There are political leaders, athletic leaders, academic leaders, and religious leaders.
It’s hard to go a day without listening to a piece of advice, a subtle suggestion, or political rhetoric uttered by one of today’s many leaders.
As a matter of fact, there are so many people propagating their beliefs through modern media – on blogs, Facebook, Twitter, television, and the radio – it is hard to know to whom to listen.
So, do you follow? Or, do you lead? Maybe you do both?
John Quincy Adams, our nation’s sixth president, had his own version of what it means to be a leader. He said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
If this is true, then the amount of leaders around us may be even greater than originally thought. Most parents, friends, family members, and neighbors could easily fall into this category. We, too, are probably considered a leader to at least one other person around us.
And, if that’s the case, maybe it’s time for us to think long and hard about what we personally do when we lead. How do we inspire others? What do we encourage others to learn about or to dream about?
As stewards, we are called to be good disciples. If we combine that premise with being a leader, then we are called to lead others to be good disciples, as well.
So, why not inspire others to discipleship? Show them that you receive all that God has done for you with a heart of gratitude, and reflect it in your life in a way that brings others to Christ.