As leaders, we get to champion our people to become who they always wanted to be, by taking them where they never wanted to go.

Since values are revealed in behavior, what does your lifestyle disclose, pastor? When the time has come to take a courageous stand, what does your behavior reveal?

• When the opportunity came to stand up to that manipulative, obstructionist power-wielding elder, what did you do?

• When you thought to lead your parish out into the city to serve, love, and impact those outside your tight-knit congregation – and pushback came, as it always does – did you lead courageously or cave under pressure?

• When a clear biblical injunction has become as unpopular in your denomination as in the culture at large, have you censored your own voice?

• When the Holy Spirit stirred you to put your hand to the plow in pursuit of some great, challenging work for God’s glory, did the fearful complaints of the cowardly prevail in the end?

And, since life is always lived from now on, your past behavior is no predictor of the greatness you’ll accomplish before you breathe your last.

So, before you see Him face to face, what great, rewarding, daring adventure will you and your people give yourselves to?

What’ll it be?

You get to choose.

 

-Kirk Kirlin, from the book “Leadership Courage,” more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/blog/

 
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