When I was 17 years old I had a unique experience that became a defining moment. God interrupted my life and pointed me in a new direction. He called me into a life of serving Him. At the time, I did not know what that would look like. I don’t ever remember wanting to be a Christian leader. Yet, as I continued to follow Him, I discovered these were the roles He kept placing in my path. Answering the call to lead has become my life.
Leadership is work. It is one of the hardest and most rewarding things I do. Our world needs leaders, but people often despise leadership. Leaders are challenged with the task of influencing people to do things they don’t want to do so that they can experience the life they want to live. That reality alone is enough to make leadership a drag.
The greatest challenge in leadership is not unhappy followers. The greatest challenge is BEING a leader. Jim Rohn put it this way, “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” Who can be that kind of person?
As I look in the mirror and realize my inadequacies to be a good leader, I am keenly aware of my need for God’s help. It is He who called me into this and it will be my dependence upon His voice that will see me through. Fortunately, He does not abandon me. Read here how God interrupts and helps leaders lead.