As I was listening to my husband preach about leading like lions last weekend, he said something that made me think about being a woman in leadership.
In his point “they eat big to get big” he brought up the fact that lion cubs suckle up to fifteen times per day. When he said this, I couldn’t help but think about the mother that needs to provide that much food for the little ones. These lionesses must take in enough food to not only nourish they’re quickly growing babies, but they also must take in enough food to nourish their own bodies and to maintain strength to live and to hunt.
If we as women in leadership are to be bold as lions, then we have much to learn from these fierce lionesses. Just as these lady lions nourish their young, we are also feeding and nourishing the little ones in our lives, and it’s not only the little hearts, but everyone who is in our sphere of influence.
We each have a platform – a microphone – into the lives of those around us, and we are only able to give out what we’re taking in. If we’re leading lives worthy to be followed by anyone, we must take in God’s Word more than ever, like reading the Word on our own, listening to podcasts, taking full advantage of the incredible teachings we receive every weekend at church, and letting His Word set the pace for our lives.
We must feed on His faithfulness like Psalm 37 says. We must take in the spiritual carbs (like my husband mentioned last weekend) and we’ve got to eat big, if we’re going to give of ourselves in a big way, and if we are to have a healthy, bright, and vigorous spirit for us to maintain strength in our own hearts.
Psalm 119 is a beautiful Psalm about enjoying and loving God’s Word. Here are a few that I’m sure you know, and that I love:
“How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.” Psalm 119:103
“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
“This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your Word has given me life.” Psalm 119:50
In whatever platform God has called you to, you are to be as bold and brave and loving and tender (“retractable claws and velvety paws” anybody?) as a lioness. Because of the strength we have in Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, you are commissioned to be lovely lady lion leaders! Love you ladies!