From the Director’s Desk – December 2012

The Father gave the Son
The Son gave the Spirit
The Spirit gives us life
So we can give the Gift of love
And the Gift goes on
And the Gift goes on
And the Gift goes on
And the Gift goes on

I taught this song, recorded by Sandi Patti, to my children in the 80’s! They sang it as a duet at the ripe old ages of 4 and 8.  I haven’t heard the song in several years but the words came to my mind recently while I was thinking about this month’s MissionMover theme:  Relationships.  You will see this quote again if you read the book review this month on Steve Saccone’s Relational Intelligencethe Trinity is community from eternity. (source unknown).   The season of Advent, while a season of waiting, is also a season of remembering and looking forward related to our relationship with the Savior.  We were created for relationship—first with Him and then with others.

Relationships are both the bane and blessing of our existence.  Not every relationship is healthy, to say the least!  Our inner quirks, deficiencies, and deficits meet those same things in another person and the chemistry is caustic and corrosive rather than compatible and caring.  Our need is to continually look at the life-giving, self-giving love of the Trinity in such a way that we are drawn more and more, higher and higher, deeper and deeper into the relationship offered to us with Father, Son and Holy Spirit, learning to live out our human relationships as modeled by the Trinity.  That’s the work of a lifetime and beyond!  We can, however, be intentional NOW about being a loving person in every way the Spirit prompts us.

Dr.Richard J. Krejcir is the author of our guest article this month entitled:  The Relational Church – Do you want your church healthy?  We invite you to also consider the articles written by Major Clarence Bradbury.  What’s Your Rate of Relationship Return (RORR) and Relational Leadership—A Lasting Investment.

Additionally, you will see a new post (blog), as we continue to travel through the Gospel of Mark. 

Please take time to review what we are offering from SLD for resources in developing your leaders under the Leader Training tab.

The team at SLD wish you a God-filled Advent season as you wait in hope for the new ways in which Jesus will come to you this season!

Grace and all good!

Joanne Holz, Major

Director of The Jack McDowell School for Leadership Development

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