Sometimes, as a leader, I need a reminder

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Sometimes, I can get so caught up in the stress of leadership I forget – I chose to be a leader. Sure, God “called” me into ministry. But I said “Yes, Lord,” surrendering willingly.

I am a runner. When my knees are good, I have been known to run as many as six days a week. When I run, I am serious about it. I watch the time. I pace myself. I measure my distance. I check my calories burned. I do it for exercise. I run for personal well-being. I run because I love to run.

Running isn’t always easy. Sometimes, I spend time thinking about the sports drink waiting for me when I get home. I think about how much my legs hurt. Lately, I’ve been thinking a great deal about whether my knees will allow me to continue running. On longer runs, I’m almost always thinking toward the end about how ready I am to be home.

Then, all of a sudden – when I’m about to be disappointed I’m still running – sometimes I will stop and think.

I chose this!

No one forced me to run. I chose this as my form of exercise. I could be in the gym – bored to death on the treadmill. I could be on the couch – bored to death with the monotony of television. I could be in a crowded meeting full of dozens of extroverts.

Running is my time. Running is what I choose to do for me.

It’s actually supposed to be fun!

It’s this way in leadership, too, at times.

Sometimes, I can get so caught up in the stress of leadership I forget – I chose to be a leader.

I wasn’t forced into this position. Sure, God “called” me into ministry. And, it is a job, which pays our bills – thank you, Jesus! But I said “Yes, Lord.” I surrendered willingly.

No one made me be a leader. I wanted the opportunity to make a difference. I had a dream. I had a God-given vision.

Sometimes, I need to remind myself. Some days more than others.

I wanted this! And I’m thankful for the opportunity.

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