“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 then equals your starting point.
While on this journey, it is inevitable there will be those who to try to hurt or weaken our passion. Those individuals that attempt to diminish our self-worth by pointing out our inadequacies are nothing more than critics without cause.
They may use words such as: eat up, over-driven, crazy, and obsessed to describe what they really see as dedication.
In reality, it unnerves them and 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 and loved them in spite of great opposition.
His passionate journey ultimately cost Him His life. His name is Jesus Christ. Remember, out of those 12 men He “trained”, one betrayed Him, and the rest didn’t truly understand the depth of His message until after His resurrection.
Yet, those few men that He discipled went on to change the world. A church of a few believers has grown to 1/3 of the world’s population. His love lives on today in the hearts of those who believe.
Thus our current role is very important (wherever we may be) and we are there for a reason. Let us not discount nor diminish our importance because of our current circumstances.
May we all reflect on this writing and begin to look for opportunities to encourage, mentor, and teach others while we are learning as well.
Remember, that our significance is not tied to our salary nor our title.
Our true value is in how we influence others around us as we grow, learn, and change the world one person at a time.
Think of it, we may be influencing, educating, or helping the next innovator/leader of our age. Now, take what we have been given and make it count.
Whether we realize or not, we are laying the groundwork for someone else’s future. So get up, live what we believe, and be an individual of integrity.
The future is depending upon our role not our rank.
Andy J. Starnes
Bringing Back Brotherhood Ministries
(Photo credit JP Soto)