It was all about leadership for me when I was a little girl. Being the oldest in the family, I felt I was in charge of my siblings. Sometimes we walked home in darkness after visiting my cousins down the road, and I bravely led the way to protect them from bobcats, skunks, wild dogs, dangerous snakes and other scary creatures.
Later, they told me how impressed they were with my bravery, and I had to confess I was trembling in my shoes as I carried by big stick and walked as fast as they would allow me to walk.
That’s how leadership is. It can be scary business. Who knows what barriers, challenges and opposition might be out there. Good leadership requires discipline, courage and determination. It also requires visionary and communication skills, teamwork, hospitality and maybe a little humor.
Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by the challenges ahead of us, but we don’t have to carry a big stick or tremble in our shoes. As God’s children, we have the promises of scripture: “Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid for I am your God; I will strengthen you.” (Isaiah 41:10)
This message was written by Dawn Olson, vice president of the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin, in The Northwester newsletter. Do you enjoy these free Daily Grace messages? If so, donate now to further the ministry.