The most encouraging words a mentor can offer a student desiring to enhance their skills in any area of life is “come, and follow me”. You and I can not achieve our greatest potential by building on the walls of our personal paradigms. Nor can we see any solution to a problem through the lens of inexperience. But, sometimes it requires the assistance of a seasoned “player” to teach us in minutes - what it has taken them to learn in years.
Just imagine being stuck on an island unable to dream beyond the shores. Waking up every day noticing the planes flying by - without ever having the opportunity to sit on a Boeing 747 or in a Cessna single-propeller plane. There are times in our lives when we feel as though we have reached a dead end. And, if given any opportunity to journey beyond the shores we would “jump on it, on a heartbeat.”
The Bible teaches us that God is always extending an invitation to those who are willing to follow. But, it does require that we learn to surrender the keys to the driver seat of our plane, in order for us to rest on the passenger side of His cockpit.
You and I could never learn to lead - until we learn to follow.
16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.