Tuesday, July 06, 2010
SMR Week 4: Incarnate Leadership with John Witte
On June 28, John Witte, Dean of Residence Life at Calvin, shared with us ideas about Leadership using Christ as a model. Before discussing five aspects of Incarnate Leadership, John asked us to consider that we can’t always know how our present state will play into the greater story of our lives. Looking back at major moments—growing up, high school, choosing a college, choosing a major—has a way of reminding us that God was there. It’s often unclear how God’s presence played a role in major life events until after the fact, sometimes years after. John encouraged the group to remember that God is with us this summer. We are in Colorado, at Snow Mountain Ranch, belonging to the Leadership Challenge Institute for a purpose. Maybe it will take years, maybe less, to realize why we are here, but God is with us—working in and through us.
John Witte then delivered to us thoughts on leading like Jesus. Undoubtedly, as Christians, we desire to model our lives as our Savior has called us to. John pointed out to us aspects of Jesus’ life and ministry that are important to remember and model in our own lives. They are:
Jesus dwelt with those he led
Jesus’ disciples beheld him
The glory of Jesus was a reflection of his Father
Jesus led with grace and truth
From the manger to the cross, Jesus sacrificed.
Using John 1:14 as the basis, we worked through these points about Jesus’ life to try and understand how to be more effective, authentic Christian Leaders. John 1:14 says: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
On Wednesday morning, a group of Calvin students, with John Witte and his sons, kayaked atop the peaceful waters of Grand Lake. The sun was warm, the water still. It was a great morning to paddle amidst the mountains on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park. The vacation homes that line the lake were nearly as awe-inspiring as the peaks that serve as their backdrop. However—and spending weeks in the Rocky Mountains has illustrated this point to us with absolute clarity— large houses, boats, and fancy cars may showcase an earthly wealth, but these mountains around which we live and play showcase a wealth of love that God has for His earth and His people.