My Ceiling Is Your Floor
For many a year, one of the lines used in ministry was about the generation to come. Any many bought into it. I want to say I believe it.
But here are a couple of thoughts for both sides.
A-If I am to be your floor,
- I need to be prepared for people to walk on me.
- I may no longer be visible when you are standing.
- I may need to be more secure in who I am in Christ and less in others.
- I need to bear the weightiness.
- I honor you.
- Be more I am. Be greater, bigger, higher.
B-If I am to stand on your ceiling
- I need to stand on that which is in place.(foundation)
- To dishonor my ceiling can bring shifting, shaking or even destruction.
- Despite your unwavering life as my “floor”, my life must be in Him.
- To leave may mean I must start from scratch.
- I honor your work that you have accomplished.
- I am thankful for you going before me.
There is one true foundation. His name is Jesus (1 Corinthians 3:11) For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
My security does not come from man. It comes from the Lord. I take responsibility for my life. I take seriously the responsibility of my life for the sake of those that might learn from me. It means my ceiling is your floor. I don’t want my people, whether they be my children or my spiritual children to repeat my footsteps, but to take what I’m capable of and go far beyond. I am not leaving legacy, but I am in fact creating legacy. In many respects it is like a relay race. The first is just as important as the last.
For my ceiling to be a floor for those to come, they must embrace or stand on that which I have done. Wandering off may well mean that you have to start as I did. It is so much easier to build the second floor of a building than it is the first! Choose wisely those who labor amongst you! If I was younger I would want the best mentor, the strongest and most responsible to learn from.
As a leader, often I may find that I can be creative and innovative, but if I never hand it off, what value is it. I must give it away (If for no other reason than I might get more!) I want my life to be a starting point for those I love. Those I care for and care about. I want the momentum of the goodness of God in my life to be their starting point. To empower people to start from here and develop their own creative ideas and thought processes. I do not want them to run the race I did. (Yes, we had cooler cars, awesome music & lyrics and better hair, but hey!)
Sure you can recreate the wheel…but why?
To you out there I want you to run with my best and then go further, farther and better.