This is why physicians are horrible patients, why scientists make horrible test subjects, why pastors make horrible parishoners, why coaches make terrible players, etc. Leaders make horrible spectators. It is not on purpose. It is innate. A leader leads. They can’t help but step in and teach or boss or organize or push.
This is why leaders also fall quite often. That same innate quality of leadership cannot help but foster pride. When you come in and hopefully save the day, ego grows. You start thinking how invaluable you are in the situation. You can get a big head. Pride always goes before a fall.
Followers can fall too, but leaders live big and out loud and their fall is big and out loud.
To keep from falling and keep close to God, your source of strength (whether you believe it or not), you have to actively practice humility. Walk humbly, acknowledge God’s strength working in you, read the Bible, pray, admit mistakes, come alongside people and help them. This makes the leader strong and the best possible for years to come.😄❤
I noticed something in my life and many other lives in my view and in the Bible:
The person with the least fear/most courage is the leader.
One caveat: the wisest person will fear the Lord, who can save or destroy thr body and soul, but He never does so flippantly or contrary to His written or living Word.
That courage may come from within innately or be a gift of the Holy Spirit, but strength of courage (bravery and action despite fear) and lack of fear is a predominant character trait in leaders. Just worth mentioning.😄❤
We have had our adopted dog Blue since January. And he is family and knows how things work and his place. He is house trained (thank God!) and leash trained and we do one or two long walks a day and about 4 very short walks. We go to the dog park every day or two also to let him run without a leash and just break loose. He eats well, drinks filtered water, is very healthy now with a shiny, soft coat, has a comfy dog bed, sleeps in my son’s room, etc. All this, and he still bolted for a squirrel, got loose from my grip and continued into the only woods on our walking route and had to be caught. Ran like a wild animal with no family that needed to eat that squirrel to live or something.
He is still a wild animal through it all. He is programmed to survive.
And I got to thinking about that. What separates tame from wild? Circumstances? Timing? Breeding?
What about people? What separates Godly from ungodly? Circumstances? Timing? Family upbringing?
For people, it is more. We have the power within our minds to reason and choose morality. We also can ask God for more wisdom and strength when times get tough. This is our God-given built-in, our brain.
And if we stay close to God and choose morality and reason, there is no problem we can not overcome. This is true personally, as a family, as a business, as a state, as a nation, as the kingdom of God.
This is hope, friends. Praise God!😄❤
When asked to lead worship, no matter how many you are leading- 1 child or thousands of people, no matter- it is the highest honor. There is no cause so worthy as worshipping the Most High God and leading that worship is so much higher an honor. It actually is leading in humility to lift up the name of Jesus. Leading the bow is fantastic.
So today I received that honor. We sang together How Majestic Is Your Name, There is Power in the Blood, We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, A Shield About Me and The Cares Chorus. Such beautiful worship together. Praise God!😄❤
I have heard from a worship pastor, a youth pastor, a preacher, a children’s ministry worker that they had little time to read their Bible or pray. This should never be! Everyone who is working on a personal relationship with Christ, whose namesake we bear, should prioritize Bible reading and be in constant prayer. This is our mandate. We are then humbly keeping Christ as the priority as is His right and our privalege. This is essential. Don’t talk to me of revival and growth if you are not doing your first and most important job. Prioritize better, repent in this way, apologize for this heinous sin and prioritize prayer and Bible study. Then we will see revival, it would not be able to be helped. Change you=change the world. Do it right.❤