To my friend as she considers a role in leadership,
You are a leader. I see it in you. Those inner, often overlooked qualities of character, humility & servant-hood should not and do not go unnoticed, even in the smallest task our Lord gives you (Zechariah 4:10). They are the definition of true Biblical leadership, and leading in truth is more important than leading in title.
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin”Zechariah 4:10
Think of a time when you gave up what you wanted so someone else could have what they needed. That was leadership in generosity. Or when you stayed silent when a comeback was ready to leap out of your mouth. That was leadership in maturity and emotional control. They may not be celebrated as much as the limelight and this month’s statistics in this up side down world, but they are worthy of getting God’s attention, and is there really any other accolade more deserving of celebration?
Jesus did not lead in title first. He led in those things that are never celebrated, coming humbly to a world that rejected, mocked, tortured, and killed him, all without honor, status, or recognition. As our highest example, He was faithful in little, on this earth, therefore he was given much (Luke 16:10) with all things being handed over to his control (Hebrews 2:8). The reality is that if God can trust your leadership when you do not yet have a title, He knows the qualities you embrace are not for popularity, but for their own sake.
One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.”
As God moves you into leadership, I pray you shine. Not through the position He will soon elevate you to, but through the lovely qualities He already sees in you, the reason He has decided to elevate you. During the journey and at the destination, don’t forget your roots. Not just the place and circumstance you came from, but the original form of your leadership – the raw material your leadership was born out of.