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How can we be leaders in a world full of followers?

The Regional Youth Council had the incredible opportunity to spend a weekend retreat at Laurel Ridge with a focus on Leadership. We took a look at well-known leaders of the Bible such as Moses. We reflected on what it truly means to be a leader and what kind of characteristics reveal a leader.

Sometimes, we do not feel qualified enough to be a leader. As humans, we tend to focus on all of the things we are not instead of all the things we are. When life abundant is standing right in front of us, we tend to suddenly act as if we are not good enough to pursue it. It is as if we feel we do not deserve it. God asked Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. What a wonderful way for Moses to be used to reveal God’s glory! Moses questioned it at first though. Moses asked: “Who am I?”(Exodus 3:11), as if he felt he was not good enough to be used by God in such a way. But God comforted Moses by saying “I will be with you”(Exodus 3:12). Wherever God is leading you, He is not going to abandon you on your own. God asks ordinary people, like you,  flaws and all, to be a leader for the Kingdom. Sometimes, we forget that the same God who created a leader like Moses is the same God who is working within our own lives today.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever”
Hebrews 13:8

God intends for us each to lead in different ways. His purpose for each individual is so personalized and distinct from the person beside you. He handpicks your purpose because He fearfully and wonderfully made you. He knows you better than you think you know yourself. When we fall into comparison, that completely disrupts who we are. Comparison causes our eyes to shift in a way that causes us to lose direction, to lose confidence, to lose identity, and to lose purpose. We fall into comparison when we think we know what we want, not when we know what we want. Comparison creates another copy of something already created. Comparison is the thief of joy.

To one extent, we should all be followers.  Not to be followers of the world, but followers of Jesus.  Jesus teaches us how to lead in ways that are whole, humbling, guiding, shameless, life-giving, and true. Jesus is our prime example of what it looks like to be a leader. God oh so kindly gave us Jesus, God himself in the form of flesh and bones, to show us who God is like. Among many other attributes, Jesus is a leader. To be a leader is to love people like Jesus would.

We may not think we are qualified for what God is calling us to do, but God qualifies the called. God gives us the strength and endurance for the adventure ahead. The only One we can truly be confident in is not ourselves, but it is God Himself. We must truly rest in that truth. To know that God holds our tomorrow is a reason to live out an audacious and bold faith as a leader in Christ.

About the Author

Brooke Smith is a senior at Davie County High School. She will be attending the University of North Carolina at Wilmington this Fall to major in nursing. Brooke is a life-long member of Clemmons Moravian Church. She loves spending time with her friends, going on adventures, running, and being at Laurel Ridge. She claims to be Lauren Daigle’s biggest fan in the whole wide world!

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