Someone has said, ”I do not know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”
No one wants to experience failure, and many do not lead because they are afraid to fail. If everyone had this attitude, where would we be spiritually? If no one had the courage to lead, even when difficult, what would happen to the church? We know it is impossible to please everyone. Therefore…
Lead with the Bible as the basis for all decisions.
Make decisions with confidence.
Communicate decisions clearly.
Express reasons why the decisions are made.
Understand not everyone will like or agree with all decisions and it’s okay.
“The conclusion, when all has been heard: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.”
This is true for any generation and culture.
What is the conclusion of the matter when it comes to our leadership?
Can we summarize our purpose as leaders in terms that apply to everyone?
Do we point people to the One with answers for life, both good and bad?
What answer will we give concerning our leadership when called into account?
When we stand before the throne of Christ, let us make sure the conclusion of the matter is clear regarding our leadership.
Time sure seems to go faster the older we get. Wow! Keeping up with the movement of time gets more and more challenging.
The clock is ticking. We all have the same amount time moving at the same speed. We were born into the realm of time and it just keeps ticking.
Spiritual leaders, however, should focus their attention on the realm with no time, where the clock never ticks.
It is impossible to comprehend the eternal realm with our finite minds. By faith we know it exists and at some point the space of time will end.
We must be ready and we need to influence others to be ready as well.
Regardless of our like or dislike of seat belts and affiliated laws, seat belts were designed to protect drivers and passengers in the event of accidents.
The intent is not to debate the benefit or detriment of wearing seat belts. However, it raises an important thought for leaders.
Spiritual leaders are to provide protection in the event of temptation, trial, struggle, and weakness. Our influence should create confidence in our ability to provide safety. What does this mean? Think about the similarities:
1) We must be there when the need exists.
2) We must connect with people to be useful.
3) We must protect without being uncomfortable.
4) We must signal when someone is unprotected.
Thomas Jefferson once said, “In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
Spiritual leaders face challenges every day. There are personality conflicts, trivial matters, life changing decisions, and numerous other areas that weigh heavy on the hearts of those who lead.
There will be times when leaders must be flexible. However, other times require a determined stance for what is right. Sadly, we often see the opposite, leaders who are flexible on principle and immovable on their opinions.
Jefferson provides a good rule-of-thumb to live by. In spiritual language, perhaps we could say it this way, “In matters of opinion, go along. In matters of doctrine, stand strong.”
Several qualities are required of an organization in order to receive champion status.
They must be a team. People must work together for a common purpose in order to win.
They must be dedicated. When the goal is clear, people are committed, and plans are executed properly, victory awaits.
There must be ability. Combining one’s role with their ability encourages everyone involved.
There must be leadership. Teamwork, dedication, and ability are not enough. People need leadership.
In the spiritual realm, we are part of a team that is dedicated and abounding in ability. We need spiritual leaders to step up and provide the missing link.
At every level, leaders are in high demand, from the political to the spiritual arena. In time of crisis what should we do? There are several possibilities.
1) Do nothing.
2) Deny there is a crisis and continue on the same course.
3) Ignore the crisis hoping it will take care of itself.
4) Procrastinate and allow the wrong leadership to take control.
5) Address the crisis with a plan of action to change the direction of the future.
The obvious solution is clear. Developing a plan of action requires us to account for the following.
1) Acknowledge the problem(s).
2) Examine the severity of the situation.
3) Remove the element(s) poisoning the situation.
4) Develop a support system for current leaders.
5) Begin an immediate course of preparing leaders for the future.
We can change the future, but we must act and we must act now!