Leaders - Keep a Balanced Lifestyle. #6
Leaders, keep a balanced lifestyle. That goes for our rest days and our workdays. You need to be as important as those you serve. It’s not “love your neighbour despite yourself.” It’s not a luxury; it’s a necessity to look after you. Look after your marriage. Look after your family. Look after your church. Don’t neglect the very thing that has been equipped and empowered to serve the church and community, that one resource which has the living God living in them – you!
Oh, I can hear some now complaining that the leader gets the perks. The leader gets the parking spaces and the priorities. A truly humble servant of the church gives up and gives away a whole lot more than they get. The leader who has a true servant heart will know how to bless, equip and empower others, who will gladly take on the jobs they are given. Together the team multiplies the outreach potential for the church.
Jude makes it plain that leaders need to look after themselves; “But you, dear friends, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” (Jude 20-21 NIV). This is an attitude about ourselves which is sacrificial, not self-serving.
In John Maxwells’ book 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, Denis Waitley is quoted, “The winner’s edge is not a gifted birth, a high IQ, or a talent. The winner’s edge is all in the attitude, not aptitude. Attitude is the criterion for success.” How we think about ourselves will have a directly proportional effect on our leadership and those we lead. It will make all the difference in how we teach to bring hope, preach to give confidence, and speak to share love. Look to Jesus as Life Lasts from there.