Limelight Leadership

Saturday, July 01, 2017

“Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” (Hebrews 13:7)

It’s crazy how much influence high school seniors have on a student body. As I slowly begin to transition into my own senior year, I keep thinking about how I will soon be someone that the younger students watch and look up to. Quite honestly, that thought both excites and terrifies me at the same time. On the one hand, I’m ecstatic to have the opportunity to be placed in more leadership positions at my school, but on the other hand, I can’t help but wonder if I’m going to blow it and misuse the precious time I have.

Leadership is tricky. Usually when you think of a leader, you picture some charismatic, outgoing individual with all of the right credentials and every spark of potential. You probably imagine somebody who isn’t afraid to bark out orders or someone who typically receives all the thanks and praise for their hard work. Yes, a leader can be like that, but I would strongly argue that leaders come in all shapes and sizes.

The best example we have for anything in this life (especially leadership) is found in the person of Christ. From observing Scriptures, you find that Jesus wasn’t really a limelight kind of guy. 

Consistently, He served behind the scenes, drawing people in with the radical love and crazy ideas that went against societal norms. He led people to the Father by becoming a servant and by constantly praising God for every gift He received. Ultimately, Jesus gave His life to the people he led and gave up everything to accomplish the will of the Father.

With everything that I am, I want to lead like that. My desire is to love people so passionately that it draws them to the throne of God. I want to be a leader whose faith is worth imitating. Jesus is the perfect leader, but unfortunately, we will never achieve perfection on this side of heaven. 

Personally, when I fail to be a Christ-like leader or waste time chasing my own aspirations, I kick myself for not being more. In reality, I waste even more time scolding myself for all of my “could’ve, would’ve, and should’ve” moments. Leadership is a learning process. Christ knows how fallible and imperfect we are, but He helps mold us into the leaders that He sees inside each and every one of us.

You are a leader. In one way or another, somebody is looking up to you. Everywhere you go, you set an example. Leading by doing and leading with love will prove way more effective than standing there and telling everyone what to do. Jesus never promised thanks and glory for humbly leading people. But, He does promise to make us more like Him when we ask. He delights in being with us when leading isn’t the most practical and we’re tempted to run the other direction.

Lord, teach me to be the type of leader that You’re calling me to be. It’s hard to lead sometimes, especially when it seems like people don’t notice, but help me to remember that You always see me and that You will bless me for leading with love and integrity. Show me how to love like You have loved me. Fill my heart with Yourself and help me to have a faith worth imitating. This life is so short, Lord, so help me not to waste time. I love You. Amen.

How can you lead in love today?
What are some things you can do that maybe won’t earn you a moment in the spotlight, but will bless people and bless God nonetheless?
Who is God calling you to lead during this season of life?

Written by: Mikayla Moreen

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