Recently I had the privilege of seeing the movie Courageous. There is seldom a time that a movie so blatantly hits home with a message that is reaffirming and yet challenges you to want to be better than the best you that you’ve ever been. When it does occur, I sit up and take note of it. While this movie specifically speaks to the necessity of and validates the need for fathers to be actively engaged in the lives of their children and in the family as a whole, I cannot help but see the correlation to leaders in relationship to those they lead.
To begin, the best leaders aren’t necessarily the ones that are gung ho about being out in front to lead their people. The best leaders recognize that there is a need for leadership and have the courage to step up and say, “I’m willing to sacrifice whatever is necessary to make sure that what is needed is there.” Courage isn’t the absence of fear, but the willingness to persevere in the midst of a given situation.
The best leaders also have a moral strength about them that says, regardless what may be permitted and considered allowable, I will set a high standard for myself and desire to see the same in others around me.
The best leaders have the courage to say that they don’t necessarily have all the answers, but will manage to tackle a problem with tack and get informed as much as possible so that they can become what is needed.
The best leaders have the courage to study other leaders. They model the strength and character that other great leaders possess, in order that they become the leader that is needed.
Imagine what would have happened had Joshua run scared when God told him that Moses was dead. Can you imagine what would have happened to the people of Israel who had travelled for all those years? God knew that it would take courage; courage to face the people, courage to face their enemies, courage to go over the Jordan, and courage to pick up where Moses left off.
Imagine what might have happened if King David had not found the courage to face his men when all of their property and families had been taken from them. Could David have gone after the people of Amilek, had not he known how God kept him after facing a lion, bear, or even a giant?
The bible continually encourages us to be courageous. There is much we must face in our everyday lives. The only way we can face our enemies, our tests, and our mountains is by finding the courage to do so. Seeking God is a great way to find your courage. His word has much in the way of showing you person after person who needed courage. If you can find it in these men and women and realize that they were just like you, you’ll find that the courage will build up in you to do what is required of you.
QUESTION: Where do you find the courage to lead?