Leadership can be displayed in many forums. One that is particularly important in my personal life revolves around giving back to the community. It’s not enough to be a leader in the household and at work. Evangelists are called to places far from home, but your local community is a great place to start.
Where can we serve? Think about the direct relationships that you already have outside home and the workplace. Does your son play on a little league baseball team, or is your daughter a Girl Scout? Both are examples of opportunities that are already a platform to give and share your time with others who are connected to your own children. The difference is in the time that you are willing to share with others in the group. You have the skills, so put them to good use. Here are 3 ways you can lead within the community.
Be Selfless: Paul writes in Philippians 2:3-4 NIV, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Humility and selflessness are the two key words in this passage. You will spend most of your waking hours with coworkers and your children. When external opportunities become available to share the resources of time and skills that you possess, capture those with the focus on others above yourself.
Remember the “Golden Rule”: In Luke 6:31 NIV we find, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Whether you were raised in a Christian home or not, the vast majority of you have heard this saying in some form or another. As a leader, take this verse one step forward. You will not always be treated fairly. You will also not always be treated as you have others. This provides leaders with a “golden” opportunity to shine. Doing for others in a leadership role is not about reciprocity. A proper and unwavering approach in your actions, applying Luke 6:31, will allow for a different light to be shed on yourself in the company of others.
Share God’s Blessings: 2 Timothy 2:15 NIV reads, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” Your deeds in the community will not be seen differently if you are not doing God’s work differently. If you are leader at home, at work and in the community, the passion that you outwardly demonstrate will be consistent. Others will notice the difference in your actions and attitude. They will ask, “What makes him or her different?”
Sharing leadership equally across different groups will eventually spark a discussion among peers. A good verse to reference is found in Colossians 3:23 NIV, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
Now we know where and how to start. You are already involved in activities where you can give in an unselfish manner. Treat others with more than you expect in return. Share what God has done for you, and how others can apply similar strategies in their own lives.
On the word of God, we can all stand a little higher.