Having taken full responsibility, before the Father, for his being and destiny, Jesus lives as if his every movement, his attitudes, his words, and even his silence are on purpose. His is the Father’s purpose to establish the Kingdom of God in the lives of women and men.

This is what leaders do.

Acclimate yourself to the rigor of taking total responsibility, before God, for your own responses to your environment and circumstances. Friedman notes: “Leaders must not only not be afraid of that position, they must come to love it.”

So, you ask, where do I get that kind of courage? How could I ever come to love being ridiculed and adored, being evaluated and critiqued and judged all the time?

What if you have it all, already?

What if you’ve been given the capacity to stand in this rigor, as an exemplar to those you lead? What if you have it in Christ? If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, remember? [I Corinthians 5:17] God’s power has given us everything we need for life and godliness, remember? [2 Peter. 1:3]

-Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage