Have you ever, all of a sudden, come to an awakening in your life? Well I have! It was the strangest thing. This awakening literally caused me to become overwhelmed.
It all started while on a motorcycle ride with my brother and a good friend of ours. About a month ago, we all met in the driveway of my home. My brother and I had already taken our motorcycles out of my garage and parked them in the driveway while we waited for our friend to arrive. Once our friend showed up, we were set to ride but none of us had decided on a route to take. Usually I am the one that takes the lead and picks the route. I decided this time it would be different, at least that’s what I thought. So I said, “I’ll follow you guys this time, lead the way.” “No! That’s alright,” they both said, “we’ll follow you, you lead the way.” I had no idea what route to take and I thought where could we ride that would be somewhat scenic, with some challenging winding roads and not a lot of traffic …
LEADERS NEED EFFECTIVE FOLLOWERS
Off we went with me taking the lead. I thought to myself, why do I always end up taking the lead. It would be nice if I was the one doing the following, not being responsible for others or having to decide which way to go. Don’t get me wrong, these men are fully capable of making decisions. In fact, I have counted on their wisdom many of times.
As we set out on the road, I began having a conversation in my head about leading and following. It was then that I realized that these men had chosen me to lead them, not because they were incapable, but out of respect, trust and love. You see I had taught both these men how to ride the motorcycles they were on.
I couldn’t believe that I was having this conversation going on inside my head as I am riding a motorcycle down route 31 towards Macedon. Time went by fast, before I realized it, it’s now pitch black, and we’re traveling on a road without any lighting. I could see both their motorcycles head lights in my rearview mirror. Then it dawn on me, I had missed my turn. I looked back and could still see my brother and friend’s headlights leaning and winding with each turn in the road. I’m lost I said to myself. “I should pull over,” a small still voice spoke. Then my PRIDE kicked into overdrive. What will they think of you if tell them that you are lost … some leader you are? Keep going until you see something familiar, spoke the voice of PRIDE, but the further I went the more lost I was.
THE PRESSURES OF LEADERSHIP
The role of a leader is one of great honor and I believe that all leaders know this. But a leader’s biggest enemy is his or her own PRIDE. Pride is usually a self inflicted wound that runs deep into the heart if not the very souls of its victims. It would be one thing if ones PRIDE only wounded the person with it, but instead PRIDE hurts everything in its path. Don’t confuse PRIDE with being PLEASED or FULFILLED with ones accomplishments. Just remember no one accomplishes anything without the help of others.
Sharing your faith with others can be like facing a giant. So what is the name of the giant that prevents you from sharing your faith in Jesus with others? This is a question that every single child of God needs to ask. I, myself, find it very interesting that people are willing to share so many things with total strangers. Where you’re from … What you do for a living … Things about our children. But when it comes to sharing their relationship with Jesus, for many of us, that’s a whole different story. Especially, when it comes to our loved ones. I know this to be true from my own personal experiences. For along time the name of my Giant was “DO NOT OFFEND.”
This giant, named “DO NOT OFFEND,” would cause me to start whispering whenever I was talking about Jesus and someone was approaching. In the back of my mind I was thinking, I don’t know if this person is a believer and I don’t want to offend them.
I was reading the story of David and Goliath. A story many are familiar with but this time I began looking at the “giants” in our lives that keep us from being bold about what we believe. Bold enough to share our faith.