“The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.”
Mark 1:22 NIV
Jesus performed some pretty amazing acts.
Leaders are learners. When we stop learning, we’ll soon quit leading… leading well at least. The thing that I’ve learned from some of the best leaders I’ve ever been around is that they’re willing to learn from anyone. It doesn’t have to be an “expert” in a field or even a leader, but they’re willing to learn from those they lead and those that have something to teach.
I have to do something most people will tell you to never do before making a speech or writing a blog… I have to admit that I’m not the greatest person to write about what to tell your children. I’m a parent of one child who just turned 3 years old. My experience credential doesn’t rate me very high.
It’s one of the most famous stories in scripture.
It shows the character of Jesus just as much if not more than any other passage of scripture.
It’s been depicted in flannel graphs and precious moments Bibles for years.
It’s the story of Jesus calming the storm.
As a Dad, one of my biggest fears has recently been centered around missing “it.” Here’s what I mean…
One day I’ll start it.
One day I’ll go back to school.
One day, I’m gonna start working out.
One day, I’ll make more time to be at home.
One day, I’ll stop smoking.
One day, I’ll try writing that book.
One day, I’ll finally be able to enjoy life.
Matthew 16:13 / When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
Can you imagine this moment for Jesus’ disciples? They’ve seen Jesus feed thousands with a couple of fish sandwiches… fish and chips basically. They’ve just heard him lecture them about holding fast to their faith in Him. Now, they’re faced with this big question. Jesus looks at them in the face. I can imagine his look is a little stern and his tone a little deep. He says,
I’m not a seasoned parent.
I can’t offer tons of advice on discipline or how to raise a godly child.
But, I am is a praying parent.
My wife and I recently moved.
Until we sell our house, we’re renting an apartment in Greenville, S.C. To make room for everything after downsizing from the house to a two bedroom apartment, we didn’t bring the washer and dryer. The apartment complex has a nice laundry room that is just a short walk from our apartment building.
As a leader, it’s not about you.
Or, maybe it is.
Not completely about you. The mission, vision, and organization are still about something much more than you, but so much of your effectiveness in leading your department or organization or even family is about you.