This week we come to the last in our series on vineyard values, with the subject of #10 leaders who limp. When I first joined the vineyard, I heard this often expressed as never trust a leader who doesn't walk with a limp. In otherwords leaders should be people who are bruised and battered by life, have struggles and questions and who are not some fake Ken or Barbie christian ideal of perfection. But more than that, they are not afraid for others to see them limping and that they are still on a journey towards God..
I'm not sure if any of our guests will touch on the story but having read it this week I am also reminded of Jacob in Genesis 32 wrestling with God...
23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, "Let me go, for it is daybreak." But Jacob replied, "I will not let you go unless you bless me."
27 The man asked him, "What is your name?" "Jacob," he answered.
28 Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome."
29 Jacob said, "Please tell me your name." But he replied, "Why do you ask my name?" Then he blessed him there.
30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared."
31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob's hip was touched near the tendon.
We have two great guest authors who will be exploring this topic so I hope you'll join in with them and share your thoughts.