Let me start with a true story, I recently observed and that resulted in this post:
It is obviously a vacation weekend. The only member of the bishopric in town is a very junior second counselor. He spots a member of the stake presidency sitting in the back with his family. With a sigh, the poor brother walks up to the stand. The counselor relaxes, opens the meeting with the note that the “poor brother” is presiding and goes on.
In our worship services, presiding means sitting there and, by being present, enabling other people to take the lead, letting them take charge, letting them feel confident and supported. Presiding doesn’t meaning control in that situation, it does not mean unasked for guidance, it does not mean direction. It means providing support, it means enabling and it means caring.
To the extent that presiding involves action, we have guidance in scripture. Patience, kindness, gentleness, love unfeigned. That is what presiding means, a call to serve with love and to lead by the persuasion of example, not dictat. It mans acting the same way as Christ and the Holy Ghost act in our lives.
I might suggest that one of the most difficult things we can do, that we can learn, that we can share is to act like Christ. To preside, when called to it, or it is appropriate, in the same way Christ and the Holy Ghost act and preside in our lives, is part of the ultimate challenge.
Satan has an alternative plan, involving force, demands and insistence: a plan of control rather than persuasion. Which do you think you should chose? Which do you see chosen by others?
Visit these two sites, devoted to what I see as God’s way:
- http://ldswave.org/ (the official W.A.V.E. site)
- http://adrr.com/wave/ (my suggestions toward the next iteration, obviously parallels many things they are doing since I’ve been listening to them and think they are neat).
and then give me your answers, suggestions and comments about what you see as God’s way and how we can reach it.
Stephen M (Ethesis)