The misuse of power is in the news on a daily basis. We read of people abusing their position to manipulate and harm others. It’s so common, that I’m no longer shocked when I read or hear about it. Sadly, the church is not immune from it.
1 Justice—do you rulers[b] know the meaning of the word? Do you judge the people fairly?
Most of us are in a position of leadership in some area of our lives – maybe it’s at home, at work, or within our peer group. We all have the ability to have influence in our circles. I think God is very interested in how we use that influence and position of power. Do we use it for our own selfish purposes, or do we use it for the benefit of others? We get to make the call.
As I’m writing this, we are wrapping up 2018 Food Fight. It has been a long several months of planning and preparing and we’ve kept an exhausting pace since Wednesday. I’m so grateful for all of you that have helped pack and fund these meals. As always, it’s been an amazing, humbling experience. I love the team of people that I get to work with; I love their hearts, their work ethic, and their desire to leave a positive impression with the people they come across.
I have also been able to see leadership lived out in many ways these last few days, ways that will stay with me for a very long time. I’ve seen leaders walk beside their people, encouraging and challenging all along the way. I’ve witnessed leaders take a real personal interest in their employees, spending time with them and checking in on how they are doing – not just in their job, but in their lives. I’ve met bosses and CEO’s that people were proud to introduce me to. All of these leaders are making a positive investment in their people, and it shows.
So, here’s the challenge for all of us this week: Be the kind of leader who gives more than you take. Lead well, but more importantly than that, love well.
Executive Director of Education and Outreach