

  6. Greetings Nate,
    Hadn’t been here for a while… I agree with Aaron’s insight, HaShem has been impressing on me (for a good while, I’m pretty s-l-o-w) that it is our sensitivity to the “now” that He wants to cultivate. Being perceptive to others in as our paths cross, speaking the words of life to them (and ourselves), that we all might take action, and just love each other. …and that emunah, knowing that everything is happening for HaShems “reasons”.
    Blessings to you all,

  7. I like your insight about following, yet trying to lead at the same time.

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