When my friends have a baby I make them ‘feeding biscuits’ which I take them when I go and visit them in the hospital. These feeding biscuits are my own special recipe and I give them with strict instructions,
for the feeding mama, not to be shared
thing is, this mama is working hard to feed her baby and she needs to be fed too. I was thinking about those biscuits the other day and how, like many simple things, it talks to me about something else too.
It’s this thing of thinking we can feed others without being fed ourselves.
Like we have it so together, we have so much knowledge that we can give out, give out, give out and not become malnourished ourselves.
I’m asking myself this –
- do I want to feed others? resoundingly yes.
- do I regularly make sure I’m being fed? perhaps, sometimes.
If you’ve been doing this Christian thing long you might need more than a drive through meal on Sundays, if you know what I mean. If you’re in the business of feeding others you’ll find yourself hungry and malnourished if you don’t make sure you’re taking some extra ‘feeding biscuits’.
If you want to feed you need to be fed,
and in the same way,
if you want to lead you need to be led.
We need wisdom, we need leading, mentoring, guiding. I’ve spent a lot of life longing to be well led, to have someone or ones to mentor and challenge me.
There have been several people in my life, 3 especially, who stick out as people who have come alongside me. People who have believed in my combinations of talents without feeling the need to squash me into a round hole or bring me down the peg board all together. People who have gently challenged me, pushed me to go deeper, spoken life into my dreams.
I love those people so much for their generosity, their own security and maturity, the way they shine bright but not overwhelming.
I guess today I’m thinking about that desire in me that wants to feed and lead, and the balancing requirement for me to be intentional about feeding myself and the joy of being well led.
So if your heart is in for leading and feeding may you have resources and wisdom around you to make sure you are well equipped.
And if you are mentoring, leading or guiding others take heart you are making a real difference. (and don’t forget to feed yourself!)