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June 20, 2017

The Journal (Entry 3) Leadership and Godly Principles


Leadership is a sensitive subject for someone like myself. I've always been the kind of person who asserts himself and likes to take charge in a situation, yet in the same vein wants to include others in his decision-making process.

As young as I am, I disqualified myself from having any kind of leadership skills due to how others mocked me for my age and inexperience in many fields. Insecurity abounds, so I believed what they said in order to be a people-pleaser.

I thought any disagreement with what people said of me and my lack of skill was true, and I should just accept that I wouldn't ever be mature enough to be a leader until I was older, had a place of my own, wife, kids, mortgage, zzzzzzzz.

Clearly I didn't realise what leadership actually was. Leadership is not about being a manager, boss of a company, or expert in any given field. Leadership is not about age, marital status, gender, or race. Leadership is not even about whether you're an elder at a church or physical leader in ministry.

Leadership is about taking up your responsibility as a Christian and living a Godly life, setting an example for the world and the people around you. In this regard, ANY person can be a leader. In fact, all of us are called to be leaders in our respective paths, all having a plan and a purpose ordained by our Creator through His son Jesus.

It's comfortable to live under the mantle of "I'm not old enough" or "I'm not qualified", or "I don't lead at a church" as excuses not to live out spiritual leadership, but none of them yield. It's all about glorifying God; not one of us is actually qualified to do that, as we are all inherently sinful. Rather it's a responsibility given to us Christians, washed clean by the blood of Jesus, to carry out daily.

1. Submit to God. 
2. Repent daily. 
3. Exercise your faith. 
4. Lead others to Christ. 
5. Rinse and repeat. 

Those who've been doing this longer than I have will point how difficult this really is. Nevertheless, it's a lifestyle all of us Christians need to pursue. I trust that this message finds you well, and inspires you to do the same in your life, as God has been pressing on my heart as of recent.

It's not easy, but necessary. Yet through Christ, all things are possible.

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