On Wednesday evening, my church had a Leaders Village. This is an opportunity for staff and those in volunteer leadership positions to feed themselves, share their successes and learn how to become betterment leaders.
At this recent event we watched a video of Jossy Chacko, who was speaking about “Ways to Expand your Leadership Reach”. He had three key things that we need to do as leaders to expand our leadership reach.
The first is that we need to enlarge our vision. The second is that we need to empower our people. The third is to embrace risk.
The call to embrace risk is the one I found most challenging. It is also the one I can’t stop thinking about.
Because when it comes to leadership, taking a risk is what has held me back. Fear has held me back.
Fear of what?
Fear of judgement. Fear of failure. Fear of ridicule. Fear of not being good enough.
There are many reasons to fear leadership. There are many reasons to fear starting something new. There are many reasons to fear risk.
Then Jossy said, “God has not given us a spirit of fear. Fear is from the enemy.”
That got my attention.
It was something I never considered before. We all see fear as a natural emotion like happiness, sadness or anger. But our fearful nature did not come from God.
It shook me to realize that every time I’ve walked away from a risk due to fear, I was essentially giving in to the enemy. Even at times when I have felt God calling me to something, I’ve let fear stand in my way.
Then came the sentence that gave me chills and completely kicked my butt…
“If you are not taking the risk, who is missing out?”
Who is missing out because I am not following a calling from God?
Who is missing out because I am giving in to fear?
I am not saying that I’m meant to do great things that will change the world. But maybe I’m supposed to take a step in a new leadership direction in order to help with something that could change lives.
What if me saying no to a leadership opportunity means someone doesn’t get to be a part of something that they really need like a small group?
What if me refusing to take a risk in leadership means someone doesn’t come to know God?
I’ve known for a long time what God is calling me to do. At times I have embraced and pursued it, but never to the extent that He was asking.
I’ve let the voices of those who put me down echo in my head and used them as an excuse to take a different path.
I’ve allowed my own insecurity and fear of judgement to overcome my desire to follow where God is leading.
Who is missing out because I am not willing to take the risk?
I don’t know, nor do I intend to find out.
Because it is time for me to embrace the risk.
There are still a lot of things I need to figure out. I’m not sure where to start or how to start.
I know if I walk in with a willing and open heart, then God will do the rest.
And if it doesn’t work out? If I fail?
I’ll just try again.
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