STEPPING ASIDE

060320090861I spoke to a guy this week who told me he wanted to lead. Though his heart was not in the wrong place, I warned him that a lot of leadership is not found in a title or position.

While I appreciate how John Maxwell defined leadership as ‘influence’, Jesus defined it differently.

Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. (Mark 10:42-44)

Leadership is serving.

This I saw yesterday during our Metro Manila Staff Meeting.  Jam, who is a phenomenal worship leader led us into the presence of God.  He’s the one in the middle of the picture in a white shirt.  While this was happening, I was watching Pastor Joel Barrios (on the far right in red).  He used to be in the frontlines and the one in the middle.  Yet as he has raised so many worship leaders, he has deliberately stepped aside to let others take the lead.

We’ve seen too many insecure leaders today try to stay in the ‘spotlight’ as long as they can.  This is not the case with Joel Barrios – a man who knows how to lead… He leads by serving.

God help me to be like him – a secure leader who loves serve and knows when to step aside.

250 in 20?

Never really grew up reading.  Never liked it.  Never enjoyed it.  I know, I’m such a bum.

While my classmates would read Hardy Boys and Sweet Valley High (yes, they were boys… I know, weird, right?), I would be out playing basketball, tumbang preso, baseball and getting smelly.

However, through the years, I’ve ‘forced’ myself to like reading because I realized I can’t grow (spiritually, intellectually, leadershipically… making up words now) if I don’t read.  Started as a “have-to” but now becoming a “love-to”.

I still read veeeerrrrryyyyyy sssslllloooowwww, but I think I’m making progress.  Much of reading is a discipline, not really a natural inclination, at least for me.

But if I read 250 words a minute, this would mean that in 20 minutes, I could read 5000 words.  An average book has about 400 words to a page.  So in 20 minutes, I could read about 12 1/2 pages.  So if I discipline myself to read 20 minutes a day, six days a week, that would be 312 times 12.5 pages for a total of 3,900 pages.  If an average book is 250 pages long, this means I could read 15 books in one year.

Achievable?  Definitely.  Now all I need is discipline.  So help me, God.