For starters, let’s define the ball. As leaders, our minds readily go to the strategic plan or the upcoming board meeting. These aren’t bad things to focus on, but there’s something even better. Or I should say Someone. God is the “ball” we want to keep our eye on and be postured toward. I’ll unpack that, but first a story.
I well remember the days when my athletic husband Ron and I started to date. He was a natural athlete; I was a wanna-be. He tore up the grass on football fields and the ice on hockey rinks. He coached softball and positioned players perfectly. So you can imagine my glee when I discovered he’d never held a tennis racket and I could coach him! He was a dangerous hoot with a racket. Besides winging balls way out over the fence, he’d sometimes release the racket during a swing. Once, during an unconventional back-hand, he let go of the racket, it sailed over the curtain separating the indoor courts, and clattered among a group of coiffed and skirted ladies playing doubles.
But it wasn’t long before Ron suddenly acquired the skills and was teaching me! “Lisa, keep your eye on the ball,” he’d say time and again as I attempted a killer forehand. When I remembered to watch the ball, I crushed it, and my whole body followed through in Chris Evert fashion (or so I imagined!). When I didn’t… well let’s just say I looked more like a kangaroo.
A key to sports is keeping your eye on the ball. A key to leadership is keeping your eye on Jesus.
“A key to sports is keeping your eye on the ball. A key to leadership is keeping your eye on Jesus.”- Lisa Hosler
1. Jesus did. Jesus said, “the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing” (John 5:19). So Jesus had His eyes on God. He was watching Him, mirroring Him. Because of that, He was able to engage in three years of Spirit-led ministry and say “It is finished” as He completed His work on the cross.
2. Moses did. “The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend” (Exodus 33:11). God was face-to-face with Moses, Moses was face-to-face with God. They were conversing with one another as friends do. That crucible of intimacy was Moses’ source of inner strength and wisdom for leading the Children of Israel.
3. The Trinity is. John 1:1 tells us Jesus existed with God from the beginning. The Greek word for “with” more precisely means “toward.” So instead of the Father, Son, and Spirit merely being together, they are “toward” one another. Facing each other. Talking. Listening. Loving. Affirming. Honoring. Fellowshipping. (Malcolm Webber has an excellent mini-teaching on this.)
Keeping our eyes on God – being “toward” Him – is the best way to live and to lead. In John 17, Jesus prayed that we would be one with the Father and with Him. We’re invited into this Trinity oneness, this incredible fellowship of being toward one another. When our eyes are on Jesus, we connect with Him and serve Him well.
“When our eyes are on Jesus, we connect with Him and serve Him well.”- Lisa Hosler
What if your posture today was face-to-face with God, toward Him in your heart, conversing, listening, and doing what He shows you to do – unto Him?
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”
What has helped you keep your posture toward the Lord as you go throughout your day as a leader? Feel free to share your thoughts in the Comment Section below.