Leaving can sometimes look like an appealing option
Reference: “So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.” 1 Kings 19:21 NIV
Explore: A youth pastor I was working with was struggling with some decisions that the leadership of the church were making. He was toying with the idea of leaving but wasn’t sure what to do.
I appreciated the challenging position he was facing. But as I listened to him talking I felt that he was making a big decision over some rather minor issues. These small hurdles were niggling him so much that he was tempted to just pack up and leave.
I told him that leaving can sometimes look like an appealing option but if you do leave you want to do so in the best possible scenario. If you leave because you are upset about something, you can guarantee the church will continue on without you. And yet you will move on taking the hurt and dissatisfaction with you.
Application: Sometimes it is the right choice to move. And if you are able to leave well then it sets up a healthy new season for you as well as for the people you leave behind.
Elisha set a great example of how to leave. He farewelled his family and used his current resources (that he no longer needed) to bless the people he left behind.
In a way of giving over his previous belongings he not only loved on those he said goodbye to but made a clear separation from the life he had led to the new journey ahead.
Each of us have seasons that end. How we move on is often up to us. Let’s be intentional about leaving blessings behind us and an open pathway in front of us.
Prayer: Lord, You are behind us and before us. Whether we are coming or going may we live in such a way that glorifies You. Amen.
How have you left well?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.