My dear friend and mentor, Dr. J. Robert Clinton [retired professor of leadership at the School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary] taught me what he calls Goodwin’s Expectation Principle. Essentially, it is this: “People will live up to the expectations of those whom they respect.” Jesus seems to have understood this.

Rather than making allowances for their playing small, their love of comfort, or their penchant for control, Jesus behaved as if he expected his followers to live and minister just like he did. He expected them to trust God and step up to the challenges that life presented. Didn’t he?

How often and how consistently do you?

–Kirk Kirlin, from the book “Leadership Courage,” more at


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