Jesus over served…

Leaders have it hard. They too get wronged. The good, virtuous ones get wronged that much the more. Study history, you’ll see. The virtuous leader has to understand this is the way it is. It isn’t fair we hold leaders to a higher bar than we hold ourselves, but we do. It isn’t fair we give ourselves the benefit of the doubt when “we are over served,” but assassinate the character of our leader when he has one too many. And, it isn’t fair that leaders gotta think about what’s best for the system/team even when team members are out to sabotage/get them. Leaders, the few worth following, understand and accept this truth. Lead anything well and you are gonna pay for it. Leaders lead anyway. Leader over serve those they lead. Leaders learn to over serve…

Leaders, you see, own their own baggage and carry a bit of yours and mine too. Leaders fight for what’s right even when they’ve been personally wronged. And this is why it pays to have good role models with virtuous principles to follow. My favorite is Jesus, whose birth we celebrate in four days. His big three leadership principles are easy to understand and beyond hard to follow. More food for thought if you like…

Model the way. Jesus taught by simply saying “follow me.” He led perfectly from the front even when his team fell asleep, couldn’t quite keep up, and actively betrayed Him.

Embrace pain and suffering. Jesus ran into the acute stuff. He didn’t take the easy way out and understood the price required.

Embody truth in LOVE. Jesus loved us enough to die on that old rugged cross knowing full well He had done nothing wrong. Talk about tweaking a justice thread. Jesus showed us the power of His Grace. We, the world, are still trying to figure out what makes no sense.

Model the way. Embrace pain and suffering. Embody truth in LOVE.

Three really hard leadership principles that none of us can possibly live out. Three principles, however, worth striving toward, reaching toward, and slowly, painstakingly making progress toward. Good.

Merry Christmas, friends. Thank you Jesus for not giving me what I deserve. God, help me lead like Jesus. God, help me get out of my own way, my own head, and my own sense of right and wrong. God, help me unify, show grace, and serve. God, help me not get overserved this season but, instead, practice over serving, so to speak. God, help me…

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