What makes a great leader a great? We are shown so many examples of leadership in different areas of life. There are influencers in the social media world, there are winning managers and players in sport and there are political leaders responsible for making difficult decisions in difficult times.
All these leaders require others to empower their leadership. Influencers require followers, managers require team-work, captains require the support of their players, politicians are elected. Leadership requires followers. But what is it about the influencer, manager, captain or politician that elicits the support of others?
Paul set Timothy in a position of leadership in the early church. But Timothy had lots of things that would disqualify his from the role in the eyes of others. Paul looked past Timothy’s youth and focussed on the preparation that he had made for the leadership role.
“I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” 2 Timothy 1:5
Timothy learned his faith from the leadership he received form his mother and grandmother. As we celebrate Father’s Day this weekend, for some it has been other family members that have carried the responsibility of leadership. We thank God for them all. Without their presence, Paul would not have entrusted responsibility to Timothy.
The challenge this week is for us all to consider our calling, our mission, and our area of leadership. Spend some time this week thinking about how your leadership role can support and prepare the way for others.
My prayer is that you will find contentment in what you have been given to do and a joy in serving and supporting others.