Updated: Apr 30, 2019
Leadership. A single word that packs multiple definitions. Ask 10 people and you will get 10 different opinions. Old school mentality taught us that leadership was all about position and how high you could climb up the ladder (what ladder, I’ll never know - I never found it). Praise Jesus, we’ve realized that leadership is about our posture of humility and serving one another. Every single one of us, whether we believe it or not, are leaders. We can get into a debate about that statement another time, but for now, hear me out. Take a look around you. You may be leading your family, or your coworkers, or the girls at the checkout counter of your local store. You may be leading a mom’s group, a carpool co-op, or even the people at the gym where you workout. Are you hearing me yet? The circle of influence God has given you might not look like a congregation, or a small group, or even a bible study. Leadership is about who God has entrusted us to take care of!
Now that we’ve established our leaderSHIP (the people in the boat you’re steering), let me challenge us for a minute. If what you or I are doing now, as leaders, isn’t bringing someone else closer to finding their purpose or fulfilling their calling, then we’re missing the mark. Somewhere inside of us, there ought to be something that says ‘if I have learned something, I want to pass it on. If I can hand down wisdom to a younger person in Christ that will propel them even further than I go, it should be second nature. If someone can stand on my shoulders, because of what I’ve already walked, then let me wash their feet with all humility.’
Sisters, I realize to some of you, this isn’t what comes to mind when you think of leadership. I can tell you that in years past, it wasn’t what I thought of either. Leadership meant that you were separate from others, not set apart- but separated “from the menial small tasks”. It was the place where you finally ‘made it’. Recalling that time period, saddens me. I remembered thinking that if I ever became a leader, that I wouldn’t be “that way”. I would take the time to know people and what goes on in their lives. I would value people because Jesus said they were worth it. For heaven’s sake, I would reflect Jesus. And my goodness, I would be kind.
I am one blessed Jesus-girl and I know it all too well. For God to use me, even when I’m not so great of a human at times, is mind-blowing. There’s no sense in me trying to play off the circle of influence-leadership-He’s called me to. And neither should YOU. Ladies, it’s time to take the gloves off and get to work. If you still don’t know what you’re supposed to be doing or who your people are, that’s ok. I’m not hard to find. I’m happy to help. I can even assist you in finding another sister who leads well to connect you with. I’m praying for all of us who are on this SHIP together. May we love well, live in humility and lead like Jesus.