Driving to a meeting today, I watched a cement truck on the road in front of me. As it rolled along, the drum of the truck was turning. I knew why this was happening: the drum was full of cement and it turned so the concrete inside would not get stuck in one spot and “set”. If that drum didn’t turn, the cement would turn into a hardened mess and it would take a lot of work to fix the problem.
I was thinking of this in relation to a verse in the Bible I read recently. “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” 1 Timothy 6: 11 Notice the motion words in that verse: “flee” and “pursue”. Looking at this verse, I realize that motion is a key part of every leader’s life: we need to be running away from the things that will detract from our lives while running toward the things that will contribute to our lives.
The rotating drum on a cement mixer keeps the concrete pliable, it gets the mixture ready for use and it doesn’t let it “rest” in one place too long. It’s always turning, moving the mixture until it’s spilled out where it needs to be.
I want to be a leader always ready to move out, who refuses to be complacent and content with success from the past. I want to be a leader who is pliable in the Lord’s hands. I need to be committed to motion, in the right direction.