“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?