Being a Thought Leader
As the CEO of a Christian Health Care Sharing Ministry, I’ve come across all kinds of people. While I’ve built a very strong support system over the years, I’ve also crossed paths with some folks who haven’t been too keen on seeing me succeed, if you catch my drift. In fact, it’s brought me to tears many times. But, I’ve come to terms with the fact that living in fear is not conducive to leadership and that if I was going to be an effective leader, I couldn’t let other people’s thoughts and opinions tear me down.
“If Jesus is correct, faith isn’t the opposite of fear. According to Jesus, faith is actually a version of fear.” Andy Stanley, a charismatic pastor, a leader I admire and a man that once completed a recommendation letter for me to Moody Bible College, said these words during a virtual sermon. What I like about Andy is that he’s a practical guy; he’s able to logically and sensibly express biblical scripture to his fellowship. It’s almost like sitting down for coffee with a friend. In this instance, he talks about how misguided those of us are who live in fear instead of putting our faith into the Lord. And I completely agree.
A familiar proverb comes to mind when the going starts getting especially tough: God never gives us more than we can handle. With that, I have my own thoughts: anticipate battles, forget fear, and fight for what’s right.
Battles, hard times, trials – whatever you want to call them – are going to come. The Bible is very straightforward that life is going to test us. However, being a leader is about overcoming those hard times and coming out the other side stronger, wiser, and better prepared for the future. It’s also about helping others get to the other side, too.
Two years ago, I was called to be a health share leader. I know I won’t win every battle God calls me to fight, but I know that as long as I trust in Him (Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV) and lean on my family, staff, and the other members of my faith community, I will always be victorious both personally and professionally.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV