I have the awesome privilege of living in Alberta. We have beautiful snow covered mountains, vast fields of grain, pastures for beef cattle, buffalo, forests and awesome lakes. Our forests are full of deer, moose and a few bear. We are thankful; it is beautiful.
In my role working with pastors and churches, we do a lot of travelling. One fateful day last spring, we left a community with green grass heading for an easy three hour drive home. Within fifteen minutes we were in a dark blinding snow squall. We call it a whiteout. Even though the drive was familiar, we didn’t know the province had issued a weather warning and closed our highway 15 minutes behind us. An hour later a major gust of wind moved us, 20 other vehicles and two semi-trailer trucks into a wide ditch and two feet of snow. A passing motorist offered us a ride to the nearest town. The next morning we returned for our suitcase and to meet our tow truck driver. I just assumed my new friend, the tow truck driver, would drive 25 feet into the ditch to pull me out. However, as he shared, it was imperative to protect himself, his truck and other vehicles while helping us. I asked about his strategy. His advice was, approach every vehicle, accident and stranded driver with care. Ensure your truck and components are in the best working condition and keep up to date on the latest vehicle and towing techniques.
As a leadership coach, I was listening and learning. My tow truck driver knew his technical and people skill. All of our safety was critical. Within a half hour we were back on a clear highway driving home.
“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.” ((2 Timothy 2:15 NIV)
As a Christian leader, is your Biblical knowledge up to date? Are you polite and careful in your conversation with others? Do you put their needs for Christ ahead of your own personal needs?
Leadership is … keeping your focus on God while sharing his word.
Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy
Author of Leadership Is Devotions for Servant Leaders