Somewhere along the line, I inadvertently found myself a leader. Not just passively, but certainly accidentally. I kind of don’t know how I ended up here, but I’m taking it in stride and making the most of it. After all, for all the talk about change and addressing problems, without action to back it up, it’s all just posturing.
I’ve been told that my Christian walk is lacking. I’ve been told to sit down and be quiet. I’ve been told I shouldn’t speak so loud, that I should leave these things to the people in authority, that I should let someone else handle it. There’s also the attitude that talking about it somehow is mutually exclusive with the action of taking steps to fix it.
But I won’t be quiet, I won’t stop talking, and I’ll keep moving forward. I may not always have the right answer, but at least I’m moving, and I can learn along the way.
“I thought about taking it down but when you commented I figured it was ok.” It was a simple conversation, a passive mention of a controversial post. Nothing significant. Yet when she made that comment, it floored me as I realized the underlying message: I was the example she was looking for in whether something was okay. That blew my mind, though I daresay she had no idea the effect her words would have.
Somewhere, I became a leader, someone to look to. I get messages often about this, about how people look for my posts on Facebook because they are thought-provoking, because they challenge the way things are, because they bring to light things that others may not even realize. And it reminds me of that saying that, “no man is an island.”
I’m no one special, nothing sets me apart from the rest of this world. We are all born with potential, and I am not better than those around me. What makes anyone thing I should be qualified in anything? I don’t know near enough. And I have a few that I look to for my own mentors, those who I learn from and come to with my questions. And then I have someone come and ask me a question, or look to me for some advice or looking for something that I can offer them – and it amazes me to be a part of this chain. I’m not just a leader, I’m a follower. And those who come behind me have the potential of their own to turn around and be leaders themselves.
Who are you leading today?