Risking an Offense
Thank God that Jesus didn’t fear offending the woman at the well. [John 4:4f] It is likely that she and her whole village would have perished had he played it safe.
What if Jesus chose to quench his zeal [Psalm 69:9, John 2:17] rather than go after the powerful and popular merchants in the temple?
Courageous leadership is leadership with heart. With your heart fully exposed, fully engaged, fully at-stake.
There is no virtue in being a jerk. I’m not advocating that you be oppositional just because you can. Nor am I suggesting that you blast away at whoever and whatever bothers you, just to get something off your chest. No, that would be selfish.
But, to risk your own security, your comfort, and the way others regard you for theirbenefit—that is love. To stand powerfully resolute, because of love for someone else, in the face of ridicule and rejection—is exactly what Jesus did.
-Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/blog
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