If I desire to lead others, I must start by leading myself. I heard this at an Away Day at work. It’s been on my heart the whole weekend. There are many things I wish I could change – issues around me, other people’s perception and attitudes, the whole world… The list goes on. However, the more you have tried to change others, the more I realise what an impossible task it is. This only leads to frustration. Sometimes, I even see me becoming the things I so badly wish were different. We can’t change the world, we can change ourselves. I think the more I change to be ‘an amazing world’ the better things will be. The phrase ‘be the change’ is ever making more sense to me. Like MJ said “if you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make the change”. I’m going to be the blueprint – in my home, at work, church and wherever else life finds me!
The first place to start in leadership is within. Lead yourself, be the change!
I remembered this morning a scene a friend of mine told me about. After a few years in England she returned to her country in Africa to reside for a season. Some day a young girl walked up to her and asked “you are not from here are you?” My friend was surprised and asked why she said this. She responded saying “well, your outfit’s different, your accent is different and you say please and thank you.” LoL.
It’s amazing how much you can pick up from observing a person. Just by our accent you could almost tell which country one grew up or live, what part of that country, and sometimes the sort of people we hang out with. I wonder how much people glean from watching me. After an observation of my life, if someone said to me “you are not from here are you?” I’d like their response to my “why do you say that?” be: “well, you are patient and compassionate, hard-working, gentle, joyful, peaceful, kind, disciplined and you show love.”
I pondered on these things today as I have been thinking lately of how much of Today’s Christianity is based on fame, church attendance and or activities, titles and ordinations, etc and so less on the Character of the people. Let’s not forget the most important thing: “In Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, what counts is a new creation” (Gal 6:15).
I’m from Zion xx