Dictionary.com says that courage is “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.” I think a better definition is to “act in the face of fear”.
I’m reading Seth Godin’s book Tribes. In it, he mentions that people tend to be promoted to the level at which they are frozen by fear. (My interpretation of what I heard.) In other words, we are not limited by our intelligence or skills as much as we are limited by our lack of faith, or our fear.
How do we keep from being frozen by fear?
1. Focus on God. Psalms 62:8 says “Trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.”
2. Do what you were created to do. Luke 9:2 says “Jesus sent the twelve out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.” You have the Holy Spirit living in you. Your mission is to proclaim the good news of Christ and to bring healing – no matter what your job is.
How can you bring healing?
a) through prayer. God answers prayer and things change based on your prayers.
b) through relationship. We were designed to be in relationship with other people and with God. When you help people be in community, in relationship, you offer healing similar to that of Christ with the woman at the well and Zaccheaus – unconditional love that brings about transformation.
c) through listening. Okay, so this is part of relationship, but bears it’s own category. We are often a parallel play society. We think that we are in relationship with people when we occupy the same place and time. Our honest listening skills are a wonderful gift.
What do these have to do with leading? If you are going to be a Christ-follower, you are going to be different – you are going to be a leader. Are you willing to be counter-cultural? Are you willing to take the time to listen, to be in relationship, and to honestly pray for the people you are around every day? That is how you lead. It takes courage, it takes time.
Lord, give us the courage to be the men and women You created us to be in the situations you have placed us in today.