I remember in 3rd grade when my teacher took me aside and sat me down. She got extremely serious and said, “Cleere. You are a leader. It is very obvious to me even though you don’t see that. Remember when you’re making decisions that others are watching too.”
I have always desired to be a leader in whatever realm I am in or whatever I am doing and hearing her say this further fueled that desire inside of me.
Being a leader– it feels important, significant, bold, self-assured, valued. It feels purposeful.
But the older I get and the more steps I take, I continually realize that leaders are only made strong by the one that they follow.
Leaders are followers, first and foremost.
They are bold in their steps because they trust the One in front of them.
They are assertive in their actions because they remain obedient to the One in control.
They are confident in their own purpose because they do not look to the right or to the left, comparing themselves to another.
I had to switch around my desires a little bit. Because you see, if I desire to be a leader more than I crave being a strong follower of Jesus, both are compromised.
Jesus relied always on the strength of His father. His lips continually voiced, “Your will, not mine.” He remained obedient despite the rejection and doubts of others.
Friends, our reach is only as wide and as deep as we dig into the Father. Walking with Him is what makes us worthy to be followed.
Let’s not desire for others to see us, but rather let’s live a life that boldly points others to Him.
Hoping you have the BEST Tuesday!
“He must become greater; I must become less.” -John 3:30
“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