Your leadership testimony

“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘…go to the land I will show you. I will make you a great nation.’ … So [Abram] built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.” Genesis 12: 1, 2, 7

In our journey as peer leaders, we are sure to encounter moments that have profound impact on us. We may hear from a world-renown author at a conference, or walk through a difficult change process with a team, or perhaps we even make mistakes (or many, in my case) that teach us valuable lessons on what not to do. 

In leadership, these lessons are all valuable and we should count them as blessings.  When God showed Abram the land that his decendants would be entrusted with, Abram built an altar at that place. He did this for two reasons: 1) to worship God and show his gratitude, and 2) to mark this experience as part of Abram’s testimony. 

What does a testimony mean? It refers to a story. Hearing from God, seeing the promised land…that was a landmark, a really important happening in Abram’s story. So to remember it for many years and generations to come, he built an altar on that spot.

We each have a testimony – a leadership story. It tells of the highs and lows, the lessons learned, and the blessings shown. And, like Abram, it’s important that we mark those times in our lives and think back on them. Moreover, we should be willing to share those testimonies with others: our peers, other leaders, our spouses, our children. Because testimonies are not meant just to remind us of what we have been through; they serve to remind many others who will come after us of the important lessons we learn on the road of peer leadership. 

What is your testimony/story? 

What blessings have you been given as it relates to leadership? What lessons have you learned?

How do you relive them and learn from them, and show thankfulness that you went through those times? 

 

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What The Goonies and Esther have in common.

It was June 7, 1985 and the world would change in a way we could hardly fathom.

On that day, The Goonies was released in theaters.

 

One of the best lines in that movie happens when Mikey (one of the main characters) is being told that going on an adventure for pirate treasure is lame, that time is passing by, and that everyone should just go home and call it a night. But Mikey has this monologue that captures what it means to be a peer leader:

“Down here it’s our time; it’s our time down here.”

It may be time for you to lead. Don’t wait for a title, or for that next promotion, or for someone to ask you what you think. Lead from where you are. Don’t be afraid. Be bold. Be ready.

In the book of Esther, Esther finds herself thrust into a position where she is suddenly Queen, with limits on what the is “allowed” to do, but is facing a decision on whether or not bring up a sensitive issue to the king. Coming to the king could either (a) save an entire family from banishment from the kingdom, or (b) lead to severe punishment for her when she approaches the king without being summoned.

As she is weighing her decision to speak up or be silent, Esther’s uncle says to her:

“…who knows but that you have come to your…position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14b)

Perhaps you have a gift of listening, and are in a position to show empathy to those in need of it.

Perhaps your company is making a decision and you need to weigh in because you’re a man or woman of integrity, and widely respected. Maybe your kids are making choices that could cause them undue pain and it’s time for you to engage them in difficult discussions.

Down here on Earth, it may be your time. Your time to lead. Your time to act. Your time to inspire. And who knows but that God has been grooming you for such a time as this.

Have your life experiences and opportunities been aligning in just the right way so that you have been poised to lead in this way, at this time, for this purpose? If so, what kinds of things are you going to do?