I’ve been thinking about leadership this morning because of a pretty interesting video.
Also, Arthur has a really good post relating to this at The Voice Of One Crying Out In Suburbia, asking What is good theology?
At lunch today, I experienced a great form of leadership. Leadership isn’t telling others what to do, but doing something, and showing others how to do it, among other things. Those two things are what I am thinking about today, so that is as deep as we’ll go for now.
To the story: My friends and I have been talking, and discussing a lot of things lately, but not really doing much. Well today I got an email; “I have an idea, want to come along?”
My friend and I left work, grabbed a quick lunch, and headed over to an older man’s home, who actually does stuff instead of just talking about it. We sat with him and asked how we can get involved, who does he know that needs help, and what he could teach us as a doer. We sat and listened for half an hour maybe, as this wise, loving man shared an idea, then he told us stories. Stories that, on the surface, didn’t seem to relate, but that’s a different story.
I may get into some of what he taught us later, but the point is, who was the leader there? Was it the guy who just went along, or the guy who decided to ask the question, or the guy who answered the questions?
My opinion, all of us were, to different degrees, leading each other in some way. Obvious the older man is leading both of us, the man you invited me was leading me, and (it maybe wishful thinking but) I was leading as the first follower to someone unseen by me.
All three, I know, edified each of the others in this hour of visiting. I can only speak for myself, but by being drug along, I was taught to go and do. And no one could deny the wisdom we listened to from this wise, loving, doer.
Who led the most? …Who cares! That is one of those trap questions that has cemented my feet to the floor and drained my energy so often recently. So who cares about defining words, and putting everything is nice little piles of understanding…well, me. Just (hopefully) not over the more important matters anymore. And right now I have too many weightier matters needing done to worry about that silly question.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. -Matthew 23:23 (NASB)