March 18: Always need to be in control? Let someone else today. Need to be more assertive? Step up and take charge (or at least volunteer!).
Sometimes, those of us in leadership roles tend to forget that much of what we do is empowering others. Instead of always leading the conversation, we can toss out a conversation starter and let the others take it from there.
Sometimes those of us who tend not to be leaders just sit back and let others take charge. That's defaulting to "do nothing" just because someone else will.
But we all have a responsibility to think, act and do - some by stepping up and others by stepping back.
My husband reminded me the other day that the very thing I was frustrated about was exactly what I should've been thrilled to see - one of the folks had not only stepped up, but had taken up the drumbeat I'd started. That's exactly what a leader desires, but because I "need" to be in charge (and receive the accolades), I couldn't even see that this is exactly what I hope for! <sigh>
And then there's all those school volunteer jobs that I "allow" others to do because "I'm busy." Of course that assumes the others aren't. As if! They're probably at least as busy as I am, or perhaps more! Shouldn't I be as willing to give of myself? After all, it's my kids I'm serving, and even if it wasn't, it's my town, my society, and each thing we step up to help with allows more to get done which benefits all of us. They're *all* my kids!
God of change and all good things, open my eyes to see the places I can step up and the times I should step back. Empower me to empower others, and then see it when it happens. Encourage me to step up, and be more open to seeing opportunities when they present themselves. Change my heart, O God. May I be (more) like you.
I'm a wife, mom, pastor, human...probably not in that order. I struggle each day to be faithful to God, to my family and to my call as a Christian and all of those previously-mentioned roles. I pray to be positive, kind and thoughtful, but tend to fall short on all counts. I am inspired by sunrises and enjoy taking pictures (mostly my kids, deer in the yard and sunrises). I waste time playing stupid computer games and wishing I'd been better at all of the aforementioned roles. ;-)