Throughout childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, we follow, follow, follow.
Follow the Leader
Did you ever play Follow the Leader when you were a kid? One was chosen to be the leader, and the rest lined up behind. Followers had to copy all the actions and movements of the leader—running when the leader ran, doing jumping jacks, taking 3 steps forward… Anyone who didn’t copy a movement was out.
Why do we play that game? To develop the ability to trust. Trust binds the leader to followers and is the foundation for credibility, respect, and fairness in our workplaces. We are all called to be leaders and followers in some way or another.
We watch our dogs play follow the leader, especially when a new member is added to our pack. The new dog follows, mimicking the veteran until he or she learns both the rules and the territory. Then the dogs leverage strengths. Although Freya was smarter, Heathcliff had the better nose, so she followed him when they went adventuring. Now the veteran, Cato shows Mac the lay of the land.
I Will Follow You
It was April 1963 when I heard Little Peggy March sing, “I love you, I love you, I love you, and where he goes I’ll follow, I’ll follow, I’ll follow…” Here’s the link to her performance on Perry Como’s show. She was fifteen when she sang her number one hit that spring; I would be twelve by the end of the summer.
Who did I follow romantically at that age? The Beatles. I was going to marry Paul, along with many other teenage girls, an infatuation soon replaced by other teen idols and eventually by guys I’d actually met. When I met and married my first husband, I followed him to Texas. And when I married Keith, I followed him to the mountains and to church.
I Will Follow Jesus
To follow Jesus, I must be willing to leave behind my comfort, give up earthly security and distractions, seek wisdom (God’s, not man’s), and listen to the Spirit.
Like a child, I must follow the Leader, singing: “I love You, I love You, I love You, and where You go I’ll follow, I’ll follow, I’ll follow.” But it is the adult who senses the depth of that commitment, that trust, and the leadership I am called to, using my God-given strengths, my spiritual gifts.
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