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It takes a lot to be a leader.  You have to be willing and able to speak off the top of your head about a wide variety of topics.  You have to be comfortable in front of people.  You have to understand that people are going to comment on what you say, what you do and what they think you’ve done and said. And, in spite of all of that, you have to be willing to step forward, to shoulder the burden, and to lead the way.

I really felt that Obama had these qualities.  I oh so badly miss my president.



I’ll admit.  I had to think about this one a bit.  As a leader, you have to have some clue what the crowd is up to.  But truly?  You have to be willing to turn your back on them periodically and do your thing.  That could be conducting the orchestra, creating a new policy, or seeking out ways to make connections with new groups of people.  You can’t do any of these things well if you are constantly trying to be the favorite.  Nope.  You have to be willing to strike out and lead.


In our church, we joke that you have to come early to get a seat in the back.  No one wants to sit in front where everyone can spot it when you stand up at the wrong time or miss a “cue.”  But we also want a say in what goes on.  We sit in back and then cluck about how things should have been done.

Isn’t that a lot like life.  No one wants to lead.  Everyone wants to give their opinion and tell other people what to do.

Try something different this week. Look for someplace in life where you can take the lead.  Do this every now and again and you may find the world shifting in a direction that appeals to you.


Everything I ever needed to learn about service I learned from the New Testament. From John 13, to be specific. It is the Last Supper, and Jesus washes the feet of his disciples, despite their protests. And in doing so, He demonstrates what it means to be a leader: A leader serves.

That’s right. In fact, the more power you have, the more of a servant you ought to be. I used to work for a busy catalog company. The CEO was required to view every catalog page before it went out the door to the color separator. Because our deadlines were so tight, this meant he often had to sift through 50-100 pages in one night. Sometimes while he was on vacation. Or traveling for business. Or laid up in bed with an injured knee. But he never complained. He knew what it meant to be a good leader. In this case, it meant kowtowing to the demands of a lowly editor. He did it gladly. It was good business, and it was good leadership.

People talk about mankind being the overlords of nature. We have ultimate power over the natural world. Is there a better or more loving way to think about this concept than in the light of Jesus’ teaching on leadership? We should serve the natural world. Care for the smallest and mightiest of God’s creatures. Kowtow to lowly worms. Because that’s service. And that’s leadership. Think about it.

“You call me Master, and Lord. And you say well; for so I am. If then I, being your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that as I have done to you, so you do also.” John 13: 13-14.


Have a Mary Little Christmas

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