Role over Rank
A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” – John Maxwell
If you have ever asked yourself “What difference can I possibly make? I am just a ________. Let’s begin by examining your motives before you look at your position or circumstance.
It has been said if you want to know God’s purpose for your life: find your greatest passion + the needs of the world equals your starting point. While on this journey, it is inevitable there will be those who to try to hurt or weaken your passion. Those individuals that attempt to diminish your self-worth by pointing out your inadequacies are nothing more than critics without cause. They use words such as: eat up, over-driven, crazy, and obsessed to describe what they really see as dedication. It unnerves them & makes them uncomfortable to see someone who truly cares. It causes them realize their poor work ethic and they respond with disparaging comments. It also causes them to look deeply in the mirror and they don’t like what they see. On a deeper level, they don’t like to see others succeed in areas that they had secretly wished they had the determination to do what you are doing today.
Let’s look at two examples of the value of one individual who chose to make a difference:
One man took the time to share the Gospel with a young dairy farmer who later went on to preach the Gospel to millions across the globe. That young farmer is now known as Rev. Billy Graham. In over 55 years of ministry, Billy Graham has preached the Gospel message to more than 215 million people in over 185 countries around the world. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which he founded in 1950, reaches out to millions more each year through radio and television broadcasts, films, literature, training, events, and the Internet. (Billy Graham Library).
One man chose to lead a few ill-equipped, uneducated, and lower class men. He taught them & loved them in spite of great opposition. His passionate journey ultimately cost Him His life. His name is Jesus.
Those few men that He disciples went on to change the world. A church of a few believers has grown too 1/3 of the world’s population. His love lives on today in the hearts of those who believe.
Your current role is very important (wherever you may be) and you are there for a reason. Look for opportunities to encourage, mentor, and teach others while you are learning as well. Your significance is not tied to your salary or your title. Your value is in how you influence others around you as you grow, learn, and change the world one person at a time. One person at a time. Think of it, you may be influencing, educating, or helping the next innovator/leader of our age. Now, take what you have been given and make it count.
Stay safe & God Bless,
Andy J. Starnes