Leadership is people centered and the person God will start with is you. Part of the stretching process is allowing God to ask you tough questions. Be willing to let him point out places in your life he targets for healing. Be bravely introspective.
Unhealed wounds and insecurities will spill out as people “bump into” your leadership. Lead out of surrender to the Lord, not out of wounds begging for healing.
Build and broaden supportive relationships. As one leader said, “God will bring people into your path who are pertinent to your assignment.” Cultivate relationships with women who are leaders in your church or community.
A rich diversity of your significant relationships will enlarge your capacity to reach people. Seek out mentors, both far and near. If you have trouble finding a hands-on, close-up mentor, commit to preparing to be that person for others.
Make ministry and leadership development a long-term commitment. Read helpful books, subscribe to online leadership blogs, attend seminars and further your education.
Brenda Pace, a gifted leader, tells a story about a riveting moment in her leadership. The situation came at a time of frenetic activity as a leader. Her husband confronted her out of concern about whether she trusted God or trusted in her activity.
He asked her, “Brenda, is this a hobby or a ministry?” Brenda states, “That question became a gauge I would use (and still do) as a leader.”
Leadership is not a pastime, but a long-term process of development.
Leadership isn’t gauged by how much you are doing. It’s about making a difference in people’s lives.
Leadership is not about your title, but about doing what God has asked you to do.
Long-term benefits come from long-term investments. Commit to a lifestyle of leadership and ministry development.
The impact of Jesus inviting Mary to sit as his feet is lost in today’s culture, but Mary’s story is profound. Jesus gave Mary access and permission contrary to the social and religious practices of her day.
Is it any wonder that Mary, out of profound love and gratefulness to Jesus, would give him her most valuable possession?
You remember the story…
“A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him. Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance” (John 12:2, 3, NLT).
Mary demonstrated the kind of devotion all believers should have and every leader must have. Jesus is worth the best we have, the time it takes, and all the energy he supplies.