People talk and ramble on about being one. Any time there is a team, sports for example, one of the primary things leadership focuses on is bringing the team together so that they form a single, cohesive unit. Everything works towards breaking the cohesion apart. Egos, success, failure, jealousies, and fears all tear at the fabric binding the individuals together. Add to the mix physical obstacles, danger, and opportunities and you begin to see just how many forces are pulling in different directions.
Over the years there have been several examples of leaders inspiring, protecting, and creating “teams”. Inspiring examples often involve physical danger. Ernst Shackleton was one example; every man under his care survived a ship trapped and crushed in harsh ice of the Wendall Sea. Extraordinary achievements can be found in building bridges, buildings, companies, and even in pulling a team together for be the voice and hands of God. Look behind the story of how the Golden Gate Bridge was built and you will find an extraordinary team. Look behind the story of how the Jesus’ followers touched the world of that era and you will find people working together in harmony.
In each case there was a leader. It is as if they shared a common prayer across the ages. While their words may have varied at the beginning their hope was the same for the finish. Each wanted to say “I didn't lose one of those you [Divinity] gave [me].’” (John 18.9) Shackleton succeeded, but at a price. In the story of the Golden Gate Bridge not everyone made it. Even in the case of Jesus, one chose to leave.
You may know you are called to lead. You have a network of friends and family who fall under your care. The goal with each is to nurture their journey with God and those around them. Everything is at risk while everything is and can be achieved. Preserving their strengths, nurturing their dialogue with Divinity, and creating a shared sense of purpose and mission is mandate handed to each by God.
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